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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 19, 2006

TOTAL HALT TO QASSAMS

Defense Minister Amir Peretz and several senior IDF officers have briefed the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on the Palestinian rocketing from the Gaza Strip. Peretz made clear in no uncertain terms that there must be a total halt to the launching of Qassams or else he will order the IDF to step up its counter-terror strikes. Peretz is facing mounting pressure and Mayor Eli Moyal from his hometown of Sderot has called on him to resign.

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June 18, 2006

DOVE IN DEFENSE MINISTRY

How has Israels new defense minister Amir Peretz handled the current escalation in Palestinian rocketing in the Gaza Strip? Peretz, the dovish Labor Party leader, makes his home in Sderot, that has been the main target of the Qassams launched just a few miles away. The tragic killing of seven Palestinian family members on the Gaza beach has also focused attention on how Israel should cope with indiscriminate Palestinian rocketing of Israeli civilians.

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June 16, 2006

THIS WEEK 16.6.06

Is Prime Minister Ehud Olmerts cup half-full or half-empty after his visit to London and Paris this week? While Britains Tony Blair and Frances Jacques Chirac stood firm on demands to the Palestinians for starting peace talks, they also reacted coolly to Olmerts unilateral Realignment plan for the West Bank.

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June 15, 2006

PALESTINIAN PERFIDY

First Hamas declared it is ready for a week long ceasefire with Israel if the IDF halts its targeting of Hamas. The offer came from Hamas headquarters in Damascus. However, within several hours the Palestinians fire five more Qassam rockets into the Israeli town of Sderot. After winning the election in January, Hamas has formed the official Palestinian government. But its predecessor Fatah, which is headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, and another group the Islamic Jihad claim responsibility for the latest rocketing.

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June 12, 2006

BLAIR BACKS OLMERT

In London, Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has presented his unilateral realignment plan to British leader Tony Blair. Listen to excerpts from the Blair-Olmert news conference.

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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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June 09, 2006

Al-Zarqawi & Samhadana

Dr. Dan Schueftan, an Arab Affairs analyst at Haifa University assesses the short and long-term impact of the U.S. targeted killing of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi in Iraq. The expert also compares it with Israels killing of Palestinian warlord Jamal Abu Samhadana in the Gaza Strip.

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May 26, 2006

ISOLATING HAMAS

Are Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas now engaged in trying to rebuild some mutual confidence? It looks that way after Olmert's visit to Washington and his talks with President Bush and other administration officials.

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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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May 19, 2006

EYEBALL TO EYEBALL IN GAZA

The armed confrontation between Hamas and Fatah erupted in several bloody clashes this week. It has all the signs of an internal power-struggle with neither side apparently ready to give in after Fatah lost control to Hamas in the recent election. Shalom Harari, a leading Israeli analyst on the Palestinians discusses various aspects and the outlook in an interview with IsraCast's David Essing.

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May 17, 2006

ARAFAT ADVISOR GETS KNESSET POST

Arab Knesset Member, who served as an advisor to Yasser Arafat, has long been in the limelight of Arab-Israeli relations in the Jewish state. Nonetheless, Dr. Tibi has now been elected Deputy-Speaker of Israels parliament, the Knesset. The Knesset House Committee voted in favor of Tibi.

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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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April 28, 2006

FORWARD TO WITHDRAWAL?

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert may be on his way to forming a commanding coalition majority but his key foreign policy goal of a unilateral withdrawal on the West Bank may soon peter out. After Kadima (Forward) and Labor signed a coalition agreement, Olmert is now expected to wrap up similar accords with other parties to build the required majority in Israel's parliament, the Knesset.

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April 21, 2006

TERRORIST SECURITY CHIEF

The Hamas government has now appointed Jamal Abu Samhadana, a leading warlord in the Gaza Strip, to rebuild the Palestinian security apparatus. Samhadana founded the Popular Resistance Committees that carried out numerous deadly terror attacks over the years. Israel declares that it still wants Samhadana dead of alive. What are the implications to the surprise appointment by the Palestinian Authority now run by Hamas? IDF Brig. Gen. (res.) Shalom Harari is a senior analyst at the Counter-Terrorism Center at the Inter-Disciplinary Centre in Herzliya. In an interview with IsraCast, Harari assesses the current situation including this weeks suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The general also explains why the IDF is finding it difficult to halt the launching of those Qassam rockets from the Gaza Strip.

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April 17, 2006

ISRAEL SEEKS NEW SOLUTIONS

Hours before Israeli Knesset members took their oath of office in Jerusalem, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself in Tel Aviv. The sixteen-year old member of Islamic Jihad picked a crowded shuarma snack bar. Within hours of the explosion, nine people were dead. More than sixty others were wounded.

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April 09, 2006

BALLISTIC INTIFADA

Since Israel evacuated the Gaza Strip last summer, that area has been used as a launch pad for mounting rocket attacks at Israel. Recently, the terrorists have been launching an average of forty a week and Israeli civilians in the area are fed up with having to run with their children to bomb shelters. The IDF has been ordered to step up its counter-terror campaign in what is turning into a ballistic intifada.

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April 04, 2006

OLMERT & PERETZ & CO.

In Jerusalem, Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Labor Party leader Amir Peretz have told the country they are now ready to cooperate in forming a new coalition government. Since Olmert's Kadima party won the March 28th election, both leaders have been broad siding each other by leaks from their officials to the media. However, Olmert and Peretz called a surprised news conference at the PM's office to announce that they have cleared the way for negotiating of a new coalition government. The two biggest parties comprise 48 seats in the 120-member Knesset. President Moshe Katsav is now expected to formally call on Olmert to officially launch officially launch coalition negotiations with potential partners.

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March 31, 2006

KEDUMIM & PALESTINIAN MUSICAL CHAIRS

The Palestinian suicide bombers keep coming - this time one got through. Disguised as an ultra- orthodox Heredi Jew, the terrorist blew up four Israelis who stopped to give him a ride near the settlement of Kedumim on the West Bank. The IDF responded by stepping up its counter-terror operations. The Fatah organization, officially lead by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), claimed credit for a brilliant and daring operation. This while the new Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has been toning down Hamas rhetoric that includes a vow to exterminate Israel and the Jews. Dr. Dan Schueftan, a Middle East expert at Haifa University, analyzes the aftermath of the Kedumim bombing in this interview with David Essing:

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