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May 11, 2012  

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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 issues and opinion and to sort fact from fiction on the Internet.  Be sure to read Presidential Ponderings, thoughts and observations from JACPAC President Gail Yamner. 

Israel & The Middle East
HouseHouse passes enhanced Israel cooperation bill
The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation that reaffirms and enhances U.S. policy commitments to Israel's security.
Israel scraps early elections as Kadima joins unity government
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded the new government coalition including the Kadima Party as the "broadest unity government in Israeli history."

For new Israeli coalition, haredi army exemptions issue is front and center
Israel's new unity government may not alter Jerusalem's strategy for curbing Iran's nuclear weapons program or do much to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
The Visionary
If you were to pinpoint one moment when it looked as if things just might work out for Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian prime minister, it would probably be February 2, 2010.
Hundreds of Jordanians protest Israel peace deal
Demonstrators burn Israeli flags, call for reforms; protest comes after new PM says he would sign peace deal with Israel again.
Ex-IDF intelligence chief: A nuclear Iran more dangerous than military strike
Former Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin said on Saturday that a nuclear Iran would be more dangerous than carrying out a military strike on Iran.
Amb. Michael Oren to Pro-Israel Student Advocates: No Substitute for Knowledge and Experience
Ambassador Michael Oren has been on the move lately, visiting college campuses and communities in California, Michigan, Chicago, and Boston.
Reproductive Rights

kansasBill passed by Kansas House makes abortion a tax issue
The tax code is becoming the new weapon in the war against abortion with Kansas pioneering the way.

Utah to have nation's first 72-hour waiting period for abortions
On Tuesday, Utah will become the only state in the nation with a law requiring a woman to wait 72 hours for an abortion.

"Do Women Have Too Many Rights?" Abby Johnson's Dangerous Message Delivered With Sugar

If Abby Johnson, former Texas Planned Parenthood Director-cum-pro-life maven, came to your event, she would respect your rights.

Separation of Religion and State

commandmentsJudge orders parties into mediation over Ten Commandments in schools

A long-running and bitter fight over whether the Ten Commandments may be posted in schools continues Monday in a federal courtroom in Roanoke.
Political Bytes

Three Reasons Obama's Right on Gay Marriage
President Obama's announcement on same-sex marriage is good for the Jews. Why? Here are three reasons.

senateControl of Senate faces photo finish
The 2012 battle for control of the Senate, once considered a foregone conclusion, has turned into a cliffhanger.

Presidential Proclamation -- Jewish American Heritage Month, 2012    

Three hundred and fifty-eight years ago, a band of 23 Jewish refugees fled Recife, Brazil, beset by bigotry and oppression. For them, receding shores marked the end of another chapter of persecution for a people that had been tested from the moment they came together and professed their faith.   


Israel's handicapped miracle
While Iranian scientists are being deployed in the nuclear bunkers and Israeli F16s could be ready to take off, one story reminds the world that Israel and Israelis are involved not only in hurting and being hurt, but in giving hope to those without hope.

printingStep aside, Gutenberg, Israel is about to revolutionize printing - again
An Israeli company transforms commercial digital printing with a groundbreaking - and eco-friendly - Nanographic process.

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

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