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July 7, 2011 


This week's issue highlights the following significant developments here and in the Middle East:


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USIsraelAshton: Quartet meeting aim to set framework for talks
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday said that the goal at a Quartet meeting in Washington scheduled for Monday will be "to try and adopt a statement that will help the Israelis and Palestinians to bridge the gap, and allow for a return to the negotiating table."


PA says it'll drop UN bid if Israel accepts 67 lines
Abbas advisor says if Quartet calls on Israel to withdraw from '67 territories, halt settlement construction, PA will abandon September plan.

UNSC plans to discuss Palestinian statehood bid in July
The UN Security Council plans to discuss in July the possibility of Palestine becoming a United Nations member state, the Security Council president said on Tuesday.

Boat People, by Christopher Hitchens
Some questions for the "activists" aboard the Gaza flotilla.

The churches against Israel
Christian blood libels revived, with Israel being painted as evil, having no right to exist.

MI chief sees hope for Assad yet
Military Intelligence chief Major-General Aviv Kochavi said Tuesday Iranian influence was growing in Middle Eastern countries experiencing unrest or upheaval - such as Egypt and Syria.


Several States Forbid Abortion After 20 Weeks
Dozens of new restrictions passed by states this year have chipped away at the right to abortion by requiring women to view ultrasounds, imposing waiting periods or cutting funds for clinics. But a new kind of law has gone beyond such restrictions, striking at the foundation of the abortion rules set out by the Supreme Court over the last four decades.



abortionAbortion Wars: Taking It To The Streets
The nation's abortion wars, simmering but largely quiet in recent years, have begun boiling again.

Nowhere has the battle been more pitched than in Kansas, where the Legislature this session passed four anti-abortion measures and attempted to adopt strict new licensing rules that this week came within hours of closing down the state's last abortion provider.



Mormon Leaders Told To Stay Out Of Politics

Mormon officials are telling their top, full-time leaders that they and their spouses should not participate in political campaigns, including making donations or endorsing candidates.

religion'God of Liberty': The Role of Religion in American Independence 

For some relevant reading on this Independence Three-Day Weekend, one can hardly do better than "God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution". At a time when both American history and religion are hotly contested territory -- caught between purported dichotomies of holiness and nihilism, theocracy and secularism, provincialism and pluralism -- a bit of perspective, fact-checking and a brief immersion into the genesis of an independent America is in order.


New breed of 'super PACs,' other independent groups could define 2012 campaign
One commercial accuses the president of worsening the deficit and says, "It's time to take away Obama's blank check." Another attacks Republican tax and Medicare policies, saying, "We can't rebuild America if they tear down the middle class."

obamaWho Said Jews Are Leaving Obama? 

A new Gallup Poll out today confirms that President Obama's strong Jewish support has not evaporated following his May 19 speech on the Middle East. In fact, it hasn't moved a bit.


caneVirtual cane helps the blind navigate
A new invention by Hebrew University scientists could make life easier for millions of visually impaired people around the world. The innovative device is a cane that helps with spatial navigation and orientation.
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Gail Yamner, President
Marcia Balonick, Executive Director
Joy Malkus, Executive Research Director