Near East Report - December 17 2010

Near East Report
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As recently published State Department cables show, Israel is not the only country in the Middle East that is worried about Iran. View a slideshow with quotes from Arab leaders.
Sources: New York Times, Washington Post and Washington Times
In This Issue
New House Member Profiles: Part 1
Analysis: United States and Israel Coordinate Tactical Shift
United States Helps Israel Fight Fire
Video Interview: Mara Karlin
Editorial: Sanction the Suppliers


New House Member Profiles: Part 1

Despite the many changes brought about by the 2010 midterm elections, the incoming 112th Congress is expected to be the most pro-Israel Congress ever. Many of Israel’s strongest supporters were reelected. In this edition, Near East Report profiles one-third of the new House members. READ MORE
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Analysis: United States and Israel Coordinate Tactical Shift

The United States will work with Israel and the Palestinian Authority to help narrow the gaps between them, and may ultimately offer what it calls “bridging proposals” in order to enable the parties to reach an agreement on particulars. Secretary Clinton explained the new U.S. approach in a Dec. 10 speech. READ MORE
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United States Helps Israel Fight Fire

The biggest forest fire in Israeli history was extinguished on Dec. 6, 82 hours after the blaze broke out on Mount Carmel, near Haifa. To help Israel put out the fire, the United States sent critical assistance, including the Evergreen Supertanker, the largest firefighting aircraft in the world. READ MORE
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Video Interview: Mara Karlin

Near East Report recently sat down with Lebanon expert Mara Karlin to ask her about the complicated political scene in Beirut. In part one of this two-part interview, Karlin discusses the future of pro-Western factions, the strength of Hizballah and the thinking behind U.S. policy. READ MORE
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Dr. Raphael Danziger
Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
Renee Rothstein
Executive Editor
Daniel Rubenstein
Managing Editor
Tzvi Kahn
Associate Editor

Steven Beckerman
Senior Research Analyst
Michelle Dorin
Ann Weisberg
Research Analysts
I.L. Kenen
Founder, 1905–1988

Editorial: Sanction the Suppliers

Despite Iran’s bravado, the Islamic Republic remains dependent on outside materials to keep its nuclear program operating. Still, that is no reason to stop worrying about the Islamist theocracy’s nuclear ambitions. Someday—and someday soon—Iran could be self-sufficient. READ MORE

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