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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 25, 2005

SHARON REFUSES TO BUILD BETWEEN JERUSALEM & WEST BANK

A group of bipartisan Knesset members met in Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin's office criticizing Prime Minister Sharon's refusal to start building an a vacant three mile space between Jerusalem and the west Bank town of Maale Adumim. Plans have been approved to build some 4,000 housing units there but Sharon refuses to give the green light. The MKs accused Sharon of capitulating to the U.S., which opposes any Israeli building on the West Bank. Ehud Barak, who is no longer an MK but is running for the Labor party leadership said it was even more important to 'build around the clock' and even on the Sabbath to complete the security fence.

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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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July 21, 2005

ISRAEL DEBATES EARLY GAZA WITHDRAWAL

Two top Israeli cabinet ministers propose that Israel withdraw from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements before the scheduled date of August 17th. Labor's Shimon Peres first raised the issue and the Likud's Ehud Olmert agrees. Meanwhile, over 30,000 withdrawal protesters have ended their three-demonstration and gone home after Israeli soldiers and policemen blocked them from entering the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip, that are to soon be evacuated.

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July 19, 2005

ONE THOUSAND BALLISTIC MISSILES

Uzi Rubin, a leading Israeli missile expert, warns that Iran and the Arab states now have an arsenal of about 1,000 ballistic missiles that can target Israel. Rubin, a founder of Israel's counter missile project known as 'Homah', was addressing an open session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Affairs & Defense Committee which discussed the missile threats now facing Israel. Yair Ramati the Arrow Project Director at Israel Aircraft Industries told the committee that the Arrow is capable of coping with a ballistic missile attack on Israel. But why has Israel yet to find an answer to the primitive Qassam rockets that Palestinians in Gaza Strip launch daily at Israeli settlements and communities inside Israel?

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July 18, 2005

NEAR GAZA, SETTLERS & ISRAELI TROOPS GO EYE BALL TO EYEBALL

Tens of thousands of Israeli protesters vow not to give up their battle against the Gaza withdrawal; but Sharon pull-out supporters say the disengagement cannot be stopped.

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July 14, 2005

SHARON CALLS ON KNESSET TO APPROVE EGYPTIAN TROOPS ON GAZA BORDER

After facing sharp criticism and a petition to Israel's Supreme Court, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has agreed that Knesset will vote on his proposal to allow 750 Egyptian soldiers to patrol along the Gaza Strip border after an IDF withdrawal. Opponents to the idea had earlier petitioned the Supreme Court for a ruling on whether the Knesset vote was necessary. Making his first appearance as IDF Chief of Staff before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, General Dan Halutz said the military are now prepared to carry out the evacuation of some 9,000 settlers from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements. However, the Chief of Staff clashed with several MKs who oppose the controversial withdrawal.

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July 07, 2005

PALESTINIANS DEMAND NEW GAZA STRIP BORDER

Palestinian negotiators have demanded that the Gaza Strip border be moved two kilometers north inside Israeli territory. This was revealed by IDF General (ret.) Giora Eiland, the head of the national Security Council in a recent briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Eiland said Israel categorically rejected the Palestinian demand. The Israeli official went on to say that although a number of important issues must still be resolved, he is confident the unilateral Israeli withdrawal can be carried out on schedule starting after August 15th.

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July 06, 2005

PALESTINIANS DEMAND ISRAEL DEMOLISH SETTLER HOMES

Opposition leader Tommy Lapid of Shinui has called on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon not to bulldoze the more than 1200 homes that settlers are due to evacuate in the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements this fall. Lapid says the Palestinians demand that Israel do so because they want to turn into anti-Israeli propaganda. During her recent visit, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced that Israel would demolish the buildings and the Palestinians would be compensated for doing the clean up. However, it appears her statement was premature.

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July 05, 2005

ISRAEL'S WITHDRAWAL MOVES INTO HIGH GEAR

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon spelled out where he stands before, during and after Israel's August withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements. Sharon headed a team of Israeli officials at a hearing of the joint Defense and Constitution committees in the Knesset. Earlier in the day, the IDF chief of military intelligence rated Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas's chances of success as 'slim to very slim'. General Aharon Zeevi Farkash also warned if the terror organizations are not happy with political progress after Israel's disengagement, they will launch a new wave of terrorism, mainly from the West Bank.

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June 29, 2005

DISENGAGEMENT COUNTDOWN 2

Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ended days of speculation that he will bolt the government and lead the campaign to halt Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza strip and 4 West bank settlements. Netanyahu, Prime Minister Sharon's main rival in the Likud, has declared that he is sticking in the cabinet although he believes the disengagement is a big mistake which will jeopardize the country's future security. His announcement came as thousands of disengagement opponents stepped up their campaign by blocking traffic around the country. The Israel Police warn they will not tolerate such a move and ready to move in with force. David Essing reports on developments as the disengagement countdown continues.

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June 22, 2005

CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS ISRAEL

The U.S. boycott of an Israeli arms sale to China has apparently not affected the very close ties between Israel and China. Chinese Foreign Minister Zhaoxing continued his trip to Israel saying his country wishes to maintain its relations with Israel in all spheres including the 'army'. He also announced that China has placed Israel on its recommended tourist map and hotels here had better start building more rooms for thousands of Chinese tourists who will invade Jerusalem, the city of peace. The Chinese official received a very warm welcome from state President Moshe Katzav and from Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin and the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

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June 17, 2005

EARLY ELECTION MOVES IN ISRAEL

An early election atmosphere is building in Israel. First, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin charged that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon cannot lose no-confidence votes in Parliament and continue to carry out the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements this fall. Several Likud MKs have also called for an election before the disengagement is implemented. Former Likud cabinet minister Dan Meridor believes an early election will take place after the disengagement. Meanwhile, Likud rebel MK Uzi Landau calls on Finance Minister Bibi Netanyahu and other Likud cabinet ministers to quit the government in order to block the pullout.

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June 15, 2005

Lackluster Race Poses No Real Threat To Prime Minister

Israel's 'opposition-coalition' Labor party is headed into the home stretch for its primaries for party leadership. Labor recently joined Sharon's coalition cabinet with one goal only, to support the Prime Minister's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements against the wish of most of his own Likud party members. Labor rejects nearly every other position taken by Sharon and the Likud. How long will this bizarre state of affairs carry on after this fall's pullout? Sharon may be relying on Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. President George W. Bush.

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June 06, 2005

Israel Will Disarm Gaza Settlers

Israel's Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz took the wraps off plans for the upcoming Israeli evacuation of the Gaza Strip and 4 settlements in the northern West Bank. The unilateral evacuation is planned to start shortly after August 15th. In the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Mofaz also disclosed that call-up orders are now being issued to IDF reservists who are to participate in the evacuation of some 8.000 settlers from their homes.

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May 29, 2005

ISRAEL RELEASES 400 PALESTINIANS

The Israeli cabinet has voted overwhelmingly to release another 400 Palestinian security prisoners. Five hundred Palestinians were freed a short time after the Sharm el Sheik agreement in February. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told the Cabinet that Israel would honor her commitments although Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was not keeping his by fighting terrorism. The Cabinet vote was 18-3; in voting against Finance Minister Bibi Netanyahu argued it was a big mistake to free more terrorists while the Palestinians continue the violence. In another development, IDF Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh recommends the army remain in Northern Samaria for at least four months after the upcoming evacuation of 4 Israeli settlements.

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May 25, 2005

SAVING MAHMOUD ABBAS

Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will have his job cut out for him when he meets U.S. President George Bush in the White House today. Abbas can be expected to come with a list of Israeli violations of the recent Sharm el Sheik agreement; this against the backdrop of Hamas launching more than 100 mortars and Qassam rockets last week at Israeli civilians. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is flying home from his U.S. visit after again calling on the Palestinian leader to back up his statements about halting terrorism the terror attacks.

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