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January 01, 2007

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IsraCast is an independent, multimedia broadcast and distribution network that focuses on Israeli foreign affairs and defense issues. Based in Jerusalem, this non-profit website provides up to date and in depth analysis and comment on the major news events of the day. Since November 2003, the website has been operating on a full time basis providing integrated written and audio reports, exclusive interviews, flash presentations, and photos. The audio material, of high quality, is available to radio stations and websites as is all the other material. This method has resulted in IsraCast reaching a rapidly growing target audience which is not available to other websites. Having adopted an innovative and dynamic approach, IsraCast always seeks new ways of maximizing its presentations on the Internet. This has been achieved with the facilities of a professional recording studio and a full time staff with access to the country's leaders and experts.

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:

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."

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.

December 11, 2006

Iran opens Holocaust denial conference

Iran opened a conference on Monday to question whether the Holocaust ever took place, despite widespread condemnation by Western countries, including Germany. The conference will question whether gas chambers were used to exterminate six million Jews. The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly questioned the truth of the Holocaust, at one point describing the event as a "myth" and casting doubt on the scale of the killings. 

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.

November 26, 2006

US Government Leaders Experience Israel

The America-Israel Friendship League sponsored a mission to Israel with the assistance of the National Association of Counties allowing county leaders from across the U.S. to visit Israel from November 12 -18, 2006.  Additional assistance and cooperation was provided by the Union of Local Authorities of Israel.  Participants included eleven county commissioners, executives and mayors, along with officials from the National Association of Counties.

November 15, 2006

Eichmann captors get honored

Better late than never, the Ministerial Committee on Ceremonies and Honors has decided that Israel will conduct an official ceremony where a special honor will be given to everyone who participated in the capturing of Nazi criminal Adolph Eichmann and bringing him to justice in Israel.

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.

November 05, 2006

Author David Grossman

The internationally acclaimed Israeli author David Grossman, whose son was killed in the war between Israel and the Hezbollah, was the main speaker yesterday in the memorial rally marking the eleventh anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Tens of thousands attended the rally, at 'Rabin square' in Tel-Aviv.

November 02, 2006


A short time before his assassination at a peace rally in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin discussed some of the key issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in an exclusive interview, part of which is now broadcast for the first time. It was one of Rabin's last in-depth interviews before he was shot dead by Yigal Amir on November 4th 1995.

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:

September 21, 2006

Remains of Herzl's Children Brought to Israel for Reburial

The Remains of Herzl's Children Were Brought to Israel from France for Reburial on Wednesday, September 20th on Mount Herzl, Jerusalem.

September 12, 2006

Ahmadinejad Invited To Auschwitz

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has become the worlds leading denier of the Holocaust. In Jerusalem, Noah Flug, president of the Auschwitz International Committee, of former prisoners of Auschwitz has sent an invitation to the Iranian leader to visit the death camp to see for himself. Flug has also requested that the Iranian authorities allow him to participate in an upcoming conference on the Holocaust in Tehran. In our IsraCast studio, Noah Flug talked to David Essing about why he has sent his urgent letter to the Iranian president.

September 10, 2006


On a whirlwind tour of the Middle East, British Prime Minister Tony Blair is trying to drum up momentum for reviving the Roadmap peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians.

September 08, 2006


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.

September 01, 2006


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.

August 29, 2006


Shabak Security Chief Yuval Diskin issued a dire warning about the Gaza Strip when he presented his biannual report to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee. In response, Knesset Member Natan Sharansky of Likud said Prime Minister Olmert and his government cannot say they have not been warned.

August 28, 2006

Ahmadinejad'S DOUBLE TALK

'Double talk' was how Israeli officials  reacted to Iranian President Ahmadinejad's claim that Iran's nuclear program does not threaten the Jewish state. On the contrary the officials say the heavy water installation at Arak indicates that Iran is also trying to develop nuclear weapons by producing plutonium and not just by enriching uranium.

August 20, 2006


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.