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October 03, 2005

THE YEAR 5765

The past Jewish year of 5765 has ended with the state of Israel and the Palestinians at a new juncture. Israel has withdrawn from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements under the leadership of a national unity government while the Palestinians are now in the throes of an internal confrontation. David Essing sums up the outgoing year and looks ahead to the new Jewish year of 5766.

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September 30, 2005

NEW RULES

After launching forty Qassam rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel's western Negev, Israel renewed its counter-terror operations. By week's end, the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and even the Islamic jihad were calling for a return to the former cease-fire. However, Israeli officials say 'new rules' now apply; after Israel's total withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, there will be no return to the 'low intensity' warfare. What are the implications on the ground and for the Roadmap peace process? What is the approach of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon after implementing the unilateral withdrawal and nearly being trounced by former Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the Likud party convention? Dr. Raanan Gissin, Sharon's media advisor discusses the issues in this interview with David Essing.

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September 25, 2005

ESCALATION IN THE GAZA STRIP

It all began during a Hamas rally at the Jabaliya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on Friday. The Hamas members brought in pickup trucks loaded with Qassam rockets and explosives while waving their guns and shooting to all directions. The explosives were accidentally triggered, apparently as a result of the shooting, and the truck blew up, killing at least 19 Palestinians and injuring another 120. The Hamas was quick to blame Israel, which denied having anything to do with the incident.

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September 19, 2005

NEGOTIATING WITH HAMAS IS LIKE NEGOTIATING WITH AL QAEDA

After Israel's unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements, the focus is now on the upcoming Palestinian elections in January. However, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas insists that terror organizations such as Hamas must be allowed to participate in the election, although Hamas calls openly for the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people. Middle East expert Dr. Dan Schueftan of Haifa University rejects the idea that Israel supports such an election leading to a Palestinian state that would be based on Israel's destruction.

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September 16, 2005

SHARON STEERS ISRAEL & PALESTINIANS TO HISTORIC CROSSROADS

While Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was making his speech to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, anarchy ruled in the Gaza Strip and in the Philadelfi Corridor between Gaza And Egypt which is now manned by Egyptian soldiers after IDF troops pulled out. The Israeli leader has also made clear that if Hamas runs in the Palestinian elections this January, Israel will not cooperate. Hamas has a declared goal of wiping Israel off the map. Following Sharon's address at the U.N., the new Iranian President Ahmed Ahmadinejad again defied the international body by declaring that Tehran will continue its enrichment of uranium required for producing nuclear weapons. Iran has also threatened to exterminate the Jewish state.

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September 14, 2005

SHARON, THE U.N. AND PALESTINE

On Thursday evening, Israeli time, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is to address the U.N. General Assembly with the world waiting to hear how the Israeli leader views the next stage of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Israeli officials say Sharon will hold out the vision of an independent Palestinian state but also reject the idea that the Palestinians can preserve the option of terrorism. The officials say it is now up to the international community to impress this on the Palestinian leadership.

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September 11, 2005

IDF'S 'LAST WATCH' IN GAZA STRIP

After last month's evacuation of the settlements, the IDF is about to withdraw from the Gaza Strip. The military has completed its preparations for Operation Last Watch the final evacuation. At a Jerusalem cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and a majority of ministers spoke against demolishing synagogues in the Gaza Strip despite the fact that Palestinians will likely desecrate after they take over. All the religious elements of the synagogues have been moved back to Israel and only the shells of the buildings remain. Initially, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz recommended the IDF raze the synagogues but rabbis in Israel and abroad protested vehemently. They argued on religious grounds as well as warning that if Israel demolished the synagogues it would serve as a precedent for the removal of ancient synagogues in foreign countries.

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September 07, 2005

PALESTINIAN ANARCHY RULES GAZA

In the Gaza Strip, Palestinian gunmen have again gone on the rampage. In a pre-dawn they stormed the home of Moussa Arafat and after a thirty minute gun-battle, dragged him into the street and shot him to death. Moussa Arafat, currently an advisor to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was one of the most unpopular officials in the Gaza Strip notorious for corruption and torturing other Palestinians in the past. In another incident, Palestinian rioters tried to storm an Israeli tank as the IDF prepares to withdraw after the settlements have already been evacuated.

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September 01, 2005

PALESTINIAN OFFICIAL: 'WE HOPE FOR AN ABBAS-SHARON SUMMIT BEFORE THE UPCOMING U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY'

What happens now, after Israel's unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements? How do the Palestinians view the new emerging situation? Dr. Ahmed Subuh is the deputy Minister of Information in the Palestinian Authority and in this interview with David Essing he discusses the burning issues in the post disengagement period and in the run-up to the Roadmap negotiations.

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August 28, 2005

PALESTINIAN SUICIDE BOMBER STRIKES IN BE'ER SHEVA

The Palestinian terror organizations have not waited long after Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West bank settlements to renew their attacks. They struck at the central bus station in Be'er Sheva, the 'capital of the Negev' and only the swift and courageous action of two security guards and an alert bus driver averted the massacre of scores of Israelis in the big explosion. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has declared there will be no Roadmap negotiations for a Palestinian state if Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas does not disarm Hamas and the other terrorists who threaten to annihilate Israel.

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August 22, 2005

Israel Wraps Up Gaza Withdrawal & Moves On To West Bank

Thirty-five years of Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip has come to an end. Netzarim, the last of the twenty- one settlements, was evacuated on Monday, August 22nd. Tomorrow, the IDF moves into four West Bank settlements in northern Samaria to evict the remaining settlers and 'infiltrators' there. Back in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon briefed the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on his controversial withdrawal plan. Several right-wing MKs lashed out at Sharon saying he would go down in Jewish history as a tyrant.

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August 21, 2005

SHARON SOLDIERS ON WITH MORE SETTLEMENT EVACUATIONS

A total of five more settlements in the Gaza Strip were evacuated by Israeli soldiers and police today without the violence that accompanied some of last week's withdrawals. In Jerusalem, the cabinet approved the pullout from four settlements in the northern Samaria area of the West Bank. At the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon indicated that he is moving full steam ahead and clashed with four of his Likud ministers who oppose his disengagement plan. In another development, the far left is about to pull out its support for Sharon after the withdrawal is completed.

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August 18, 2005

GAZA WITHDRAWAL - CIRCLING THE WAGONS OR SLIPPERY SLOPE?

The inexorable eviction of the Gaza settlers continues amid heart-rending scenes of IDF soldiers dragging children, women and men from their homes. Most are religious Jews who believe they have also fulfilled an important national mission at the their country's calling and have now been evicted by a Prime Minister who for some reason has changed his mind. Some of these residents and their children have been killed in Palestinian attacks and all have come under the repeated shelling of more than 5,000 Qassam rockets and mortars launched since the outbreak of Palestinian violence in September, 2000.Why has Ariel Sharon changed course so dramatically? What can be expected from Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas who declares he will not confiscate the terrorists' weapons and Hamas that vows to use those arms to attack Israel when the time is ripe? Then there's the U.S. and the rest of the Quartet eager to plunge into the Roadmap process.

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August 15, 2005

GAZA DISENGAGEMENT - BETTER OR WORSE SECURITY

Israel's historic withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements is now moving into high gear. Amid the turmoil, the question for most Israelis now is whether the country will be better off or worse off after the withdrawal. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon believes he has firm U.S. backing that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas must first dismantle Hamas and the other terror organizations before Israel enters Roadmap negotiations. However, Hamas leaders have declared they will not give up their weapons and threaten a new wave of attacks from the West Bank. Sharon's critics charge the writing is on the wall; the current withdrawal will deal a severe blow to Israel's security.

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August 12, 2005

THIS WEEK 12.8.05

Just days before Israeli settlers are to be evacuated from the Gaza Strip, Israel was buffeted time and again, by one surprise after another. With tension reaching a fever pitch over the Gaza withdrawal, Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu resigned in protest over the disengagement. Subsequent public opinion polls then showed Netanyahu would topple Sharon in a Likud party election today. Enter U.S. President George W. Bush trying to bolster Sharon and praising his withdrawal plan. While the country is in the throes of the traumatic disengagement, with Sharon sleeping with a loaded pistol under his pillow, Attorney General Manny Mazuz says there is no proof that incitement was responsible for the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin nearly ten years ago.

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August 08, 2005

Egyptian Arms Freeway To Gaza Strip?

In the Knesset Foreign affairs and Defense Committee, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz presented an up beat picture of Israeli plans for evacuating the Gaza Strip that is to being on August 17th. However, several MKs were shocked to hear that a proposed agreement with Egypt to block Palestinian arms smuggling into the Gaza Strip does not bar Cairo from supplying weapons to the Palestinians. IDF officers also briefed the committee on the upcoming disengagement and the investigation underway into murder of four Israeli Arabs by an IDF AWOL soldier.

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August 07, 2005

NETANYAHU'S RESIGNATION: 'TAIL-WIND FOR BLOCKING GAZA WITHDRAWAL'

Finance Minister Bibi Netanyahu has startled the Israeli government and the entire nation with his surprise resignation. At a snap conference, Netanyahu charged that Prime Minister Sharon's disengagement plan would harm Israel's security and he could not be party to it. The settlers have welcomed Netanyahu's surprise move saying it will bolster their drive to halt what they call a retreat.

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July 29, 2005

IRA EXAMPLE FOR HAMAS

Former U.S. peace envoy Dennis Ross says Hamas must follow the IRA in Northern Ireland and give up its weapons, if Hamas wants to participate in the political process with Israel. Ross was the Clinton Administrations special representative to the now defunct Oslo peace agreement that was signed by Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn in 1993. Appearing before the Forum on the Middle East in the Knesset, Ross gave an insiders view of Oslo and looked at future prospects for the Roadmap. David Essing has these audio and printed reports.

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July 24, 2005

WILDFIRE OF ISLAMIC TERROR SWEEPS EGYPT, ISRAEL, BRITAIN

Al Qaeda and Palestinian terrorists have stepped up their offensives leaving death and destruction in their wake. Meanwhile, in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice has been meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders trying to keep the lid on the confrontation before and after Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements starting in the second half of August.

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July 22, 2005

THIS WEEK - 22.07.05

The week ended with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice returned to the region trying for a smooth Israeli evacuation of the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements in August. The massive Palestinian shelling of Israeli communities both in and out of the Gaza Strip and the tense confrontation between tens of thousands of Israeli settlers and Israeli security forces near Gaza, have raised some question marks about future developments. In the aftermath, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has turned down the idea of going for an early pull-out while Egyptian trouble-shooter Omar Suleiman succeeded on his mission to curb the massive shelling by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror groups in Gaza. And Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid presented an eyewitness the extent of lawless in the Palestinian controlled areas. He warned if Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas does not act to halt the internal violence, there is no hope for a democratic Palestinian state.

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