Near East Report - July 19, 2012

Near East Report
July 19, 2012 PDF DOWNLOAD PRINT VERSION OF NER www.aipac.org/ner
Slideshow photo As Iran comes under growing pressure from the international community, its leaders have dramatically intensified their hateful and belligerent rhetoric. This rhetoric has included not only brazen threats against Israel and the U.S., but also unambiguously anti-Semitic statements. View a slideshow to learn more.
In This Issue
Slideshow:
Iran's Leaders Stoop to Blatant Anti-Semitism and Brazen Threats
Five Israelis Killed in Bulgaria Terrorist Attack
A Profile of Egypt's
New President
Assad's Massacres Mount
Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir Passes Away
Editorial:
Regional Dangers Grow as Syria Spins Out of Control

Five Israelis Killed in Bulgaria Terrorist Attack

A tour bus carrying Israeli vacationers was attacked outside the airport in the Black Sea city of Burgas, Bulgaria on Wednesday, July 18, by a suicide bomber carrying fake American identification. Five Israelis were killed, along with the Bulgarian driver of the bus and the bomber, and dozens more were injured. READ MORE
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A Profile of Egypt's New President

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi was sworn in as Egypt's first freely elected president on June 30. Now the leader of the Arab world's most populous country, he faces vast political, economic and social problems. And he must weigh past statements and positions against the realities of governing given these problems. It remains to be seen how Morsi will act. READ MORE
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Assad's Massacres Mount

Struggling to remain in power, Syrian President Bashar Assad has resorted to more and more extreme measures to keep his grip on the country. Now that Assad has turned to an increasingly violent and sectarian strategy, pitting his Alawite power base against the Sunni majority, Syria's territorial integrity and the stability of the entire region are at risk. READ MORE
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Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir Passes Away

Yitzhak Shamir, who served as Israel's prime minister longer than anyone but David Ben-Gurion, died June 30 at the age of 96. A native of Poland who immigrated to the British Mandate of Palestine in 1935, Shamir was among the last of a generation of men and women who were the founding fathers and mothers of Israel. READ MORE
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Editorial: Regional Dangers Grow as Syria Spins Out of Control

The violence rocking Syria reached a turning point this week, as rebels battled government troops in Damascus and a bombing killed the regime's top officials. A key issue now facing the U.S. and the international community is the possibility that Syria's chemical weapons might fall into the hands of terrorists or be used by the regime in a final act of despair. READ MORE

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