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July 29, 2005

ISRAEL - VATICAN ROW OVER TERRORISM

The row started when the Vatican condemned recent terror attacks in Egypt, Turkey, Iraq and Britain but omitted Israel. (On July 12th, a Palestinian suicide bomber murdered six Israelis and wounded scores of others in Netanya; this is addition to numerous other less deadly attacks.) The Israeli Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem summoned the Vatican Ambassador to protest and issued a statement that: 'The Pope's omission of this incident cries out to the heavens'. In Rome, the Vatican has responded by saying: 'The Holy See cannot take lessons or instructions from any other authority on the tone and content of its own statements'. Dr. Yitzhak Minerbi is an Israeli expert on Vatican relations and in an interview with David Essing, assesses the current row between Jerusalem and the Vatican.

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July 24, 2005

WILDFIRE OF ISLAMIC TERROR SWEEPS EGYPT, ISRAEL, BRITAIN

Al Qaeda and Palestinian terrorists have stepped up their offensives leaving death and destruction in their wake. Meanwhile, in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice has been meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders trying to keep the lid on the confrontation before and after Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements starting in the second half of August.

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July 22, 2005

THIS WEEK - 22.07.05

The week ended with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice returned to the region trying for a smooth Israeli evacuation of the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements in August. The massive Palestinian shelling of Israeli communities both in and out of the Gaza Strip and the tense confrontation between tens of thousands of Israeli settlers and Israeli security forces near Gaza, have raised some question marks about future developments. In the aftermath, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has turned down the idea of going for an early pull-out while Egyptian trouble-shooter Omar Suleiman succeeded on his mission to curb the massive shelling by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror groups in Gaza. And Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid presented an eyewitness the extent of lawless in the Palestinian controlled areas. He warned if Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas does not act to halt the internal violence, there is no hope for a democratic Palestinian state.

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July 19, 2005

ONE THOUSAND BALLISTIC MISSILES

Uzi Rubin, a leading Israeli missile expert, warns that Iran and the Arab states now have an arsenal of about 1,000 ballistic missiles that can target Israel. Rubin, a founder of Israel's counter missile project known as 'Homah', was addressing an open session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Affairs & Defense Committee which discussed the missile threats now facing Israel. Yair Ramati the Arrow Project Director at Israel Aircraft Industries told the committee that the Arrow is capable of coping with a ballistic missile attack on Israel. But why has Israel yet to find an answer to the primitive Qassam rockets that Palestinians in Gaza Strip launch daily at Israeli settlements and communities inside Israel?

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July 18, 2005

NEAR GAZA, SETTLERS & ISRAELI TROOPS GO EYE BALL TO EYEBALL

Tens of thousands of Israeli protesters vow not to give up their battle against the Gaza withdrawal; but Sharon pull-out supporters say the disengagement cannot be stopped.

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July 17, 2005

EGYPT TRIES TO RESTRAIN PALESTINIAN ONSLAUGHT

Israel may soon launch a massive ground operation, if the Palestinian terror groups do not halt their massive rocketing from the Gaza Strip. In the past 36 hours, over forty Qassam rockets have slammed into the Israeli town of Sderot inside the Israeli border. Sderot's Mayor Eli Moyel has called on Prime Minister Sharon to postpone next moth's Israeli evacuation from Gaza. Sderot's angry citizens and children, who have been holed up in bomb shelters are demanding that Sharon stop appeasing the Americans and send in the IDF to suppress the Palestinian rocket fire. Seven Israelis, six of them women have been murdered this week in terror attacks. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to make an urgent trip to the area next week; in the meantime Egyptian Intelligence official Omar Suleiman arrives on the scene to try and persuade the terrorists to stop attacking Israel. Meanwhile, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas ( Abu Mazen ) cannot or will not order his 30,000 armed security personnel to halt the attacks on Israel.

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July 15, 2005

PALESTINIAN ATTACKS MAY SPELL END TO MAHMOUD ABBAS

To date this week's casualty toll - Six Israelis murdered, scores more injured as Palestinian terror attacks continue without let-up. After an Islamic Jihad suicide bomber strikes in Netanya, Hamas and other terror groups step-up the shelling from the Gaza Strip. Within ten minutes, they launch eight Qassam rockets at civilian targets inside Israel and in the Gaza Strip. Israel Air Force gun-ships are sent into action while IDF forces operate against the Islamic Jihad stronghold on the West Bank. All this, during what the Palestinian call the Tahdia cease-fire and a month before Israel is to start its evacuation of Gaza.

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July 12, 2005

LONDON TYPE TERROR ATTACKS HIT ISRAEL

Islamic Jihad on the West Bank and Hezbollah in south Lebanon launched a series of attacks on Israeli targets - four Israelis - two women and two teen-age girls, were murdered by a suicide bomber outside a shopping center in Netanya, a seaside resort town on the Mediterranean. Another 40 were injured some critically. Just an hour or so earlier, a close call in a West Bank settlement when a Palestinian truck bomber drove in. However, it apparently caught fire prematurely, the injured suicide bomber was taken alive and given medical treatment. While all this was going on, Hezbollah gunmen opened fire from south Lebanon. There were no casualties in these two incidents. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon held immediate consultation with security officials and reporter David Essing says Israel can be counted to retaliate against Islamic Jihad.

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July 11, 2005

ISRAEL DECIDES TO COMPLETE THE SECURITY FENCE AROUND JERUSALEM

The London atrocity has again focused on the vital need for international co-operation in the war against Islamic terrorism. In Israel where security is always high, security officials had to be asking themselves if everything possible was being done to prevent a mega-terror attack of the same magnitude from happening here. It's not that Palestinian terrorists have not tried in the past, the concern now is that they may try to imitate the London terrorists. The government decision on the Jerusalem security fence has aroused sharp pro and con reactions. Likud MK Uzi Landau, who opposes Sharon's withdrawal, has accused the Prime Minister of preparing to partition the capital. However Labor MK Beiga Shochat favors the move. Landau and Shochat were interviewed on IBA TV.

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July 07, 2005

PALESTINIANS DEMAND NEW GAZA STRIP BORDER

Palestinian negotiators have demanded that the Gaza Strip border be moved two kilometers north inside Israeli territory. This was revealed by IDF General (ret.) Giora Eiland, the head of the national Security Council in a recent briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Eiland said Israel categorically rejected the Palestinian demand. The Israeli official went on to say that although a number of important issues must still be resolved, he is confident the unilateral Israeli withdrawal can be carried out on schedule starting after August 15th.

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July 06, 2005

PALESTINIANS DEMAND ISRAEL DEMOLISH SETTLER HOMES

Opposition leader Tommy Lapid of Shinui has called on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon not to bulldoze the more than 1200 homes that settlers are due to evacuate in the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements this fall. Lapid says the Palestinians demand that Israel do so because they want to turn into anti-Israeli propaganda. During her recent visit, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced that Israel would demolish the buildings and the Palestinians would be compensated for doing the clean up. However, it appears her statement was premature.

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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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July 01, 2005

ANTI-DISENGAGEMENT BACKFIRE

Opponents to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan stepped up their protest campaign by blocking roads and in the Gaza Strip right wing fanatics clashed with Palestinians nearly 'lynching' a Palestinian youth. There was wall-to-wall condemnation of the Israeli attackers, some were arrested and all were evicted from an unoccupied building they took over called the Palm Beach Hotel. Israelis were also getting fed up with the demonstrators blocking roads with sit-down protests and some drivers took the law into their own hands and clashed with the protesters.

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June 29, 2005

DISENGAGEMENT COUNTDOWN 2

Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ended days of speculation that he will bolt the government and lead the campaign to halt Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza strip and 4 West bank settlements. Netanyahu, Prime Minister Sharon's main rival in the Likud, has declared that he is sticking in the cabinet although he believes the disengagement is a big mistake which will jeopardize the country's future security. His announcement came as thousands of disengagement opponents stepped up their campaign by blocking traffic around the country. The Israel Police warn they will not tolerate such a move and ready to move in with force. David Essing reports on developments as the disengagement countdown continues.

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June 24, 2005

THIS WEEK – 24.6.05

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice came and went; so did Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. With less than two months to D-day for Israel's disengagement, the Palestinian attacks continue. Two Israelis were killed and the lives of scores of Israelis saved, when a Palestinian suicide bomber was caught on her way to blow up Soroka hospital in Beer-Sheva with ten kilograms of explosives packed inside her underwear. At the Jerusalem summit, Prime Minister Sharon blasted Abbas for not ordering his estimated 30,000 plus security personnel to crack down on the terrorists. Abbas says No Way! He is not strong enough and he will persuade the Palestinians to follow him and not the suicide bombers. Secretary Rice was again showing the U.S. flag, glossing over the terrorism and hoping for accelerated progress on the Roadmap. And Sharon's Likud rival Binyamin Netanyahu is facing mounting pressure to spearhead the campaign against the withdrawal.

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June 22, 2005

SHARON - ABBAS CLASH

After two Israelis were killed by Palestinian attacks, it came as no surprise that terrorism was at the top of the agenda when Israel's Prime Minister Sharon met Palestinian leader Abbas in Jerusalem. Sharon told Abbas the Palestinian attacks during the current lull were intolerable and Israel will not sit idly by while her citizens are being killed and wounded. At the same time, the Prime Minister spoke of new Israeli incentives. For his part, Chairman Abbas explained that he is still weak and needs Israel's help to strengthen his hand'. Although the two sides crossed swords over the issue of terrorism, they did agree to cooperate on several aspects of Israel's upcoming disengagement in the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements.

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June 21, 2005

ISRAEL ARRESTS FIFTY TERRORISTS

Just hours before Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas meet in Jerusalem, Israeli security forces launched a major sweep on the West Bank rounding up 50 terrorist suspects. The Israeli action follows deadly Palestinian attacks despite the current understanding to halt the violence.

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June 20, 2005

RICE TALKS PEACE IN JERUSALEM

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has come and gone - mission accomplished. Her job was to keep the ball rolling for Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements starting in the second half of August. In the Gaza Strip, Palestinian terrorists opened fire in the Gaza Strip killing one IDF soldier and wounded two others. It was only one of the daily violations of the current 'lull' in the Palestinian attacks. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to agree on closer Israeli- Palestinian cooperation for Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements starting in mid-August.

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June 17, 2005

EARLY ELECTION MOVES IN ISRAEL

An early election atmosphere is building in Israel. First, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin charged that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon cannot lose no-confidence votes in Parliament and continue to carry out the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements this fall. Several Likud MKs have also called for an election before the disengagement is implemented. Former Likud cabinet minister Dan Meridor believes an early election will take place after the disengagement. Meanwhile, Likud rebel MK Uzi Landau calls on Finance Minister Bibi Netanyahu and other Likud cabinet ministers to quit the government in order to block the pullout.

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June 15, 2005

Lackluster Race Poses No Real Threat To Prime Minister

Israel's 'opposition-coalition' Labor party is headed into the home stretch for its primaries for party leadership. Labor recently joined Sharon's coalition cabinet with one goal only, to support the Prime Minister's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements against the wish of most of his own Likud party members. Labor rejects nearly every other position taken by Sharon and the Likud. How long will this bizarre state of affairs carry on after this fall's pullout? Sharon may be relying on Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. President George W. Bush.

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