Near East Report August 9 2012

Near East Report
August 9, 2012 PDF DOWNLOAD PRINT VERSION OF NER www.aipac.org/ner
Slideshow photo While certainly no sports powerhouse, Israel has competed in the Olympic Games since 1952. Having won a total of seven medals in judo, canoeing and windsurfing, the Jewish state has also experienced great tragedy at the Olympics, with the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Games. View a slideshow to learn more.
In This Issue
Syrian Crisis: As Civilians Flee, Terrorists Move In
Israel: An Oasis of Sustainable Development
Iran Update: An Interview with Ilan Berman
President Obama Signs U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Act
Editorial: Congress Sends Strong Message to Iran, Approves Toughest Sanctions Ever

Syrian Crisis: As Civilians Flee, Terrorists Move In

The longer the bloodshed in Syria goes on, the lower the chances of a stable and unified Syria if and when President Assad falls. But the risks to the region are no less grave. Thousands of refugees are creating a considerable humanitarian and political problem, while terrorist groups entering Syria could eventually attack its neighbors. READ MORE
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Israel: An Oasis of Sustainable Development

Though Israel is not been blessed with forests or rich in water, the Jewish state has become a world leader in developing and managing these and other natural resources. An Israeli scientist whose work revolutionized food production is the winner of this year's World Food Prize, and an Israeli pioneer in solar energy has been named a global "Green Pioneer" by CNN. READ MORE
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Iran Update: An Interview with Ilan Berman

Talks with Iran over its nuclear program have once again reached an impasse. Tehran, meanwhile, continues to enrich uranium and to pursue a foreign policy meant to insulate itself from ever-tightening sanctions. To discuss where things currently stand vis-à-vis Iran, Near East Report interviewed Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council. READ MORE
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President Obama Signs U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Act

President Obama signed the U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act into law on July 27, after it cleared the House and Senate by voice vote earlier last month. The legislation reaffirms America's unshakeable commitment to Israel's security and to providing Israel the means to defend itself by itself. READ MORE
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Editorial: Congress Sends Strong Message to Iran, Approves Toughest Sanctions Ever

Congress on August 1 overwhelmingly passed a new package of sanctions on Iran. When coupled with existing sanctions, these measures represent the strongest set of sanctions to isolate any country in the world during peacetime. Their swift implementation will signal America's unwavering resolve to deter Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapon. READ MORE

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