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IsraCast Archive | May-June 2012

Yitzhak Shamir (1915-2012)


Israeli politician and the seventh Prime Minister of Israel, serving two terms, 1983-84 and 1986-1992. He was the country's second longest-serving prime minister after David Ben-Gurion.


Israel is Not Czechoslovakia

Cabinet Minister Moshe Yaalon: 'In Last Three Months Iran Has Accelerated Its Uranium Enrichment By 700 Kilos... Under No Condition Will Israel Allow An Iranian Nuclear Sword To Reach Its Throat!'

'Israel Monitors Iran's Nuclear Program On Day By Day Basis... Iranians Believe U.S. Will Not Act Decisively In Election Year & Will Also Restrain Israel From Attacking'

'Israel Is Not Czechoslovakia & Could Reach A Point Where It Concludes That No One Is Really Doing Anything To Stop Iran & Must Attack'

 'Israel is not Czechoslovakia' - that statement came from Israel's Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Yaalon amid the current nuclear talks with Iran. Interviewed by the Israeli daily Haaretz, Yaalon disclosed that despite the international effort to rein in Iran's nuclear weapons program, Tehran has actually been accelerating its uranium enrichment. At the same time, Yaalon said Israel has not yet reached the point that it has to decide whether to bomb and the international community could still act 'forcefully and with determination' against Iran. But if the question arose about whether Israel should accept an Iranian A-bomb or to bomb - the answer would be to bomb. Analyst David Essing is of the view that Yaalon has revealed some key intelligence to dispel some of the diplomatic fog surrounding the nuclear talks being conducted with Iran by the P5+1 and the International Atomic Energy Agency.


Netanyahu - Settler Showdown

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Faces Threat Of Settler Rebellion After Quashing Knesset Bill To Prevent Eviction Of Israeli Settlers From Five Beth El Buildings

New Coalition Partner Kadima: 'Doubtful That One Grain Of Earth Will Be Moved For New 851 Housing Units In Judea & Samaria'

Deteriorating Situations In Egypt & Syria Do Not Auger Well For 'Arab Spring'

 The recent inclusion of the Kadima party into the coalition has already paid dividends for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. With Kadima's support, the PM was able to sail through Right wing opposition, even from inside his Likud party, and comply with a Supreme Court ruling to evict Israeli residents from five buildings built on West Bank land that belonged to a Palestinian owner. Meanwhile just over the borders in Egypt and Syria, Analyst David Essing is of the view that the term 'Arab Spring' has obviously become a media oxymoron.


Israeli Commander - Israel is Super Ready for Iran

Chief Of Staff Benny Gantz: 'Israel Defense Forces Are Super Ready For Iran & Other Potential Threats From Current Upheaval In Middle East'

'Iran Is Bent On Acquiring Nuclear Weapons But Has Yet To Decide On Crossing Nuclear Threshold Because Of Its Strategic Considerations'

'Outcome Of Syria's Internal Struggle Will Pose Lose-lose Situation For Israel & Instability Along Israel's Border On the Golan Heights'

 In advance of new nuclear talks with Iran, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz has assessed the current range of threats now facing Israel. With the 'Arab Spring' raging in Egypt and elsewhere, the probability of a planned war against Israel was low. But on the other hand, the Arab Street was 'very volatile' and could spark a spontaneous flare-up. First and foremost there was Iran's drive for nuclear weapons and although Syria was rent by internal strife, Syria's military capabilities have not been downgraded. Analyst David Essing reports on the closed door briefing of Israel's top soldier to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.


US-Israeli Cyber Warfare Against Iran

Top Iranian Adviser: 'Conditions In U.S. & Zionist Regime Rule Out War On Iran'

'Iran Would Inflict Proportionate Damage On Israel & Target Dimona Nuclear Reactor'

IsraCast Assessment: Statement From Top Adviser Of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei Reflects Uncompromising Stand In Nuclear Talks. However Iran Now Be Facing More Cyber Attacks Similar To Flame & Stuxnet

 If Iran's Supreme leader Ali Khamenei thinks there is no threat of a military strike from the U.S. or Israel, what does that auger for the current crisis over Tehran's nuclear weapons project? Simply this - the ruler who calls the shots in Tehran, believes he is home free. But what of the economic sanctions? If such big league players such as China, Russia and India indicate they will continue to do business then Iran can ride out the diplomatic threats. Therefore, analyst David Essing is of the view the Iranians will continue to stall at the next round of nuclear talks in Moscow. However the Iranians may be in for some more startling cyber shocks in the near future, that could make Flame and Stuxnet look like child's play.


Israel's Nuclear Alarm Bells Ringing!

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: 'Rather Than Demanding An Immediate Halt To Iran's Nuclear Weapons P5+1 Has Lowered The Bar!'

Prof. Yehezkel Dror: 'Israel Should Attack Iran's Nuclear Weapons Sites While There Is Still Time'.

Israeli Think Tank: 'Danger Of Nuclear Iran To Israel Outweighs Danger Incurred From Israeli Strike On Iran'

 Is Israel on the verge of a preventative strike on Iran? Just consider the recent statements from Israel over the past twenty-four hours. They reflect the current view that the current P5+1 nuclear talks are doomed to failure and the U.S. and the rest of the world are actually letting Tehran off the hook. From Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on down there is a mounting school of thought that the nuclear talks have turned into a farce - the Obama administration is categorically opposed to a military operation against Iran before the U.S. presidential election in November, if at all, while Tehran is again stonewalling as it continues its nuclear weapons program. Analyst David Essing assesses the latest developments.


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