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May 25, 2007

HAMAS 'POLITICIANS' & TERRORISTS

The Palestinian rockets continued crashing into Sderot this week killing and wounding Israeli civilians. One of Israel's responses is to arrest Hamas politicians and IsraCast points to the possibility that they may also face targeted killing if they do not halt the Qassams from Gaza.

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May 22, 2007

HAMAS IN ISRAELI CROSSHAIRS

How will Israel react after a Qassam rocket from Gaza killed an Israeli woman driving in Sderot on Monday night? IsraCast says subsequent statements by Israeli officials indicate that Hamas political leaders may be put on Israel's hit list in addition to those who actually send the launchers of the rockets. What is certain is that targeted killings and other counter-terror operation will be escalated now but a major ground operation into the Gaza Strip is not in the offing.

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May 19, 2007

HARD CHOICES ON GAZA

Palestinians kept up their rocket barrage at the Israeli town of Sderot on Friday - this week alone they have terrorized the town with some one-hundred Qassams crashing down by day and night. The IDF has been ordered to step up counter-terror strikes but a senior officer rules out a major ground operation at this time. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert also appears ready to adopt this policy. IsraCast is of the view that Olmert will try and ride out the coming days with the expectation that his Labor coalition partners will elect either Ehud Barak or Ami Ayalon as party leader who will then take over as defense minister.

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May 16, 2007

SDEROT UNDER FIRE

As anticipated by IsraCast, the bloody Palestinian infighting between Hamas and Fatah in the Gaza Strip has spilled over into Israel. The Palestinians have launched over 30 Qassam rockets at the Israeli town of Sderot apparently in an attempt to deflect the focus from their internal feud that killed at least 15 Palestinians on Tuesday, May 15th. The rockets are terrorizing the children, women and men. In the initial bombardment, one woman was seriously injured and dozens more were lightly hurt and suffered from shock. While the Israeli government considers what to do, Jewish-Russian philanthropist Arkadi Gaydamak has stepped in with his own private solution.

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May 14, 2007

LIVNI, ARAB LEAGUE & GAZA

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni presented a wide ranging Briefing on Israel's foreign relations when the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee was opened to the public for the first time. Livni focused on the Arab League initiative which offers full peace in return for a final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. IsraCast reports that Livni was cautiously optimistic about the Arab League aiding the peace process but it could not substitute for the Palestinians at the conference table. Meanwhile in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas - Fatah bloodbath continues but this has not interfered with the the terrorists launch more Qassam rockets into Israel.

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April 06, 2007

FOREIGN POLICY ON HOLD

Are new developments afoot in the Middle East? The 'to and fro' of international figures coupled with the Arab League's peace offer might be misleading. The IsraCast assessment is that Israeli foreign policy is so closely tied to the Bush administration that it has been put on hold until the Iranian nuclear crisis is resolved.

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March 29, 2007

MEANWHILE, BACK IN GAZA

On the very day the Arab League was convening in Saudi Arabia to approve their peace plan, Palestinian terrorists launched seven more Qassam rockets at Israel. For the first time since last November, Israeli helicopters went into action to strike the rocket launchers. In the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, the new IDF Chief of Staff Gaby Ashkenazi that the Hamas military buildup in Gaza must be eliminated one way or another. IsraCast presents a detailed assessment of major changes being implemented by the new Chief of Staff in light of the Second Lebanon War.

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March 20, 2007

ISRAEL NOT CZECHOSLOVAKIA!

Several European countries have indicated they will recognize Hamas cabinet ministers in the new Palestinian government.  In Gaza, a senior Norwegian diplomat has met with Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh who has declared his support for 'resistance' - that is terrorism against Israel. Hamas also claimed responsibility for the shooting of an Israeli electricity worker who was repairing a power line that supplies electricity to the Gaza Strip. The Israeli was seriously wounded. In addition, more Qassam rockets have been fired into Israel  from Gaza. In Jerusalem, IsraCast asked Deputy Premier Shimon Peres  if there were now a danger  that  European countries will try and appease the Hamas government  by selling out Israel, like Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany in 1938?

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March 18, 2007

DRESSING UP HAMAS

The Israeli government has voted overwhelmingly to boycott the new Palestinian unity government. At its weekly cabinet session, 19 ministers voted against conducting a dialogue with the Hamas-lead cabinet. Only two ministers abstained in the vote. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called on the international community to maintain its boycott of the Palestinian government until it accepts conditions set up the international Quartet; they call on the Palestinians to recognize Israel, halt terrorism and implement former agreements. In an interview with IsraCast, Dr. Dan Schueftan said the Palestinian unity government is a ploy to dress up Hamas as a legitimate partner while the terror organization continues to plot the destruction of Israel.

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Listen to Audio Interview with Dr. Dan Schueftan Includes transcript of interview
February 19, 2007

HEZBOLLAH & JERUSALEM PHOTO- OP

A senior IDF intelligence officer has revealed that Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon are on their way to being stronger now than before last summer's war. Brig. Gen. Yossi Bidatz revealed some new facts and figures when he briefed the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee. Also appearing at the hearing Defense Minister Amir Peretz Tried to play down the intelligence assessment. Meanwhile, in Jerusalem U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice chaired a three way summit with Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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February 18, 2007

BACK TO BASICS

'Back to basics', that's the message from new IDF Chief of Staff Gaby Ashkenazi. The IDF's top soldier plans on shaking up the Israeli military to meet the various threats facing the Jewish state today.

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February 12, 2007

ARROW BULL'S EYE

Knesset Member Yuval Steinitz, the former chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, says the latest Arrow success proves Israel has a very good defense against Iranian missiles. No other country in the world has succeeded in doing what the Arrow did in the latest test. Steinitz, who attended the test, told IsraCast that the Arrow proved it can destroy ballistic missiles fired from about any range. In a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert also called the Arrow test a most impressive achievement.

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February 09, 2007

MECCA SUMMIT - AGREEMENT OR MIRAGE?

What are the prospects for the vaguely worded agreement hammered out by Hamas and Fatah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia?  Shalom Harari, a senior reserve officer in the IDF Intelligence Corps and analyst at the Herzliya Counter - terrorism Center centre assesses various aspects of the accord aimed at ending the bloody Palestinian power struggle that has killed dozens of Palestinians in recent weeks. Interviewed by IsraCast,  Harari also analyzes the possible impact of the Mecca Accord on Israel and the ongoing struggle between Radial Islam and established regimes in the Middle East.

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February 05, 2007

NO EVACUATION OF SDEROT

Is Israel planning to evacuate the Negev town of Sderot which is located just across the border from the Gaza Strip? Defense Minister Amir Peretz categorically denied rumors that this is in the offing in light of the repeated Palestinian rocketing of the town. Meanwhile, a former defense minister,  Moshe Arens says Israel will have no choice but to launch a major ground operation into Gaza to suppress the rocketing.

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Listen to Interview with Prof. Moshe Arens Includes transcript of interview
January 06, 2007

PALESTINIAN BLOODLETTING

Over the weekend, the internal Palestinian bloodshed has soared in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. The Palestinian power struggle between Hamas and Fatah reached a new peak - seven Palestinians were killed when Hamas raiders attacked the home of a Fatah security officer in the Gaza Strip. More deadly clashes have occurred on the West Bank. Meanwhile, in the West Bank town of Ramallah an Israeli undercover operation to catch a wanted terrorist  is detected leading to a shootout that kills five Palestinians and wounds several dozen others. All this as terrorists in the Gaza Strip continue to launch two or three Qassam rockets daily at Israeli targets despite the current 'cease-fire' in Gaza. IDF Brig. Gen. (Res.) Shalom Harari, a senior analyst at the Counter-Terrorism Institute at the Herzlyia Center assesses latest Palestinian developments. Shalom Harari was interviewed by David Essing:

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Listen to Interview with Brig. Gen, Shalom Harari Includes transcript of interview
November 10, 2006

Olmert on Mahmoud Abbas, Hezbollah and Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called for a meeting with chairman Mahmoud Abbas. "He will be surprised when he will sit with me of how far we are prepared to go. I can offer him a lot," Olmert said, without elaborating.

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October 10, 2006

GAZA & IRAQ

'The internal Palestinian violence in the Gaza Strip is approaching the violence you see in Iraq' - that's the assessment of Shalom Harari, an IDF Brig, Gen. (res). Harari is a leading Israeli expert at the Counter-Terrorism Institute in Herzliya. In an interview with David Essing, Harari analyzes the internecine Palestinian violence and its significance for Israel. He also assesses the chaos in many Arab states against the backdrop of this week's visit by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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August 29, 2006

GAZA STRIP = LEBANON II

Shabak Security Chief Yuval Diskin issued a dire warning about the Gaza Strip when he presented his biannual report to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee. In response, Knesset Member Natan Sharansky of Likud said Prime Minister Olmert and his government cannot say they have not been warned.

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July 13, 2006

TERRITORY & TERROR

Israel has unleashed its air power to eliminate Hezbollah's capability to terrorize northern Israel from south Lebanon. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his cabinet have ordered the Israel Defense Forces to do what it takes to knock out the guerrilla organization that is a law unto itself in Lebanon

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June 30, 2006

SAVING CORPORAL SHALIT

The standoff continued between Israel and the Palestinians in the wake of the Palestinian onslaught from the Gaza Strip. After launching more than six hundred Qassam rockets after Israels total evacuation last summer, the terrorists carried out a cross border raid into Israel killing two soldiers and abducting Corporal Gilad Shalit. On the West Bank, terrorists kidnapped and murdered eighteen-year-old Eliyahu Ashri. After giving the Palestinian authorities forty-eight hours to return the soldier, Israel launched operation Summer Rain into the Gaza Strip.

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