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IsraCast Archive | January-February 2011

Middle East Meltdown?

IDF Maj.Gen.Amos Gilad: 'Just Imagine If Today Libya's Muamar Kadafi Had Nuclear Weapons - This Lesson Of Libya Also Applies To Iran'

IAEA Report Expresses Concern Over Iran's Possible Use Of Nuclear Materials For Military Purposes

Prof. Fouad Adjami: 'I Am Optimistic About Arab Democracy & That Egypt Will Honor Peace Treaty With Israel'

Maj.Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, a senior adviser to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, has warned that one lesson from Libya is that radical regimes such as Iran must not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. Gen. Gilad noted that Muamar Kadafi had been forced to abandon his nuclear weapons project in the past, otherwise he would now be threatening to use them today against his opponents at home and abroad. IsraCast analyst David Essing reports on some of the issues now facing Israel.


Iranian Naval Presence In Mediterranean

Menashe Amir: 'Two Iranian Navy Vessel Bound For Syria Could Signal Permanent Presence In Mediterranean Sea'

'Only About Twenty Percent Of Iranians Now Support Regime'

'U.S. & International Community Must Step Up Support For Iranian Protest Movement - Regime Change Will Also Spell End To Iranian Nuclear Threat'

 Is Iran now seeking a permanent naval presence in the Mediterranean Sea? Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has disclosed that Tehran is sending two naval vessels to Syria in what is being viewed as a provocative step by the regime that talks of ' wiping the Zionist entity off the map.' The move also comes against the background of renewed protest demonstrations against the regime that has ruled the country with an iron fist, ever since it seized power in the Khomeini Revolution in 1979. Israeli analyst Menashe Amir assess these current developments in an interview with IsraCast's David Essing


New Egypt - Big Question Mark For Israel

Israel Concerned That Egypt May Eventually Revoke Peace Treaty & Turn Hostile If Muslim Brotherhood Takes Control

Supreme Council Of Egypt's Armed Forces Pledges To Honor Israeli- Egyptian Peace Treaty Of 1979

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Welcomes Supreme Council's Commitment To Peace Agreement Saying It Has Served Both Nations As Well As Cornerstone For Middle East Stability

 At the end of the sabbath, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu welcomed Egypt's ruling Supreme Council pledge to honor all its international agreements including the peace treaty with Israel. Netanyahu praised the praised the peace agreement as serving the interests of both countries and a cornerstone of Middle East stability. As the monumental events unfolded, there was no telling what they would portend for Israel. While visiting the U.S., Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel must 'upgrade' its long term security while pushing for peace with both the Palestinians and its Arab neighbors. For the foreseeable future the Egyptian Army, that has served as an anchor of moderation that has resolved the crisis, will be running the country. David Essing assesses how Mubarak's departure is being viewed in Israel.


Gen. Galant to the Guillotine!

Prime Minister Netanyahu & Defense Minister Barak Will Now Present Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz As New Candidate For Chief Of Staff To Israeli Cabinet

Maj. Gen. Gallant Again Calls On Government To Honor His Appointment As Chief of Staff Contending That His Disqualification Is Out Of All Proportion

IsraCast Assessment: Clash For Primacy Between Legal System & National Security

Barring last minute developments, Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz will reportedly become the new IDF Chief of Staff after Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein disqualified Maj.Gen. Yoav Gallant. However Gallant has not given up - in TV interviews he declared: 'I never lied, deceived or acted dishonorably in the land dispute near my home'.
Nonetheless, Gen. Gallant is fighting a rear guard action against overwhelming odds, despite growing public support for his case. David Essing has this assessment of the controversial affair that has rocked the IDF and the entire country.


Mubarak Plays For Time

Prof. Eyal Zisser: 'Egyptian President Muabarak Playing For Time In Order For Vice- President Omar Suleiman To Remain In Control Of Regime'

'Dr. Al Baradei May Speak For The Opposition But If Upheaval In Egypt, Control Will Be In Hands of Muslim Brotherhood'

'Confrontation Has Turned Into Zero-Sum Game That Neither Regime Nor Opposition Is Prepared To Lose'

'Get out, Get out!' - that was the battle cry of millions of Egyptians who again took to the streets across the country on Feb.1st. They continue to demand an end to the dictatorial regime of President Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian leader later went on television to declare that he would not run again in the presidential election scheduled for next September. The volatile situation appears to be as confusing as ever now that U.S. President Barack Obama has sent a special envoy to Cairo to try and ease the transition of power. Professor Eyal Zisser of Tel Aviv University, a leading Israeli expert, analyzed the latest developments in an article in the Israeli daily 'Yisrael Hayom'.


Israel Braces For Post Mubarak Era

Israel Must Prepare For Post-Mubarak Era In Middle East That Will Be More Militant & Radical Islamist

Israel's Defense Establishment Now Adds Egyptian Developments To Lebanese Turmoil On Its Borders

Israeli Leaders Refrain From Commenting On Tense Situation As They Ponder Future Of Israeli-Egyptian Peace Treaty

Israeli leaders and the IDF are closely monitoring the rioting across Egypt that is threatening to topple the regime of President Hosni Mubarak, Israel's closest ally in the Middle East. A former Israeli cabinet minister, who has been the closest Israeli official to Mubarak, has now warned that Israel must prepare for the post-Mubarak era. And Binyamin Ben Eliezer adds: 'I believe a new Egyptian regime will be more militant and radical Islamist'! Analyst David Essing has this assessment on how the tumult in Egypt is being viewed in Israel.


Iran - Potentially One or Two Years to Bomb

IDF Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi: 'If Iran Decides, It Could Produce Nuclear Weapons Within One To Two Years'

'I Doubt Iran Will Break Out & Take Such Decision in 2011'

'Real Possibility Of Civil War In Lebanon Because Ideological Conflicts Outweigh Other National Interests'

 Maj.Gen. Aviv Kochavi, the new commander of IDF Intelligence Branch, has presented his first briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee. His main point was that Iran has the capability of producing a nuclear weapon within one to two years after its leadership takes a decision to 'break out' and dash for the bomb. IsraCast analyst David Essing says Kochavi, whose name is derived from the word for star in Hebrew, is indeed the rising star in the IDF, and committee members later said they were impressed by the incisiveness of the new intelligence chief.


While Israel Sleeps!

Shabak Security Chief Yuval Diskin: 'Palestinian Authority's Diplomatic Campaign Against Israel Is Gaining Momentum & International Recognition!'

'Unilateral Declaration Of Palestinian Independence In September Will Put Israel In Much More Difficult Situation If Border Issue Has Not Been Finalized'

IsraCast Conclusion: Diskin Indicated Palestinians Are Now Winning Diplomatic War Against Israel - Israeli Government Appears To Be Losing By Default & Must Adopt Its Own Convincing Initiative

 In 1940, John F. Kennedy wrote a book on the rise of Nazi Germany entitled 'Why Europe Slept'. In 2006, Bruce Bawer described how radical Islam is destroying the West from within in his book 'While Europe Slept'. Now Yuval Diskin the chief of Israel's Shabak Security Service, has warned that the Palestinian Authority on the West Bank had launched a diplomatic war that it is winning against Israel. Analyst David Essing says Diskin pulled no punches when he briefed a closed door session of the Knesset's Foreign affairs & Defense Committee.


Israeli Eyes Peeled on Arab Turmoil

Prime Minister Netanyahu: 'We Cannot Be Certain All Peace Agreements Will Be Honored Therefore They Must Be Accompanied By Security Arrangements On the Ground'

Upheavals In Tunisia & Lebanon Indicate Volatility Of Arab World - A Strategic Factor In Israel's Decision Making

Jordan & Egypt Announce Steps To Guarantee Price Controls Over Basic Commodities For Low Income Sector Of Population

 Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has reacted swiftly to the sudden upheaval in Tunisia and the threat of a new civil war in Lebanon, Israel's northern neighbor, where Hezballah, an Iranian proxy is threatening to take overall control of the state. The shock waves are still reverberating throughout the entire Middle East and are likely to do so for some time to come. Iraq was formerly the epicenter, now Tunisia the quiet state on the Mediterranean that welcomed Israeli tourists, has become a new focus of turmoil. Its tyrannical President Ben Ali was toppled by thousands of citizens who took to the streets ending his regime of twenty three years. Meanwhile 'Lebanon is Lebanon'. The Sunni-Shiite, Christian and Druze ethnic tensions have again escalated after a UN inquiry has found Hezbollah guilty of assassinating former Sunni Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Analyst David Essing has this assessment of how the recent developments may affect Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's strategic outlook.


Mossad's 'Superman' Retires

Meir Dagan, Chief Of Israel's Mossad Intelligence Service, Retires After Being Credited With Sidetracking Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program For Years

Dagan's Operations Said To Be Instrumental In Delaying Iranian A-Bomb Until 2015

IsraCast Assessment: Iran Is Still Bent On Producing Nuclear Weapons - If It Decides, Tehran Can 'Break Out' To Produce 90% Weapons Grade Uranium & Already Has Ballistic Missiles Capable of Reaching Israel

 At the latest Israeli cabinet meeting, when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu personally thanked outgoing Mossad chief Meir Dagan, all the ministers rose to applaud. Although Mossad operations are never confirmed or denied, Dagan mounted a daring an effective campaign against Iran's nuclear weapons program during his unprecedented eight year tenure. Mossad operations have set back Iran's plans to acquire nuclear weapons for years, although there is still no sign the regime of ayatollahs are ready to halt the project, in spite of the economic sanctions that are hurting the country's economy. David Essing has this assessment of the man the Egyptian newspaper Al Aharam once called Israel's 'Superman'.


Moshe Katzav vs. Israeli Judges

 The sordid saga of former President Moshe Katsav appears to be drawing to a close. Barring unforeseen circumstances, and there have been many in this deplorable affair, the prosecution and defense will now present arguments as to the punishment that should now be meted out to Katsav after his conviction on two counts of rape and several other lesser charges of sexual harassment. The three judges will then rule on the sentence after which Katsav's lawyers say they will appeal to the Supreme Court


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