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October 19, 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 
U.S. Partners With Israel for Exercise Austere Challenge
More than 3,500 American service members will join with Israeli allies for Exercise Austere Challenge 2012 in Israel next week, U.S. and Israeli officials said today.

Amb Prosor addresses UN Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East

At this time of turmoil and transition for our region, the stakes are very high. The decisions that you make in these halls in the coming weeks could echo for years to come, well, well beyond the Middle East.

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PM Netanyahu's remarks at the start of his meeting with EU ambassadors

I want to commend the EU for the tough sanctions that were adopted yesterday against the greatest threat to peace in our time, and that is the tough sanctions against Iran.

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PM: Israel can deal with Iran threat

Ahead of vote on 18th Knesset's dissolution, Netanyahu says Israel facing 'greatest security-related challenges since its inception.' Peres: Iran regime threatens entire world.

Reproductive Rights
roeIf Roe v. Wade Goes
It is no secret that Mitt Romney and his running-mate, Representative Paul Ryan, are opponents of abortion rights. When Mr. Ryan was asked at last week's debate whether voters who support abortion rights should be worried if the Romney-Ryan ticket were elected, he essentially said yes.

Violence Against Women "Is Not a Women's Issue, It's a Global Crisis': Robert Redford
Robert Redford explains why he's joining Eve Ensler's One Billion Rising campaign, which aims to encourage people around the world to rise up and take action to end violence against women and girls. The deadline for justice is V Day, 14 February 2013.

Religion, abortion and vice presidential politics 
On Oct. 11, the vice presidential debate was held at Centre College in Danville, Ky., between Democratic incumbent Joe Biden and Republican hopeful Paul Ryan.
Separation of Religion & State
cheerleadersTexas judge rules for cheerleaders in lawsuit over Bible-themed football banners

A judge stopped an East Texas school district on Thursday from barring cheerleaders from quoting Bible verses on banners at high school football games, saying the policy appears to violate their free speech rights.

Political Byte
Arlen Specter, a lifelong squash player -- he famously played even while undergoing chemo�therapy treatments -- used to stake out choice territory on the court. He was, according to his partners, as aggressive in the game as he was in life.


socialconservativesWhy Social Conservatives Don't Mind Romney's New Abortion Pivot

The right is likely to cut him some slack on his abortion and birth control shift because he needs to close the gender gap to win-and because that win could easily mean the end of Roe v. Wade, says Michelle Goldberg.

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Voter Registration Laws
ohvotingSupreme Court rejects appeal to block early voting in Ohio 

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Ohio's Republican leaders who sought to block early voting there on the final weekend before election day.

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U.S. Supreme Court to review Arizona's voter registration law

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up an appeal from Arizona over its requirement that people prove they are American citizens before registering to vote.

libyaBulletproof glass distorts the diplomatic view
Several months ago, I found myself walking down an empty Tripoli street near midnight, looking for a taxi. I wasn't alone - I was with two colleagues, one of whom was then living in Libya. But we weren't especially well-protected. We didn't have a bodyguard. We certainly didn't have a gun. 

 Israeli tablets to purify water for Syrians

Citing humanitarian reasons, the Israeli Finance Ministry recently gave the green light for a subsidiary of Israel Chemicals - which is owned by the Israeli company but is based in Ireland - to sell water purification tablets for distribution in war-torn Syria, even though it is considered an enemy state.

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

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