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July 16, 2006

ISRAELI FREE-FIRE ZONE IN SOUTH LEBANON

Following the Hezbollah missile barrage that killed eight people and injuring dozens of others in Haifa, Israel is apparently going to establish a free fire zone in south Lebanon.

 

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July 13, 2006

TERRITORY & TERROR

Israel has unleashed its air power to eliminate Hezbollah's capability to terrorize northern Israel from south Lebanon. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his cabinet have ordered the Israel Defense Forces to do what it takes to knock out the guerrilla organization that is a law unto itself in Lebanon

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July 12, 2006

ISRAEL GOES TO WAR

Israel prepares to respond in force to the deadly Hezbollah attack from south Lebanon The cross border raid that abducted another two Israeli soldiers has further escalated the current crisis with Hamas in the Gaza Strip in the south. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has left no doubt that Israel will hit not only Hezbollah but also Lebanese targets in reaction to the unprovoked attack from Lebanon.

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June 25, 2006

'SHATTERING THE ILLUSION'

Israel has issued an ultimatum to Palestinian leadership demanding the immediate return of the IDF soldier who was abducted by Palestinian attackers from the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has held consultations with defense officials and the security cabinet to decide on the Israeli response to what is being viewed as a grave escalation. The assault came near Kibbutz Kerem Shalom.

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April 09, 2006

BALLISTIC INTIFADA

Since Israel evacuated the Gaza Strip last summer, that area has been used as a launch pad for mounting rocket attacks at Israel. Recently, the terrorists have been launching an average of forty a week and Israeli civilians in the area are fed up with having to run with their children to bomb shelters. The IDF has been ordered to step up its counter-terror campaign in what is turning into a ballistic intifada.

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March 10, 2006

STATING THE NUCLEAR OBVIOUS

Speaking at the Hudson Institute in Washington, former IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon startled Israel by declaring publicly: 'The IDF has the military capability to destroy Iran's nuclear installations and setting back Tehran's quest to acquire the bomb for years'. The subject of the lecture was Halting Iran's Nuclear Program, Is there any Israeli Option? Reacting in Jerusalem, Israeli officials severely reprimanded the general for just about detailing how it could be done. However, speaking shortly before Yaalon's briefing, Acting PM Ehud Olmert also declared that 'Israel will not tolerate Iran's acquiring nuclear weapons'.

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December 30, 2005

ELECTION CATCH-UP

The news that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is about to undergo a minor heart procedure has not affected the latest campaign polls. In Labor, party leader Amir Peretz kicked off his campaign with the slogan 'Labor, the time has come!' But questions are being asked after Labor has dropped from 26 to 19 seats in the polls. In the Likud, Bibi Netanyahu charges that Sharon is not telling all about his health and challenges the PM to face him in a series of TV debates. Sharon declines and has now recruited highly rated Avi Dichter, the former Shabak security chief, to help take on Netanyahu and Peretz.

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November 30, 2005

MARCH DEADLINE FOR IRAN

Appearing at a closed-door session of the Kneset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Maj.Gen. Aharon Zeevi-Farkash, the chief of IDF Intelligence Branch, has presented a detailed briefing. Gen. Zeevi-Farkash updated the committee on how IDF intelligence assesses latest developments in Iran, Iraq, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority and along the Lebanese border.

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November 22, 2005

SHARON BULLDOZER

The Sharon 'bulldozer' that erected the Likud party more than thirty years ago has now demolished it. Twenty-four hours after Sharon announced that he was quitting the Likud, a Maariv daily poll forecast that a Netanyahu-lead Likud would garner only 15 seats in the upcoming election. That's just half of the 30 for Sharon who is expected to be overall winner; Labor would come in second with 26. Netanyahu propelled the anti-Sharon drive in the Likud, eventually forcing the Prime Minister to quit because of what he called the 'unbearable' situation. The morning after, Netanyahu and the rest of the Likud have awakened with the Chinese proverb ringing in their ears: 'Beware of ever getting your wish!'

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November 21, 2005

SHARON READY TO EVACUATE MORE SETTLEMENTS

It has been a dramatic day in Israel. Shortly after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced that he was quitting the ruling Likud party and heading for an early election at the head of a new centrist party, Hezbollah guerrillas in south Lebanon launched one of their heaviest attacks in years. Sharon has held a news conference spelling out why he has quit the Likud and how he views contacts with the Palestinians.

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October 23, 2005

THIS WEEK 22.10.05

The U.N. enquiry into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has placed responsibility at the door of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Syrian dictator must decide how to cope with the mounting crisis, apparently of his own making. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas went to Washington and a meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush against the backdrop of the Palestinian Authority’s lack of response in reining in terrorism. Although the Palestinians are trying to put a brave face on the outcome, the fate of the Palestinian state may also be at stake. In Israel, the Maariv daily carried a banner headline that Binyamin Netanyahu may quit politics after his failed attempt to topple Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

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October 20, 2005

IDF INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

The Chief of IDF Intelligence Maj. Gen. Aharon Zeevi-Farkash has warned that Iran's nuclear weapons program is a threat to Europe no less than it is to Israel. In an interview with the Israeli daily Maariv, the intelligence official also said Israel should not rule out a military option, if the diplomatic approach fails to deter Tehran from continuing its clandestine program to produce nuclear weapons. As for the Palestinians, Mahmoud Abbas will back down rather than face a military confrontation with the terror groups that defy his authority. Gen. Zeevi-Farkash believes it is only a matter of time before the U.S. attacks Syria, if President Bashar Assad continues to allow the flow of guerrillas and explosives across the Syrian border into Iraq.

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October 14, 2005

SYRIA - SERIAL ASSASSIN?

Is the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad responsible for the death of Syrian intelligence chief Gen. Ghazi Kanaan? Professor Eyal Zisser, an expert on Syria at Tel Aviv University discusses the latest scandal linked to possible Syrian involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The death of Kanaan, Syria's strongman in Lebanon for may years, also comes against the backdrop of the current U.S. - Syrian confrontation over the stream of Islamist terrorists into Iraq, where they have been killing American soldiers.

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October 12, 2005

Yom-Kippur WAR - 'THE WATCHMAN FELL ASLEEP'

Thirty-two years have passed since Egypt and Syria armies caught Israel by surprise on Yom-Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. At around two o'clock in the afternoon, while Israelis were at prayer in synagogues across the country, massive Arab forces attacked across the Suez Canal and on the Golan Heights. Outnumbered by ten to one and more, the Egyptian and Syrian troops and tanks overran the sparse Israeli defenders and appeared to threaten the very existence of the Jewish state. Before the IDF recovered and drove back the invading armies, 2,586 Israeli soldiers were killed and thousands more wounded. It was a monumental intelligence failure and the trauma in Israel continues to this very day. What went wrong? Dr Uri Bar-Yosef, a strategic analyst at Haifa University and an IDF Colonel (res.) has conducted an exhaustive study in his book entitled 'The Watchman Fell Asleep' which has recently appeared in English.

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September 29, 2005

SYRIA TO THE PALESTINIANS: CARRY ON WITH TERROR

Israeli deputy defense minister Zeev Boim told Israel Radio that Syrian President Bashar Assad had encouraged the Palestinian terrorist groups to step up attacks on Israel. On this issue, here is an interview with Professor Eyal Zisser of Tel-Aviv University, a leading Israeli expert on Syria, broad-casted on IBA News:

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September 21, 2005

HARIRI TAPED ASSAD'S THREATS

Rafik Hariri, former Lebanese Prime Minister, was assassinated in Beirut on February 14th, 2005 by a car bomb that killed also ten other people. He was a member of opposition parties that demanded Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon. While most of the clues to the bombing point to Damascus, Syrian President Assad has not yet claimed responsibility for Hariri's murder.

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September 12, 2005

IDF COMPLETES GAZA EVACUATION

The Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip has been completed without hitch. Last month, the settlements were evacuated and now the Israel Defense Forces have pulled out. The Palestinians are now in control. What are the prospects? How did Israel take control of the Gaza Strip thirty-eight years ago? The fact is that Defense Minister Moshe Dayan and IDF Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin planned on bypassing the Strip that was populated by Palestinian refugees, in order to smash the Egyptian tank formations that were threatening Israel from Sinai. It was only after two divisions of Egyptian and Palestinian forces stationed in Gaza started shelling villages in Israel that the IDF was ordered to enter Gaza.

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September 09, 2005

THIS WEEK 9.9.05

What are the implications of the brutal killing of Moussa Arafat in the Gaza Strip? What does it reveal about the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas? Jordan's King Abdullah praises Ariel Sharon for implementing the disengagement while warning that al Qaeda may also be active in Israel. In the Likud leadership race, challenger Bibi Netanyahu is facing some tough decisions this weekend in the wake of latest public opinion polls.

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August 18, 2005

GAZA WITHDRAWAL - CIRCLING THE WAGONS OR SLIPPERY SLOPE?

The inexorable eviction of the Gaza settlers continues amid heart-rending scenes of IDF soldiers dragging children, women and men from their homes. Most are religious Jews who believe they have also fulfilled an important national mission at the their country's calling and have now been evicted by a Prime Minister who for some reason has changed his mind. Some of these residents and their children have been killed in Palestinian attacks and all have come under the repeated shelling of more than 5,000 Qassam rockets and mortars launched since the outbreak of Palestinian violence in September, 2000.Why has Ariel Sharon changed course so dramatically? What can be expected from Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas who declares he will not confiscate the terrorists' weapons and Hamas that vows to use those arms to attack Israel when the time is ripe? Then there's the U.S. and the rest of the Quartet eager to plunge into the Roadmap process.

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August 15, 2005

GAZA DISENGAGEMENT - BETTER OR WORSE SECURITY

Israel's historic withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements is now moving into high gear. Amid the turmoil, the question for most Israelis now is whether the country will be better off or worse off after the withdrawal. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon believes he has firm U.S. backing that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas must first dismantle Hamas and the other terror organizations before Israel enters Roadmap negotiations. However, Hamas leaders have declared they will not give up their weapons and threaten a new wave of attacks from the West Bank. Sharon's critics charge the writing is on the wall; the current withdrawal will deal a severe blow to Israel's security.

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