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December 2, 2011 

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



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.


unAmb Prosor addresses NGA debate on "The Question of Palestine"
On November 29, 1947, the United Nations voted to partition then British-Mandate Palestine into two states: one Jewish, one Arab. Two states for two peoples.  



Abbas, Mashaal meet, agree to 'work as partners'
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal announced on Thursday that they had agreed to work as "partners," saying they would open a new page in relations between Fatah and Hamas.



Israeli Leader Visits Jordan to Discuss Palestinian Issue
King Abdullah II of Jordan played host on Monday to Shimon Peres, the president of Israel, in an effort to make progress on the stubborn Palestinian question at a time of regional diplomatic uncertainty and fragmentation.



Assad's fall good for Israel
Op-ed: Greatest opportunity to curb Iran's ambitions lies in toppling Syrian regime.   



Why China and Russia Help Iran  

A new UN Security Council resolution expresses concern over Iran's nuclear program, but offers little to stop it. China and Russia are happy for it to stay that way.
Reproductive Rights

shaheenShaheen Amendment To Restore Abortion Coverage For Military Rape Victims Bypassed in Senate 

Despite pervasive sexual assault in the U.S. military, women who become pregnant as a result of rape while serving in the military are denied abortion coverage under their health plans -- a policy that will remain in place, the Senate decided on Wednesday.


Law Students Fight Fordham University's Bait and Switch on Coverage of Birth Control

A coalition of Fordham Law student groups has organized a birth control clinic just off campus that will take place this Wednesday.


New Jersey nurses charge religious discrimination over hospital abortion policy  

A dozen nurses in New Jersey have rekindled the contentious debate over when health-care workers can refuse to play a role in caring for women getting abortions.

gingrichGingrich's Anti-Secularism Greatest Hits 

Newt Gingrich's disdain for the separation of church and state was most recently on display at the FAMiLY Leader's Thanksgiving Family Forum, where the now-frontrunner told the Iowa church audience, "A country that has been now since 1963 relentlessly in the courts driving God out of public life shouldn't be surprised at all the problems we have."

Political Bytes

barneyBarney Frank will not run again    

Facing a new electoral hurdle in a dramatically redrawn district, US Representative Barney Frank, a stalwart of Massachusetts politics for more than 40 years and one of the nation's leading liberal voices, announced yesterday that he will leave Congress when his term expires.

A Test for the Tea Party in Texas Senate Race
The National Review cover proclaimed him "the great conservative hope." George Will declared him "as good as it gets." Influential conservatives endorsed him and gave him speaking slots alongside presidential candidates at national gatherings, where the crowds rewarded him with standing ovations.

How Israel turned itself into a high-tech hub

When a grey-haired grandmother clutching a smartphone mounted the stage at Montreal's Start-up Festival this summer, young Israeli entrepreneur Guy Rosen knew he had pocketed a very special award.

quizUN - November 29, 1947 Quiz
November 29th marks the anniversary of the vote on Resolution 181, in which the United Nations adopted the partition plan for Palestine.  33 states voted in favor, 13 voted against, and 10 abstained.  How well do you know the history of this vote?  Take the quiz and see!

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

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