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GAP News - 9/5/10

The Kids Are Alright: The first Middle East direct peace talks since December 2008 kicked off this past week with a press conference featuring President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordanian King Abdullah II. In an initial step forward, both parties agreed to meet every two weeks to continue the direct talks, with the next one taking place in Egypt. Meanwhile, Hamas killed four Israeli civilians driving in the West Bank and vowed to continue attacks in a deliberate attempt to end the peace talks. President Obama and other leaders condemned the attacks. Thank you, Labor Day Weekend - it's the best kind of Sunday night, and I'll be at Blackfinn in half an hour. Welcome back to GAP News. :: NEWS CLIPS :: U.S. News Affecting Foreign Policy 1. Clinton to arrive in Jerusalem this month for peace talks (Jerusalem Post) US officials say talks between Netanyahu and Abbas will take place in unconfirmed location on Sept.15 a day after discussions in Sharm el-Sheik. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Point of No Return, The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg in-depth piece on Iran acquiring a nuclear bomb, and what that would mean for Israel, the U.S. and the rest of the world. Middle East News 1. Mideast parties to meet every 2 weeks (Politico) At their first direct talks Thursday, Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed to meet every two weeks during the coming year to work out parameters for a peace agreement, Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell told journalists Thursday. 2. Hamas says it will continue attacks on Israelis (Reuters)

Hamas said on Thursday its militants would keep on attacking Israelis and denounced peace talks between Israel and the West Bank-based Palestinian government due to start in Washington later in the day. 3. PLO Ambassador to Iran Hopes to See "Complete Eradication" or Israel (Islamic Republic News Agency) Palestine’s Ambassador to Tehran Salah Zawawi said on Thursday that relentless struggle with the "Zionist occupiers" will continue until liberation of Holy Qods. 4. Japan Suspends Iran Energy Investments, Freezes Assets in New Sanctions (Bloomberg) Japan said it is suspending new oil and gas investments in Iran and freezing the assets of 88 organizations and 24 individuals in its latest round of sanctions for the Middle Eastern country’s nuclear program. 5. A Number's Guide to the Palestinian Authority (Ynet News) Statistics show the Gaza Strip, West Bank are home to one of world's youngest populations. Palestinians prefer cell phones, almost every home has a TV, and internet access is becoming more popular. :: POLITICAL :: SENATE Alaska: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) - Appointed in 2002 With votes still being counted, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) conceded the Republican nomination to attorney Joe Miller (R) who led by 1,630 votes after nearly 12,000 absentee and questioned ballots from the August 24 GOP primary were tallied. Murkowski is the third incumbent senator and the seventh member of Congress to lose in a party primary this cycle. Miller now faces Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams (D) in the general election. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AZ-08: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) Two-term Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) is tied with Iraq war veteran Jesse Kelly (R) in a Republican poll released this week. Reelected in 2008 with 55 percent of the vote, Giffords is the first Democrat to represent this part of

Arizona in more than two decades. CA-47: Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D) - Elected in 2006 Seven-term Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D) holds a two-point lead over three-term state Assemblyman Van Tran (R) in a Republican poll released this week. Sanchez captured 69 percent of the vote when she was reelected in 2008. CO-04: Rep. Betsy Markey (D) A Republican poll released this week showed first-term Rep. Betsy Markey trailing state Rep. Cory Gardner (R) by double digits. Markey defeated thenRep. Marilyn Musgrave (R) with 56 percent of the vote in 2008. VA-05: Rep. Tom Perriello (D) An independent poll released this week shows first-term Rep. Tom Perriello (D) trailing state Sen. Robert Hurt (R) by 26 points in his bid for a second term representing this Charlottesville-based district. Periello ousted thenRep. Virgil Goode (R) by 727 votes in 2008. --GAP News is a publication by GW Acting Politically for Israel (GAP), a student group dedicated to supporting and strengthening the U.S.-Israel alliance through the American political process. It is edited on a weekly basis by Corey Jacobson, GAP Communications Director. Please feel free to send any comments to with "comment" in the subject line. GAP News does not want to clutter your inbox. If you would like to be removed from this list, please send a message to the above email address with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line.