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December 14, 2008

Iran - A Genocide Foretold

'A genocide foretold' - that is how Prof. Irwin Cotler, a former Minister of Justice in Canada and a Member of Parliament, has described Iran's genocidal incitement against Israel when linked to Teheran's nuclear weapons development. At a Bar Ilan University Conference in the Mishkenot Shaananem Center in Jerusalem, Prof. Cotler presented a petition calling on the state parties to the Genocide Convention to honor their international obligation to prevent Iran from continuing on its path of genocide against the Jewish state. In a subsequent interview with IsraCast Prof. Cotler, an expert on international law, told David Essing that he believed Iran could still be stopped from acquiring the bomb.

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December 09, 2008

Likud Leans Farther To Right

The selection of a new Likud Knesset list has aroused speculation in Israel about its impact on the upcoming February 10th election. IsraCast assesses the current situation quoting Netanyahu sources who believe that security will drive this election campaign.

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December 07, 2008

Hebron, Gaza and Israeli Primaries

The Israeli election primaries moved into high gear amid escalating settler violence in Hebron and Palestinian rocketing from Gaza. This sudden shift, above and beyond its security implications, may provide Labor party leader Ehud Barak with a 'make or break' opportunity in his role as defense minister. IsraCast assesses the evolving situation against the backdrop of Hebron and Gaza - further reports will also analyze the Likud and Kadima strategies for the February 10th election.

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November 28, 2008

Mumbai - Islamist Terrorism - Iranian Bomb!

How high will the death-toll rise in Mumbai and what are the implications of these horrific terror attacks? One thing appears certain, Islamist fanatics have again sown death and destruction highlighting once more the need to block Iran, an Islamic terror state, from acquiring nuclear weapons. In an interview with IsraCast, analyst Menashe Amir says there are several conclusions that should now be drawn immediately from the Mumbai atrocities.

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November 25, 2008

Barak On Striking Iran's Nuclear Capability

When should Israel attack Iran's nuclear weapons facilities? IsraCast reports that Barak indicated where he stood when he briefed the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee in Jerusalem. On the burning issue of the shattered cease-fire with Hamas in Gaza, Barak stated that Israel would be ready to resume the truce, if possible.

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November 09, 2008

Revelations About Plastic Surgery

How many face-lifts should a woman have in her lifetime? How early should a face-lift be conducted? These are just some of the questions discussed by Dr. Bianca Rosenberg-Hagen, a leading Israeli plastic surgeon in a frank and wide ranging interview with IsraCast. Dr. Rosenberg-Hagen, who specialized in plastic-surgery at the Montefiore-Einstein Medical Center in New York, also has timely advice for both men and women, including those with breast cancer.  

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November 06, 2008

Israeli-Obama Iranian Differences

Even Dr. El-Baradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the American intelligence community are now convinced that Iran is definitely developing nuclear weapons. Israel estimates the Iranians are only a year or two from passing the point of no return and reportedly requested an American green light to strike Iranian nuclear sites. But President Bush said no and has now supplied Israel with a radar system for to detecting Iranian missiles. Meanwhile, Russia has again blocked stiffer sanctions against Tehran. In a wide-ranging interview with IsraCast, Zalman Shoval, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington, assesses various aspects of the looming threat, after Iranian President Ahmadinejad tells clapping members of the U.N. General assembly about Israel's imminent destruction.

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October 31, 2008

Elections - U.S & Israel

This weekend, the U.S presidential election campaign draws to a close while Israel's gets on their way. In both campaigns, Israel's future will be intertwined in more ways than one. IsraCast looks at the American ballot on November 4th and Israel's poll is now set for February 10th.

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October 28, 2008

Syria's Double Game Backfires

The American commando raid against the Al-Qaeda operation inside Syria is apparently a clear signal that the Bush administration is fed-up with Syria's collusion in infiltrating terrorists into Iraq where they have been killing and wounding U.S and Iraqi soldiers. But Iraq is only of several fronts on which Syrian President Bashar Assad has been playing a double game. IsraCast also raises the question if the U.S. operation is a stern warning to Iran.

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October 22, 2008

Iran ponders preempting Israel

A well informed Iranian Dr. Seyed G. Safavi has disclosed that Iranian leaders recently considered a preemptive attack with conventional weapons on Israel. The report was first carried by the Israeli daily HaAretz. Menashe Amir, an Israeli analyst of Iranian affairs, has said Tehran considered such an attack before it acquired nuclear weapons but decided against. In an interview with IsraCast Menashe Amir also said Tehran is banking on a victory by Barack Obama in the U.S presidential election.

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September 21, 2008

Israel's Coalition Poker

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has officially resigned and President Shimon Peres has begun consultations with political parties on appointing a candidate to try and form a new government coalition. IsraCast is on the view that potential coalition partners are now playing a game of political poker trying to maximize their roles in a new government.

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September 18, 2008

New Coalition Or Early Election?

Tzipi Livni has barely won the leadership race in Israel's ruling Kadima party weakening her chances of swiftly forming a new coalition government to replace the current cabinet headed by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Her potential partners Labor and Shas are talking tough. IsraCast forecasts that although this may be political posturing before the coalition negotiations, Livni may face a difficult task in forming a new coalition government.

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September 15, 2008

Iranian Bomb 2010

In what might be one of his last briefings to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense committee - outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert summed-up Israel's strategic situation. His briefing came against the background of his Kadima party's leadership primaries on September 17th, to select a new party leader. IsraCast reports that at  the closed door briefing, a senior IDF intelligence officer warned that if all goes well for Iran, it could acquire nuclear weapons by early 2010.

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August 30, 2008

Hezbollah's Friendly Fire

In a case of mistaken identity, Hezbollah gunners have apparently shot down a Lebanese Army helicopter believing it to be Israeli. The chopper's navigator was killed and the pilot had to make an emergency landing.The incident occurred while the helicopter was making a low level flight occur what is known to be a Hezbollah stronghold in south Lebanon. Israeli officials told IsraCast: 'The friendly fire incident in effect proves the Beirut government has granted Hezbollah total freedom action to open fire on Israel'.

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August 22, 2008

Georgia Impacts On Middle East

The crisis between Russia and the West over Georgia has started to impact on the Middle East. Syrian President Bashar Assad has now offered Russian President Sergey Medvedev to station Russian missiles on his territory, in retaliation to the American plan to station missiles in Poland and the Czech Republic. At the UN, there is also speculation that Moscow will now oppose further sanctions against Iran aimed at halting its nuclear weapons program. In an interview with IsraCast, Zalman Shoval a former Israeli ambassador to Washington, assesses the emerging situation.

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August 16, 2008

Georgia - Victim Of Realpolitik

What should Israel learn from the bloody clash between the big power Russia and its small neighbor of Georgia? Has Russia almost overnight brought about a dramatic power shift in the international system that has been dominated by the U.S., since the breakup of the former Soviet Union? In an interview with IsraCast, Prof. Yehezkel Dror, a widely known expert on international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discusses these questions and others.

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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.

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August 01, 2008

OLMERT AFTERMATH

Facing a plethora of police investigations, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has finally bowed out. In his ruling Kadima Party, front runners Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz, a former defense minister and IDF Chief of Staff', are now vying openly for party leadership and the chance to lead a new government coalition without going to an early election. However, IsraCast raises the possibility that Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, of the Shas ultra- orthodox Sepharadi party, may eventually determine who will become prime minister.

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July 29, 2008

OLMERT'S LAST STAND?

Although he is being investigated for political and financial corruption, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is not letting that interfere with his current contacts with both the Palestinians and Syrians. He has just briefed the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee on where things stand. However, most of the MKs told IsraCast that Olmert had no business conducting negotiations under the present circumstances and making concessions on his way out of office.

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July 23, 2008

JERUSALEM INTIFADA

The second Palestinian tractor attack in Jerusalem within three weeks has sounded alarm bells in Israel's capital city. Shortly before the latest assault, Shabak security chief Yuval Diskin actually predicted more acts of terrorism for Israel's capital. He warned it was 'very important' to start reimposing the sealing-up or demolition of terrorists family homes, otherwise Israel had no means of deterring would-be terrorists who lived inside Jerusalem. Meanwhile, Hamas has co-opted what appeared to be the individual attack by declaring a 'Jerusalem intifada'. Isracast assesses the problem of coping with Jerusalem's enemies within.

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