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September 16, 2011 


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Call and thank President Obama for his swift action on behalf of the Israeli Embassy in Egypt which helped save lives and avert an international incident.   




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This week's issue highlights the following significant developments here and in the Middle East:
  • Prime Minister Netanyahu has announced he will address the UN next week prior to the vote on Palestinian statehood.   
  • We have seen stories about state abortion laws - this map helps us visualize their impact.
  • More Evangelical pastors are heeding the call to become politically active than ever before.
  • Many have interpreted the outcome of NY-9 as a bellwether for 2012, but one columnist says not so fast. 
  • A new Israeli medical device is helping Alzheimer's patients regain cognitive skills.



Remember to check out our blog to keep up with current events, op-eds, reproductive rights information, sort fact from fiction in your inbox about Israel, and Presidential Ponderings - Gail's thoughts and observations.


Efraim Halevy: Obama Showed "Leadership Of Historic Dimensions" To Save Israelis In Cairo Embassy
Last night at Israel Policy Forum's symposium in New York on "Security and the New Middle East," former Director of the Mossad Efraim Halevy spoke directly about President Obama's efforts to "extricate" the six Israelis trapped inside the Israeli embassy in Cairo last Friday night.  



UNNetanyahu to address General Assembly ahead of PA bid
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Thursday that he will travel to New York City and address the UN General Assembly ahead of the Palestinian bid for statehood. His address has been set for next Wednesday.



PLO official: Palestine should be free of Jews
The Palestinian Liberation Organization's Ambassador to the US Maen Areikat said Wednesday that any future Palestinian state must be free of Jews.   



Humpty Dumpty Palestine
Even if the United Nations grants Palestine statehood this September, it's far from looking -- or acting -- like a real, functioning state.  



Cairo's Embassy Riots: Anti-Israeli Sentiment in Egypt Has Nothing to Do with Palestine
The diplomatic documents had barely stopped drifting down from the Israeli Embassy in Egypt when New York Times columnist Nick Kristof referenced the root causes of the attack, as he saw them: "Attacking the Israeli embassy doesn't help Gazans, doesn't bring back the dead," he tweeted. "Instead it helps Israeli hardliners."  



Israel's Isolation Problem
Aryeh Golan, the morning news anchor for Israeli public radio, summed up the feelings of Israelis on Sunday when he said, "In Turkey the government is against us, in Egypt the mob is against us, and at the UN the majority is against us."



Obama's Israel policy seen as factor that cost him House seat
Did President Obama's positions on Israel cost him a seat in the House?


Reproductive Rights

mapGrowing set of state abortion restrictions visualized  

With these data visualizations, Remapping Debate identifies all of the many restrictions on abortion that have been legislated in various states.


Feds Agree to Work with Planned Parenthood   

The federal government has reached an agreement with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to provide health services in the state. The deal effectively restores funding that the Executive Council had blocked earlier this year.

Limits on abortion take effect in Arizona

Planned Parenthood of Arizona will not appeal a state-court ruling denying its request to halt parts of a 2009 abortion law from going into effect, saying it needs to focus its resources right now on its core mission of health care.

Kansas fights to keep restrictions on abortion health-care coverage 

Back in May, Kansas lawmakers approved a ban on insurance companies offering coverage for abortion as part of their general health plans. Kansas lawmakers, being the generous sort, left an exception for when a woman's life is at risk.

Brownback blurring lines of church, state  

Since the election of Gov. Sam Brownback, Kansans have witnessed a disturbing trend in blurring the lines between church and state.


pastorsEvangelical pastors heed a political calling for 2012 

For most of his two decades as a preacher, Iowa pastor Mike Demastus eschewed partisanship, telling colleagues and congregants that "religion and politics don't mix."

But there he was last month in Ames, making his way across the festive grounds of the Republican presidential straw poll, mingling with political operatives and candidates as he spoke openly about his preference for Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

Political Bytes

ny9Wake Up, Washington!

The GOP's upset victory in Anthony Weiner's district wasn't a sign of party strength or a bellwether for 2012-it was a clear warning that every incumbent is fair game.

Republicans rewriting state election laws in ways that could hurt Democrats

Looking to capitalize on their historic gains last year, Republican lawmakers in several states are rewriting their election laws in ways that could make it more difficult for Democrats to win.


alzheimersBreakthrough device helps Alzheimer's patients regain cognitive skills  

A new electromagnetic stimulation system has been developed in Israel that appears to change the course of the degenerative Alzheimer's disease and allow patients to regain faded cognitive skills.

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Gail Yamner, President
Marcia Balonick, Executive Director
Joy Malkus, Research Director 

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