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February 18, 2007

BACK TO BASICS

'Back to basics', that's the message from new IDF Chief of Staff Gaby Ashkenazi. The IDF's top soldier plans on shaking up the Israeli military to meet the various threats facing the Jewish state today.

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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 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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September 08, 2006

I.D.F VICTORY IN A WEEK

A group of retired IDF officers is leading a public campaign for setting up a state panel of enquiry into the roots and conduct of the war in Lebanon. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has opposed such an official investigation with full legal powers; Olmert has proposed three independent boards to examine what happened. Brig. Gen. (ret.) Reuven Benkler, a senior combat officer in Lebanon, believes that if the political leadership had handled the situation properly, the IDF could have wiped out Hezbollah in a week. General Benkler was interviewed by David Essing in our IsraCast studio in Jerusalem.

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September 01, 2006

BREAKING RANK

Defense Minister Amir Peretz and his Labor party have decided to support an official state enquiry into the war with Lebanon. The move has sparked anger at the Prime Ministers office; Ehud Olmert is categorically opposed to such a binding investigation. IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz is facing more flak as retired generals call on him to resign.

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August 20, 2006

FARCE OF UN CEASE-FIRE

The IDF commando raid deep into Lebanon's Bekaa Valley near Syria highlights the dilemma now confronting Israel. U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 based the cease-fire on a robust U.N. force moving into south Lebanon to prevent newed Hezbollah attacks on Israel as well as an arms embargo on the terrorists.

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August 16, 2006

GENERAL HALUTZ AND THE WAR

IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz briefed the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee on the war with Hezbollah. He arrived amid calls for his resignation after it was disclosed that three hours after Hezbollah attacked Israel, General Halutz called his bank to sell off his stocks. But in committee, the Chief of Staff got a show of support in light of the fragile situation in the Middle East.

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August 15, 2006

TIE & TIMEOUT??

In the wake of the Hezbollah war, the state of Israel now has much soul-searching to do.

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August 13, 2006

RACE AGAINST KATYUSHAS

The race is on - 30,000 IDF troops are now trying to drive the Hezbollah Katyusha threat out of range of Israel before the cease-fire takes effect on Monday morning. So far the terrorists have hit Israeli population centers with over 3,600 rockets. Meanwhile, both Israel's PM Ehud Olmert and Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah say they accept UN resolution 1701 for a cease-fire.

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August 09, 2006

TURNING POINT

Demotion de facto: Maj. Gen. Udi Adam, the IDF commander on the Lebanese border has been demoted by Chief of Staff Dan Halutz. That is the true meaning of the decision to send Deputy Chief of Staff Moshe Kaplinsky to serve as the halutz 'Representative' at Northern Command Headquarters from where the war against Hezbollah is being waged. Maj. Gen. Kaplinsky, considered to be one of the IDF's top infantry commanders, will obviously be calling the shots now although the OC of Northern Command officially remains in his post.

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August 02, 2006

WHO IS WINNING THE WAR?

While the war escalates between Israel and Hezbollah, the debate has begun over who is winning. Both Prime Minister Olmert and Sheik Nasrallah say they have no doubt about the outcome. But in Israel, the issue is not clear-cut.

 

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July 28, 2006

QUO VADIS ISRAEL

Israels decision to mobilize three IDF reserve divisions has aroused speculation about the course of the war against Hezbollah. At the same time, the security cabinet has also decided to continue the policy of limited incursions against Hezbollah strongholds in southern Lebanon that killed nine soldiers on Wednesday. In an interview with the Maariv daily, Chief of Staff Dan Halutz has unveiled his thinking at this stage of the war.

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July 17, 2006

IDF STRATEGY

In spite of the Hezbollah rockets still hitting Israel, IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz says the Jewish state is winning the war. General Halutz was briefing the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense committee in Jerusalem.

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July 13, 2006

TERRITORY & TERROR

Israel has unleashed its air power to eliminate Hezbollah's capability to terrorize northern Israel from south Lebanon. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his cabinet have ordered the Israel Defense Forces to do what it takes to knock out the guerrilla organization that is a law unto itself in Lebanon

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June 25, 2006

'SHATTERING THE ILLUSION'

Israel has issued an ultimatum to Palestinian leadership demanding the immediate return of the IDF soldier who was abducted by Palestinian attackers from the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has held consultations with defense officials and the security cabinet to decide on the Israeli response to what is being viewed as a grave escalation. The assault came near Kibbutz Kerem Shalom.

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June 23, 2006

BALANCE OF TERROR

The outcome of the Palestinian rocketing of the Israeli town of Sderot will have a wide-ranging impact on the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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June 11, 2006

GAZA VICTIMS

The explosion that killed seven Palestinians on the beach of Gaza has shocked Israel. Israelis were distressed by the possibility that an IDF shell had gone off target and wreaked havoc among the Ralia family that was enjoying a picnic.

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May 24, 2006

READING BETWEEN THE RHETORIC

After meeting in the White House, Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and U.S. President George Bush later held a joint news conference. It was not their first meeting. Years ago in Jerusalem, Olmert Mayor of Jerusalem hosted Bush, who was then Governor of Texas. By the sights and sounds of their Washington news conference, the two leaders hit it off again. But what apparently went on behind the rhetoric?

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May 23, 2006

NO IDF CONQUEST OF GAZA

In a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz has assessed the Palestinian threat and the bloody feud between Hamas and Fatah. Gen. Halutz also disclosed that Iran could acquire a nuclear capability by the year 2009.

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