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Peace

Israel has always been willing to compromise and all Israeli governments have been willing to make major sacrifices for the sake of peace. When Israel met Arab leaders, like President Sadat of Egypt and King Hussein of Jordan, who spoke the language of peace, Israel reached agreements with them and peace was achieved.

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Peace Ad Banned Over Israeli Flag

Al-Arab Al-Yawm, an Arabic-language Jordanian daily newspaper, refused to publish a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) ad promoting the Saudi peace initiative because it shows the Israeli flag. Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty in 1994.

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Abie Nathan (1927-2008)

Abie Nathan was an Israeli humanist and peace activist. In 1973, Abie Nathan bought a ship with the help of John Lennon and named it "The Peace Ship". He founded the Voice Of Peace radio station, which was broadcasting 24 hours a day and promoting Nathan's political activities. While spreading his ideas to his audience, Nathan was also involved with disaster relief in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Biafra, Colombia, and Ethiopia.

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Peres Promotes The Red-Dead Canal

President Shimon Peres arrived in Petra, where he met with King Abdullah II ahead of the a global conference for Nobel Peace Laureates named 'Petra IV: Reaching for New Economic, Scientific and Educational Horizons.' Peres is also seeking to promote the joint Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian water canal from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea.

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New Jordanian Hebrew Website

The Jordanian embassy in Tel Aviv has created a web site in Hebrew, for the first time since the Hashemite Kingdom signed a peace agreement with Israel in 1994. This is the only official Arab web site in Hebrew that is in regular operation.

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New Saudi Initiative

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah plans to convene an interfaith conference that will include  Muslims, Christians and Jews. This would be the first time that Jews have been invited to participate in religious dialogue in Saudi Arabia.

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Israel and Turkey, The Quiet Alliance

This week Israel's President Shimon Peres paid an official visit to Turkey where he received a warm welcome. For the first time, an Israeli leader addressed the Turkish parliament, and in Hebrew. The president's visit highlighted what has been called 'the quiet alliance' between the Jewish state and Turkey, a Muslim non-Arab nation in the Middle East. Tourism and commerce flourishes between the two countries with tens of thousands of Israelis flocking to Turkey every year. Israeli Air-Force pilots also train in Turkey, a key element in military ties.

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Jordanian & Israeli Women Building Bridges

Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian women have been marching for peace in Israel's Beit-Shean valley - a border area that was once an area of bloodshed between Israel and Jordan. But peace has reigned there ever since Israel's prime-minister Yitzhak Rabin and King Hussein signed a peace agreement in 1994. The guest of honor was Jordanian General Mansour Abu-Rashed, who served as an aide to the late King Hussein during the peace negotiations. General Abu-Rashed told IsraCast that he hopes Israeli and Palestinian leaders will go to Annapolis with the spirit of King Hussein and Yitzhak Rabin.

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Ahmadinejad, Stop threatening Israel

While Israelis are worried from the Iranian nuclear threat, MK Hilo decided to act on the issue. In a letter which is making its way to Iran, she is calling Ahmadinejad to stop his threats to exterminate Israel. Nadia Hilo is an Israeli Arab and as a member of the Labor party she was elected to the Knesset in the last elections. IsraCast brings you this open letter written by her to the Iranian president.

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Valley of Peace - By Shimon Peres

The government of Israel adopted an important, precedential decision, designating the "Valley of Peace" plan as a "National Project" for all intents and purposes. The plan will be given preference in the government's list of priorities, and benefit from a shortening of bureaucratic processes and a comprehensive governmental effort towards putting it into action. These steps constitute the climax of an effort to change perceptions, overcome prejudice, and use modern methods in order to bring about real political change in the region.

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PERES GRAND DESIGN

The latest meeting of Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas comes against the backdrop of more Israeli goodwill gestures and Palestinian pledges to rein in the terrorists. But behind the latest headlines about the political give and take between the two leaders some serious behind the scenes economic understandings have been forged which also include Jordan. IsraCast says President Shimon Peres has been the driving force behind this independent track and a recent meeting of the Council of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, Peres disclosed his grand design.

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ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE TRAIN

In Jerusalem, momentum is building for the international meeting to discuss implementing the two state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict slated for this fall. In calling for the conference, U.S. President George Bush has apparently pulled some strings in all quarters to create a constructive atmosphere. IsraCast sees signs that Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has implemented a new agenda. He has discarded his unilateralism opting for risks and concessions in bilateral talks with the Palestinians resembling that of the Labor party. This approach may also be designed to influence Israeli public opinion.

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Indonesian leader opposes Ahmadinejad

A former president of Indonesia came out against Holocaust denial in Iran. Abdurrahman Wahid told an interfaith conference in Bali on Tuesday that he opposes Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's dismissals of the Holocaust as a myth.

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ISRAELI - SYRIAN DILEMMA

As forecast by IsraCast, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is now ready to actively explore the intentions of Syria President Bashaar Assad. Olmert had to fill two necessary requirements: first the greenlight from U.S. President George W. Bush and second a new and respected defense minister, to ease the jitters of an Israeli public which has grave doubts about Olmert's capabilties after the Second Lebanon War.

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THE SAUDI OPTION

The Saudi Arabian peace proposal of several years ago is back in the limelight. When first presented, it called for the Arab world to make full peace with Israel in return for a total Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders. But a short time later, a Beirut summit meeting added the so-called right of return of Palestinian refugees to Israel. IsraCast examines various aspects of the plan that splits the Israeli political spectrum.

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The Match for Peace

Although defeated 3-1 by an Andalusian selected team, players of the joint Israeli-Palestinian Soccer Team expressed their excitement on Wednesday, as they took part in the Match For Peace, which was organized by the Peres Center for Peace.

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Peres predicts peace with Syria

Vice-Premier Shimon Peres says he is certain there will be peace between Syria and Israel "sooner or later." In an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Thursday, Peres said there was no alternative. "They won't have a choice. Nobody has a choice. War becomes so expensive. It doesn't bring any conclusion. It doesn't have any justification."

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Sharansky Awarded Medal of Freedom

U.S. President George Bush awarded America's highest civilian honor to 10 men and women who have distinguished themselves in contributing to world peace, national security, and culture. Former Prisoner of Zion and Likud MK Natan Sharansky received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Friday at a White House ceremony.

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Naguib Mahfouz (1911 - 2006)

Mr. Mahfouz died Wednesday at the age of 94. He  will be buried today after a military funeral at Cairo's al Rashdan Mosque, an honor typically reserved for senior government officials. He was the first Arab writer who supported the peace-agreement between Egypt and Israel.

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EGYPTIAN MEDIATION

What are the prospects the Egyptians will be able to persuade Hamas leader Halad Mashal to free the abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shavit?  Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has called off the next stage of the rolling IDF operation into the northern part of the Gaza Strip in order to give the Egyptian effort a chance. Olmerts decision has sparked sharp criticism from the right- wing opposition which charges that the PM is negotiating with Hamas. This is denied by Israeli officials.  Dr. Dan Scheuftan, an Arab Affairs analyst at Haifa University discusses various aspects of the current crisis in an interview with David Essing:

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ISRAELI PEACE APPEAL TO IRAN

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.

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NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNERS GATHERED IN JORDAN

Jordan hosted today Nobel laureates from around the world - Twenty nine peace prize winners including Elie Wiesel gathered in the ancient city of Petra. Over the next two days they will try to find solutions for problems such as terror and peace, economic development and poverty, health, education and media.

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