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IsraCast Archive | September-October 2007

IRANIAN PEOPLE VS. THE BOMB

Menashe Amir: 'Opposition Is Mounting In Iran To President Ahmadinejad's Nuclear Weapons Program'

'Ahmadinejad's Firing Of Nuclear Negotiator Larijani Signals Rift In Country's Leadership'

'Determined International Campaign On Various Fronts Will Succeed In Halting Iran's Drive To Develop Nuclear Weapons'

More and more Iranians now fear that President Ahmadinejad's nuclear weapons is steering their country toward a global confrontation fraught with danger. This is the assessment of Menashe Amir, a leading Israeli expert on Iran, who monitors Iranian affairs on a daily basis. IsraCast presents analyst Amir's five point plan for stopping Ahmadinejad which he outlined in a public lecture:

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From Rabin To Annapolis

Israel Marks Twelfth Anniversary Of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's Assassination

If Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had not been assassinated twelve years ago by Israeli fanatic Yigal Amir would Israel now be at peace with the Palestinians? It is a question that has cropped up on October 24th the day the Jewish state officially marked the tragedy that has stunned Israelis ever since. IsraCast assesses the political climate leading up to the Rabin assassination and subsequent events leading to the upcoming Annapolis peace conference.

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MACHIAVELLI IN MOSCOW

Former Mossad Official: 'President Putin Doing Business As Usual With Tehran While Depending On Future U.S. Strike To Knock Out Iranian Nuclear Facilities'

Prime Minister Olmert & Defense Minister Barak Present Israel's Concerns to Putin In Moscow & President Bush In Washington

The looming Iranian nuclear threat has been placed front row center on the international agenda - U.S. President George Bush has warned an Iranian bomb could spark World War III while his Russian counter- part chooses to say there is no evidence that Tehran is developing nuclear weapons. China, annoyed by Bush over his meeting with the Dalai Lama, shows no sign that it will support the American appeal for tougher sanctions. Meanwhile Israeli leaders, who have declared they cannot acquiesce in Iran's acquiring nuclear weapons, have been presenting their concerns in Moscow and Washington. Opinion poll indicates most Israelis favor using military force to prevent nuclear weapons falling into hands of President Ahmadinejad who threatens wipe Jewish state off the map.

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ANNAPOLIS SPIN VS. GAZA ROCKETS

IDF Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky: 'Israel Cannot Ignore Indefinitely Hamas Rocketing Attacks From Gaza. Big IDF Ground Operation To Root Out Terror Infrastructure Is Matter Of Timing'

Annapolis Dilemma - How Can Prime Minister Olmert Help Shore Up Palestinian President Abbas Without Risking Israeli Vital Interests?

Barring unforeseen circumstances, the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation will go to the conference table in Annapolis next month at the invitation of U.S. President George W. Bush. It's a command performance, neither Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert nor Palestinian West Bank President Mahmoud Abbas are likely to risk America's ire by refusing the invitation or being blamed for its failure. But IsraCast concludes that reality on the ground and the leadership status of Olmert and Abbas do not lend much credence for achieving a breakthrough.

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New president of World Medical Association - an Israeli Doctor

Dr. Yoram Blachar, Chairman of Israel's Medical Association, was selected as the new president of the World Medical Association. Blachar recently completed two consecutive terms as chairman of the WMA council.

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PEACE IN ANNAPOLIS?

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert: 'Annapolis Will Absolutely Not Be Substitute For Direct Negotiations Between Israel & Palestinians'

'Annapolis Should Lend Support and Encouragement To Roadmap Peace Process'

In Gaza, Hamas Apparently Reacts To Annapolis By Launching More Advanced Grad Rocket Into Israel

What are the prospects for Middle East peace conference at Annapolis scheduled to convene at Annapolis next month? Although conference convener U.S. President George Bush has high hopes, the IsraCast assessment is that Annapolis has as little chance of bringing 'peace in our time' as did Munich nearly seventy years ago. While the participants try and rev up some momentum for Annapolis, Hamas reacts by escalating attacks on Israel from Gaza.

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'METHOD IN AHMADINEJAD'S MADNESS'

Menashe Amir: 'Western Leaders Must Understand That Shiite Islam Condones Telling Lies In Order To Deceive The Enemy'

'Ahmadinejad Denies Holocaust Because He Is Now Preparing One'

'Germany's Refusal To Impose Harsher Sanctions On Iran Is Impeding International Effort To Dissuade Iran From Producing Nuclear Weapons'

'Iranian President's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speeches in New York were a pack of lies designed to deceive the West' - that's the assessment of Arab Affairs expert Menashe Amir. In an interview with IsraCast, Amir said Ahmadinejad exploited the Shiite Islamic tradition of telling lies in order to mislead the enemy and cover your true intentions. It is known as 'taukia' and Ahmadinejad exploits it to create the false impression that Iran already has acquired the technology for enriching uranium for producing nuclear weapons.

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Listen to Audio Interview with Menashe Amir Includes transcript of the interview

GAZA & AHMADINEJAD - ENEMIES

Dr. Meir Rosenne: 'Palestinians In Gaza Use Israeli Electricity To Produce Rockets For Firing Back At Israel'

'Israel's Declaring Hamas-Controlled Gaza To Be 'Enemy Territory' Does Not Violate International Law But Is Legitimate Act Of Self - Defense'

'Iranian President Ahmadinejad, Who Plans Destruction Of Israel, Should Not Be Allowed To Visit U.S.'

What are the implications of the Israeli government's decision to declare the Gaza Strip an 'enemy entity'. Dr. Meir Rosenne, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and France and a prominent jurist, told IsraCast that Israel like every other country is duty bound to defend its citizens and is not in violation of international law. Rosenne also said that Iranian president Ahmadinejad, who calls openly for Israel's destruction, should never have received a visa to visit the U.S.

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MESSAGE TO IRAN?

Former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton: 'Israeli Air Strike Against Nuclear Installation in Syria Would Also Send Message to Iran'

John Bolton, the Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., has said the alleged Israeli air strike against a Syrian nuclear installation on September 6th would also send a message to Iran. Bolton was interviewed in New York by Israel's Channel 10 TV network. The former American diplomat had previously warned about nuclear cooperation between North Korea and Syria.

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ISRAELI BLACKOUT

IDF Intelligence Chief Amos Yadlin Steers Clear Of Alleged Israeli Air Strike On Syrian Nuclear Facility

MK Zachi Hanegbi: 'Israeli Blackout Enables Syria To Also Play Down Affair'

'Encouraging Signs That Syria Is Not Taking Aggressive Steps'

Israel is refusing to comment on the Washington Post report that Israeli jets bombed a Syrian nuclear facility supplied by North Korea on September 6th. IDF intelligence chief Gen. Amos Yadlin has just briefed the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee but made no reference to the alleged air strike. At the start of the closed door session, committee chairman Zachi Hanegbi said Gen.Yadlin that he was under no obligation to discuss the affair. Knesset Member Hanegbi later told IsraCast that Israel's refusal to comment on the alleged attack is making it easier for Syria to play down the matter and there were 'encouraging signs' that tension was subsiding.

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HAMAS WILL PAY

Israel Considers How To Retaliate After Gaza Rocket Attack Injures 67 IDF Soldiers

Two Key Options - Major Ground Operation Or Limited Strikes To Include Hamas Leaders Combined With Israeli Sanctions

Latest Rocket Attack Leaves Israel No Option But To Escalate Confrontation

It was about two o'clock in the morning - terrorists just over the border in Gaza launch three Qassam rockets at the IDF training base near Kibbutz Zikim. One of them explodes near the tents where most of the soldiers are sleeping. Pandemonium - 67 are wounded from the rocket shrapnel and by concussion. Several are seriously wounded. Ambulances and helicopters rush to the scene and within forty minutes or so all the injured are being treated and evacuated to hospital. In light of the gravity of the Zikim attack and the recent split between radical Hamas and more moderate Fatah, IsraCast foresees Israel declaring total war against Hamas in Gaza.

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ENIGMA OF ISRAELI OVERFLIGHT

Reason For Israeli Incursion of Syrian Airspace Goes Unanswered

Syria & Iran Condemn Israeli Flight

Israel's New Counter-Terror Tactics In Race With Palestinian Rocketing of Sderot

What was the mission of the mysterious Israeli flight into Syrian airspace which has not been commented on by Israeli officials? Both Syria and its ally Iran have condemned the overflight and warned of the consequences. After examining the information so far, IsraCast is of the view there is one explanation that appears more logical than all others. Meanwhile, on the Gaza border, the IDF's new high-tech tactics are in a race to suppress the Qassam rocketing before one of them causes a massacre in the Israeli town of Sderot. IDF Maj. Gen. (res.) Danny Yatom, a Labor Knesset member assesses the current confrontation and needs to be done.

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RUSSIAN ROULETTE IN SDEROT

Likud MK Benyamin Netanyahu: 'Prime Minister Olmert Has Abdicated His First Responsibility to Protect Children, Women and Men Of Sderot'

'Need For Ground Operation Into Sderot Before Qassam Rocket Causes Massacre In Town'

Kadima MK Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel: 'Political Considerations Are Preventing Military Solution To Suppressing Qassam Rocketing From Gaza Strip'

Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip have stepped up their Qassam rocketing of the Israeli town of Sderot as the new school year got underway - the terrorists called it a 'present'. On September 3rd seven Qassam rockets crashed into Sderot some during the early morning when parents were taking toddlers and children to school. There were no casualties but the town was terrorized with panic stricken parents and children rushing to bomb shelters. Thanks to 'Red Dawn', the early warning sirens give civilians some 15 seconds to run to safety. Angry parents cancelled school in protest. The next day the Knesset was reconvened from its summer recess for a special debate on the situation and Prime Minister Olmert's contacts with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. IsraCast asked Likud leader Bibi Netanyahu if Prime Minister Olmert was playing Russian roulette with the children of Sderot. Kadima MK Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel, a former IDF general, also assessed the Sderot situation and why the Israeli government is apparently holding back.

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IsraCast Archive | September-October 2007

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