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December 19, 2007

Gaza Turnaround?

IDF General (res.) Danny Yatom says the Hamas leadership in Gaza is feeling the pressure of current IDF counter-terror operations into Gaza. This week a targeted air strike killed a top Islamic Jihad commander who was responsible for many of the Qassam rocket attacks on the Israeli town of Sderot. In an interview with IsraCast General Yatom said Hamas and the other terror organizations are now on the run and Israel should reject any offer of a temporary cease-fire which will only be broken when the terrorists recover.

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Listen to Audio Interview with MK Dani Yatom Includes transcript of the interview
October 07, 2007

PEACE IN ANNAPOLIS?

What are the prospects for Middle East peace conference at Annapolis scheduled to convene at Annapolis next month? Although conference convener U.S. President George Bush has high hopes, the IsraCast assessment is that Annapolis has as little chance of bringing 'peace in our time' as did Munich nearly seventy years ago. While the participants try and rev up some momentum for Annapolis, Hamas reacts by escalating attacks on Israel from Gaza.

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August 27, 2007

Ahmadinejad, Stop threatening Israel

While Israelis are worried from the Iranian nuclear threat, MK Hilo decided to act on the issue. In a letter which is making its way to Iran, she is calling Ahmadinejad to stop his threats to exterminate Israel. Nadia Hilo is an Israeli Arab and as a member of the Labor party she was elected to the Knesset in the last elections. IsraCast brings you this open letter written by her to the Iranian president.

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August 25, 2007

STRATEGIC QASSAM vs. DIPLOMATIC BLITZ

In spite of intense diplomatic activity scheduled for this fall, little will likely change in the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation. IDF Maj. Gen. (res.) Shalom Harari sees slim chance of the international conference achieving little more than vague understandings because Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cannot exercise any control over his own West Bank terrorists. Meanwhile, the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip is locked in an escalating confrontation with Israel. This week a terrorist rocket scored a direct hit on an Israeli kindergarten in Sderot that was empty of children at the time. In an interview with IsraCast Gen. Harari, now an analyst at the Herzliya Center, warned that if a Qassam rocket hits a crowded synagogue or kindergarten it will trigger a massive IDF operation into Gaza.

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June 17, 2007

EYELESS IN GAZA

The dust has not yet settled after the takeover of Gaza by Hamas, the radical Islam movement. From his headquarters in Ramallah on the West Bank, President Mahmoud Abbas has appointed a new prime minister Salam Fayyad to replace Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas. Haniyeh refuses to step down contending that his Hamas members control two- thirds of the Palestinian parliament. Now in the U.S., Prime Minister Ehud Olmert talks of a new opportunity arising from the split between Hamas and Fatah. A leading Israeli analyst Dr. Dan Schueftan previously told IsraCast that although today's events should have been visible from the outset it is most important to see their ramifications on future developments.

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May 27, 2007

GENERAL BARAK OR ADMIRAL AYALON ?

In the Labor party race for new party leader, two top retired military commanders are leading the pack. According to opinion polls, Gen.(ret.) Ehud Barak and Admiral(ret.) Ami Ayalon are virtually tied before the May 28th ballot. IsraCast says a large number of Laborites are still undecided and their votes will likely decide the outcome. However the question is can either Ayalon or Barak win by passing the 40% threshold or will the two top candidates have to compete in a runoff. The incumbent Defense Minister Amir Peretz is not giving up declaring that last time the polls proved wrong when they predicted he would lose to Shimon Peres.

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April 30, 2007

WINOGRAD FALLOUT

All bets are off after the Winograd Inquiry published what amounts to a condemnation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's handling of last summer's 'Second Lebanon War'. Also hauled over the coals were Defense Minister Amir Peretz, former IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz, the entire cabinet and successive Israeli governments that ignored the Hezbollah threat after the IDFs unilateral evacuation of southern Lebanon in May 2006. IsraCast reports that after the dust settles, public opinion and its impact on Israel's domestic politics will apparently determine what happens next.

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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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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 17, 2007

GENERAL'S BOMBSHELL SHAKES ISRAELI CABINET

The question being asked in Israel and in corridors of power in the Middle East and beyond is what happens now on the Israeli political scene after the surprise resignation of IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz. The General as well as Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz are blamed by many Israelis for bungling last summer's war with Hezballah in Lebanon. David Essing spoke to both opposition and coalition MK's:

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January 06, 2007

PALESTINIAN BLOODLETTING

Over the weekend, the internal Palestinian bloodshed has soared in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. The Palestinian power struggle between Hamas and Fatah reached a new peak - seven Palestinians were killed when Hamas raiders attacked the home of a Fatah security officer in the Gaza Strip. More deadly clashes have occurred on the West Bank. Meanwhile, in the West Bank town of Ramallah an Israeli undercover operation to catch a wanted terrorist  is detected leading to a shootout that kills five Palestinians and wounds several dozen others. All this as terrorists in the Gaza Strip continue to launch two or three Qassam rockets daily at Israeli targets despite the current 'cease-fire' in Gaza. IDF Brig. Gen. (Res.) Shalom Harari, a senior analyst at the Counter-Terrorism Institute at the Herzlyia Center assesses latest Palestinian developments. Shalom Harari was interviewed by David Essing:

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Listen to Interview with Brig. Gen, Shalom Harari Includes transcript of interview
January 04, 2007

Teddy Kollek Laid to Rest

Hundreds of people pay last tribute to former Mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, President Moshe Katzav and Vice Premier Shimon Peres are just few of the Israeli dignitaries and foreign diplomats who attended the funeral at Mount Herzl National Cemetery. Earlier,  Kollek's coffin laid in state at City Hall's Safra Square, where Jerusalem citizens could pass by and pay tribute to their legendary Mayor.

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December 29, 2006

Syria & The Big Picture

Is Syria's President Bashar Assad sincere in his peace overtures to Israel? On one hand Assad offers peace talks but on the other he has forged a strategic alliance with Iran which threatens to wipe the Jewish state off the map. Then again is the Syrian dilemma facing Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert also linked to such issues as the  U.S. war in Iraq, Iran's nuclear weapons program and the future of Lebanon? Professor Eyal Zisser, one of Israel's leading analysts on Syria, discussed where the current situation may be headed in this interview with reporter David Essing:

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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 19, 2006

Blair-Olmert press conference

British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday reiterated his commitment to help to bring about a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Here is the transcript of the joint press conference given by Prime Minister Tony Blair and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem.

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December 17, 2006

Sharansky Awarded Medal of Freedom

U.S. President George Bush awarded America's highest civilian honor to 10 men and women who have distinguished themselves in contributing to world peace, national security, and culture. Former Prisoner of Zion and Likud MK Natan Sharansky received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Friday at a White House ceremony.

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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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November 01, 2006

Yitzhak Rabin's last words

On leaving a mass rally for peace held under the slogan "Yes to Peace, No to Violence," Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish right-wing extremist. Age 73 at his death, he was laid to rest before a shocked and grieving nation, in a state funeral on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, attended by leaders from around the world. These were his last words:

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October 10, 2006

GAZA & IRAQ

'The internal Palestinian violence in the Gaza Strip is approaching the violence you see in Iraq' - that's the assessment of Shalom Harari, an IDF Brig, Gen. (res). Harari is a leading Israeli expert at the Counter-Terrorism Institute in Herzliya. In an interview with David Essing, Harari analyzes the internecine Palestinian violence and its significance for Israel. He also assesses the chaos in many Arab states against the backdrop of this week's visit by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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