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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 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 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 09, 2006

IRANS NUCLEAR TIMETABLE

Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, the chief of the IDF Intelligence Branch warns that Iran may be conducting a clandestine nuclear weapons program. Gen. Yadlin presented his assessment of Irans nuclear weapons drive in a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. In his view, U.N. sanctions could affect Tehrans plans to continue with its nuclear weapons program. Deputy Premier Shimon Peres has also been speaking about Irans threat to wipe Israel off the map by warning that Iran could also be destroyed.

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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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May 02, 2006

ISRAEL REMEMBERS ITS FALLEN

Israel is remembering its fallen servicemen and women with memorial services in military cemeteries around the country. The main cemetery was held on Mount Herzel in Jerusalem. Delivering the only address, Prime Minister Designate Ehud Olmert made no direct reference to the Palestinian terrorism or the Iranian nuclear threat.

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May 02, 2006

IRANS NUCLEAR BUTTON

Might Iran press the button on Israel if it acquires nuclear weapons? This was one of the questions put to Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz the commander of the Israel Defense Forces. In an interview with the Yediot Ahronot newspaper, the Chief of Staff discussed various aspects of the Iranian nuclear threat.

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April 24, 2006

COALTION SPINNING INTO SHAPE

Labor is on the verge of joining a new coalition government headed by Kadima leader and Prime Minister Designate Ehud Olmert. Labor leader Amir Peretz and Olmert met in Jerusalem, but failed to put the final touches on a deal. Coalition negotiations are also underway with two religious parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, the Pensioners and Israel, Our Home.If Olmert corrals them all, he will command a majority of over 80 MKs in the 120 member Knesset. Meanwhile, former Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom has stepped up his campaign to oust Likud party leader Bibi Netanyahu.

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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 14, 2006

LATEST IRANIAN NUCLEAR THREAT

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad captured headlines around the world when he declared that Tehran has started producing enriched uranium. Ahmadinejad told the Iranian people that scientists had produced 3.5% enriched uranium. This is a far cry from weapons grade uranium but it would only be a matter of time before the Ayatollahs would get their hands on the bomb. Israel says Iran could acquire nuclear weapons in three years if not stopped. Although Iranian leaders have talked about wiping Israel off the map, Jerusalem has reacted coolly to the latest development in the Iranian nuclear weapons drive.

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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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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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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 15, 2006

OLMERT HAS TAKEN OFF THE GLOVES

The IDF was ready and waiting. Only minutes after British and American monitors evacuated the Jericho prison where the Palestinian Authority had jailed wanted terrorists, Israeli tanks and troops moved in. Five of the terrorists, including Popular Front leader Ahmed Saadat, were believed responsible for gunning down Israeli cabinet minister Rehavam Zeevi in a Jerusalem Hotel in 2001. Not only had the Palestinians been threatening the international monitors, Hamas talked about freeing the terrorists. IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz says the military strike was not political although it comes in the midst of the Israeli election campaign. However, there are various ramifications.

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March 10, 2006

STATING THE NUCLEAR OBVIOUS

Speaking at the Hudson Institute in Washington, former IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon startled Israel by declaring publicly: 'The IDF has the military capability to destroy Iran's nuclear installations and setting back Tehran's quest to acquire the bomb for years'. The subject of the lecture was Halting Iran's Nuclear Program, Is there any Israeli Option? Reacting in Jerusalem, Israeli officials severely reprimanded the general for just about detailing how it could be done. However, speaking shortly before Yaalon's briefing, Acting PM Ehud Olmert also declared that 'Israel will not tolerate Iran's acquiring nuclear weapons'.

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March 06, 2006

HOW TO TACKLE HAMAS

The Hamas issue was at the top of the agenda, when Foreign Minister Zippi Livni gave her first briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee. Livni said Hamas officials can now be expected to tone done their ideology about destroying Israel by making more moderate and vague statements about recognizing the Jewish State. She explained that Hamas now needs international recognition to receive foreign aid but Israel would not fall for it.

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