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February 16, 2007


What's the impact on Iran of the international agreement with North Korea on halting its nuclear weapons program? Israeli expert Menashe Amir says that the international sanctions on Tehran are already having an effect. Amir, who follows Iranian developments on a daily basis, says there are fears in Tehran that harsher sanctions could lead to the fall of the regime. Mounting voices are also calling for a halt to the nuclear enrichment program necessary for developing nuclear weapons in return for economic concessions from the international community. Interviewed by David Essing at IsraCast, Menashe Amir analyzes various aspects of Iran's nuclear weapons drive in light of the agreement with North Korea.

Listen to Audio Interview - Menashe Amir Includes transcript of interview
February 12, 2007


Knesset Member Yuval Steinitz, the former chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, says the latest Arrow success proves Israel has a very good defense against Iranian missiles. No other country in the world has succeeded in doing what the Arrow did in the latest test. Steinitz, who attended the test, told IsraCast that the Arrow proved it can destroy ballistic missiles fired from about any range. In a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert also called the Arrow test a most impressive achievement.

February 09, 2007


What are the prospects for the vaguely worded agreement hammered out by Hamas and Fatah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia?  Shalom Harari, a senior reserve officer in the IDF Intelligence Corps and analyst at the Herzliya Counter - terrorism Center centre assesses various aspects of the accord aimed at ending the bloody Palestinian power struggle that has killed dozens of Palestinians in recent weeks. Interviewed by IsraCast,  Harari also analyzes the possible impact of the Mecca Accord on Israel and the ongoing struggle between Radial Islam and established regimes in the Middle East.

February 02, 2007

Exclusive Interview With Former Defense Minister Moshe Arens

In Iran, President Ahmadinejad continues his drive to acquire nuclear weapons on one hand while threatening 'to wipe Israel off the map' on the other. Nevertheless, two world leaders Jacques Chirac and Vladimir Putin appear to be putting their narrow national interests first. In an exclusive interview with David Essing for IsraCast, a former Israeli defense minister Moshe Arens, assesses this security threat to the Jewish state.

Listen to Interview with Prof. Moshe Arens Includes transcript of interview
January 31, 2007

New holocaust website for Iranians

Despite Iranian President Ahmadinejad's evil intentions, the new Yad-Vashem Persian website had more than 10,000 visitors since it went online last Thursday. The site contains pictures, information on post-war trials including Nuremburg, and poems written by victims of the Holocaust. Read more on IsraCast.

January 29, 2007

UN marks International Day of Commemoration

The resolution, co-sponsored by 103 countries, comes on the heels  of a December conference in Iran questioning whether the Holocaust really took place. The United States submitted the resolution on January 23rd  and Canada, Australia, Israel, Turkey, Russia and the European Union lobbied to garner majority support for it. The resolution was passed by consensus, without a vote; Iran dismissed it as a political ploy.

January 28, 2007


Should Israel abolish the mainly ceremonial position of President after the incumbent Moshe Katsav has been accused of rape and other sexual misconduct as well as obstructing justice? This is now a burning issue in the midst of the scandal that has shocked the country. IsraCast has drawn on numerous sources in this report on President Moshe Katsav - the position and the man.

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 02, 2007

Teddy Kollek, the legendary mayor of Jerusalem (1911-2007)

Former mayor of Jerusalem Teddy Kollek passed away at the age of 95. Kollek was elected to the position six times and served as mayor of Jerusalem for almost three decades - from 1965 until 1993. In 1988, Kollek was awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Israel Prize, for his contributions to building the modern Jerusalem.

January 01, 2007

About IsraCast

IsraCast is an independent, multimedia broadcast and distribution network that focuses on Israeli foreign affairs and defense issues. Based in Jerusalem, this non-profit website provides up to date and in depth analysis and comment on the major news events of the day. Since November 2003, the website has been operating on a full time basis providing integrated written and audio reports, exclusive interviews, flash presentations, and photos. The audio material, of high quality, is available to radio stations and websites as is all the other material. This method has resulted in IsraCast reaching a rapidly growing target audience which is not available to other websites. Having adopted an innovative and dynamic approach, IsraCast always seeks new ways of maximizing its presentations on the Internet. This has been achieved with the facilities of a professional recording studio and a full time staff with access to the country's leaders and experts.

December 14, 2006

Boycott holocaust denial convention participants

Leaders of Orthodox Streams in Judaism Condemn the Group of Hassidic Jews, Belonging to Anti-Zionist 'Neturei Karta' Stream, who Participated in the Iranian Holocaust Convention. Israel's Chief Rabbi Calls for an International Boycott - A Severe and Dramatic Act According to Jewish Law.

November 26, 2006

US Government Leaders Experience Israel

The America-Israel Friendship League sponsored a mission to Israel with the assistance of the National Association of Counties allowing county leaders from across the U.S. to visit Israel from November 12 -18, 2006.  Additional assistance and cooperation was provided by the Union of Local Authorities of Israel.  Participants included eleven county commissioners, executives and mayors, along with officials from the National Association of Counties.

September 12, 2006

Ahmadinejad Invited To Auschwitz

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.

September 08, 2006


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.

September 01, 2006


Defense Minister Amir Peretz and his Labor party have decided to support an official state enquiry into the war with Lebanon. The move has sparked anger at the Prime Ministers office; Ehud Olmert is categorically opposed to such a binding investigation. IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz is facing more flak as retired generals call on him to resign.

July 21, 2006


As reported by IsraCast on July 13th, Israel is determined to drive Hezbollah out of the border region of south Lebanon. After warning Lebanese civilians to temporarily leave the area, IDF troops are now battling Hezbollah fighters in the area of Marun A-Ras village. In light of Tehran's all out support for Hezbollah, it is now apparent that Israel is now engaged in a de facto war with Iran and global terrorism.

May 19, 2006


The armed confrontation between Hamas and Fatah erupted in several bloody clashes this week. It has all the signs of an internal power-struggle with neither side apparently ready to give in after Fatah lost control to Hamas in the recent election. Shalom Harari, a leading Israeli analyst on the Palestinians discusses various aspects and the outlook in an interview with IsraCast's David Essing.

May 05, 2006


The Knesset has approved the new coalition government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert by a vote of 65-49 in the 120 Member parliament. In presenting his cabinet, Olmert declared that he would carry out a unilateral pullback to a new defense line on the West Bank, if there were no able Palestinian partner. The new line would include the settlements blocs and Israel would view it as a border until such time that the Palestinians were ready to halt the terrorism, recognize Israel and previous agreements with the Palestinians.

May 03, 2006


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.

April 28, 2006


Prime Minister Ehud Olmert may be on his way to forming a commanding coalition majority but his key foreign policy goal of a unilateral withdrawal on the West Bank may soon peter out. After Kadima (Forward) and Labor signed a coalition agreement, Olmert is now expected to wrap up similar accords with other parties to build the required majority in Israel's parliament, the Knesset.