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July 31, 2011

Israel's Summer of Discontent

 Public opinion polls show over 80% of Israelis support the thousands of mostly young hard-working middle class citizens who have organized in tent camps throughout the country protesting their slide into poverty. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his coalition government have been stunned by the popular revolt that erupted over the exorbinate price of cottage cheese but has now spread to the tax code, education, health, you name it. IsraCast analyst David Essing says Netanyahu is now scrambling to placate the protestors who demand action and they want it now.

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July 02, 2011

Lauder and Dershowitz Admonish Netanyahu

 Two prominent American Jewish figures Ron Lauder and Alan Dershowitz have called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to launch a viable peace initiative. In separate interviews with the Israeli media, the two friends of Netanyahu, have warned of the Palestinian PR campaign that is being spearheaded by the latest flotilla to Gaza and the UN General Assembly vote recognizing a Palestinian state expected in September. Analyst David Essing is of the view that both Lauder and Dershowitz would not have gone public with such critical comments, unless they felt that Israel's Prime Minister is unwilling to confront his Right wing supporters in and out of his Likud party.

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June 08, 2011

Israel's Border Intifada and Mossad

 Israel has reacted firmly to Arab attempts to launch an uprising, or intifada in Arabic, along its borders. Rioters from Syria tried again and were repulsed as were Palestinians at the Kalandia check point on the West Bank and at the Gaza border. In another development, the tight-lipped former Mossad Director Meir Dagan, has set off a major controversy by launching a peace initiative to the Palestinians and not Israeli jets at Iran's nuclear weapons facilities.

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May 26, 2011

Netanyahu's Quandary

 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has weathered his political storm with President Barack Obama in Washington. However there can be little doubt now that Israel's leader will be pressed by the U.S. and the international community to go beyond his readiness to give up 'some settlements' for a peace accord with the Palestinians. It should come as no surprise that by and large, Netanyahu's stirring speech to the U.S. Congress was also applauded by the Israeli public except for hardliners in and out of the Knesset. But if 'push comes to shove', America's foreign policy is determined by the White House and not the Congress. Analyst David Essing sums up the PM's momentous visit to Washington.

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May 22, 2011

Obama's Shock Therapy on Israel

 In one speech, U.S. President Barack Obama spread dismay and consternation in Israel by inferring that the old 1967 lines that at some points left only nine miles between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea. Then in the next, Obama clarified that the new Israeli-Palestinian border could not be the same 1967 and that was what he meant by 'mutually agreed land swaps'. Was this just sloppy speech-making by Obama or was it a deliberate ploy? Analyst David Essing believes the President has been practicing political shock therapy on Israel.

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May 21, 2011

Netanyahu - Seize The Day!

Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu went into the White House on the brink of a bitter crisis with U.S.President Barack Obama. This time it was not over West Bank settlements but Obama's setting the 1967 border as baseline for a Palestinian peace agreement. While still in Israel, Netanyahu had immediately rejected it in no uncertain terms. Fireworks were in the offing at a time the Jewish state needed U.S. support in the face of a successful Palestinian campaign to acquire UN General Assembly this fall for recognition of a Palestinian state on the 1967 border. However after the meeting, when the two leaders appeared together before the media, both Obama and Netanyahu parted as friends and agreed to work for an Israeli- Palestinian peace agreement despite their differences. Analyst David Essing has this appraisal.

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May 19, 2011

Netanyahu's Statecraft Put To Test

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's upcoming visit to Washington may be one of the most crucial in Israel's history. At stake, the outcome to the diplomatic warfare that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been waging against the Jewish state. At present, Abbas has garnered the votes of more than 130 members of the UN General Assembly for a resolution recognizing a Palestinian state on the lines of 1967. Israeli experts have warned that such a step will have a grave impact on the Jewish state's international status, security and economic well being. Analyst David Essing has this assessment:

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May 07, 2011

Portraying Israel as Apartheid South Africa

 Defense Minister Ehud Barak has warned of a mounting attempt to smear Israel as an apartheid South Africa, paving the way for the enforcement of international sanctions. Barak issued his warning in an interview with the Haaretz newspaper. Barak also played down the danger that Iran might try and 'nuke' Israel, if it is permitted to acquire nuclear weapons. Returning from a visit to Britain and France, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told reporters that both states insist that Hamas must recognize Israel and prior agreements as well as halting terrorism against the Jewish state.

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April 06, 2011

Wake Up Call to Netanyahu

 In September, West Bank President Mahmoud Abbas plans to call on the UN General Assembly to officially recognize the state of Palestine. Since the Netanyahu government took office two years ago, Abbas has succeeded in gaining the votes of 150 nations that will support a vote for Palestine independence Analyst David Essing says the step would bypass direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, internationalize the conflict and could open the door to an imposed agreement and Israel's international isolation. The peace proposal supported by former IDF Chief of Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak and former Shabak Security Director Yaacov Perri is a wake-up call to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

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March 14, 2011

Itamar Massacre

On the quiet Sabbath eve of March 11th, two Palestinian terrorists penetrated the Israeli settlement of Itamar on the West Bank and literally slaughtered five members of the Fogel family, including two young boys and a four month old baby girl. Israeli security forces have mounted a manhunt for the killers while also deploying to prevent incensed settlers from retaliating against Palestinians. The atrocity now jeopardizes the relative quiet on the West Bank and prospects for any kind of progress in the peace process. Analyst David assesses some of the ramifications.

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March 05, 2011

Netanyahu's Palestinian Peace Proposal

Faced with growing international isolation and strained relations with U.S., Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is now in the throes of formulating a new proposal for a Palestinian state. In an interview with Channel 1 TV, Likud Knesset Member Ofir Ecunis, a confidant of the Prime Minister has alluded to some key points. Earlier this week, Netanyahu startled his Likud caucus in the Knesset by declaring: 'Wake up, we can't break our heads against the wall by insisting on settlement building in areas designated for Palestinian state!' This week, Israeli security forces also fired with rubber bullets at violent settlers who tried to prevent the demolition of an illegal outpost on the West Bank.

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February 05, 2011

Gen. Galant to the Guillotine!

Barring last minute developments, Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz will reportedly become the new IDF Chief of Staff after Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein disqualified Maj.Gen. Yoav Gallant. However Gallant has not given up - in TV interviews he declared: 'I never lied, deceived or acted dishonorably in the land dispute near my home'.
Nonetheless, Gen. Gallant is fighting a rear guard action against overwhelming odds, despite growing public support for his case. David Essing has this assessment of the controversial affair that has rocked the IDF and the entire country.

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January 17, 2011

Israeli Eyes Peeled on Arab Turmoil

 Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has reacted swiftly to the sudden upheaval in Tunisia and the threat of a new civil war in Lebanon, Israel's northern neighbor, where Hezballah, an Iranian proxy is threatening to take overall control of the state. The shock waves are still reverberating throughout the entire Middle East and are likely to do so for some time to come. Iraq was formerly the epicenter, now Tunisia the quiet state on the Mediterranean that welcomed Israeli tourists, has become a new focus of turmoil. Its tyrannical President Ben Ali was toppled by thousands of citizens who took to the streets ending his regime of twenty three years. Meanwhile 'Lebanon is Lebanon'. The Sunni-Shiite, Christian and Druze ethnic tensions have again escalated after a UN inquiry has found Hezbollah guilty of assassinating former Sunni Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Analyst David Essing has this assessment of how the recent developments may affect Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's strategic outlook.

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December 18, 2010

Israeli-Palestinian Diplomatic Warfare

Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas show no signs of budging. U.S. envoys George Mitchell and Dennis Ross have returned to the Middle East in a new attempt to break the deadlock but Netanyahu rejects a new settlement moratorium while Abbas will not negotiate unless there is a new freeze. IsraCast analyst David Essing assesses the situation which has turned into a diplomatic war that Israel does not appear to be winning.

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December 10, 2010

Israeli Fire-Fight And Netanyahu Dominoes

 In Israel, Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to staving off demands for the resignation of Interior Minister Eli Ishai, who is seen as bearing most of the responsibility for the Fire Departments' failure to cope coping with the disastrous fire on Mount Carmel near Haifa. IsraCast analyst David Essing says that if Ishai is forced to go a domino effect might topple Netanyahu's government. The U.S. failure to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is already creating more pressure on Defense Minister Ehud Barak to take the party out of the coalition.

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November 16, 2010

Netanyahu Starts Crossing Rubicon

 Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has signaled his readiness to accept a U.S. proposal to freeze building in West Bank settlements for another three months in return for U.S. political and security incentives. Although Netanyahu is facing fierce opposition from inside his own ruling Likud party and some of his Right-wing coalition partners, the Prime Minister is expected to win a narrow victory in the security cabinet. Analyst David Essing assesses the implications of Netanyahu's dramatic decision that is now expected to kick-start peace talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

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November 07, 2010

Obama And Netanyahu In Tests Of Leadership

 The Israeli-Palestinian peace effort is still side-tracked after Israel' ten month moratorium on settlement building expired on Sept.26th. After refusing to conduct talks with Israel during the freeze, Pa;estinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas now demands the moratorium be further extended as a condition for returning to the table. Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said he would stick to his ten month commitment, the Obama administration has urged Israel to extend the moratorium and the issue is likely to be at the top of the agenda when Netanyahu meets with Vice-President Joe Biden when they meet in the U.S. IsraCast analyst David Essing assesses the impact of President Barack Obama's defeat in the U.S. mid-term elections and some of the implications for Prime Minister Netanyahu. 

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September 22, 2010

Israeli Settlement Freeze And Palestinian Violence

 There is still no solution in sight to the tug-of-war between Israel and the Palestinians over the expiry of Israel's self-imposed building freeze at Israeli settlements in Judea & Samaria (West Bank). The Israeli government says construction will be resumed after the Sept.26th deadline - if it is, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas threatens to walk out of the current peace talks with Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The U.S. has been prodding Netanyahu to extend his 'building suspension' but the PM's Right-wing coalition colleagues are demanding that he keep his word to send the bulldozers back to work. Meanwhile, IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi is preparing for 'all contingencies' including a possible renewed wave of Palestinian violence on the West Bank.

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September 13, 2010

Israel's Critical New Year

 Israelis and Jews around the world have marked the Jewish New Year of 5771. In the homeland of the Jews, which the Palestinians steadfastly refuse t recognize as a people with the right of national self-determination, analysts were assessing some of the strategic issues in the coming year. There was agreement that Iran was still proceeding at full tilt toward acquiring nuclear weapons while its fanatical leaders call continually for Israel's destruction. As the new year got underway, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced that he was ready to compromise on a partial building freeze in Judea & Samaria in order to save the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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August 31, 2010

Netanyahu's Tightrope In Washington

 With U.S. President Barack Obama presiding, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are set to launch New peace talks in Washington on Sept.2nd. However, a major clash is threatening to torpedo this latest peace effort. Netanyahu has said he is committed to start rebuilding in Israeli settlements in Judea & Samaria (West Bank) after Israel's unilateral building suspension expires on Sept 26th. - Abbas warns that he'll walk out of the talks if Israel builds anew. IsraCast analyst David Essing assesses Israel's approach to the new peace talks.

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