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October 14, 2004

SHARON’S CHANCES

One day after suffering a symbolic defeat on his policy statement in the Knesset, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has gone on the offensive. The Likud ‘rebels’ abstained in a Knesset vote resulting in the Prime Minister losing the vote sparking speculation that his government ‘s days were numbered. Sharon then convened a meeting of the Likud caucus but did not invite the 15 Likud MKs who did not vote for him. Senior sources also told David Essing that ‘Sharon has passed the point of no return’ on carrying out the Gaza withdrawal despite opposition from his own Likud party. On Israel Television, David Essing discussed the current situation with IBA political reporter Dan Diker. The moderator - Laura Cornfield:

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October 12, 2004

LIKUD 'REBELS' DEFEAT SHARON

Likud ‘rebels’, opposed to Prime Minister Sharon’s plan to evacuate the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements, have handed Sharon an embarrassing defeat in the Knesset. They abstained when the House took a vote on the Prime Minister’s policy statement on the disengagement which resulted in a 53-44 defeat. However, the rebels then voted with Sharon against a no- confidence vote by Labor which was defeated 60-52.Opening day of the winter Knesset session found the Prime Minister pitted against opponents in his Likud party over the withdrawal issue.

Who blinks first? Prime minister Ariel Sharon bent on implementing the withdrawal or the fifteen or so Likud rebels who oppose it? They squared off at the opening of the new winter session of the Knesset.

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October 11, 2004

SHARON vs LIKUD

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has opened the Knesset’s winter session by announcing that he will present his disengagement plan to the House in another two weeks. Sharon was confident the Knesset will approve the controversial plan, which calls for the evacuation of the Gaza Strip and 4 settlements on the West Bank. Opposition leader Shimon Peres declared that his Labor party will support Sharon only if the Prime Minister proves he is sincere about really implementing the withdrawal. Peres sharply criticized the recent interview by Dov Weisglass, Sharon’s top aide, who said the disengagement plan was really designed to freeze the peace process with the Palestinians. Meanwhile, Likud rebels warn they will vote against the withdrawal. Analyst David Essing says some rebels warn if they cannot dissuade Sharon, they will topple him.

Tension was running high on the opening day of the new winter session. At stake are crucial Knesset votes on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s controversial plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and 4 isolated settlements in Samaria.

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October 09, 2004

SINAI MASSACRE - ISRAELI REACTION

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz calls the Sinai bombings, ‘mega-terror’ - they were aimed at murdering as many Israelis as possible. Mofaz was speaking at an urgent session of the Israeli cabinet after huge bombs ripped through the Taba Hilton hotel and a tourist resort packed with Israeli tourists on the Simchat Torah holiday. IDF Chief Of Staff Moshe Ya’alon said that after explosives were used against Egyptian hotels on Egyptian soil, maybe Egypt would finally crack down on Palestinian arms smuggling through Sinai to the Gaza Strip. IDF intelligence chief, General Aharon Zeevi-Farkash told the cabinet there is a high probability that al-Qaeda carried out the bombings. MK Yuval Steinitz of the Likud, the chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, also says the Mossad has foiled some previous al Qaeda attacks on Israeli and Jewish targets. Dr Steinitz told David Essing there are at least two reasons why al Qaeda was probably responsible for the Sinai bombings:

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September 29, 2004

INTELLIGENCE OUTLOOK - 2005

IDF intelligence commander, Maj. Gen. Aharon Zeevi-Farkash has presented his assessment for the new year in a confidential briefing to the Knesset Foreign Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. After the briefing, committee chairman MK Yuval Steinitz of the Likud said there is still a chance that international pressure may dissuade Iran from producing nuclear weapons which would pose the gravest threat to Israel.

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