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November 13, 2006

Second anniversary of Arafat death

The Palestinian Authority is commemorating the second anniversary of Former Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat. Thousands of people took part in the central memorial ceremony which took place in the Muqata compound in Ramallah.

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October 29, 2006

Ambassador Eban on Sinai Campaign

On October 30, 1956, the United States asked that an urgent meeting of the Security Council be convened to discuss the Middle East fighting. The US called for an immediate cease-fire and the withdrawal of Israeli troops and asked other countries to refrain from giving Israel military and economic assistance. The United States draft Resolution was vetoed by Britain and France. The Yugoslav delegate then asked for an emergency session of the General Assembly. When the Assembly met on 1 November, it heard the Israeli case from Ambassador Eban:

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August 28, 2006

Ahmadinejad'S DOUBLE TALK

'Double talk' was how Israeli officials  reacted to Iranian President Ahmadinejad's claim that Iran's nuclear program does not threaten the Jewish state. On the contrary the officials say the heavy water installation at Arak indicates that Iran is also trying to develop nuclear weapons by producing plutonium and not just by enriching uranium.

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August 22, 2006

Bernard Lewis & Iran

Prof. Bernard Lewis, one of the most famous Middle East experts in the world, has warned that Iran may exploit Muslim religious dates that fall on August 22nd, to launch an attack against Israel.

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August 20, 2006

FARCE OF UN CEASE-FIRE

The IDF commando raid deep into Lebanon's Bekaa Valley near Syria highlights the dilemma now confronting Israel. U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 based the cease-fire on a robust U.N. force moving into south Lebanon to prevent newed Hezbollah attacks on Israel as well as an arms embargo on the terrorists.

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May 02, 2006

IRANS NUCLEAR BUTTON

Might Iran press the button on Israel if it acquires nuclear weapons? This was one of the questions put to Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz the commander of the Israel Defense Forces. In an interview with the Yediot Ahronot newspaper, the Chief of Staff discussed various aspects of the Iranian nuclear threat.

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April 24, 2006

'PALESTINIAN' SUPPORT OF FINAL SOLUTION

(Reuters) It's now official - documentation released by the Nazi research center in Ludwigsburg, Germany confirms that Palestinian Arabs actively supported the Nazi plan to exterminate the Jews in the Land of Israel during World War ll. 'Palestinian' leader Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Muslim Mufti of Jerusalem, met Hitler in Berlin in 1942 offering to aid the Third Reich.

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March 27, 2006

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE?

US secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Washington is taking a hard look at documents indicating that Russia supplied Saddam Hussein with intelligence information about American troop movements at the start of Iraq war in 2003. Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press program, Rice added: We would take very seriously any suggestion that this may have been done, maybe to the detriment of the American forces.

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March 03, 2006

THE UNHOLY TRINITY

Russia apparently flexing its muscles as a Middle East player, has hosted a Hamas delegation after the Palestinians elected the terror organization to run their government. The Russian invitation to terrorists who vow to exterminate Israel has naturally angered Israel: however, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has chosen to take President Vladimir Putin at his word about never harming Israels vital interests. But the Hamas visit and Russia's sale of nuclear know-how to Iran, which also talks about wiping Israel off the map, raise questions about the nature of Russia's links to Israels enemies.

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February 24, 2006

CAMPAIGN UPDATE

The Israeli election campaign is about to enter the home stretch with a host of burning issues on Israels national agenda. The fallout from the Hamas election victory and the looming Iranian nuclear threat will be dominating the race. Kadimas Ehud Olmert is maintaining his lead while Labors Amir Peretz and Netanyahus Binyamin Netanyahu toil to close the gap. At the same time, Palestinian terrorists continue to launch more rockets and Israeli security forces step up the counter-terror campaign. Former Shabak security chief now allied to Olmert has been assessing developments.

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February 12, 2006

Putin's Realpolitik & Olmert's Dilemma

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the Israeli government are now facing a major dilemma after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially invited Hamas leaders to visit Moscow. Although the terror organization still vows to annihilate Israel, Putin says the Palestinians elected it to power in a democratic election and Hamas should be treated accordingly. Israeli leaders and the country at large are furious at what is being called 'Russia's stab in the back'; however Prime Minister Ehud Olmert must now block any international legitimizing of Hamas without causing a major rift with President Putin.

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February 03, 2006

HAMAS - ONE WEEK LATER

Shalom Harari, a top Israeli expert on the Palestinians, analyzes the new emerging situation after the stunning Hamas victory in the Palestinian election. Interviewed by IsraCast, Harari says the Hamas rise to power has implications far beyond the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Harari is a reserve Brigadier-General in the IDF intelligence corps and is on the staff of the Counter-Terror Policy Center at the Herzliya Inter-Disciplinary Institute. Listen to the impact of the Hamas victory on Palestinian society, Israel, the Middle East and the international arena.

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January 30, 2006

BERNARD LEWIS ON HAMAS & IRAN

Prof. Bernard Lewis, a world expert on the Islamic world, has been commenting on the Hamas election victory and the Iran. Both Hamas and Iran do not accept the existence of Israel and are committed to the destruction of the Jewish state. Interviewed on Channel One TV Prof. Lewis, of Princeton University, presented his assessment of Hamas and Iran and Islamic world.

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December 27, 2005

MOSSAD ON IRANIAN BOMB

Maj. Gen.(res.) Meir Dagan, the chief of Mossad's Secret Service, has presented his annual assessment of Israel's state of security to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee. If not stopped, Iran will be able to start producing enriched uranium within months of reactivating its centrifuge process. But at the same time, Dagan was optimistic the international community could deter Tehran by imposing economic sanctions.

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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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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 03, 2005

THE YEAR 5765

The past Jewish year of 5765 has ended with the state of Israel and the Palestinians at a new juncture. Israel has withdrawn from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements under the leadership of a national unity government while the Palestinians are now in the throes of an internal confrontation. David Essing sums up the outgoing year and looks ahead to the new Jewish year of 5766.

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September 16, 2005

SHARON STEERS ISRAEL & PALESTINIANS TO HISTORIC CROSSROADS

While Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was making his speech to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, anarchy ruled in the Gaza Strip and in the Philadelfi Corridor between Gaza And Egypt which is now manned by Egyptian soldiers after IDF troops pulled out. The Israeli leader has also made clear that if Hamas runs in the Palestinian elections this January, Israel will not cooperate. Hamas has a declared goal of wiping Israel off the map. Following Sharon's address at the U.N., the new Iranian President Ahmed Ahmadinejad again defied the international body by declaring that Tehran will continue its enrichment of uranium required for producing nuclear weapons. Iran has also threatened to exterminate the Jewish state.

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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 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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