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May 22, 2009

Netanyahu & Obama's Grand Design

What was achieved at the high-profile meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House? Dr. Dan Schueftan, Director of the National Security Studies Center At Haifa University, assesses various aspects of of Obama's new Middle East policy and the response of Israel's Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. In this wide-ranging interview with David Essing, Dr. Schueftan also discussed future scenarios against the backdrop of the Iranian nuclear threat. 

January 02, 2009

Attention French President Sarkozy!

What is the state of affairs, one week after Israel launched its aerial counter strike to suppress the Hamas rocketing of Israeli villages and towns over the border? Hamas is continuing its rocketing escalation now targeting the city of Beer Sheva, some 40 KM away. Israeli aircraft have been bombing day and night scores of Hamas targets in Gaza, focusing on the rocket teams and their arsenals. Israel has also began targeting Hamas leaders including one who called  for more suicide bombing attacks against Israel a day earlier. Dr. Dan Schueftan, director of director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa analyzed various aspects of the current campaign in an in-depth interview with IsraCast.

Listen to interview with Dr. Dan Schueftan - Exclusive, includes transcript of the interview
August 08, 2008

Lebanon & Iranian 'Munich'

It's now official - the new Lebanese government has officially sanctioned any new Hezbollah aggression against Israel. What are the implications for the Beirut government that has always tried to dodge responsibility for the attacks by Hezbollah, the radical Islamist movement sponsored by Iran? In an interview with IsraCast, Dr. Dan Schueftan, an Israeli Middle East expert, assesses this new Lebanese situation as well as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's statement that the U.S. would not veto an Israeli military strike against Iranian nuclear installations.

March 02, 2008


After the Palestinians continued their rocket barrage of Israeli towns, IDF troops, tanks and helicopter gunships were sent into action in the northern Gaza Strip. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said their mission was to drive the terrorists out of range from Israeli population centers without reoccupying the Gaza Strip. Rather than halting the rocket attacks, the elected Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh vowed to continue attacking Israel declaring: 'We love death more than the Israelis love life!' In an interview with IsraeCast, Dr. Dan Schueftan, an Israeli Middle East expert at Haifa University, said the current Israeli operation must break the Palestinian will and capability to rocket Israeli civilians.

June 17, 2007


The dust has not yet settled after the takeover of Gaza by Hamas, the radical Islam movement. From his headquarters in Ramallah on the West Bank, President Mahmoud Abbas has appointed a new prime minister Salam Fayyad to replace Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas. Haniyeh refuses to step down contending that his Hamas members control two- thirds of the Palestinian parliament. Now in the U.S., Prime Minister Ehud Olmert talks of a new opportunity arising from the split between Hamas and Fatah. A leading Israeli analyst Dr. Dan Schueftan previously told IsraCast that although today's events should have been visible from the outset it is most important to see their ramifications on future developments.

March 18, 2007


The Israeli government has voted overwhelmingly to boycott the new Palestinian unity government. At its weekly cabinet session, 19 ministers voted against conducting a dialogue with the Hamas-lead cabinet. Only two ministers abstained in the vote. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called on the international community to maintain its boycott of the Palestinian government until it accepts conditions set up the international Quartet; they call on the Palestinians to recognize Israel, halt terrorism and implement former agreements. In an interview with IsraCast, Dr. Dan Schueftan said the Palestinian unity government is a ploy to dress up Hamas as a legitimate partner while the terror organization continues to plot the destruction of Israel.

Listen to Audio Interview with Dr. Dan Schueftan Includes transcript of interview
January 25, 2007


Middle East expert Dan Schueftan aroused great interest at the Herzlyia conference when he assessed the current Palestinian situation. In his analysis, Dr. Schueftan, also presented an analysis of how Israeli Arabs relate to the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation. Previously on January 16th, Schueftan discussed the issues in a wide - ranging audio interview on IsraCast.  Due to the interest in Schueftan's analysis, we now present the written text of that interview .

Listen to Audio Interview with Dr. Dan Schueftan Includes transcript of interview
January 16, 2007


U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is conducting her latest Middle East mission against the background of the fierce Palestinian power struggle.

The bloody clash between Fatah and Hamas is leading to the disintegration of the Palestinian society - that's the view of Dr. Dan Schueftan, a leading Palestinian analyst at Haifa University. Although Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ( Abu Mazen ) calls for a negotiated settlement with Israel, he no longer exerts control over his own Fatah organization in its bloody feud with Hamas that calls for Israel's destruction.

June 09, 2006

Al-Zarqawi & Samhadana

Dr. Dan Schueftan, an Arab Affairs analyst at Haifa University assesses the short and long-term impact of the U.S. targeted killing of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi in Iraq. The expert also compares it with Israels killing of Palestinian warlord Jamal Abu Samhadana in the Gaza Strip.

March 31, 2006


The Palestinian suicide bombers keep coming - this time one got through. Disguised as an ultra- orthodox Heredi Jew, the terrorist blew up four Israelis who stopped to give him a ride near the settlement of Kedumim on the West Bank. The IDF responded by stepping up its counter-terror operations. The Fatah organization, officially lead by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), claimed credit for a brilliant and daring operation. This while the new Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has been toning down Hamas rhetoric that includes a vow to exterminate Israel and the Jews. Dr. Dan Schueftan, a Middle East expert at Haifa University, analyzes the aftermath of the Kedumim bombing in this interview with David Essing:

February 21, 2006


After the new Hamas-lead Palestinian parliament declared No to halting terrorism, recognizing Israel and prior agreements, the Israeli cabinet announced a series of sanctions. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert responded by calling the Palestinian Authority a terrorist authority. The Israeli cabinet then imposed a series of sanctions. They included the freezing of tax revenues to the PA and stepping up security checks on Palestinian workers entering Israel. However, Israel would not interfere with humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people. Dr. Dan Schueftan, a Middle East expert at Haifa University, analyzed these developments and other aspects in a wide-ranging interview with reporter David Essing:

January 27, 2006


A major upheaval in the Palestinian leadership - the terror organization Hamas has swept into power in the Palestinian election. Hamas won 76 seats in the 132-member parliament. Fatah led by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas trailed far behind taking only 43 seats. Get used to the name of Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas, which sent some 50-suicide bombers to murder and maim Israelis over the past five years. What happens now? In an interview with IsraCast, Dr. Dan Schueftan of Haifa University analyzes various aspects.

January 02, 2006


There has been more internal violence and lawlessness in the Gaza Strip violence just over three weeks before a crucial Palestinian election on January 25th. The chaos is raising questions about whether the parliamentary ballot is possible. In his assessment, Israeli analyst Dr. Dan Schueftan recently told IsraCast that the Palestinian society is now in the process of disintegrating.

December 23, 2005


In reaction to the latest Qassam rocketing of the Israeli town of Ashkelon, Israel is adopting a new security zone policy along the border of the Gaza Strip. Israeli artillery, aircraft and naval vessels will be stepping up their operations. However, Israeli forces will not re-enter the Gaza Strip, which was evacuated last summer. Israel is adopting new measures after a number of IDF troops were wounded when Qassams launched from Gaza slammed into the Ashkelon area again, this time hitting an army base. Dr. Dan Schueftan, a Middle East expert at Haifa University assessed various aspects of the situation with reporter David Essing:

October 03, 2005


The past Jewish year of 5765 has ended with the state of Israel and the Palestinians at a new juncture. Israel has withdrawn from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements under the leadership of a national unity government while the Palestinians are now in the throes of an internal confrontation. David Essing sums up the outgoing year and looks ahead to the new Jewish year of 5766.

September 22, 2005


Middle East expert Dr. Dan Schueftan says Israel is at fault for not pressing Egypt to fulfill its peace treaty commitments with Israel and blocking the smuggling of arms and explosives from Egyptian controlled Sinai into the Gaza Strip. In an interview with David Essing, Schueftan argued that Israel also was mistaken to undermine the Sinai demilitarization by agreeing that seven hundred and fifty Egyptian army soldiers replace Egyptian policemen in the Philadelfi Corridor that separates Sinai from the Gaza Strip. In the first days after the IDF evacuation, the Egyptian troops did not prevent a massive flow of people and apparently weapons to and from the Gaza Strip. As for Iran, Schueftan says in the final analysis the U.S. and not the U.N. will determine whether Tehran acquires nuclear weapons with which it has threatened to exterminate the Jewish state.

September 19, 2005


After Israel's unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements, the focus is now on the upcoming Palestinian elections in January. However, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas insists that terror organizations such as Hamas must be allowed to participate in the election, although Hamas calls openly for the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people. Middle East expert Dr. Dan Schueftan of Haifa University rejects the idea that Israel supports such an election leading to a Palestinian state that would be based on Israel's destruction.

August 26, 2005


Where is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict headed after Israel's historic withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements? Dr. Dan Schueftan, a Middle East expert at Haifa University, expects little change as long as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas does not dismantle the terror organizations. In light of this, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon can be expected to carry forward his policy of unilateralism. But the latest opinion polls indicate that former Finance Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu would trounce Sharon if the ruling Likud party went to primaries. Now that Sharon has apparently lost his parliamentary majority, an early election is widely expected early next year. Interviewed by David Essing, Dr. Schueftan analyzes the emerging situation.

July 01, 2005


Opponents to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan stepped up their protest campaign by blocking roads and in the Gaza Strip right wing fanatics clashed with Palestinians nearly 'lynching' a Palestinian youth. There was wall-to-wall condemnation of the Israeli attackers, some were arrested and all were evicted from an unoccupied building they took over called the Palm Beach Hotel. Israelis were also getting fed up with the demonstrators blocking roads with sit-down protests and some drivers took the law into their own hands and clashed with the protesters.

April 08, 2005


Dr. Dan Schueftan, a Middle East expert at Haifa University, contends peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians should also deal with land exchanges. In order to avert, future tension and conflict between Jews and Arabs within Israel, and between the Jewish state and 'Palestine' one solution could be the exchange of Israel's 'little triangle' which is populated by Israeli Arabs to the new Palestinian state. Dr. Schueftan, who is now completing a book on Israeli Arabs, discusses this issue that is also being considered by some left-wingers in Israel.