IsraCast Archive | May-June 2011
Daniel Pipes: 'The Jews not only did not conquer land that was not theirs but the Zionist Movement is the least violent of all national movements in the world'
'There is no historic basis to Palestinian claim that they are descendants of Cananites - Palestinians are Arabs who migrated to Land Of Israel several hundred years ago seeking economic opportunity'
'Unlike most states that have no historical roots in the land on which they are founded, the Jews have historical claim to Land of Israel dating back to Biblical times'
The Palestinians are striving to refute the historical right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel in spite of the Bible's irrefutable documentation to the contrary. So the Palestinians appear to have adopted the policy of 'if you can't beat them join them!' The Palestinians simply claim they are the descendants of the Biblical Cananites, although, for example, the Palestinians' language happens to be Arabic that is not endemic to the Land of Israel but to the Arabian peninsula. In the diplomatic arena, a battle is now being waged over the Jewish and Palestinian narratives on the historical rights to the Land of Israel, or Canan. A prominent American expert Daniel Pipes addressed the issue in an article published in the June 22nd issue of the Israeli daily 'Yisrael Hayom'. In translating the article into English, Analyst David Essing is of the view that Daniel Pipes has written an incisive critique that sets the record straight about Zionism and Israel.
Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak:'Israel Has No Choice But To Defend Her Borders - Syrian President Bashar Assad Is On His Way Out As Is Libya's Gadaffi & Yemen's Saleh'
IsraCast Assessment: Former Mossad Director Meir Dagan's Opposition To Israeli Military Strike On Iran Continues To Arouse Pros & Cons
Israel has reacted firmly to Arab attempts to launch an uprising, or intifada in Arabic, along its borders. Rioters from Syria tried again and were repulsed as were Palestinians at the Kalandia check point on the West Bank and at the Gaza border. In another development, the tight-lipped former Mossad Director Meir Dagan, has set off a major controversy by launching a peace initiative to the Palestinians and not Israeli jets at Iran's nuclear weapons facilities.
IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz: 'Israel Is Facing Security Threats Ranging From Nuclear Weapons To Knives'
'Iran Is Central Threat, Low Probability Syria's President Assad Will Try To Deflect Public's Attention from Internal Turmoil By Opening Fire At Israel, Egypt Does Not Pose A Threat At This Stage'
IsraCast Assessment: New IDF Chief Of Staff Is Confident That His Forces Are Now Prepared To Meet A Wide Array of Security Threats Confronting The Jewish State
Lt.Gen. Benny Gantz has evaluated a wide range of security threats to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee in his first presentation as IDF Chief of Staff. There is no question the former paratrooper commander will have to prepare the Israel Defense Forces for one of its most dangerous periods in the state's history. Gen. Gantz told the closed door committee: 'I am ready for this great challenge - in the IDF I will insist on professionalism and values on which there is no room for compromise.' After being briefed on the closed door session, Analyst David Essing says Gen. Gantz not only identified the threats but also outlined, where possible, his military preparations.
Jehuda Hartman was 22 on June 7, 1967 when he stood in awe at the liberated Western Wall; 44 years later, he recreates the shot.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Has Returned Home To 13% Boost In Israeli Public Opinion Poll
Palestinian President Rejects President Obama's Appeal Not To Seek Unilateral Recognition For Palestinian State At UN General Assembly In September
IsraCast Assessment: Prime Minister Netanyahu Will Require Solomonic Political Skills Both At Home & Abroad To Cope With The Current Internationalization of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has weathered his political storm with President Barack Obama in Washington. However there can be little doubt now that Israel's leader will be pressed by the U.S. and the international community to go beyond his readiness to give up 'some settlements' for a peace accord with the Palestinians. It should come as no surprise that by and large, Netanyahu's stirring speech to the U.S. Congress was also applauded by the Israeli public except for hardliners in and out of the Knesset. But if 'push comes to shove', America's foreign policy is determined by the White House and not the Congress. Analyst David Essing sums up the PM's momentous visit to Washington.
After First Shocking Israel With Specter Of Indefensible 1967 Border, President Obama Now Reassures That New Border Must Be Different
IsraCast Conclusion: President Obama Exercising Shock Tactics Against Jewish State By Raising Specter Of Return To 1967 Lines But Now Reassuring Jewish State That If It Promotes New Palestinian Peace Process, U.S. Will Support New 'Secure & Recognized Borders'
In one speech, U.S. President Barack Obama spread dismay and consternation in Israel by inferring that the old 1967 lines that at some points left only nine miles between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea. Then in the next, Obama clarified that the new Israeli-Palestinian border could not be the same 1967 and that was what he meant by 'mutually agreed land swaps'. Was this just sloppy speech-making by Obama or was it a deliberate ploy? Analyst David Essing believes the President has been practicing political shock therapy on Israel.
Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu Promises U.S. President Obama To Work With Him For Palestinian Peace But Refuses To Return To Borders of 1967, Accept Palestinian Refugees Or Negotiate With Hamas
Obama Says Differences With Netanyahu Are Between Friends & Will Not Harm Ties Of Friendship Between U.S. & Israel
In Jerusalem, Likud Cabinet Minister Mickey Eitan Predicts Likud & Right Wing Coalition Will Back Netanyahu's More Flexible Approach to Palestinian Issue
Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu went into the White House on the brink of a bitter crisis with U.S.President Barack Obama. This time it was not over West Bank settlements but Obama's setting the 1967 border as baseline for a Palestinian peace agreement. While still in Israel, Netanyahu had immediately rejected it in no uncertain terms. Fireworks were in the offing at a time the Jewish state needed U.S. support in the face of a successful Palestinian campaign to acquire UN General Assembly this fall for recognition of a Palestinian state on the 1967 border. However after the meeting, when the two leaders appeared together before the media, both Obama and Netanyahu parted as friends and agreed to work for an Israeli- Palestinian peace agreement despite their differences. Analyst David Essing has this appraisal.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Hints At U.S. Commitment To Ariel Sharon On 'Settlement Blocs' In Judea & Samaria
Prominent Israeli Experts Warn Of Diplomatic Debacle If UN General Assembly Recognizes Palestinian State On Lines Of 1967
Right Wing Calls On Netanyahu Not To Give In To U.S. Pressure Contending That General Assembly Resolution Will Prove Meaningless
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's upcoming visit to Washington may be one of the most crucial in Israel's history. At stake, the outcome to the diplomatic warfare that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been waging against the Jewish state. At present, Abbas has garnered the votes of more than 130 members of the UN General Assembly for a resolution recognizing a Palestinian state on the lines of 1967. Israeli experts have warned that such a step will have a grave impact on the Jewish state's international status, security and economic well being. Analyst David Essing has this assessment:
IsraCast Snapshot: Upcoming Speeches Of U.S. President Barack Obama & Israel's Binyamin Netanyahu Likely To Reflect Impact Of Bin Laden's Assassination and Hamas 'Reconciliation' with Fatah
Likud Cabinet Minister Silvan Shalon: 'Do The Palestinians Think We're Morons?'
French Philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy: 'Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation Pact Is Catastrophe For Palestinians, Israel & Arab Spring! Mahmoud Abbas Has Reverted To Doublespeak Of Yassir Arafat'
Speculation is mounting over just what U.S. President Barack Obama and Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyhau will tell the world when they make their much heralded speeches on the Middle East later this month. IsraCast analyst David Essing is of the view that two recent and dramatic developments will have a major impact on what they have to say - the U.S. targeted killing of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan and the recent 'reconciliation ' between Palestinian West Bank President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas that rules Gaza.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak: 'UN General Assembly Recognition Of Palestinian State On 1967 Lines May Trigger Sanctions Against Israel Similar To Those Enforced Against South Africa'
'Israel Must Launch Wide-Ranging Diplomatic Initiative To Reach Palestinian Accord & To Offset This Diplomatic Sunami'
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: 'Britain & France Insist Hamas Must Recognize Israel & Prior Agreements As Well As Halting Terrorism'
Defense Minister Ehud Barak has warned of a mounting attempt to smear Israel as an apartheid South Africa, paving the way for the enforcement of international sanctions. Barak issued his warning in an interview with the Haaretz newspaper. Barak also played down the danger that Iran might try and 'nuke' Israel, if it is permitted to acquire nuclear weapons. Returning from a visit to Britain and France, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told reporters that both states insist that Hamas must recognize Israel and prior agreements as well as halting terrorism against the Jewish state.
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya:'I Absolutely Condemn Killing Of Freedom Fighter Osama Bin Laden!'
West Bank Prime Minister Salam Fayyad:'Killing Of Osama Bin Laden Will Further World Peace'
IsraCast Assessment: Contradictory Palestinian Reactions Reveal Duplicity Of New Palestinian Leadership That Is Part Terrorist & Part Political
Will the new Palestinian leadership stand up? Is it West Bank President Mahmoud Abbas, who condemns terrorism or Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniya, who conducts it? Their differing reactions to the U.S. 'targeted operation' that killed Al Qaida chief Osama Bin Laden illustrates the duplicitous attempt to combine the West Bank and Gaza leaderships without Hamas giving up its declared goal of killing Jews and restoring the land 'from the sea to the river' - in other words wiping Israel off the map. Analyst David Essing discusses some of the ramifications of the U.S. Navy Seals' targeted killing of OBL.
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IsraCast Archive | May-June 2011