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031909 - PLIR 365 I Current happenings A Israeli cabinet...

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03/19/09 PLIR 365 I. Current happenings A. Israeli cabinet negotiations are still going on i. May not be a total Likud Party Cabinet ii. Have been talking with other parties B. Talks going on in Egypt i. Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange- failed ii. Palestinians-Hamas over whether or not a Palestinian unity government could be formed C. Former Iranian President (relatively moderate) has withdrawn his candidacy for Iranian Presidential elections in the summer i. New candidate has entered the region who was very similar to him ii. Didn’t have much support o backing from the religious community II. Reagan Administration A. Iraq-Iran War i. Marsh 1988 1. Iraq sent poison gas to Kurdish region of Iraq 2. Saddam was suspicious that the Kurds were supportive of the Iranians in the war 3. Halabja- his forces killed 4,000-5,000 Kurds were killed ii. Saddam uses poison gas against Iranians, bombs Tehran, etc. iii. Khomeini decides to drink the poison and accept the cease-fire 1. He didn’t want to stop fighting until Saddam was out of
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