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May 11, 2007

AUTOPSY OF SECOND LEBANON WAR

The publication of the long awaited Winograd testimony has done little to alter the Israeli public's perception that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz fumbled the Second Lebanon War last summer. Olmert and Peretz, both inexperienced in conducting a war, rushed into battle with a military commander determined to prove that his pilots could win a guerrilla war with Hezbollah. When this strategy got bogged down, all three were at a loss of what to do. An IsraCast analysis indicates there although Olmert may have survived the first wave of public criticism, he now faces a political campaign of attrition calling on him to step down.

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May 08, 2007

SECOND LEBANON WAR REVISITED

Not only Israel, but countries in the Middle East and the international community are still pondering what happened to the vaunted Israel Defense Forces Israel in last summer's war against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon. The Winograd Commission has painted the the broad outline focusing on the faulty decision making of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and former Chief of Staff Dan Halutz. But it is Halutz's predecessor, Moshe Yaalon who has spelled out what what went wrong from the strategic and tactical points of view. Yaalon who served as Chief of Staff from 2002 , after the IDF withdrawal from southern Lebanon, until the spring of 2005, has given extensive interviews to the Maariv newspaper and Channel One TV. IsraCast summarizes these two important insights into what went wrong in the Second Lebanon war.

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May 04, 2007

OLMERT'S SURVIVAL

The scathing findings of the Winograd interim report were harsher than expected and have rocked Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his coalition government. But Olmert has absorbed the immediate impact, rolling with the punches and determined to survive. But as previously discussed by IsraCast, the Prime Minister could be at the mercy of Labor, his main coalition partner which faces a major dilemma over remaining in an Olmert-led cabinet.

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May 01, 2007

POLITICAL TSUNAMI SWEEPING ISRAEL

A political tsunami is now sweeping Israel after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz declared they will not resign after the Winograd Enquiry condemned their conduct of the Second Lebanon War. Labor Party Cabinet Minister Eitan Kabel has resigned declaring that he could no longer serve in a cabinet lead by Olmert. Israelis from different parts of Israel for a big protest demonstration against the government in Tel Aviv on Thursday night. IsraCast reports that both Olmert and Peretz appear to be on borrowed time as they face a growing wave of protest.

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April 27, 2007

WINOGRAD COUNTDOWN

The futures of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz will be on the line when the Winograd Commission releases its partial report on April 30th.As previously reported by IsraCast, the chances are good that Olmert will survive the interim findings. The long awaited conclusions will deal with the period from the IDF evacuation of the security zone in southern Lebanon back in May 2000 until the first five days of the war that erupted on July 12th 2006. Leaks to the media from Winograd testimony have highlighted the responsibility of former IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz for failing to respond to warnings from senior officers before the war and his inexperience in conducting a war against the Hizballah guerillas.

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April 23, 2007

TWILIGHT ZONE

As Israel's Independence Day draws near, the Jewish state faces a range of evolving prospects and dangers. At the same time, if Prime minister Ehud Olmert survives the Winograd Commission into the Second Lebanon War, he will have likely have new defense and finance ministers at his side. IsraCast analyzes the current situation and the domestic political scene and possibly some dramatic changes.

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April 06, 2007

FOREIGN POLICY ON HOLD

Are new developments afoot in the Middle East? The 'to and fro' of international figures coupled with the Arab League's peace offer might be misleading. The IsraCast assessment is that Israeli foreign policy is so closely tied to the Bush administration that it has been put on hold until the Iranian nuclear crisis is resolved.

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March 23, 2007

PERES FAULTS OLMERT

Former prime minister Shimon Peres has starred in the first installment of closed door testimony to the Winograd Inquiry into last summer's war with Hezbollah. Deputy-Premier Peres, who has voiced public support for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, in effect hauled Olmert over the coals for his performance after the Hezbollah attack that killed eight IDF soldiers and abducted two others. Maj. Gen.(res.) Amos Malka, IDF intelligence chief at the time of the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon in May 2000 also blamed the IDF General Staff for being preoccupied with the war on Palestinian terrorism. IsraCast analyzes part of the testimony against the backdrop of Israel's political scene.

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January 12, 2007

GATHERING POLITICAL STORM

Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak's entry into the race for Labor party leader, has thrown a wild card into the gathering poker game of Israeli politics. But in the current state of play there are several key moves that have yet to be resolved.

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January 07, 2007

PASSING THE BUCK ON NATIONAL SECURITY

Israel is still reeling from the outcome of the Lebanon war. In reviewing internal IDF inquiries into why IDF ground forces failed to route the Hezbollah guerrillas and halt the rocketing of northern Israel, Chief of Staff Dan Halutz admitted that Israel's deterrent has suffered in the Arab world. Meanwhile, speculation is rife that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert may appoint Ehud Barak, a former IDF Chief of Staff and Prime Minister, to replace Defense Minister Amir Peretz. However, coalition politics and personal careers may block such a move.

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December 27, 2006

Peres predicts peace with Syria

Vice-Premier Shimon Peres says he is certain there will be peace between Syria and Israel "sooner or later." In an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Thursday, Peres said there was no alternative. "They won't have a choice. Nobody has a choice. War becomes so expensive. It doesn't bring any conclusion. It doesn't have any justification."

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December 05, 2006

Not the peace we expected

In an article that was published in the Israeli Daily Ha'aretz, Knesset Member Yuval Steinitz  presents his point of view on the current situation between Israel and the Egyptians. Dr. Steinitz belongs to the right-wing Likud party, and he is the former Chairman of  the Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee in the Knesset.

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November 13, 2006

Second anniversary of Arafat death

The Palestinian Authority is commemorating the second anniversary of Former Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat. Thousands of people took part in the central memorial ceremony which took place in the Muqata compound in Ramallah.

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August 18, 2006

WILL OLMERT SURVIVE?

A growing wave of protest is sweeping over Prime Minister Ehud Olmerts conduct of the war with Hezbollah. Not only political rivals buts some bereaved parents of fallen soldiers are demanding that Olmert resign.

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July 21, 2006

IDF ENTERS SOUTH LEBANON

As reported by IsraCast on July 13th, Israel is determined to drive Hezbollah out of the border region of south Lebanon. After warning Lebanese civilians to temporarily leave the area, IDF troops are now battling Hezbollah fighters in the area of Marun A-Ras village. In light of Tehran's all out support for Hezbollah, it is now apparent that Israel is now engaged in a de facto war with Iran and global terrorism.

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May 05, 2006

LIFELINE OR HANGING ROPE?

The Knesset has approved the new coalition government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert by a vote of 65-49 in the 120 Member parliament. In presenting his cabinet, Olmert declared that he would carry out a unilateral pullback to a new defense line on the West Bank, if there were no able Palestinian partner. The new line would include the settlements blocs and Israel would view it as a border until such time that the Palestinians were ready to halt the terrorism, recognize Israel and previous agreements with the Palestinians.

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March 29, 2006

ODD MAN OUT

Kadima's Ehud Olmert may have won the Israeli election but by far less than expected. Labors Amir Peretz survived his test although the party wound up with more or less the number of seats he started the campaign. Likud's Binyamin Netanyahu has left his party in tatters.

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March 24, 2006

C.E.O. OLMERT

Israeli voters are about to go to the polls in one of the strangest elections in the countrys history. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Kadima is frontrunner to win the election on March 28th with Labors Amir Peretz and Likuds Binyamin Netanyahu trailing far behind. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who bolted the Likud to form Kadima, remains in a coma at Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem after suffering a stroke three months ago.

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March 22, 2006

KISSINGER & LIEBERMAN

The strong showing by Avigdor Lieberman of the Israel Beitenu party (Israel, Our Home) has been a big surprise in the current Israeli election campaign. Lieberman, an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, is proposing that Israel and the Palestinians redraw the old 1967 lines. His idea would be for heavily populated Arab areas of Israel to become part of the Palestinian state in return for Jewish settlement areas on the West Bank. Considered to be highly controversial, Lieberman's proposal is apparently supported in principle by none other than former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

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January 10, 2006

OLMERT MAINTAINS LEAD

The Hadassah medical team's announcement about Prime Minister Ariel Sharon making 'slight movements' with his right hand and leg, possibly his left side as well, sent a wave of new hope throughout Israel. But the medical team warns although there is room for cautious optimism, the Prime Minister is still in a critical condition. Meanwhile, the latest opinion poll indicates Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is maintaining Kadima's lead in the election campaign.

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