IsraCast Archive | March-April 2005
Revolutionary computer coloring method for black and white scenes developed at the hebrew university
A novel, computer-assisted method for colorizing black and white images and movies has been developed by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The new colorization method can significantly reduce the time it takes to colorize still and video images and may also be incorporated in future image and video editing software at the consumer level.
Israel's Mourns One Of Its Greatest National Heroes
Ezer Weizman, The 7th President Of Israel And The Nephew Of First President Haim Weizman, Died In His Caesaria Home At The Age Of 81
Ezer Weizman, the founder of the Israel Air Force, defense minister, statesman and state President; he was all this and more for the people of Israel.
Dr. Minerbi: 'The Vatican Almost Always Sides With The Palestinians Against Israel; This Is Likely To Continue Under New Pope'
'Vatican Has Remained Silent Over Expulsion Of Christians From Muslim World and Palestinian Territories, Even Bethlehem'
'Joesph Ratzinger Was Never A Nazi'
What is likely to be the attitude of the new Pope, Benedict XVI to the Jewish people as a whole and the State of Israel? In this wide-ranging interview, Dr. Yitzhak Minerbi an Israeli expert on Vatican affairs assesses this question and the Vatican's approach to how the Muslim world treats its Christian minorities.
IDF Chief Of Staff Yaalon: 'Terror Flare-up On West Bank After Disengagement, If Abu Mazen Does Not Crack Down'
'Yesterday's Palestinian Attack Reflects Trend In Gaza Strip'
Government May Postpone Gaza Withdrawal Because of Religious Holiday
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.
Analyst Shalom Harari: 'Palestinians May Launch Intifada #3 In September Or Toward End of the Year!'
'Palestinian President Abu Mazen Is Doing Almost Nothing To End Chaos In The Palestinian Street'
'Abu Mazen Gives Orders But Old Guard Of Yasser Arafat Does Nothing To Carry Them Out'
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.
New technology developed in Israel is revolutionizing the field of smart video motion detection by using advanced algorithms to automatically detect and track intruders from hundreds of meters away, day and night, in all weather conditions. The new system, which recently passed rigorous testing by Israeli security forces, is already being installed in various strategic locations in Israel and the U.S.
Analyst David Essing: 'The Bush - Sharon Summit Was Maintenance Stop On Way To The Roadmap'
'Bush Rapped Sharon's Knuckles Over Maale Adumim While Also Calling On Palestinian President Abbas To Step On The Gas'
There were few surprises at the Crawford summit. Although Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and U.S. President George W. Bush agreed to disagree over settlement building, the American leader stood by his commitments of last April about no Israeli return to the armistice lines of 1949 (1967). In addition, 'changes on the ground, including existing major population centers, must be taken into account in any final status negotiations'. Moreover, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas must 'stop terrorism and dismantle terrorist capabilities and infrastructure'. But of no less importance, was the Israeli - U.S. discussion of Iran's nuclear weapons program.
Defense Minister Mofaz: 'Despite Palestinian Shelling in Gaza, Israel Is Not Giving Up On Mahmoud Abbas'
IDF Officer: 'In the North, Hezbollah May Attack Within Hours or Days!'
After launching some 80 Qassam rockets and mortars in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian shelling has died down. The Palestinian terrorists targeted Israeli settlements and IDF positions. There was some damage but no Israeli casualties; one Israeli family was saved by the reinforced roof of their home, when it took a direct hit. After Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz telephoned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with a sharp warning, the shelling petered out. Briefing the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Mofaz said Israel has still not given up on the new Palestinian leader. A somber warning came from a senior IDF officer who warned that Hezbollah is planning to heat up Lebanon's border with Israel.
Three Thousand Israeli Policemen Deployed To Prevent Far Right Jewish Worshipers From Praying on Jerusalem's Temple Mount
Palestinian Authority Does Nothing To Prevent Terrorists Launching Some 70 Qassam Rockets And Mortars At Israeli Settlements And IDF Positions In Gaza Strip
The current 'cease-fire' is now facing its gravest crisis. The current flare-up follows several Palestinian violations this past week that culminated in 3 Palestinian youths being shot dead while trying to infiltrate. In Jerusalem, Israeli police have arrested 16 far right Jewish worshipers who tried to ascend the Temple Mount to pray at the site of the First and Second Biblical Temples. Hundreds of years after the destruction of the Second Temple, Muslims built the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock on the site and refuse to allow Jews to worship on the Temple Mount.
Having developed some of the most advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), the Israeli defense industry has turned to the ground. Two companies are currently developing highly mobile unmanned vehicles that can perform armed patrols around the barrier being built between Israel and the territories. Replacing human patrol guards, these vehicles will cut security costs and save lives.
Dr. Dan Schueftan: 'Roadmap Process Should Deal With Population Mix Within Future Israeli-Palestinian Borders'
'Exchanges Of Land Inhabited By Israeli Arabs To Palestinian State Is A Solution'
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.
In The Holocaust, The Young Priest Who Carried A Jewish Girl For Miles On His Back To Safety
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon: 'Pope John Paul II Was One Of The Greatest Leaders Of Our Time And A Friend Of Israel And The Jewish People'
Like people around the globe, Israel and the Jewish people have paid tribute to Pope John Paul II. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has called upon Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom to represent Israel at the Popes funeral.
Likud MK Landau: 'The Battle for Gaza is the Battle for Jerusalem!'
Labor MK Shochatt: 'Netanyahu Won't Try to Topple Sharon before Disengagement; Early Election Is More Probable After Withdrawal'
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?
It’s been a dramatic week in Prime Minister Sharon’s drive to carry out his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements this summer. Sharon fought off fierce opposition to the historic move not only from the far right opposition but also from within his ruling Likud party. In the Palestinian Authority, terrorists have shot up the Ramallah headquarters of President Mahmoud Abbas; in reaction a senior Palestinian security of official has resigned. In the first of two installments, David Essing assesses the outcome on the ground and possible future developments in light of a looming split within the Likud:
Israeli scientists working with the financial backing of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have developed a biochip that can detect toxic substances in drinking water. When the device will be available it will be the size of a credit card and will be able to analyze a water sample in less than ten minutes.
Likud MK Landau: 'The Prime Minister Has Turned Coalition Into Brothel By Cabinet Appointments To Buy Support For Gaza Withdrawal'
Vice Premier Peres: 'Sharon Has To Consider Coalition Split Over Disengagement'
There has been strong condemnation of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's decision to appoint 3 more cabinet ministers and 7 deputy ministers, all of whom support his Gaza withdrawal plan.
Israel's Nuclear Reactor At Dimona Can Withstand Very Strong Earthquakes
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.’
IDF General Zeevi-Farkash: ‘Hamas Is Adopting Irish Model Of Political And Terror Wings’
‘Terrorists Are Preparing Major Terror Attacks Including Qassam Rocketing From The West Bank’
‘Syria Will Not Relinquish Its Domination Of Lebanon Despite Troop Redeployments’
Maj. Gen. Aharon Zeevi-Farkash, the head of IDF military intelligence says Hamas is adopting the ‘Irish model’ of entering politics while maintaining its terror wing; (Sinn-Fein is the political party while the IRA carries out attacks). The intelligence commander warned that Hamas and other terror groups were preparing major terror attacks including the launching Qassam rockets from the West Bank. The Syrian redeployment of troops in Lebanon was to lessen international pressure; Damascus has no intention of giving up its control over the Lebanese state.
Deputy Premier Olmert: ’Massive Vote Proves There Is No Way To Halt Gaza Withdrawal’
MK Eitam: ’We’ll Now Call Hundreds Of Thousands Of Protestors To Block The Evacuation’
Sharon Officials: ’There Is No Majority For The Referendum
Which Would Only Deepen Differences Among Israelis’
Israel’s Parliament the Knesset has voted down a bill to hold a national referendum on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements. The vote was 72-39 against the referendum in the 120 members Knesset. The referendum is widely viewed as a ruse to block the withdrawal. Prime Minister Sharon’s ruling Likud party split over the referendum with more voting for it than against. In any case, opponents to the withdrawal are not giving up.
Shinui Leader Lapid Saves Gaza Withdrawal
Sharon-Lapid Deal Guarantees New State Budget Preventing Government’s Fall
Gaza Referendum Bill Now Dead Letter
Kurtzer Aftershock - Damage Control
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.
Yediot Ahronot Newspaper: ‘American Ambassador Kurtzer Said There Is No U.S. Understanding That Israel Will Maintain Settlement Blocs On West Bank’
‘Sharon Government Will Fall After Gaza Withdrawal; Palestinians Will Then Launch New Wave Of Terrorism’
‘Iranians Should Understand That U.S. Will Launch Missile Strike Against Nuclear Sites Unless Tehran Halts Nuclear Weapons Program’
Ambassador Kurtzer: ‘Press Report Is Full Of Inaccuracies’
U.S. Ambassador has startled political circles in Israel and obviously elsewhere by his reported comments. At a closed lecture to Foreign Ministry trainees in Jerusalem, the Ambassador reportedly made some undiplomatic and candid remarks about a number of burning issues. The Yediot Ahronot newspaper today carries banner headlines with a detailed account with quotes from the Kurtzer lecture. The ambassador has issued a statement categorically denying the report which he says is full of many ‘inaccuracies’.
Dr. Dan Schueftan: 'Israel Stretches American Committments; US Never Committed To Any Particular Lines'
'Failure To Carry Out Disengagement Will Jeopardize Unprecedented American Support For Israel'
US Means Business About Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program, With Or Without The Europeans'
Middle East expert Dr. Dan Scheuftan analyzes controversial comments attributed to U.S. Ambassador Dan Kurtzer.
Israeli Arab Allegedly Participated In Deadly Bombing of Tel Aviv Nightclub
Suspect Reportedly Exploited His Israeli Identification And Knowledge To Drive Suicide Bomber to Target
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.
IDF Intelligence: 'For the first time, Palestinian security forces are actively preventing terror attacks on Israel; but they are not dismantling terror organizations or confiscating illegal weapons'
IDF Chief of Staff Yaalon: 'Terror organizations are exploiting current lull to regroup, rearm and retrain. They will hold veto power of when to sabotage peace process'
A new dramatic development... for the first time the security forces of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are actively foiling terror attacks against Israel. This was disclosed by IDF Brigadier Yossi Kupperwasser in a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. However, on the other hand the Palestinian terror organizations are being left free to build up their strength leaving them a veto power on when to sabotage the peace process.
IDF Chief of Staff Yaalon: 'I considered resigning immediately after the false allegations of Defense Minister Mofaz. The affair has damaged the IDF and I have had to persaude officers not to resign in protest'
Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee expresses confidence in Chief of Staff and seeks explanation from Prime Minister Sharon about why General Yaalon's term was cut short
The furor swirling around what is viewed as the firing of the IDF Chief of Staff reached a new pitch today when General Yaalon briefed the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense committee. General Yaalon presented what he called the 'facts' of the affair and wound up with wall-to-wall support from committee members.
An Israeli company has developed a unique device that can recognize the age of children and adults thus allowing parents to control their childrens access to restricted websites. The same technology might also be used to prevent pedophiles from accessing children and teenagers chat rooms.
Ukraine's Sale Of Cruise Missiles With A Nuclear Potential To Iran Also Pose Deadly Threat To Europe
According to reports published in the British journal "Financial Times" Ukraine has admitted that it exported 12 long range cruise missiles to Iran and six to China in 2001; the missiles were reportedly sold without their nuclear warheads. Ukraine's prosecutor-general told reporters that the Russian businessmen suspected of masterminding the sale, was arrested last July in Prague in response to a Ukrainian warrant. If the new missiles become operational, Iran will be in striking distance of all Middle East states as well as most countries in Europe.
Cairo Agreement vs. Four Israeli Casualties
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.
Analyst Michael Widlanski: 'Israeli Security Forces Decided Not To Arrest Palestinian Terror Cell In Tul Kerem Which Later Murdered Five Israelis In Tel Aviv Bombing; At The Time, Israel Did Not Want To Be Seen As Violating Current Lull'
At Cairo Meeting, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Persuades Hamas and Islamic Jihad To Continue Current Timeout, While Pledging Not To Dismantle Terror Groups
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.
Hasan Nasrallah, the leader of the Hezbollah guerillas in Lebanon has said that they will keep their weapons despite US calls for them to disarm and the withdrawal of the Syrian army from the country.
In a live interview with Hezbollah's El-Manar television, he made it clear that the weapons would be used only against Israel and not internally in Lebanon.Nasrallah said, 'We will only call a ceasefire in agreement with the Lebanese when the proper time comes, not when Bush demands. There is a threat from Israel at the moment. As long as this threat continues, our weapons will remain as a guarantee.''We are ready to remain until the end of time a terrorist organization in Bush's view, but we are not ready to give up protection of our country, our people, their blood and their honor.''What is required is that Hizbollah be disarmed so that Lebanon can be left without protection' he added.
UN secretary general Kofi Annan and his wife Nane, the niece of Raul Wallenberg, who as a Swedish diplomat saved tens of thousands of Jews during the holocaust, in addition to forty presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers and mayors, participated in an international demonstration against anti-Semitism at the inauguration of the new holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem.
Shabak security chief Avi Dichter:’Right-wing fanatics may carry out Doom’s Day attacks to prevent disengagement.’
Analyst David Essing:‘Disengagement issue may have become internationalized like Iranian nuclear threat and Syria – Lebanon situation’
Palestinian terror attacks have dropped, but the Jewish terror threats have soared over the controversial disengagement issue. That was the message from the country's top security officials Shabak security chief Avi Dichter, IDF Chief of Staff designate Dan Halutz, and police commissioner Moshe Karadie in a briefing to cabinet ministers. In the bigger picture, analyst David Essing is of the view that the disengagement question may now have been internationalized as part of US president George W. Bush's new multilateral approach to coping with Middle East flashpoints.
Sunday Times:’Israel has approved military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, if diplomatic efforts fail’
Analyst David Essing:’Apparently report is part of carrot and stick policy being coordinated by US’
The British newspaper the Sunday Times reports that Israel’s security cabinet has approved an airborne operation against Iran’s nuclear facilities if all else fails to block the ayatollahs from acquiring nuclear weapons. PM Ariel Sharon was said to have convened the secret session at his Negev farm last month. The newspaper also reported that the US approved the Israeli strike. David Essing says although there is no confirmation on the report, it may be part of a 'carrot and stick' policy now being coordinated by the Bush administration to prevent the Iranians from producing 'the bomb'.
The Israeli company Solel has helped to build and maintain the largest commercial solar power plant in the world, supplying electricity to hundreds of thousands of households in California. The company will soon participate in an international contract to build a large commercial solar power plant in the Israeli desert.
The Resolution Was Adopted At The European Parliament In Strasbourg, France
The Implication Is That All 25 Member States Of The EU Must Relate To Hezbollah As a Terrorist Organization
This Includes France, Which Until Now Has Opposed This Move
The resolution was passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 473 in favor and 8 against, with 33 abstentions. The wording of the resolution says, 'The European Parliament considers that clear evidence exists of terrorist activities by Hezbollah. The (EU) Council should take all necessary steps to curtail them.'
‘Were such an attack to occur, it would stagger the world economy and thrust tens of millions of people into dire poverty.’
In an address to the special international conference on terrorism held in Madrid, the UN Secretary General warned of the threat from terrorist organizations to carry out nuclear attack. The conference marked the first anniversary of a terrorist strike in Madrid, which killed 191 people. Kofi Annan stressed:‘That such an attack has not yet happened is not an excuse for complacency. Rather, it gives us a last chance to take effective preventive action.’
King Abdullah wants to raise the level of relations between Israel and the Arab world, first with Jordan itself, and he’s willing to explore all possible avenues. In a Special Interview With The Israeli Reporter For Channel 2 News, Ehud Ya’ari, Who Was Invited By The Jordanians To Amman, King Abdullah Says: 'We Need to Talk to Each Other. Any Problem, How Difficult It May Be, Can Be Solved With Dialogue'
Researchers from the Technion have developed a unique device that can identify improvised explosives, the kind commonly used by terrorist organizations. The pen-like device detects the presence of explosives material using chemical reaction and can be used by law enforcement and airport security to test suspected objects.
Palestinian Authorities Have Approved Execution Of Palestinians Who Prevented Terror-Attacks
At the same time, that Palestinian Authority calls on Israel to release terrorists who murdered Israeli's, the PA is planning to execute Palestinians who acted to prevent the terror attacks.
The Mufti of Jerusalem, Akramah Sabri, the chief Muslim leader, has issued a special edict approving the execution of 15 Palestinians.
Article by Professor Eyal Zisser
Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies
Professor Eyal Zisser of Tel Aviv University, is a leading Israeli expert on Syria. This is professor Zisser's latest update on the situation in Lebanon after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri:
Bashar Assad, the Syrian president, said in an interview with the Italian newspaper, La Republica:".first is that we refer to the United Nations, from which the Resolution was issued. We will respect it." ".our troops will be redeployed along the Syrian-Lebanese borders, but on the Lebanese side of the border."
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IsraCast Archive | March-April 2005