Near East Report - February 23 2010

Near East Report
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An Israeli doctor treats a Haitian child in Port-au-Prince. View a slideshow about Israel's lifesaving work in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake.
In This Issue
Senate Passes Major Iran Sanctions Bill
Obama Budget Includes
$3 Billion in Israel Aid
Students Lobby for Iran Sanctions
Interview: The Strong Horse
Netanyahu Emphasizes Jewish Link to Israel
Editorial: Israel's Bold Steps


Senate Passes Major Iran Sanctions Bill

Soon after returning from its winter recess, the Senate unanimously passed a major Iran sanctions bill. The Senate joins the House of Representatives, which passed its version of an Iran sanctions bill in December. The entire Congress has now sent a strong message to the Iranian regime. READ MORE
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Obama Budget Includes $3 Billion in
Israel Aid

As part of his $3.8 trillion budget request to Congress for fiscal year 2011, President Obama has asked for $3 billion in military aid to Israel—a $225 million increase from fiscal year 2010. Aid to Israel is included in the president's proposed $39.4 billion foreign aid budget. READ MORE
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Students Lobby for Iran Sanctions

Since the school year began last fall, hundreds of AIPAC-trained student activists on dozens of campuses nationwide have lobbied their members of Congress to support Iran sanctions legislation. These students have positioned their campuses as assets to the pro-Israel movement in the United States. READ MORE
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Interview: The Strong Horse

Part reporting, part memoir and part political analysis, The Strong Horse is a must-read for anybody interested in the Middle East and U.S. policy in the region. Near East Report asked the book's author, Lee Smith, for his thoughts on some of the most pressing issues affecting the U.S. and Israel.
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Netanyahu Emphasizes Jewish Link to Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered the keynote address at the annual Herzliya Conference earlier this month. He focused most of his speech on the importance of the Land of Israel to the Jewish people. He also shared his vision for boosting tourism throughout the country. READ MORE
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Israel's Bold Steps

Since becoming prime minister last year, Benjamin Netanyahu has declared his support for the creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state, enacted a 10-month moratorium on Israeli construction in the West Bank and removed about 200 roadblocks and checkpoints. READ MORE

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