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IsraCast Archive | January-February 2012

IAEA - Current Iran Sanctions a Failure

Latest IAEA Report Supports Israel's Case That Current Sanctions Have Failed To Slow Down Iran's Nuclear Weapons Project

New York Times: 'American Intelligence Analysts Continue To Believe There Is No Hard Evidence That Iran Has Decided To Build Nuclear Bomb'

IsraCast Assessment: Rather Than Forcing Iranian Slowdown, EU Oil Embargo For July1 Has Speeded Up Iran's Nuclear Weapons Drive

 Iran has actually stepped up its nuclear weapons program - that is the only reasonable conclusion from the latest IAEA report disclosed on February 23. The findings have vindicated Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's position that the latest sanctions fall short of deterring Tehran. However, the U.S. intelligence community still contends that it has 'no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb'. Analyst David Essing is of the view the IAEA findings will lend urgency to Netanyahu's upcoming meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington.

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Israel Issues Global Terror Alert

Israeli Warning: 'Iran & Hizbollah Are Planning More Terror Attacks On Israeli & Jewish Targets Abroad'

'Israel Has Taken Appropriate Counter-Measures After Investigation Of Two Iranian Terrorists In Bangkok'

IsraCast Assessment: 'Iran Is Reacting To Mounting International Pressure By Launching Terror Spree; Danger Of Israel-Iran Confrontation Escalating Out Of Control

Israel is bracing for a new round of Iranian and Hizbollah terror attacks on Israeli and Jewish targets world-wide. That was the message from the Counter-Terror Headquarters in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's bureau in Jerusalem. The global alert was issued after the flurry of Iranian terror attacks against Israeli diplomats in Georgia, Thailand and India. Analyst David Essing is of the view that while Tehran is retaliating for the international pressure on its nuclear weapons program, its spree of terror could trigger an even more dangerous escalation between Israel on one side and Iran and its Hizballah proxy on the other.

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Israel's Dagan vs. Iran's Ahmadinejad

Meir Dagan: 'Israel Air Force Is Capable Of Knocking Out Iran's Nuclear Weapons Sites But The Cost May Be Intolerable'

'According To Defense Minister Barak's Assessment, Israel Should Attack Iran Immediately'

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: 'World Will Soon Witness Great Iranian Nuclear Achievements...We Will Never Give Up Our Nuclear Enrichment Program'

 The Israeli-Iranian war of words continues in more ways than one. In Israel, former Mossad chief Meir Dagan again crossed swords with Defense Minister Ehud Barak over attacking Iran. Meanwhile in Tehran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised major nuclear achievements in the coming days while vowing that Iran would never give up its uranium enrichment project ... IDF intelligence believes that Iran has enriched enough low grade uranium to produce four A-bombs.

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Tu B'Shevat

Tu Bishvat is a Jewish holiday and one of the four Rosh Hashanahs ("New Years") mentioned in the Mishnah, the basis of the Talmud. Tu Bishvat is the new year of the trees. The name Tu Bishvat comes from the date of the holiday, the 15th day of Shevat. Shevat is the name of a Hebrew calendar month and Tu, is how the number 15 is represented by Hebrew numerals using the Hebrew alphabet.

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From Auschwitz to Iran?

New Israel Air Force Commander Amir Eshel Flew Commemorative Flight Over Auschwitz

Maj.Gen. Eshel Will Command Israeli Air Strike On Iranian Nuclear Sites If Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Gives The Order

 After leading an Israel Air Force flight over Auschwitz back in 2003, will Maj.Gen. Amir Eshel command an Israeli air strike on Iran's nuclear weapons facilities? This is an ironic possibility in light of Iran's relentless drive to acquire atomic bombs for 'wiping Israel off the map'. Fighter-pilot Eshel has now been named the new IAF commander. Israeli born Eshel, aged fifty-two, has forged a brilliant career in the Israel Defense Forces. Known as a 'quick study', he has flown an exceptional variety of combat aircraft from the F-15 and F-16 fighters to Apache and Cobra helicopter-gunships in clocking over 5,500 hours in the air. Reacting to the promotion, a former IAF commander Eliezer Skadi said: 'It's the right man in the right place. Amir Eshel is a true professional with very high abilities that will serve him well at a time the Middle East is on the boil and when new threats are emerging from states that have no common border with Israel. I am confident he will fullfil his command with distinction'. For the past four years, Eshel has headed the IDF's strategic Planning Branch that deals with strategic threats to Israel and the IDF's force buildup. In a rare public address on January 17th, Maj.Gen. Eshel analyzed the threat of a nuclear Iran not only to Israel but to the entire globe. Read the following report of his presentation entitled 'Iran & Global Nuclear Jungle'.

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Israel to Soon Strike Iran?

Defense Minister Ehud Barak: 'Confrontaing A Nuclear Iran Could Be More Dangerous & Bloody Than It Is Today'

Cabinet Minister Moshe Yaalon: 'Israel Can Take Out Iran's Underground Nuclear Sites - Iran Will Be Stopped One Way Or Other'

IsraCast Assessment: U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's Warning That Israel May Strike Iran This Spring Indicates He Believes Sanctions Will Fail Or To Warn Iran That Israel Will Really Do It!

 No one should have any doubt about Israel launching a military strike to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. That was the message loud and clear from Israeli civilian and military decision-makers who addressed the annual Herzliya Conference on Feb.2nd. Meanwhile in Washington, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was quoted as saying there is 'a strong likelihood' that Israel will strike Iran as early as April. In addition, Israel has also disclosed that Iran has been working on an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S.

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Preposterous Pundits & Israel

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: 'EU Sanctions On Iran Are Step In Right Direction - Israel Waiting To See Results'

Iran: 'If There Is Any Disruption To Sale Of Iranian Oil, The Strait Of Hormuz Will Definitely Be Closed'

IsraCast Assessment: Israel Views EU Gradual Oil Embargo As Means To Halting Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program In Coming Year & Barring Unforeseen Developments Will Give Sanctions A Chance Before Deciding On Any Unilateral Measures

 From their vantage point thousands of miles away, foreign pundits love nothing better than preaching to Israel on how to cope with the Iranian nuclear threat. Recently, Roger Cohen of the New York Times and Andrew Adler formerly of the Atlantic Jewish Times Weekly took diametrically opposed positions, but both were preposterous in their own right. They centered on U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Meanwhile, back in in Israel, Maj. Gen.(Ret.) Amos Yadlin, the former commander of the IDF intelligence branch, who actually knows the facts, discussed the current reality that analyst David Essing compared to the fantasizing of Adler and Cohen.

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Iran & 'Global Nuclear Jungle'

Maj.Gen. Amir Eshel: 'If Iran Acquires Nuclear Weapons It Will Trigger A Global Nuclear Jungle'

'Under Iranian Nuclear Umbrella Radical State & Non - State Players Will Dare What They Do Not Today'

'Although Israel Is Threatened By 100,000 Missiles & Rockets, It Can Hit Back Very, Very Hard'

 Gen. Amir Eshel, the commander of the IDF Planning Branch has presented a spell- binding look at the current and future threats to Israel. In a lecture entitled ' Planning for the Unknown - Israel's Ever Changing Strategic Reality', he outlined the challenges he has to face in the wake of the 'Arab Spring'. Speaking at the Institute for Contemporary Affairs in Jerusalem, Gen. Eshel stressed that Iran was at the top of his priority list. Analyst David Essing sums up the major points made by the commander who has responsibility for the IDF's force build-up.

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Barack Obama - A John Wayne or Woody Allen?

Israel & US Currently On Same Iranian Page - Despite Wall Street Journal

Prime Minister Netanyahu: 'Tehran Is Wobbling... But Sanctions Will Work Only If Accompanied By Clear Statement From International Community, Led By U.S., That Military Action Could Follow If Sanctions Fail'

IsraCast Assessment: Israel, US & Iran Now Engaged In Test Of Wills; Netanyahu & Ahamedenijad Will Not Back Down But Will Obama?

What can be said about the Wall Street Journal article that the Obama administration has warned Israel against a military strike on Iran 'over U.S. objections' and has stepped up security for U.S. facilities in the region? It reflects shifting assessments by Jerusalem and Washington on Iran's going nuclear, with the stress on 'shifting'. Analyst David Essing notes the WSJ has also reported that the EU and Japan were now getting cold feet over an Iranian oil embargo.

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Israel to Grant Refuge to Syria's Alewites

IDF Chief of Staff Gantz: 'IDF Is Preparing To Grant Refuge To Syrian Alewites After Fall Of Assad Regime'

'Inevitable Collapse Of President Assad Could Trigger Bloodbath Against His Alewite Community'

'Growing Concern In Turkey Over Iran's Nuclear Weapons Project'

While Syrian President Bashar Assad was talking of his certain victory in Damascus, IDF Chief Of Staff Benny Gantz was predicting his inevitable fall. In a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, Lt.Gen. Gantz also disclosed that he is preparing to grant refuge on the Golan Heights to Assad's Alewite supporters. David Essing sums up some other key assessments of Israel's high command for the new year.

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Lieberman: 'Russia is No Switzerland'

Foreign Minister Lieberman: 'Twenty Years After the Fall Of Communist Regime, Don't Expect Russia To Have Democratic System Like U.S.'

'Renewal Of Israeli-Palestinian Contacts In Jordan Are Doomed To Failure; Palestinians Plan To Internationalize The Conflict At UN'

'Nothing Can Stop Iran's Nuclear Weapons Project But Stiff Sanctions On Its Central Bank & Oil Industry'

 Israel's For Minister Avigdor Lieberman, notorious for his tough talk, pulled no punches when he briefed the Knesset's Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee in Jerusalem. Lieberman commented on Russia's controversial election, new Palestinian peace contacts, Iran, Jordan and Turkey. Although Lieberman's diplomatic discourse dealt with the numerous problems, the Foreign Minister rejected any notion that Israel was facing diplomatic isolation on his watch.

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EU Oil Embargo & Iran

EU Diplomat: 'EU Has Agreed In Principle To Embargo Iranian Oil'

Official Decision Expected To Be Adopted On January 30th At Foreign Ministers Session In Brussels

IsraCast Assessment: EU's Oil Embargo Could Impose Crippling Sanctions On Iran Which Has Threatened To Retaliate By Blocking Straits OF Hormuz

 Has the European Union decided to call Iran's bluff? That is the implication of an EU diplomat's dramatic disclosure: 'The principle of an oil embargo is agreed, it is not being debated any more'. The EU's foreign ministers are slated to vote for the embargo at their next meeting in Brussels on January 30th. Analyst David Essing is of the view the EU leak is aimed at exerting further pressure on Iran to halt its nuclear weapons program before a possible military confrontation in the Straits of Hormuz.

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Massive US Arms Sales to Gulf States

 Why have the huge American arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states gone almost unnoticed by Israel? For the simple reason that Washington is apparently in the midst of building a new doctrine of containment - what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once called a 'defense umbrella' to meet the Iranian nuclear threat.

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IsraCast Archive | January-February 2012

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