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June 13, 2008

Israel's Cost - Effective Crossroads

At week's end, Israel was in the throes of considering the ousting of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and whether or not to go for a possible cease-fire with Hamas controlled Gaza. IsraCast assesses the leading topics on Israel's domestic and regional agenda. Will 'Prime Minister Tzipi Livni' soon be leading the current and why is Defense Minister Ehud Barak supporting what is likely to be a phony cease-fire that Hamas will eventually violate?

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June 03, 2008

No To Hamas Cease-Fire?

In a closed door briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, Defense Minister Ehud Barak has reviewed Israel's security situation on all fronts. IsraCast has learned that several MKs warned that the Egyptian proposed cease-fire with Hamas will serve to strengthen the terrorists.

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May 29, 2008

Olmert's Falling Dominoes

Israel is now awaiting a decision by Attorney General Meni Mazuz on whether or not to indict Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for financial corruption. That is the outcome of the Morris Talansky testimony against Olmert which may involve financial corruption. IsraCast is of the view that Labor party leader Ehud Barak has also issued an ultimatum to the ruling Kadima party that Olmert cannot run the country and cope with a full-blown police enquiry at the same time.

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May 14, 2008

Bush Backs Olmert

U.S. President George W. Bush has returned to Israel - this time to mark Israel's 60th birthday. The American leader landed after declaring that Israel will have a 'strong friend and ally in America whoever is president'. Although plagued by a police investigation into campaign contributions, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was obviously delighted with the Bush visit and warmly welcomed the U.S. President. However, IsraCast notes that although the U.S. has been pushing hard for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, a leading Hamas official has vowed the Palestinians will never recognize Israel and will destroy the Zionist state.

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May 07, 2008

Israel's Time To Remember

Israel marked Remembrance Day with memorial ceremonies around the country while remaining on high alert for possible terror attacks from Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Hezbollah in south Lebanon. From early morning, throngs of Israelis began streaming to the military cemeteries around the country. IsraCast says Israel as taken a 'time out' from the political speculation swirling around a police investigation into Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as it commemorated Remembrance Day for the 22,347 fallen soldiers who died defending the Jewish state.

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April 18, 2008

Prime Minister's Passover

On this Passover holiday, Israelis may be relaxing to celebrate the Exodus of their forefathers from bondage in Egypt to freedom in their ancient homeland. But not so the Israeli security forces which are poised to cope with a number of clear and present dangers both at home and abroad. Against this backdrop, IsraCast assesses comments by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak on some of the key threats facing the Jewish state at this juncture.

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April 10, 2008

Israeli Blood For Palestinian Fuel

Israel has temporarily closed the Karni fuel depot to the Gaza Strip after Palestinian terrorists killed two Israeli tanker truck drivers who were supplying fuel to the Palestinians. The four attackers were killed while trying to flee back to Gaza. A former Israeli security official has told IsraCast that the terrorists will exploit every weak point they can and warns that lifting 50 West Bank checkpoints may backfire for Israel.

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April 06, 2008

HEZBOLLAH FILE

Along the northern border, Israel is on high alert to face two threats. Syria has been building up its military power, buying new weapons and training more than in the past. Israel has sent calming messages to Damascus and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has declared that Israel's big civil defense exercise does not pose a threat to anyone. However, IsraCast reports that it's a different story with Hezbollah which has vowed to launch a bloody attack on the Jewish state.

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February 22, 2008

IRAQ - VIETNAM OR MUNICH?

Prof. Bernard Lewis, considered by many to be the dean of Middle East experts, has rejected the comparison of the U.S. role in Iraq to Vietnam. Addressing the Jerusalem conference in the Israeli capital, Lewis called it: 'a total false analogy' - it may be more similar to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in his capitulation to Nazi Germany's Adolph Hitler at Munich in 1938. Among other topics, Lewis also explained why many Arab leaderships now view radical Islam and Iran as more dangerous than Israel.

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February 15, 2008

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES!

The Israeli public is paying little notice to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's denial that Israeli agents were not involved in the assassination of Hezbollah arch-terrorist Imad Mugniyah in the heart of Damascus. One newspaper article carried the sardonic headline: 'Mossad Chief Meir Dagan Is Sitting Shiva' - (seven day mourning period for the dead). The Hezbollah chief is known to have planned and executed the murder of scores of Israelis and the cross border raid that triggered the Second Lebanon War in July 2006. IsraCast is of the view Imad Mugniyah had become Israel's 'Osama Bin Laden' in the eyes of Israeli intelligence.

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February 13, 2008

War to finish with Hamas

What is Israel's ultimate goal in the ongoing war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip? Labor Knesset Member Efraim Sneh told IsraCast that it is not only to stem the continual Palestinian rocketing of Sderot but to also eliminate Hamas rule over Gaza. Hamas, like its patron Iran, was set on Israel's destruction and the Israeli people must realize that the war for Jewish existence in its ancient homeland began over 100 years ago and is still continuing. Sneh, the former Deputy Minister of Defense criticized the recent U.S. National Intelligence estimate that had put Israel in a tight corner while Iran continues its nuclear weapons program.

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February 13, 2008

Hezbollah Top Commander Assassinated in Damascus

The terrorist chief was killed when he sat on the seat of his vehicle which blew up in Damascus. Israeli experts say Mugniyah was number one on Israel's wanted list of terrorists and his death is a major blow to terrorist organizations.

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February 11, 2008

All Options Open On Gaza

Defense Minister Ehud Barak is feeling the heat of the continuous Palestinian rocket attacks on Sderot from Gaza. This after two Sderot brothers were badly injured on Saturday when Qassam rockets slammed into the town from Beit Hanun less than a mile away. One of the boys had his leg amputated, the other is still in serious condition. That was the background to Defense Minister Barak's closed door briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. After talking with several committee members, IsraCast is of the view that Barak will now be forced to consider more drastic steps to halt the rocketing - this could include giving the green light for a major ground offensive into Gaza, if there is no halt to the Qassams.

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February 10, 2008

GAZA & POST WINOGRAD

The aftermath of the Winograd findings into the Second Lebanon War and Gaza dominated the headlines in Israel this week. The fireworks are still popping after Prof. Yehezkel Dror's controversial interview that appeared to favor the Olmert-Barak leadership rather than the Likud's Bibi Netanyahu. Dror argues that he acted impartially on the Winograd panel but IsraCast says the highly esteemed political scientist has virtually sabotaged the Winograd enquiry. Meanwhile, Israel is starting to cut its power supply to Gaza in retaliation for the Palestinian firing of Qassam rockets at the Israeli town of Sderot and other communities in the Negev. And in a new twist, A Palestinian official has warned Israeli parents in Sderot to evacuate their homes for the sake of their children.

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February 06, 2008

Winograd Whirlwind

Professor Yehezkel Dror of the five-member Winograd inquiry into the Second Lebanon War has shocked Israel with statements that show partiality toward Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Opposition Knesset Members from both right and left have condemned Dror's statements charging that the Winograd commission was stacked in Olmert's favor. However, the IsraCast assessment is that despite the firestorm sparked by Professor Dror there is slim chance it will lead to a new public inquiry.

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February 02, 2008

BARAK'S QUANDARY

Labor party leader Ehud Barak is now wrestling with the most difficult question of his long and distinguished political and military career - should he resign as defense minister and topple the Olmert government after the scathing Winnograd enquiry into the Second Lebanon War or is his first duty to carry on reforming the Israel Defense Forces? The stakes are extremely high. All the opinion polls indicate that Bibi Netanyahu's Likud party would win an early election and form the next government. This at a time the Jewish state faces a mounting nuclear threat from Iran, relentless Palestinian rocketing from the Gaza Strip and faltering peace talks with West Bank Palestinians. The questions of the honorable politician and true patriot have created a unique and painful dilemma that includes the families of fallen soldiers and reserve soldiers who feel they were let down by an incompetent Olmert government during the recent war against Hezbollah.

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January 11, 2008

BUSH ENTRY TICKET

U.S. President George W. Bush has come and gone saying the right things in Jerusalem & Ramallah to shore up his Israeli & Palestinian partners. Bush told Israelis 'to end the occupation' and the Palestinians 'to end the terrorism'. This was not new but it was something that America's Arab allies needed to hear before he lands in their capitals. These Arab leaders, who also feel the threat of el Qaeda and of a nuclear armed Iran, are under pressure from their 'Arab streets' for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The IsraCast assessment is that Bush tried hard to shore up Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and West Bank Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas but the question is for how long?

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January 01, 2008

PRELUDE TO WINOGRAD

A group of IDF reserve soldiers interrupted the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee during its presentation of a report into the Second Lebanon War of 2005. They protested committee members focusing on military aspects of the war while not dealing with the government's responsibility. Although scathing in its criticism, the report itself revealed no surprises - the IDF was ill prepared to go to war after Hezbollah guerrillas crossed the northern border killing 7 soldiers and abducting 2 others while rocketing Galilee with Katyushas. But above and beyond the Hezbollah war, IsraCast says the report came against the background of a similar situation evolving in the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip where Palestinian terrorists continuously rocket the Israeli town of Sderot.

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December 28, 2007

Olmert vs. Winnograd

What are the implications of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's statement this week that he will not resign even if severely criticized by the final report of the Winnograd enquiry into the Second Lebanon war? Defense minister Ehud Barak, leader of Labor, Olmert's key coalition partner indicates he has not yet decided whether he will keep his pledge to quit the government after the final Winnograd report expected in another month or so. However, IsraCast says opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu of Likud will also be tested in the Winnograd aftermath.

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December 25, 2007

Blood on their hands

The Israeli government may soon release Palestinian prisoners with blood on their hands in order to get back three IDF soldiers. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has convened consultations to reconsider the Israeli policy of not freeing Palestinians prisoners who were directly involved in the killing and maiming Israelis. Since the Oslo accords were signed in 1993, over 1,000 Israelis have been murdered and thousands more wounded in terror attacks. After polling coalition and opposition Knesset Members, IsraCast says there is a growing number of public officials who appear ready to change existing policy.

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