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November 12, 2004

YASSER ARAFAT & MAHMOUD ABBAS (ABU-MAZEN)

Where Has Yasser Arafat Taken The Palestinians And Where Will Abu-Mazen Lead them Now? Dr. Dan Schueftan, Middle East expert at Haifa University, analyzes the newly evolving situation.

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November 08, 2004

JTA AUDIO REPORTS

What does the re-election of Pres. George W. Bush auger for the Israeli–Palestinian conflict? How is the the new Bush Administration likely to react if a new moderate and pragmatic Palestinian leadership takes over from Yasser Arafat? Ron Kampeas, JTA’s Washington Bureua Chief discusses these and other questions in a wide ranging interview with David Essing:

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November 01, 2004

REACTIONS - TEL AVIV BOMBING

Israeli officials say they are not surprised by the latest suicide bombing in Tel Aviv despite the fact that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has been hospitalized in Paris. Three Israelis, two women and a man were murdered when a Palestinian suicide bomber blew up his explosives in the crowded open air Carmel market of Tel Aviv. More than 30 others were injured, some of them seriously. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made clear that he holds Palestinian leaders responsible. At a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, a senior IDF Intelligence officer spoke of the terrorism continuing despite Arafat’s absence. Although Israel has a lot of details, it is not enough for a diagnosis of the Palestinian leader’s condition.

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October 31, 2004

SHARON - THE DAY AFTER

The Israeli Cabinet has discussed the new situation in light of Yasser Arafat being flown to Paris for urgent medical treatment. At the weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Sharon spoke about the possibility of resuming the Roadmap peace process, if a new Palestinian leadership takes over. On the other hand, the Prime Minister was adamant that Arafat would not be buried in Jerusalem as long as Sharon is in office. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom also weighed in on how Israel should deal with a new Palestinian leadership, if Arafat drops out.

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October 28, 2004

ARAFAT - THE DAY AFTER

Could the Israeli-Palestinian conflict be on a new threshold? Hopefully turning from terrorism and bloodshed to negotiation and peace? Or might the Palestinians be headed for a bloody power struggle with the extremists gaining the upper hand? This is the question Israelis are now asking if and when a new Palestinian leadership succeeds the reign of Yasser Arafat. In what is viewed as a conciliatory step, Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Ala has telephoned Ariel Sharon to apprise him of the situation. The Israeli Prime Minister offered all possible medical aid.

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October 27, 2004

LIKUD MELTDOWN OVER GAZA?

Where is the ruling Likud Party of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon now headed? The party split down the middle; some Likud MKs voted for Sharon’s withdrawal while others opposed it. In addition, Sharon’s party rival Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and three other cabinet ministers issued an ultimatum, warning they will resign if the Prime Minister does not agree to a national referendum within 2 weeks. Meir Sheetrit another Likud cabinet minister says the cabinet ‘rebels’ backed down in yesterday’s vote and he believes they will again.

However, Likud Cabinet Minister Uzi Landau and Deputy Minister Michael Ratzon now say that 5 more Likud cabinet ministers also oppose the pullout and Sharon’s opponents are now a majority in the Likud Knesset caucus.

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October 26, 2004

KNESSET SAYS YES TO GAZA WITHDRAWAL

Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, has voted in favor of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s disengagement plan to evacuate the Gaza Strip and 4 northern Samaria settlements by the end of next year. However, there was high drama hours before the vote when Binyamin Netanyahu, Sharon’s main rival in the Likud party, served an ultimatum to the Prime Minister; Netanyahu and three other ministers Livnat, Katz and Naveh threatened to resign unless Sharon agreed to hold a national referendum on the evacuation within 14 days. But then in the Knesset vote, the four rebel ministers caused an up-roar when they voted for Sharon’s proposal. Analyst David Essing says Netanyahu has blinked first in what is now an open confrontation with Sharon.

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October 23, 2004

DISENGAGEMENT SHOWDOWN

On October 25th, the Knesset is set for an historic vote on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements by the end of next year. Although the common wisdom is that Sharon will garner a majority, analyst David Essing says the Prime Minister needs a decisive win to stem campaign being mounted by opponents to the withdrawal.

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October 14, 2004

SHARON’S CHANCES

One day after suffering a symbolic defeat on his policy statement in the Knesset, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has gone on the offensive. The Likud ‘rebels’ abstained in a Knesset vote resulting in the Prime Minister losing the vote sparking speculation that his government ‘s days were numbered. Sharon then convened a meeting of the Likud caucus but did not invite the 15 Likud MKs who did not vote for him. Senior sources also told David Essing that ‘Sharon has passed the point of no return’ on carrying out the Gaza withdrawal despite opposition from his own Likud party. On Israel Television, David Essing discussed the current situation with IBA political reporter Dan Diker. The moderator - Laura Cornfield:

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October 13, 2004

JTA AUDIO REPORTS GADHAFI AND THE JEWS

 In a surprise move, Libyan leader Muamar Gadhafi recently invited a delegation of Libyan Jews from Rome to visit Tripoli. During Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, Anti-Semitic rioting drove out most of the 40,000 Libyan Jews and today no Jews are believed to be living in the country. However, Gadhafi rolled out the red carpet for the Jewish delegates calling them ‘brothers of Libya’. Ruth Ellen Gruber, JTA’s correspondent in Rome, has been covering the story and it was from the Italian capital that she was interviewed by David Essing:

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October 11, 2004

SHARON vs LIKUD

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has opened the Knesset’s winter session by announcing that he will present his disengagement plan to the House in another two weeks. Sharon was confident the Knesset will approve the controversial plan, which calls for the evacuation of the Gaza Strip and 4 settlements on the West Bank. Opposition leader Shimon Peres declared that his Labor party will support Sharon only if the Prime Minister proves he is sincere about really implementing the withdrawal. Peres sharply criticized the recent interview by Dov Weisglass, Sharon’s top aide, who said the disengagement plan was really designed to freeze the peace process with the Palestinians. Meanwhile, Likud rebels warn they will vote against the withdrawal. Analyst David Essing says some rebels warn if they cannot dissuade Sharon, they will topple him.

Tension was running high on the opening day of the new winter session. At stake are crucial Knesset votes on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s controversial plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and 4 isolated settlements in Samaria.

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October 09, 2004

SINAI MASSACRE - ISRAELI REACTION

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz calls the Sinai bombings, ‘mega-terror’ - they were aimed at murdering as many Israelis as possible. Mofaz was speaking at an urgent session of the Israeli cabinet after huge bombs ripped through the Taba Hilton hotel and a tourist resort packed with Israeli tourists on the Simchat Torah holiday. IDF Chief Of Staff Moshe Ya’alon said that after explosives were used against Egyptian hotels on Egyptian soil, maybe Egypt would finally crack down on Palestinian arms smuggling through Sinai to the Gaza Strip. IDF intelligence chief, General Aharon Zeevi-Farkash told the cabinet there is a high probability that al-Qaeda carried out the bombings. MK Yuval Steinitz of the Likud, the chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, also says the Mossad has foiled some previous al Qaeda attacks on Israeli and Jewish targets. Dr Steinitz told David Essing there are at least two reasons why al Qaeda was probably responsible for the Sinai bombings:

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October 08, 2004

SINAI MASSACRE

Dr. Dan Schueftan: ‘Egypt Bears Responsibility For Failing to Halt Smuggling Of Explosives Through Sinai’

‘Israel Should Not Permit The Terrorism To Alter Sharon’s Time-Table For Evacuating Gaza Strip’

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October 06, 2004

SDEROT BLITZ

The Negev town of Sderot is preparing to celebrate Simchat Torah, the ‘Rejoicing of the Torah’. Last week, Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip launched a salvo of Qassams into the town on the holiday of Succot, murdering small children and wounding many other civilians. Mayor Eli Moyal says his town has long been terrorized by the Palestinians who have fired some 400 rockets trying to kill and maim as many civilians as possible. David Essing has interviewed the Mayor of Sderot and analyzes the current situation in the midst of the IDF operation.

What do you call the random firing of 400 rockets at a defenseless town, 89 of which have hit every one of its neighborhoods? It is surely a blitz designed to terrorize the population. And what would be a ‘proportionate’ response?

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September 27, 2004

MOSSAD & CIA

Israeli officials refuse to confirm, but neither do they deny, that Mossad agents carried out the targeted killing of a top Hamas terrorist, Iz a Din al Sheikh Khalil in Damascus yesterday. David Essing has an update on the situation. In addition, a former senior Mossad official, Dr. Mishka Ben-David, takes the wraps off some of the intelligence organization’s operations.

After the two bus bombings in Be’er-Sheva which murdered fifteen Israelis, Israeli leaders pointed the finger at Syria warning those responsible,’ should not sleep well’ at night. Those warnings have apparently been translated into action.

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