Near East Report - May 16 2011

Near East Report
Slideshow photo Protesters across Syria have called for an end to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The Syrian military has violently cracked down in response. View a slideshow about Syria.
In This Issue
Iron Dome Shoots Hamas Rockets Out of Sky
Interview: Understanding the Changing Middle East
Congress Slams
Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation
Heard on the Hill
The Hamas-Fatah Deal

Iron Dome Shoots Hamas Rockets
Out of Sky

In its first week of operational deployment, Israel's Iron Dome rocket defense system stunned observers by shooting down eight out of nine Grad-style Katyusha rockets fired by terrorists toward Israeli cities. It was the first time in history that any military has intercepted short-range rockets. READ MORE
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Interview: Understanding the Changing Middle East

Across the Middle East this year, protesters have filled the streets and demanded the overthrow of dictators who intend to rule for life. To gain some understanding, Near East Report asked former National Security Council member Dr. Michael Doran for his insight on Egypt, Syria and the changes sweeping the region. READ MORE
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Congress Slams Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to ink a reconciliation agreement with the terrorist group Hamas elicited strong condemnation from many members of Congress. View excerpts from these statements and read a Senate letter to President Obama. READ MORE
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Heard on the Hill

Near East Report offers a brief look at recent legislation, resolutions, letters and hearings in Congress pertaining to U.S. policy in the Middle East, Iran’s nuclear program, the U.S-Israel relationship and the Goldstone Report. 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
Samantha Levy Research Analysts
I.L. Kenen
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The Hamas-Fatah Deal

It remains to be seen how the Fatah-Hamas deal will be implemented, if at all, since it would mean that Hamas gives up exclusive control of Gaza, which it violently seized from Fatah in a coup in 2007. Presumably, Hamas would also stop firing rockets into southern Israel. READ MORE

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