IM Issue 66 – February 2013

Netanyahu to US Senators: Priority is IranPrime Minister Benjamin Netanya-hu told a group of visiting US Sena-tors during January that if reelect-ed he will work to stop Iran’s illicit nuclear march. “My priority, if I’m elected for a next term as prime minister, will be first to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons,” he told the group, which included Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY, photo at left). “I think that was and remains the highest priority for both our countries. I appreciate the American support and your support for that end.”click Israel Matters! 66 to read the complete issue.

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IM Issue 65- January 2013

Operation Pillar of Defense: Lessons LearnedAs Israel and Hamas mostly stilled their guns after reaching a cease-fire agreement, ending eight days of intense bombardment, both sides took home some new lessons about their foes.click Israel Matters! 65 to read the complete issue.

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IM Issue 64 – December 2012

Israel Quiet on Mystery Explosion in SudanIsraeli officials did not confirm nor deny that the Israeli military carried out a recent attack on a weapons factory just south of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. Sudan directly accused Israel of launching a night time air raid on the Yarmouk factory, with a senior minister telling reporters, “The people have seen it with their eyes — four planes coming from the east, and we have no enemy other than Israel.”click Israel Matters! 64 to read the complete issue.

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IM Issue 63 – November 2012

Netanyahu Draws “Red Line” on Iran's Nuclear Program During U.N. SpeechHolding up a cartoon-like drawing of a bomb with a fuse, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu literally drew a red line just below a label reading “final stage” to a bomb, in which Iran was 90 percent along the path of having sufficient weapons-grade material. Experts put that at the point that Iran has amassed enough urani-um, purified to a level of 20 percent, that could quickly be enriched further and be used to produce an atomic bomb.click Israel Matters! 63 to read the complete issue.

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IM Issue 62 – October 2012

Israel Under International Pressure Not To Attack Iran AloneIsrael is facing growing international pressure not to attack Iran unilaterally, with the United States in particular making clear its firm opposition to any such strike. Recent rhetoric by Israeli leaders that time is running out to halt Iran’s contested nuclear program has raised concern that military action might be imminent, despite repeated calls from abroad to give sanctions and diplomacy more time to work.click Israel Matters! 62 to read the complete issue.

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IM Issue 61 – September 2012 – 1 more page than in the Bulletin

U.S., Israel at Odds Over Iran Nuclear ProgramThe White House recently expressed confidence that American intelligence will know if Iran escalates its nuclear program in a sprint to build an atomic bomb. The announcement came a day after Israel’s defense minister warned that the allies might not know “in time” to prevent it.“We have eyes, we have visibility into the program,” press secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily briefing. “We feel confident that we would be able to detect a break-out move by Iran towards the acquisition of a nuclear weapon.”click Israel Matters! 61 to read the complete issue.

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IM Issue 60 – July/August 2012

U.S. Aides in Israel Give Assurances About IranPresident Obama and his senior advisers have said little publicly about Iran since the resumption of negotiations over its nuclear program in April, preferring to let the diplomats hash out the issues in the hope that tensions with Tehran can be managed, at least until the election in November. In Israel, however, the United States is saying plenty, with a stream of current and former officials traveling there to threaten additional sanctions on Iran and to reiterate President Obama’s readiness to use military action against Iran if diplomacy fails.click Israel Matters! 60 to read the complete issue.

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IM Issue 59 – June 2012

US House Votes To Raise Security Ties With IsraelThe US House of Representatives on May 9th overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation that reaffirms and enhances US policy commitments to Israel’s security. The United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, which was sponsored by House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (RVa.) and House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), passed by a vote of 411-2. The two members that voted against the legislation were Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and John Dingell (D-Mich.). Also, nine members of the House voted “present” on the legislation.click Israel Matters! 59 to read the complete issue.

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IM Issue 58 – May 2012

Presbyterians Consider Divesting From Companies doing Business With IsraelA major body within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted recently to recommend that the church vote to stop investing in three companies “until they have ceased profiting from non-peaceful activities in Israel-Palestine.” The vote proposed by the General Assembly Mission Council on whether to continue investing in the corporations -- Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett-Packard -- will happen at the church’s General Assembly, a national meeting of church leaders that will take place in late June and early July in Pittsburgh. The assembly meets every two years.click Israel Matters! 58 to read the complete issue.

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