German Chancellor Angela Merkel: 'Iran Must Prove It Is Not Developing Nuclear Weapons - If Not We Support Stiffer Sanctions'
'Qassam Rocket Attacks On Israel Are a Crime & Must Stop'
Auschwitz Survivor Noah Flug: 'I Never Dreamed I Would See A German Chancellor Pledging To Be Ally Of Jewish State'
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged her country's aid and friendship to Israel. Merkel wound up an eventful three day visit by addressing the Knesset and calling for stiffer sanctions to stop Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. Although several Knesset members boycotted Merkel's Knesset speech, the German leader was welcomed warmly by both government and opposition leaders.
Irwin Cotler: 'There is no moral or legal basis for the demand that Palestinian refugees be allow to return to the state of Israel'.
'Some one-million Jewish refugees were forced to flee Arab counties, compared with an estimated 555,000 Palestinian refugees.'
'Arab League's decision to reject Partition Plan of 1947 and declare war on the nascent Jewish state was responsible for both Jewish and Palestinian refugees'
Irwin Cotler, a Canadian MP and former justice minister in Canada, has said there is no legal or moral basis for the Palestinian demand that the Palestinian refugees be allowed to return to Israel. In an interview with IsraCast, Prof. Cotler contended that the Arab League rejection of the 1947 Partition Plan and its war against the new born state of Israel was responsible not only for the estimated 550,000 Palestinian refugees, but also for the some one-million Jewish refugees who were driven out of Arab countries after their property and assets were sequestered.
Prof. Bernard Lewis: 'Totally False Analogy To Compare U.S. Role In Iraq With Vietnam - It Is More Similar To Chamberlain At Munich'
'The Incredible Level of International & U.N. Discrimination Against Israel Since Its Founding Shows No Sign Of Dissipating'
'Many Arab Leaderships View Radical Islam & Iran As Greater Dangers Than Israel'
Prof. Bernard Lewis, considered by many to be the dean of Middle East experts, has rejected the comparison of the U.S. role in Iraq to Vietnam. Addressing the Jerusalem conference in the Israeli capital, Lewis called it: 'a total false analogy' - it may be more similar to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in his capitulation to Nazi Germany's Adolph Hitler at Munich in 1938. Among other topics, Lewis also explained why many Arab leaderships now view radical Islam and Iran as more dangerous than Israel.
Prof. Yehoshua Ben Arieh: 'Palestinian Breakout To Sinai Illustrates Need To Find Territorial Solution For Gaza Strip'
'Impossible To Resolve Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Without Solution To Gaza'
'Solution Is A Trilateral Land Swap Between Israel, Palestinians And Egypt'
In a dramatic new development, over one-hundred thousand Palestinians burst through Egyptian security forces into Sinai. An estimated one and half million Palestinians are closed-off in the Gaza Strip by Israel in the north and Egypt to the south. Ruled by the fanatical Hamas Islamists, they refuse to accept Israel's right to exist and continually rocket the nearby Israeli town of Sderot. In response, Israel has closed off its border and reduced its supplies of power and fuel. The situation in Gaza has turned from bad to worse while Israeli and Palestinian negotiators from the West Bank try to make progress in their peace contacts. In an interview with IsraCast, Israeli geographer Prof. Yehoshua Ben-Arieh presents a land exchange plan between Israel, the Palestinians and Egypt that he believes could lead to a breakthrough.
More than one million Jewish refugees were forced to flee Arab countries
Israel expected to raise compensation issue for Jewish refugees in upcoming negotiations with Palestinians
One of the thorniest issues in the upcoming Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will be the refugee question, on both sides. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian officials claim the ‘right of return’ for the Palestinian refugees and their descendants who fled Palestine after the neighboring Arab states declared war on Israel in 1948. However, it appears that a similar number of Jewish refugees also fled from Arab countries. And this, after the Arab-League drafted a law that in effect confiscated their property and considered them to be ‘members of the Jewish minority state of Palestine’.
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:
Is much of the European media coverage slanted when it comes to covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
Are Israeli government officials 'verbal vegetarians' when it comes to confronting the nature of Palestinian terror attacks?
Media Analyst Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs talks to IsraCast about his findings
'By and large, European media coverage is biased against Israel' - that's the assessment of Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, Chairman of the Board of Fellows of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. In an interview with IsraCast, Gerstenfeld also charged that Israel's government have proved to be 'verbal vegetarians' when it comes to confronting the problem.
British Foreign Office Releases Document Of British Document Quoting Arab Source As Saying That Palestinian Skyjacking Of Air France Airliner To Entebbe Was Carried Out With Knowledge and Aid Of Israel's Shin Beit Secret Service
IDF Officers Involved In Entebbe Rescue Operation Call Document 'Ludicrous'
IsraCast Releases Photos By Renowned Photographer David Rubinger Of British Army Car Bombing In Jerusalem in 1948
British lecturers are not only out to boycott Israeli professors and students, the British Foreign Office is also in on the act. Official classified documents now released after the 30 year ban includes one that alleges that Palestinian terrorists skyjacked the Air France airliner to Entebbe in 1976 with the knowledge and aid of the Shin Beit, Israel's Security Service. As ridiculous as the allegation appears to be, it has received serious coverage by the BBC and several leading newspapers. The 'conspiracy' is based solely on an Arab source. IsraCast is publishing photos of what were very likely to have been British car bombings in Jerusalem before the end of the mandate in 1948. These photos were taken by the well known photographer David Rubinger.
During World War II, Pavelic Regime Offered Croatian Jews Conversion To Catholicism & Contributing Personal Property - In Return For Not Being Deported To Death Camp. However, IsraCast Has Uncovered Evidence That Even These Jews & Their Families Were Later Executed By Ustasha
Some of the most horrific Holocaust atrocities against Jews were perpetrated by the Pavelic regime in Croatia. The tragic history of the Jewish communities in that country has yet to be told because there are literally no survivors. But part of the documentation still survives. On this Holocaust and Remembrance Day, Avi Yaffe of IsraCast reveals documented evidence of how the Catholic church collaborated in the annihilation of the Jewish communities of Croatia. The town of Vukovar, located on the Croatian border with Serbia, is but an example of what transpired in Croatia where the Ustasha movement was unleashed, with the support of the Catholic church, to launch a sadistic campaign of murder and torture against Serbs, Jews and Gypsies. The Ustasha barbarity was said to have even shocked their German masters.
Nothing In Israeli TV Documentary Indicates That Israeli Troops Executed Egyptian POWs During Six-Day War In 1967
Documented Evidence That Egyptian Troops Did Execute Israeli POWs During Yom-Kippur War of 1973
The screening of the Israeli documentary on the 'Shaked' special forces unit in the Six-Day War of 1967 has sparked a fierce reaction in Egypt. One part of the film aired on Channel One television related to the Shaked pursuit operation against a battalion of 250 Egyptian soldiers who had been attacking Israeli targets in Sinai. It is the practice and policy of the Israel Defense Forces to respect the rights of POWs. In time of war, Israel shows captured POWs each one saying his name on television to show they are alive and being fairly treated. In contrast, Arab states do not even release the names of Israeli POWs so their anguished families can know they are alive. Who did what to Egyptian and Israeli POWs? IsraCast presents new information on the burning issue that is threatening Israeli-Egyptian relations.
Exclusive: Interview in English with Yitzhak Rabin One Month Before His Assassination, Recorded and Edited by David Essing
A short time before his assassination at a peace rally in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin discussed some of the key issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in an exclusive interview, part of which is now broadcast for the first time. It was one of Rabin's last in-depth interviews before he was shot dead by Yigal Amir on November 4th 1995.
Holocaust Survivor Noah Flug: 'We Invite Iranian President Ahmadinejad To Visit Auschwitz To See If There Was No Holocaust'
'We Request To Participate At Upcoming Holocaust Conference In Tehran'
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has become the worlds leading denier of the Holocaust. In Jerusalem, Noah Flug, president of the Auschwitz International Committee, of former prisoners of Auschwitz has sent an invitation to the Iranian leader to visit the death camp to see for himself. Flug has also requested that the Iranian authorities allow him to participate in an upcoming conference on the Holocaust in Tehran. In our IsraCast studio, Noah Flug talked to David Essing about why he has sent his urgent letter to the Iranian president.
IDF Gen. (ret.) Benkler: 'Handled Properly IDF Could Have Wiped Out Hezbollah In a Week'
'Political Leadership Ignored Basic Combat Strategy & Played Hezbollah's Game'
Tel Aviv Rally To Demand Judicial Enquiry Into Lebanon War
A group of retired IDF officers is leading a public campaign for setting up a state panel of enquiry into the roots and conduct of the war in Lebanon. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has opposed such an official investigation with full legal powers; Olmert has proposed three independent boards to examine what happened. Brig. Gen. (ret.) Reuven Benkler, a senior combat officer in Lebanon, believes that if the political leadership had handled the situation properly, the IDF could have wiped out Hezbollah in a week. General Benkler was interviewed by David Essing in our IsraCast studio in Jerusalem.
On Israels 58th Independence Day, veteran Israeli leader Shimon Peres talked to IsraCast's David Essing about the hopes and dangers confronting the country. And we also go back to Israels 30th Independence Day and a memorable interview.
Israeli State President Katzav: 'Israel Is Not The Enemy of Iran And Cannot Understand Why Iran Wants To Destroy Jewish State'
'I Personally Have Warm Feelings For Iran & Its Culture And Hope New Iranian Administration Will Open New Page With Israel'
'Rather Than Threatening Israel With Nuclear Weapons, Iran Should Dedicate Its Resources To Alleviating Poverty'
Israel's State President Moshe Katzav has called on Iran to open a new chapter with Israel and drop its declared goal of destroying the Jewish state. The President declared that Israel is not the enemy of Iran and he cannot understand Iran's hostility. Katzav, who was born in Iran, said he has warm feelings for the Iranian people and its rich cultural heritage. The President was interviewed by David Essing for IsraCast on the fifth anniversary of his taking office.