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January 18, 2006

OLMERT'S BAPTISM OF FIRE

Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert held his first news conference spelling out his position on the looming Iranian nuclear threat and the Palestinian election next week. Olmert left no doubt where he stands on the recent threats by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about Israel being 'wiped off the map' as Tehran renews its nuclear weapons program in defiance of international criticism. In a new development, the acting PM is sending a delegation to Moscow. Russia is building the Iranian nuclear reactor at busher. As for the Palestinians, Olmert said he hoped to reach a permanent peace agreement with Mahmoud Abbas but within the Roadmap framework.

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January 13, 2006

LIKUD'S LACK LUSTER LIST

The Likud party convention has selected a surprising list of candidates for the March 28th election. Party leader Binyamin Netanyahu is believed to have orchestrated the vote that sees a lot of new Likud 'rebels' who opposed Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's controversial withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four settlements in northern Samaria. The night before the convention, Netanyahu ordered four Likud cabinet ministers, including his party rival Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom to resign immediately from the Olmert government, At first, they balked. But then, realizing they could be penalized in the party primary, they agreed. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will now promote Justice Minister to Foreign Minister to replace Shalom. Meanwhile, after its spectacular success in the previous election, the secular Shinui party is headed to oblivion.

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January 05, 2006

ARIEL SHARON'S LAST BATTLE?

Brain surgeons have stemmed the massive bleeding to Ariel Sharon's brain but the Israeli leader remains in critical condition. Finance Minister Ehud Olmert has been appointed Acting Prime Minister will full powers. Olmert convened an emergency session of the Israeli cabinet to discuss the situation. Neurologists say privately there is almost no chance that Sharon will be able to return to office.

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December 11, 2005

LIKUD DISINTEGRATION

Another leading Likud cabinet minister has bolted the party and switch to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Kadima party. Just days after Zachi Henegbi quit the Likud, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has done in the same in the middle of his campaign to become the new Likud leader.

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December 09, 2005

ISRAELI CHIEF OF STAFF ON IRAN

Iran Continues To Goad Israel: After recently declaring Israel 'should be wiped off the map', Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad now proposes that the Jews of Israel be resettled in Germany and Austria. Speaking in Saudi Arabia, the Iranian leader first rejected the 'claim' that six million Jews had been murdered in the Holocaust. Then he added, even if it were true: 'Germany and Austria should give some of their territory so that the Zionists could establish their state in Europe'

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December 07, 2005

DRAMA IN ISRAELI ELECTION CAMPAIGN

There has been more surprise in the Israeli election campaign. The chairman of the Likud, Zachi Hanegbi has quit and joined Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new Kadima party. If this were not enough, yesterday a media leak disclosed that an Israel Police enquiry is to recommend that Hanegbi be indicted for political corruption while serving as Minister of Environment. In another development, the Palestinian suicide bombing that killed five Israelis and wounded scores of others in Netanya, has hurt Labor party leader in the public opinion polls.

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December 02, 2005

ELECTION UPDATE

Although the election campaign is barely underway, it is fast becoming the most dramatic in the state’s history. Voters and politicians are still reeling from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s move to bolt the right wing Likud and form the centrist party Kadima. The Likud may not be out but it is certainly on the ropes at this point of the campaign. And in left wing Labor, new party leader Amir Peretz is in the midst of his own political firestorm.

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November 25, 2005

SHARON BOOSTS LEAD

In the Israeli election race Sharon and Labor continue to soar, the Likud drops further. Labor party leader Amir Peretz has also acquired a glowing endorsement from Prof. Avishai Braverman , the president of Ben-Gurion University who has defended the economic policies of Peretz. David Essing has an update report and this background interview with the BBC Radio 's 'Pods And Blogs' .

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November 24, 2005

LIKUD BELIEVES SHARON IS BEATABLE

The Likud election for a new party leader is off and running. The Likud central committee is expected to select December 19th for the primaries to elect the man they want to replace Ariel Sharon who now heads the new Kadima party. The internal Likud campaign will obviously dominate until the new leader emerges to face Sharon and newly elected Labor leader Amir Peretz.

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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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November 21, 2005

POLITICAL EARTHQUAKE ROCKS ISRAEL

Although expected, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's resignation has sent shock waves through the Jewish state. In Jerusalem, Sharon informed state President that he had lost his parliamentary majority, was quitting the ruling Likud party and forming a new centrist party to run in the early election. Election- day is expected in March. The Likud accused Sharon of violating its 'Land of Israel' ideology and eventually forced Sharon's resignation and the race is now on for his successor as party leader.

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November 17, 2005

ISRAELI ELECTION IN LATE FEBRUARY OR MARCH

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and new Labor leader Amir Peretz have met to agree on an early election in late February or March. By Monday, representatives of the two parties are to decide upon the exact date. Meanwhile in the Likud, the standoff between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his opponents has reached fever pitch. Sharon will return to his Negev ranch this weekend to decide whether to lead the Likud into the upcoming election or to jump ship and form a new party in light of the fierce opposition inside the Likud to his Palestinian policy such as the Gaza withdrawal. At an urgent session of the Likud Knesset caucus, Sharon and the MKs failed to reach a compromise.

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November 15, 2005

ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN SECURITY DEAL

Israel and the Palestinian have agreed on a security deal following Israel's recent withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. After weeks of fruitless bargaining, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pressed the two sides into hammering out an accord. However, Israeli critics warn that it will put Israeli civilians at risk.

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October 31, 2005

ISRAEL & IRANIAN NUCLEAR THREAT

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon opened the last session of Israel's parliament with a stern message for Iran and the Palestinian terrorists, as well as his political critics at home. After the new winter session, Israeli votes are scheduled to the polls, next fall, if not before then. In a carefully worded comment, Sharon referred to the threat by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about wiping Israel off the map. He also warned there would be no let-up in Israel's war against Palestinian terrorism. As for the future, Sharon declared he intends to win the next general election and open the new Knesset in 2006.

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October 27, 2005

BACK TO THE FUTURE

15:42 : A powerful bomb blast rips through the market of Hadera. The unsuspecting group of Israelis never knew what hit them before they were literally blown to smithereens. Twenty-year old Hassan Abu-Zeid, a member of the Islamic Jihad organization had detonated over ten pounds of explosives he was carrying in a satchel. Five people were murdered outright, over thirty others were wounded, some of them critically. In the Gaza Strip, the Islamic Jihad was quick to claim responsibility while Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas again condemned terrorism against Israel, warning that the violence was sabotaging a future Palestinian state. While the terrorists were bombing in Hadera, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be wiped off the map.

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September 11, 2005

IDF'S 'LAST WATCH' IN GAZA STRIP

After last month's evacuation of the settlements, the IDF is about to withdraw from the Gaza Strip. The military has completed its preparations for Operation Last Watch the final evacuation. At a Jerusalem cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and a majority of ministers spoke against demolishing synagogues in the Gaza Strip despite the fact that Palestinians will likely desecrate after they take over. All the religious elements of the synagogues have been moved back to Israel and only the shells of the buildings remain. Initially, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz recommended the IDF raze the synagogues but rabbis in Israel and abroad protested vehemently. They argued on religious grounds as well as warning that if Israel demolished the synagogues it would serve as a precedent for the removal of ancient synagogues in foreign countries.

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September 04, 2005

THIS WEEK 4.9.05

Israel has reacted swiftly to the Katrina hurricane disaster in the U.S. Speaking at the weekly cabinet session, Prime Minister Sharon announced that an Israeli team will soon be flying to the U.S. to ascertain how the Jewish state can best help. In domestic politics, a new effort is underway in the Likud to cool off the feud raging between Arik Sharon and former Finance Minister that is threatening to tear the party asunder. In the Palestinian arena, new terror alerts from the West Bank have prompted IDF Chief Of Staff Dan Halutz to sound a sharp warning.

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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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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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