In this file photo from April 2008, supporters of Egypt's main opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, demonstrate in Alexandria, Egypt, against a wave of arrests targeting the group's leaders and potential candidates in upcoming local elections. Members of the group say it is experiencing similar persecution now, more than a year away from parliamentary elections. AP hide caption

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At the inaugural J Street Conference in Washington on Tuesday, National Security Adviser James Jones discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the role of the U.S. in helping to resolve it. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A member of Hamas movement's security forces stands guard during a religious gathering. Marco Longari/Getty Images hide caption

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Hala Mustafa, editor-in-chief of Egypt's Democracy magazine (shown here in 2007), faces sanctions from the Egyptian journalists' union for meeting the Israeli ambassador to Egypt, Shalom Cohen. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards march during a military parade in Tehran in September 2008 to commemorate the 28th anniversary of Iran's 1980-1988 war with Iraq. The semi-independent group has taken quietly taken over dozens of companies in the country. Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Egyptian students wearing the face-covering veil known as the niqab walk with another student in Cairo. Last week, Egypt's top Islamic cleric barred students from wearing face veils in the classrooms and dormitories of Sunni Islam's premier institute of learning, Al-Azhar. The decision appears to be part of a government campaign to crack down on overt manifestations of ultraconservative Islam in Egypt. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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