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January 07, 2009

Hamas Exploits Gaza Children As Shields

The tragic killing of Palestinian children among the people including a Hamas rocket team has aroused shock and anger. However, it is now apparent that the school building was being used as a launch pad for rocketing Israel, a tactic repeatedly used by Hamas. IsraCast presents an official IDF statement on the incident as well as comments by Dr. Dore Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the UN, and Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kupperwaser, a senior IDF intelligence officer.

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January 05, 2009

Iran 'Calls Hamas Shots'

Iran has been 'calling the shots' for Hamas in the current war with Israel - that's the assessment of Menashe Amir, a leading Israeli expert on Iranian affairs. Iran, which supports Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in Gaza with hundreds of millions of dollars, as well as with military aid including instructors, apparently gave the order to Hamas leader Haled Mashal in Damascus who related to the Gaza Strip. In Amir's view, there is no doubt that Iran is manipulating Hamas, as it does Hezbollah in Lebanon, not only against Israel but as part of its ongoing confrontation with Sunni Arab state in the Middle East. Egypt, Saudi-Arabia, Jordan and other Arab countries are furious over Iran's interference, something which most European countries fail to understand. In this wide-ranging interview with IsraCast, Menashe Amir analyzes various aspects of the current hostilities between Israel and Hamas.

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December 28, 2008

Taking Off Gaza Gloves

An Israeli official says Israel will now relate with same force to attacks from Gaza as it would from any other neighboring Arab state which provoked Israel. This implies that Israel will use all military force necessary to defend its civilians, without making any distinction between political and military wings and various terror groups. The IsraCast assessment is that Israel will attempt to break the Hamas motivation to rocket Israel and the terrorists' belief that violence and not negotiation will further its goals.

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December 26, 2008

Storm Clouds Over Gaza

Appeals by Israeli leaders, from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and even Egypt have apparently gone unheeded by the Hamas leadership of the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian terrorists who govern Gaza have continued to fire scores of Qassam rockets and mortars at Israeli civilians in the towns and villages just over the border. It has been a time of terrorizing the Israeli children, women, and men who live in the area, many of whom have fled their homes. Unless there is some dramatic halt to the terrorism by Hamas it will only be a matter of time and the weather, before Israel finally launches a counter-terror operation to suppress the attacks.

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December 19, 2008

Quiet For Quiet With Gaza

Hamas has announced that its 'tahadiya' truce with Israel ended officially on Friday morning, six months after it began. A short time after the deadline, Palestinian terrorists launched fresh attacks on Israeli civilians just over the border. Israel and the Palestinians have entered a new juncture with both sides having to decide what happens now. IsraCast examines several possibilities that could lead either to an extended lull or a dangerous escalation.

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December 09, 2008

Likud Leans Farther To Right

The selection of a new Likud Knesset list has aroused speculation in Israel about its impact on the upcoming February 10th election. IsraCast assesses the current situation quoting Netanyahu sources who believe that security will drive this election campaign.

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December 07, 2008

Hebron, Gaza and Israeli Primaries

The Israeli election primaries moved into high gear amid escalating settler violence in Hebron and Palestinian rocketing from Gaza. This sudden shift, above and beyond its security implications, may provide Labor party leader Ehud Barak with a 'make or break' opportunity in his role as defense minister. IsraCast assesses the evolving situation against the backdrop of Hebron and Gaza - further reports will also analyze the Likud and Kadima strategies for the February 10th election.

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September 15, 2008

Iranian Bomb 2010

In what might be one of his last briefings to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense committee - outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert summed-up Israel's strategic situation. His briefing came against the background of his Kadima party's leadership primaries on September 17th, to select a new party leader. IsraCast reports that at  the closed door briefing, a senior IDF intelligence officer warned that if all goes well for Iran, it could acquire nuclear weapons by early 2010.

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July 25, 2008

GAZA, IRAN & OBAMA

'Hamas has no intention of ever compromising with Israel' - that's the assessment of Shabak security chief Yuval Diskin. In his view, Hamas sees it as 'either them or us!' and there was no place for the Jews in what was the sanctified Muslim land of all Palestine. (Hamas, like its Iranian ally, also calls for Israel's annihilation.) Diskin, who had recommended against the current cease-fire, contended that Israel had thrown Hamas a life-line after Israeli counter-strikes had severely damaged the fundamentalist regime in the Gaza Strip.

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July 22, 2008

BULLDOZER # 2 IN JERUSALEM

For the second time in a month, a Palestinian from East Jerusalem has carried out a terrorist attack using a speeding bulldozer - the terrorist deliberately plowed into five vehicles and narrowly missed a crowded bus. A number of Israeli civilians were injured before a nearby civilian and a policeman opened fire and shot dead the terrorist.

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July 09, 2008

Iranian Pre-Nuclear Threat

Iranian military forces are conducting fresh maneuvers amid threats that Iran will attack Israel's biggest metropolitan area of Tel Aviv and the U.S fleet in the Gulf, if Israel or the U.S. launch a preemptive strike against Iran's nuclear sites. Just how strong militarily is Iran today? In the second of a two-part interview with IsraCast, analyst Menashe Amir assesses the Iranian conventional weapons threat.

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July 03, 2008

Tractor Terror In Jerusalem

For the second time in four months, a Palestinian resident of Eastern Jerusalem has carried out a mass terror attack in Israel's capital. A tractor driver went on a killing spree crushing three Israelis and injuring dozens more as raced at high speed crashing into two buses and many cars along crowded Jaffa Street. IsraCast says Israeli security officials are concerned that similar type attacks may be attempted in the near future.

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June 20, 2008

Israel's Cease-Fire & Prisoner Dilemmas

The 'Tahdia' lull has gone into force between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. One Israeli dilemma has now been resolved for better or worse. A second dilemma may now reach a climax in possible prisoner exchanges to retrieve three Israeli soldiers. Hezbollah has given no sign of life from two of them Eldad Regev and Udi Goldwasser.

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June 10, 2008

Letter From Abducted Soldier Gilad Shalit

Shalit was kidnapped from his IDF post by Gaza militants in a cross-border raid two years ago. IDF Radio quoted from the letter: "I am in bad health; I dream of the day when I will return home. I hope to return soon and demand that the government not abandon me." 

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June 03, 2008

No To Hamas Cease-Fire?

In a closed door briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, Defense Minister Ehud Barak has reviewed Israel's security situation on all fronts. IsraCast has learned that several MKs warned that the Egyptian proposed cease-fire with Hamas will serve to strengthen the terrorists.

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May 05, 2008

Gaza's Civilians As Cover

The Israel Defense Forces have released aerial video from the helicopter that fired a missile at Hamas gunmen moving amid populated Palestinian buildings in the Beit Hanoun on April 28th. A subsequent explosion is believed responsible for the killing of a mother and her four children who were nearby. In an unprecedented step, the rival Palestinian Fatah movement has published on its website, severe criticism of Hamas by Palestinian residents in the Beit Hanoun neighborhood. IsraCast quotes these Palestinian civilians as charging that Hamas is exploiting them as cover for their Qassam rocket attacks on Israel. See IDF video of the two explosions.

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April 28, 2008

Gaza Update

Palestinian officials say seven Palestinians including a mother and her four young children were killed in an Israeli strike on Biet Hanoun in the Gaza Strip today. An Israeli shell reportedly hit their one storey building during IDF counterterror activity in the area. Two Palestinian terrorists were killed. Before the Israeli shell, Palestinians launched two more Qassam rockets at the Israeli town of Sderot. Later the Palestinians fired six more Qassams at Israeli targets. There were no casualties but one home was seriously damaged. Hamas claimed responsibility for the rocketing.

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April 18, 2008

Prime Minister's Passover

On this Passover holiday, Israelis may be relaxing to celebrate the Exodus of their forefathers from bondage in Egypt to freedom in their ancient homeland. But not so the Israeli security forces which are poised to cope with a number of clear and present dangers both at home and abroad. Against this backdrop, IsraCast assesses comments by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak on some of the key threats facing the Jewish state at this juncture.

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April 10, 2008

Israeli Blood For Palestinian Fuel

Israel has temporarily closed the Karni fuel depot to the Gaza Strip after Palestinian terrorists killed two Israeli tanker truck drivers who were supplying fuel to the Palestinians. The four attackers were killed while trying to flee back to Gaza. A former Israeli security official has told IsraCast that the terrorists will exploit every weak point they can and warns that lifting 50 West Bank checkpoints may backfire for Israel.

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February 29, 2008

GAZA'S NEW DIMENSION

'The Palestinian rocketing of Ashqelon from the Gaza Strip marks a new dimension in the confrontation and one which cannot be tolerated by Israel' - that's the reaction of Israeli officials to the Palestinian barrage of Ashqelon this week. Within forty-eight hours, Palestinian terrorists launched some 100 rockets at Israeli population centers. In escalating counter-terror operations, the IDF killed 18 Palestinians most of them terrorists. IsraCast is of the view that if there is no let-up in the Palestinian rocketing, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his government will not be able to hold off from launching a long awaited ground offensive into northern Gaza to drive out the rocket squads.

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