APN Legislative Round-Up: weeks ending Jul. 26 and Aug. 2, 2013 (PART 2)

(This is Part 2 of an unprecedented two-part Round-Up. Please see Part 1for bills/resolutions/letters and coverage of HR 850, the Jerusalem passport case, CUFI on the Hill, Middle East issues in the Defense Approps process, Members on the Record, and Hearings/briefings).

1. Senate FY14 ForOps Process Gets Underway
2. More On House FY14 ForOps (Report Language)

1. Senate FY14 ForOps Process Gets Underway

As noted in Part 1 of this week's Round-Up, on 7/23 the Senate ForOps Subcommittee marked up the draft FY14 ForOps Approps bill (webcasthere). On 7/25, the full committee marked up the bill (webcast here) and reported it out of committee as S.1372, with a written report, No. 113-81. The full committee press release on the approval of the bill is availablehere. POMED's summary of the bill and the accompanying report is available here. Below are full details of the Middle East provisions in the bill.

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Podcast: Lara Friedman assesses the US role in the peace talks

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On a visit to London, APN's Lara Friedman was interviewed by Bicom, the Britain-Israel Communications and Research Center, about the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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Iran's election of Hassan Rouhani, a former nuclear negotiator who promised greater nuclear transparency and to pursue "peace and reconciliation" with the outside world, presents the best opportunity for serious progress on diplomatic negotiations with Iran in over eight years.

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Foreign Policy: "The Egypt aid conundrum" by APN's Lara Friedman

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People are still debating whether the recent ejection of the elected government in Egypt meets the definition of a "coup." This debate has arisen because U.S. law requires a suspension of aid to a country whose democratically-elected government has been ousted following military intervention -- a condition that seems to clearly apply in this case.

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APN Legislative Round-Up: Week ending July 12, 2013

1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters
2. Congress Responds (with Some Confusion) to Egypt
3. House GOP Love-in with Settler Leader?
4. Hearings/Briefings
5. Members on the Record
6. From the Press/Blogs

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APN Legislative Round-Up: Week ending June 28, 2013

1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters
2. Hearings/Briefings
3. Members on the Record
4. From the Press/Blogs

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by Lara Friedman

Last week, friends forwarded me a mailing they had recently received from AIPAC. Included with the letter touting AIPAC's accomplishments and the expected call for donations was a map-style fold-out insert, headlined with the ominous message: "Israel Faces Increasing Threats." Under that headline, taking up more than half the page, is a photo of an Israeli policewoman shepherding to safety an Israeli woman who clearly has been the victim of a bombing attack.

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APN Legislative Round-Up: Week ending June 21, 2013 (CORRECTED)

1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters
2. Syria in the Spotlight
3. Hearings/Briefings
4. Members on the Record
5. From the Press/Blogs

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by Lara Friedman

The Gaza Strip! IDF Girls Gone Wild! These are some of the nicknames for the recent scandal sparked by Facebook photos and video of semi-nude female IDF soldiers, striking poses and dancing on IDF bases and inside IDF facilities, in some cases carrying weapons and sporting (parts of) IDF uniforms. These stories seemed to be everywhere -- including at the Forward.

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APN Legislative Round-Up: Week ending June 14, 2013

1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters
2. House Takes up FY14 NDAA - Middle East-related Amendments
3. Hearings/Briefings
4. Members on the Record
5. From the Press/Blogs

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