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July 08, 2005

JIHAD BLITZ ROCKS LONDON

Although continually attacked by Palestinian suicide bombers, Israel appeared to be stunned nonetheless by the vicious terrorist assault on the city of London. David Essing reports on initial reactions. In addition, IsraCast is rebroadcasting a previous analysis by American security analyst Frank Gaffney who discussed the issue of open, democratic societies faced with the threat of Islamic terrorism.

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July 01, 2005

SURVEYING THE FUTURE

A new low cost system that illustrates immediately a 3D model of a room has been developed by an Israeli company. The system facilitates the performing of highly accurate computerized measurements inside buildings. It allows a single operator to measure a room and create a CAD (Computer-aided design) model in real time which can then be used to plan the further development of the interior structure. Relying on ultra sound and RF transmission between its base station and a portable unit, the new system eliminates limitations such as line of sight and the need for "open skies" that exist in current surveying equipment, while still keeping the price of the overall system well below that of existing equipment.

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June 08, 2005

SHARON HOLDS HIS FIRE

In the Gaza Strip, Palestinian terrorists again bombard Israeli settlements and the town of Sderot across the border. Although they kill 3 people and injure other civilians, Prime Minister Sharon declares Israel's unilateral withdrawal will be implemented on schedule starting after August 15th. However, Sharon is apparently losing the support of Israelis for the pullout in the wake of the Palestinian attacks. What is Sharon's game plan?

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June 01, 2005

BRITAIN & THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR THREAT

British Ambassador Simon McDonald says Tehran is seeking to renew its uranium enrichment program but the E-3 (Britain, France & Germany) is talking a tough stand in negotiations with the Iranians. In an address to Israel's Council on Foreign relations in Jerusalem, the Ambassador warned that Iran's drive for nuclear weapons is the world's #1 problem. On the Israeli Palestinian, the British diplomat said things were looking up in light of Israel's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and 4 settlements in Samaria. However he added that Prime Minister Sharon's disengagement plan must lead to further movement.

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May 06, 2005

GAZA - PALESTINIAN ANTI-TANK ROCKET AT BUS OF ISRAELI PUPILS!

Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip have fired an anti-tank missile at a bus of Israeli school children. Israeli officials have issued a stern warning to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to act before it is too late.A public opinion poll indicates the Israeli public is less enthusiastic about Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's leadership and his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements now planned around mid-August. On the other hand, the poll by the Israeli daily Maariv, shows that Israelis are more upbeat about their personal security. David Essing reports on these issues and what Sharon says quietly about Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, the Sharansky resignation and Israel's security border with Egypt.

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April 19, 2005

QUO VADIS ARIEL SHARON?

IDF Chief of Staff, General Moshe Yaalon warns of increased Palestinian terror attacks on the West Bank after Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip that is slated for sometime this summer. On April 15th, IsraCast interviewed analyst Shalom Harari who revealed that Israeli security services forecast the Palestinians may launch Intifada#3 toward the end of the year.In the southern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian shooting attack wounded an IDF soldier and an Israeli civilian in the Philadelfi Axis security zone. Meanwhile in a surprise development, the Gaza evacuation may be postponed for three weeks because of a religious holiday.

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April 15, 2005

PALESTINIAN INTIFADA #3?

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has returned home from the Crawford summit with the future of the Roadmap peace process still in doubt. Sharon demands that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) start dismantling the terrorist organizations, which launched over 80 Qassam rockets and mortars at Israeli settlements and IDF positions in the Gaza Strip earlier in the week. In an effort to shore up Abu Mazen, President George W. Bush is sending out two top officials to try and shore up the shaky Palestinian leader.

For an assessment of the current situation, IsraCast interviewed one of Israel's top experts on the Palestinian Authority and leadership, IDF Brig. Gen. (Reserve) Shalom Harari of the Herzliya Inter-Disciplinary Center.

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April 01, 2005

DISENGAGEMENT - POLITICAL FALLOUT & LIKUD MELTDOWN

Prime Minister Sharon's ruling Likud party was battered from within this week; 27 of Likud's 40 MKs in the 120 member House voted for the national referendum against the position of their own leader, Ariel Sharon. The Likud's big guns lined up against Sharon: Finance Minister Bibi Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and Education Minister Limor Livnat.The referendum gambit was widely viewed as a device for delaying and perhaps totally tordepoeing the evacuation, which is officially rejected the Likud although it's their leader's idea. So how long can this abnormal, perhaps absurd situation go in inside the country's ruling party?

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March 29, 2005

FLASH! - Dimona Reactor

Knesset Member Yuval Steinitz, the chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense committee, says Israel's Dimona reactor is very safe and can withstand very strong earthquakes. In an interview with IsraCast ’sDavid Essing, Steinitz said these were the conclusions of a special team that he lead to Dimona which included experts on geology and earthquakes. Steinitz went on to say that the Dimona reactor is much safer today than it was in the 60's, 70's and 80's because most of its systems were replaced with more modern systems. The Committee chairman added: ‘we know more and we are more experienced today. Dimona is not an old reactor now but actually a new nuclear reactor.’

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March 27, 2005

GAZA WITHDRAWAL NOW A DONE DEAL

It has been an amazing political weekend, even by Israeli standards. First the reported comments of U.S. Ambassador Dan Kurtzer appeared to sabotage Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s drive to implement the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements this summer. But just over 24 hours later, Shinui leader climbed down from a high tree to accept some $160 for Shinui’s political interests; this has saved the new budget, prevented the fall of the government and the end to Sharon’s withdrawal plans, for the time being anyway. U.S. Ambassador Dan Kurtzer also got into the act by reportedly denying Sharon’s claim of a deal with President Bush on Israeli settlements blocs on the West Bank.

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March 24, 2005

ISRAELI ARAB TERROR

A twenty-six year old Israeli Arab citizen from Baka al Garbiyah has been indicted in a Tel Aviv Court for helping to plan and carry out the suicide bombing of the Tel Aviv nightclub last month. The bomb blast murdered five Israelis and wounded fifty others who were queing up to enter the Stage nightclub along the city's popular Mediterranean promenade.

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March 20, 2005

CAIRO & ROBERT McCARTNEY

Within several days after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was said to have persuaded the terror organizations to accept a 'tahadiya' temporary cease-fire with Israel, Palestinian gunmen shot three IDF soldiers and an Israeli policeman on the West Bank. The incident highlights the highest hurdle facing Abbas if he is sincere about halting the violence and working out a peace deal with Israel.

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March 18, 2005

TERROR EXPOSE!

This week, General Aharon Zeevi Farkash, the chief of IDF Intelligence, declared that Israel is paying a very heavy price in trying to advance the current peace process with the Palestinians. The Intelligence commander did not elaborate? Dr Michael Widlanski, a Middle East analyst at the Rothberg School at Hebrew University, has apparently discovered what the intelligence chief meant. Widlanski tells IsraCast that Israeli security forces were aware of the dangerous terrorist cell in Tul Kerem that carried out the night-club bombing in Tel Aviv, but decided not to smash the ring for fear of upsetting the current lull with the Palestinians.

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February 25, 2005

ARTIFICIAL FLOCK WILL HUNT TERRORISTS

A young scientist from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology has developed a system that will allow UAVs to attack terrorist targets in group formation. The new method which is based on the natural movement of flocks of animals will be able to distinguish between civilians and enemy targets even in highly populated areas and perform its mission with more accuracy and flexibility than any single UAV.

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February 16, 2005

SHARON ON RUSSIAN MISSILES TO SYRIA AND HARIRI ASSASSAINATION

As reported by IsraCast on Feb 1st, Russia is going ahead with the sale of advanced SA-18 ground to air missiles to Syria. Speaking to the Foreign Press Association in Israel, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon reacted to this development and the assassination of Rafik Hariri, widely believed to have been engineered by Damascus. Israel has expressed concern that Syria will supply the missiles to Hizballah in south Lebanon, which attacks Israel from across the Lebanese border.

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February 08, 2005

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Speech

Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have announced a cessation of hostilities at their summit meeting in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Due to the historic importance of the event, IsraCast presents the translated text of Sharon's address. Further coverage and analysis to follow shortly.

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January 31, 2005

Avi Yaffe Jerusalem Recording Studios

Avi Yaffe Jerusalem Recording Studios, Israel's leading recording and broadcast facilities, provides all of IsraCast's recording, post-production and transmitting needs.

Located in Jerusalem, Avi Yaffe Jerusalem Recording Studios offers two fully-equipped, state-of-the-art studios, top-of-the-line broadcasting and editing equipment and a seasoned team of audio technicians. It offers a full range of broadcast options--from pre-recordings to live broadcasts--and its services can be tailored to every conceivable format.

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January 28, 2005

Mordechai I. Twersky

Mordechai I. Twersky is a co-founder of IsraCast. His career in journalism has spanned print, radio, television and new media. A native of New York City, Mordechai arrived in Israel in 1998. Most recently, Mordechai hosted the daily "Newsmakers" interview program for Jerusalem Post Radio. Prior to that, he was Editor of Streaming Media for Virtual Jerusalem, where "Newsmakers" first made its internet debut. He has reported for The New York Times; has served as a television broadcast reporter for a number of U.S. cable outlets; and also reported for The Jewish Week in New York City. An alumnus of Yeshiva University in New York City, Mordechai graduated with honors from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1997. He is the scion of the 250-year Twersky-Heschel Eastern European rabbinic-Hasidic dynasty tracing its roots to Chernobyl, Ukraine.

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January 24, 2005

IRAN - ON VERGE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

IDF Gen. (ret). Meir Dagan, the Director of the Mossad Intelligence Agency has warned that by the end of 2005 Iran will pass the point of no return in its drive to produce nuclear weapons. Dagan gave this assessment in a closed-door briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Enriched uranium is in effect Iran's missing link for producing nuclear weapons because it has already developed long-range missiles as a delivery system. Committee Chairman, MK Yuval Steinitz of the Likud, warned that a nuclear Iran would threaten not only Israel but also the rest of the world. Steinitz told IsraCast that in his view it was not up to the 'miniscule state' of Israel to find a solution to the global threat of a nuclear Iran.

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January 21, 2005

THIS WEEK - January 21

David Essing reportson some of the main news developments over the past seven days

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