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April 30, 2007

WINOGRAD FALLOUT

All bets are off after the Winograd Inquiry published what amounts to a condemnation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's handling of last summer's 'Second Lebanon War'. Also hauled over the coals were Defense Minister Amir Peretz, former IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz, the entire cabinet and successive Israeli governments that ignored the Hezbollah threat after the IDFs unilateral evacuation of southern Lebanon in May 2006. IsraCast reports that after the dust settles, public opinion and its impact on Israel's domestic politics will apparently determine what happens next.

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April 23, 2007

TWILIGHT ZONE

As Israel's Independence Day draws near, the Jewish state faces a range of evolving prospects and dangers. At the same time, if Prime minister Ehud Olmert survives the Winograd Commission into the Second Lebanon War, he will have likely have new defense and finance ministers at his side. IsraCast analyzes the current situation and the domestic political scene and possibly some dramatic changes.

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April 18, 2007

NO ISRAELI ATTACK ON SYRIA

Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has denied foreign reports that Israel will attack Syria during a U.S. military operation against Iran's nuclear facilities this summer. Briefing the Knesset's Foreign Affairs & & Defense Committee, the Israeli leader said there was no truth to the rumors - Israel had no intention of attacking Syria.

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April 13, 2007

CORPORAL SHALIT & PALESTINIAN KILLERS

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his top advisors have been consulting on the list of hundreds of security prisoners that the Palestinians are demanding in return for the release of IDF Corporal Gilad Shalit. The Israeli cabinet is expected to take a final decision on whether to free Palestinians with Israeli blood on their hands. IsraCast analyzes the various views on this painful issue that has been dominating the Israeli media.

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April 13, 2007

SYRIA, SHOW ME

In an unprecedented step, Dr. Ibrahim Suleiman a Syrian citizen who now resides in Washington, briefed the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee. In the years 2004 - 2006, Suleiman and Alon Liel, a former director-general of the Israeli Foreign ministry conducted informal private contacts under the auspices of Switzerland. Although not officially authorized they updated their respective governments on understandings they have worked out in the private talks. Meretz Knesset Member Zehava Gallon initiated a move for Suleiman to go to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee to present the Syrian position. Later committee members told IsraCast they differed on whether Assad is really interested in peace.

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Listen to Dr. Ibrahim Suleiman Includes transcript of interview
Listen to MK Tzachi Hanegbi Includes transcript of interview
Listen to MK Colette Avital Includes transcript of interview
March 29, 2007

MEANWHILE, BACK IN GAZA

On the very day the Arab League was convening in Saudi Arabia to approve their peace plan, Palestinian terrorists launched seven more Qassam rockets at Israel. For the first time since last November, Israeli helicopters went into action to strike the rocket launchers. In the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, the new IDF Chief of Staff Gaby Ashkenazi that the Hamas military buildup in Gaza must be eliminated one way or another. IsraCast presents a detailed assessment of major changes being implemented by the new Chief of Staff in light of the Second Lebanon War.

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March 28, 2007

ISRAEL TO REJECT SAUDI DICTATE

A senior Israeli official has welcomed the Arab League's offer to make peace with Israel however it must be the starting point for negotiations. The official told IsraCast that Jerusalem could not agree to the Arab demand that the Palestinian refugees be allowed to return to Israel and that Israel must withdraw to the old 1967 lines including East Jerusalem. However, the Arab League declares  that it's a take-it-or-leave-it offer. In an interview with IsraCast, Labor MK Danny Yatom says the best option for Israel in light of the impasse on the Palestinian tract is to explore peace talks with Syria.

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March 23, 2007

PERES FAULTS OLMERT

Former prime minister Shimon Peres has starred in the first installment of closed door testimony to the Winograd Inquiry into last summer's war with Hezbollah. Deputy-Premier Peres, who has voiced public support for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, in effect hauled Olmert over the coals for his performance after the Hezbollah attack that killed eight IDF soldiers and abducted two others. Maj. Gen.(res.) Amos Malka, IDF intelligence chief at the time of the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon in May 2000 also blamed the IDF General Staff for being preoccupied with the war on Palestinian terrorism. IsraCast analyzes part of the testimony against the backdrop of Israel's political scene.

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March 17, 2007

OLMERT PRE-EMPTS WINOGRAD

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert acted swiftly after  the Winograd Enquiry into the war with Hizballah announced that it would include 'personal conclusions' in its partial agreement to be made public in the second half of April. This will apply to the Prime Minister, the Defense Minister and the IDF Chief of Staff. At a meeting of his ruling Kadima party, Olmert admittted that he was an unpopular prime minister but rejected his critics attacks.  A  IsraCast analysis of the Olmert speech indicates that the Prime Minister may have tried to pre-empt public reaction to possible criticism in the upcoming Winograd findings.

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March 15, 2007

Yigal Allon (1918-1980)

27 Years to Yigal Allon - Israel's foreign minister under the first Rabin government, and one of Israel's greatest military minds.

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March 13, 2007

IRAN TRAINING HAMAS

Shabak Security Chief Yuval Diskin presented a grim picture when he briefed the Knesset Foreign & Affairs Committee. Diskin disclosed that hundreds of Hamas terrorists are now undergoing 'extended training in Iran'. 

The security chief also reported on the growing strategic threat posed by Hamas and other groups in the Gaza Strip. Moreover, he  issued a warning about tens of thousands of Israeli Arabs who are members of the Islamist Movement inside Israel. Knesset Member Effy Eitam of the National Union, a retired combat officer, told  IsraCast that many MKs were alarmed by the revelations saying that Israel must take action against the looming threat from Gaza.

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Listen to Interview with MK Effy Eitam Includes transcript of interview
March 12, 2007

THE SAUDI OPTION

The Saudi Arabian peace proposal of several years ago is back in the limelight. When first presented, it called for the Arab world to make full peace with Israel in return for a total Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders. But a short time later, a Beirut summit meeting added the so-called right of return of Palestinian refugees to Israel. IsraCast examines various aspects of the plan that splits the Israeli political spectrum.

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February 28, 2007

ISRAEL WARNS IRAN

Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that Israel has the capabilities to go it alone against the Iranian nuclear threat if left on its own. Lieberman was addressing a closed door session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee. At the same time, he called for harsher sanctions saying they could dissuade Tehran from continuing its nuclear weapons program.

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February 28, 2007

FALLOUT OF SUNNI-SHIITE CLASH

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni says the current confrontation between Sunni and Shiite Muslims has superseded the Israeli- Palestinian conflict in at least seven Islamic states around the globe. In a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, Livni disclosed that Israel was telling foreign countries that the recent Mecca Agreement agreed by the Palestinians does not comply with the conditions of the so-called Quartet. A senior Israeli official also said that Muslim states may intervene in Iraq if total chaos follows a future U.S. withdrawal.

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February 25, 2007

ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE & NORTHERN THREATS

The Israeli intelligence establishment has presented its annual intelligence assessment to the cabinet for the coming year. While the Palestinians go through the motions of forming a national unity to halt the bloody internal feud between Hamas and Fatah and to con the international community into renewing financial aid, the gravest threats to Israel come from the north and north east.

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February 19, 2007

REPUBLICANS & DEMOCRATS SUPPORT STIFFER IRANIAN SANCTIONS

In Jerusalem, a  U.S. Congressional delegation of Republicans and Democrats has discussed national security issues with Israeli Knesset members. The Iranian nuclear weapons threat was obviously high on the agenda at their closed door session in the Knesset. Delegation leader  Senator Jon Kyl (R) of Arizona and Representative (D) Jane Harman of California were interviewed by IsraCast on how Republicans and Democrats view for stiffer international sanctions may prevent Tehran from acquiring 'the bomb'.

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February 19, 2007

HEZBOLLAH & JERUSALEM PHOTO- OP

A senior IDF intelligence officer has revealed that Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon are on their way to being stronger now than before last summer's war. Brig. Gen. Yossi Bidatz revealed some new facts and figures when he briefed the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee. Also appearing at the hearing Defense Minister Amir Peretz Tried to play down the intelligence assessment. Meanwhile, in Jerusalem U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice chaired a three way summit with Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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February 12, 2007

ARROW BULL'S EYE

Knesset Member Yuval Steinitz, the former chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, says the latest Arrow success proves Israel has a very good defense against Iranian missiles. No other country in the world has succeeded in doing what the Arrow did in the latest test. Steinitz, who attended the test, told IsraCast that the Arrow proved it can destroy ballistic missiles fired from about any range. In a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert also called the Arrow test a most impressive achievement.

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February 05, 2007

NO EVACUATION OF SDEROT

Is Israel planning to evacuate the Negev town of Sderot which is located just across the border from the Gaza Strip? Defense Minister Amir Peretz categorically denied rumors that this is in the offing in light of the repeated Palestinian rocketing of the town. Meanwhile, a former defense minister,  Moshe Arens says Israel will have no choice but to launch a major ground operation into Gaza to suppress the rocketing.

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Listen to Interview with Prof. Moshe Arens Includes transcript of interview
January 28, 2007

PRESIDENCY UNDER FIRE

Should Israel abolish the mainly ceremonial position of President after the incumbent Moshe Katsav has been accused of rape and other sexual misconduct as well as obstructing justice? This is now a burning issue in the midst of the scandal that has shocked the country. IsraCast has drawn on numerous sources in this report on President Moshe Katsav - the position and the man.

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