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IsraCast Archive | July-August 2005

NETANYAHU MOVES TO OUST SHARON AS PRIME MINISTER

Binyamin Netanyahu: 'Sharon Has Trampled On Likud Principles & Turned Israel Into Second Most Corrupt State in the West'

Ariel Sharon: 'Netanyahu Lacks Sound Judgment & Iron Nerves Required of Israeli prime minister. He panics under pressure'

The Likud Dilemma - Punish Sharon and Risk Next Election Or Forgive Sharon And Guarantee Election Victory

Former Finance Minister Bibi Netanyahu has announced his candidacy for Likud leader and party candidate for prime minister. The Likud central committee is to meet on September 26th to vote on a date for primaries that are expected around the end of November. At present, polls indicate that Netanyahu leads Sharon and a far right candidate MK Uzi Landau who resigned from the cabinet in protest over the disengagement.

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PALESTINIAN SUICIDE BOMBER STRIKES IN BE'ER SHEVA

Two Israeli Security Guards Critically Wounded While Preventing Major Disaster

Some Fifty Other People Injured, Most Lightly

Israeli Official: 'After Israel's Withdrawal, Palestinians Again Show They Never Miss An Opportunity To Miss An Opportunity'

The Palestinian terror organizations have not waited long after Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West bank settlements to renew their attacks. They struck at the central bus station in Be'er Sheva, the 'capital of the Negev' and only the swift and courageous action of two security guards and an alert bus driver averted the massacre of scores of Israelis in the big explosion. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has declared there will be no Roadmap negotiations for a Palestinian state if Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas does not disarm Hamas and the other terrorists who threaten to annihilate Israel.

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AFTERSHOCKS OF GAZA WITHDRAWAL

Dr. Dan Schueftan: 'Sharon Likely To Continue Unilateral Policy, Abbas Will Not Disarm Terrorists'

'Netanyahu Could Win Early Israeli Election In 2006 But He Would Probably Adopt Sharon's Policy Of Eventually Pulling Back To West Bank Security Fence'

'U.S. Indicates Understanding For Israel's Demand To Dismantle Terror Groups'

Where is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict headed after Israel's historic withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements? Dr. Dan Schueftan, a Middle East expert at Haifa University, expects little change as long as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas does not dismantle the terror organizations. In light of this, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon can be expected to carry forward his policy of unilateralism. But the latest opinion polls indicate that former Finance Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu would trounce Sharon if the ruling Likud party went to primaries. Now that Sharon has apparently lost his parliamentary majority, an early election is widely expected early next year. Interviewed by David Essing, Dr. Schueftan analyzes the emerging situation.

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NEW TECHNOLOGY PRODUCES SAFER WATER

An Israeli company developed a new technology for water disinfection. It uses ultra violet (UV) light to disinfect water and is 10,000 more effective then existing techniques. With impending regulatory changes in the U.S. and other countries, the move from chemical disinfectants to green non-toxic advanced disinfection solutions can improve the safety of the water while reducing its cost. The new system is also strong enough to kill the kind of biological agents bio-terrorists might use inside water reservoirs.

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SHARON OVERTAKES NETANYAHU AS WEST BANK SETTLEMENTS EVACUATED

Israel Follows Up Gaza Pullout By Evacuating Four Settlements In Northern Samaria

Latest Poll Indicates Sharon Again Leads Netanyahu in Ruling Likud Party

Shinui Leader Lapid: 'The Ruling Likud Party Is Totally Split Between Sharon & Netanyahu-The Only Solution Is Early Election'

The IDF and Israel Police continued the disengagement by evacuating four West Bank settlements in northern Samaria. There was some resistance by protesters. A senior defense ministry official Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad expects that Israel will hand over control of the Gaza Strip earlier than expected to the Palestinian Authority.In party politics, Channel 10 TV released a poll of Likud central committee members indicating that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has again taken the lead over former Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The question was: 'If the primary for Likud leader was held today who would you vote for?'Sharon - 35.5% | Netanyahu - 28.3%A poll taken just before the Gaza withdrawal showed Netanyahu leading Sharon and is thought to have triggered Netanyahu's snap resignation from the cabinet.

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Israel Wraps Up Gaza Withdrawal & Moves On To West Bank

PM Sharon: 'U.S. Agrees Palestinians Must Disarm Terrorists Before Roadmap Negotiations'

MKs Call PM: 'Corrupt, Deceitful & Heartless Vowing To Topple Him Over Withdrawal'

Israel Evacuates Netzarim, Last Settlement In Gaza Strip

Thirty-five years of Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip has come to an end. Netzarim, the last of the twenty- one settlements, was evacuated on Monday, August 22nd. Tomorrow, the IDF moves into four West Bank settlements in northern Samaria to evict the remaining settlers and 'infiltrators' there. Back in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon briefed the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on his controversial withdrawal plan. Several right-wing MKs lashed out at Sharon saying he would go down in Jewish history as a tyrant.

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SHARON SOLDIERS ON WITH MORE SETTLEMENT EVACUATIONS

More Gaza Settlements Evacuated As Israeli Cabinet Approves Withdrawal From Four West Bank Settlements

PM Sharon : 'Any Likud Cabinet Ministers Opposed To Disengagement Can Quit'

Meretz-Yachad Leader Beilin: 'We Have Fifty-one MKs Lined Up To Topple Sharon After Current Withdrawal'

A total of five more settlements in the Gaza Strip were evacuated by Israeli soldiers and police today without the violence that accompanied some of last week's withdrawals. In Jerusalem, the cabinet approved the pullout from four settlements in the northern Samaria area of the West Bank. At the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon indicated that he is moving full steam ahead and clashed with four of his Likud ministers who oppose his disengagement plan. In another development, the far left is about to pull out its support for Sharon after the withdrawal is completed.

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GAZA WITHDRAWAL - CIRCLING THE WAGONS OR SLIPPERY SLOPE?

The inexorable eviction of the Gaza settlers continues amid heart-rending scenes of IDF soldiers dragging children, women and men from their homes. Most are religious Jews who believe they have also fulfilled an important national mission at the their country's calling and have now been evicted by a Prime Minister who for some reason has changed his mind. Some of these residents and their children have been killed in Palestinian attacks and all have come under the repeated shelling of more than 5,000 Qassam rockets and mortars launched since the outbreak of Palestinian violence in September, 2000.Why has Ariel Sharon changed course so dramatically? What can be expected from Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas who declares he will not confiscate the terrorists' weapons and Hamas that vows to use those arms to attack Israel when the time is ripe? Then there's the U.S. and the rest of the Quartet eager to plunge into the Roadmap process.

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ISRAEL WARNS OF IRANIAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS WITHIN TWO-FOUR YEARS

MK Yuval Steinitz: 'After Renewing Uranium Enrichment, Iran Will Be Able To Acquire Nuclear Weapons Within Two-Four Years'

'Israel Is very worried By Failure Of International Community To Deter Iran'

Steinitz Made The Statement After Briefing By IDF Intelligence Chief Maj. Gen. Zeevi-Farkash

Israel has reacted with grave concern over Iran's renewed drive to acquire nuclear weapons. Last week, Iran defied the international community by resuming its enrichment of uranium required to produce an atomic bomb. At a closed door hearing of the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, IDF intelligence commander General Aharon Zeevi Farkash reported on the implications for Israel. After the session, committee chairman Yuval Steinitz of the Likud was interviewed by IsraCast.

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GAZA DISENGAGEMENT - BETTER OR WORSE SECURITY

Israeli Official: 'Israel Is Dismantling Settlements, Not the IDF'

Brig. Gen. (res.) Giladi: 'The Disengagement Will Leave Israel With Far Better Security & International Situation'

Maj. Gen. (res.) Ami-Dror: 'The Disengagement Is A Disaster; It Shows Palestinians That Terrorism Pays'

Israel's historic withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements is now moving into high gear. Amid the turmoil, the question for most Israelis now is whether the country will be better off or worse off after the withdrawal. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon believes he has firm U.S. backing that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas must first dismantle Hamas and the other terror organizations before Israel enters Roadmap negotiations. However, Hamas leaders have declared they will not give up their weapons and threaten a new wave of attacks from the West Bank. Sharon's critics charge the writing is on the wall; the current withdrawal will deal a severe blow to Israel's security.

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THIS WEEK 12.8.05

Disengagement Roller-Coaster Is Pulling Out of the Station

Bush Sides With Sharon In Match Up With Netanyahu

Attorney General Mazuz 'Needs A Good Lawyer' In the Court Of Common Sense

Iran Defies Throws Caution To The Wind And Resumes Nuclear Weapons Drive

Just days before Israeli settlers are to be evacuated from the Gaza Strip, Israel was buffeted time and again, by one surprise after another. With tension reaching a fever pitch over the Gaza withdrawal, Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu resigned in protest over the disengagement. Subsequent public opinion polls then showed Netanyahu would topple Sharon in a Likud party election today. Enter U.S. President George W. Bush trying to bolster Sharon and praising his withdrawal plan. While the country is in the throes of the traumatic disengagement, with Sharon sleeping with a loaded pistol under his pillow, Attorney General Manny Mazuz says there is no proof that incitement was responsible for the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin nearly ten years ago.

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ISRAELI SUPER BANDAGE SAVES LIVES

Israeli medical doctor developed a revolutionary bandage that can replace both ordinary bandages and Tourniquet and can even be used to treat burns. The new bandage has already proved itself by saving lives of soldiers and civilians in Israel and South Africa in recent years. The Israeli military and Red Cross are considering the bandage, and its inventor hopes that when it enters mass production its low price and superior performance will allow it to save lives across the world.

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FROM CANADA TO ISRAELI CLINIC IN GAZA STRIP SETTLEMENT

IDF To Gaza Strip Settlers: 'You Are Instructed To Leave Your Homes No Later Than Midnight On August 14th!'

Dr. Sody Naimer: 'We Won't Make It Easier For Those Evicting Us From Our Homes By Packing Up And Moving Out'

Former Montrealer Talks About His Life In Settlement Of Neve Dekalim Days Before Evacuation

The countdown for the evacuation of the Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip has begun. The Israel Defense Forces have distributed letters to the settlers saying they must leave voluntarily by midnight on August 14th. If they do not, IDF soldiers will move in on August 17th to remove them by force. Some residents agree to leave others do not. Dr. Sody Naimer, who lives with his family in the settlement of Neve Dakalim, says he is not going anywhere. In anexclusiveinterview with David Essing, Dr. Naimer describes what it's like at the clinic he runs in the settlement.

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Egyptian Arms Freeway To Gaza Strip?

Israeli MKs: 'Draft Agreement Does Not Bar Egypt From Supplying Weapons & Explosives To Palestinians In Gaza Strip'

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz: 'Most of Gaza Settlers Will Leave Before August 17th Withdrawal Begins'

'Nine More AWOL IDF Soldiers May Be Armed'

In the Knesset Foreign affairs and Defense Committee, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz presented an up beat picture of Israeli plans for evacuating the Gaza Strip that is to being on August 17th. However, several MKs were shocked to hear that a proposed agreement with Egypt to block Palestinian arms smuggling into the Gaza Strip does not bar Cairo from supplying weapons to the Palestinians. IDF officers also briefed the committee on the upcoming disengagement and the investigation underway into murder of four Israeli Arabs by an IDF AWOL soldier.

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NETANYAHU'S RESIGNATION: 'TAIL-WIND FOR BLOCKING GAZA WITHDRAWAL'

Finance Minister Netanyahu: 'My Resignation Won't Halt The Gaza Retreat Under Fire'

Settlers: 'Netanyahu's Resignation Will Energize Anti-Withdrawal Movement'

Netanyahu Likely To Lead Drive Inside Likud To Oust Ariel Sharon as Party Leader

Finance Minister Bibi Netanyahu has startled the Israeli government and the entire nation with his surprise resignation. At a snap conference, Netanyahu charged that Prime Minister Sharon's disengagement plan would harm Israel's security and he could not be party to it. The settlers have welcomed Netanyahu's surprise move saying it will bolster their drive to halt what they call a retreat.

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GRAND DESIGN FOR GAZA STRIP DEVELOPMENT

Prof. Joshua Ben Arieh: 'Trilateral Land Exchange Is Only Viable Solution To Creating Jobs For Palestinians'

'A Small Strip Of Sinai Seashore South Of Rafah Annexed To Gaza Strip; In Exchange, Israel Would Give Egypt Piece Of Negev For Land Link To Jordan & Arab World'

'Need For Marshall Plan Aid Package To Include Rebuilding Of Egypt's Outmoded Suez Canal'

What happens after Israel's upcoming withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements? Geographer Joshua Ben-Arieh says he doesn't know but he is certain of one thing; that unless jobs are created for the Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip, the Roadmap is doomed to failure. Professor (Emeritus) Ben-Arieh of the Hebrew University has discussed his plan with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian officials. In this interview with IsraCast, Ben Arieh presents his program that may be put on the future Middle East agenda.

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THIS WEEK 5.8.05

Wall-To-Wall Israeli Condemnation Of Israeli Terrorist Who Shot Dead Four Israeli Arabs In Town Of Shfaram

Maariv: 'Prime Minister Sharon Sleeps With Loaded Revolver Under His Pillow'

Gaza Settlers Still Defiant, Less Than Two Weeks Before Start of Israel's Unilateral Withdrawal

The latest confrontation between opponents to the Gaza withdrawal and Israeli troops and policemen has ended in another stalemate. But as the two sides were facing off near the Gaza Strip, an armed IDF soldier who had gone AWOL (absent without leave), boards a bus from Haifa and opens fire when the vehicle passes through the Arab town of Shfaram. The Israeli terrorist murders four Arabs, two women and two men, and wounds many others; some were in serious condition. The angry Arab crowd attacked the Israeli killer lynching him on the spot. An Israeli police officer says he had first handcuffed the soldier but the mob stormed into the bus and beat the attacker to death. It took massive Israeli reinforcements to extricate the bus with the killer's body inside. Nine Israeli policemen were injured in the fracas. The terrorist was identified as Private Eden Natan-Zada who went AWOL after telling his family he could not serve in an army that expelled Jews from their homes. Israeli leaders, from President Moshe Katzav and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on down, categorically condemned the attack. IDF Chief of Staff General Dan Halutz has ordered a separate military investigation into why the AWOL soldier was not arrested weeks ago and after he had taken up residence in the settlement of Tapuach on the West Bank. Near the Gaza Strip, thousands of Israeli soldiers and policemen again barred withdrawal opponents from linking up with the Jewish settlements. Several hundred protesters did manage to break through the strong security cordons.

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ISRAELI PEACE APPEAL TO IRAN

Israeli State President Katzav: 'Israel Is Not The Enemy of Iran And Cannot Understand Why Iran Wants To Destroy Jewish State'

'I Personally Have Warm Feelings For Iran & Its Culture And Hope New Iranian Administration Will Open New Page With Israel'

'Rather Than Threatening Israel With Nuclear Weapons, Iran Should Dedicate Its Resources To Alleviating Poverty'

Israel's State President Moshe Katzav has called on Iran to open a new chapter with Israel and drop its declared goal of destroying the Jewish state. The President declared that Israel is not the enemy of Iran and he cannot understand Iran's hostility. Katzav, who was born in Iran, said he has warm feelings for the Iranian people and its rich cultural heritage. The President was interviewed by David Essing for IsraCast on the fifth anniversary of his taking office.

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ISRAEL - VATICAN ROW OVER TERRORISM

Dr. Yitzhak Minerbi: 'Vatican Segregates Terrorism Against Israelis From Other Terrorism'

'Failure Of Israeli Government To React To Previous Vatican Omissions Has Resulted In Today's Situation'

The row started when the Vatican condemned recent terror attacks in Egypt, Turkey, Iraq and Britain but omitted Israel. (On July 12th, a Palestinian suicide bomber murdered six Israelis and wounded scores of others in Netanya; this is addition to numerous other less deadly attacks.) The Israeli Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem summoned the Vatican Ambassador to protest and issued a statement that: 'The Pope's omission of this incident cries out to the heavens'. In Rome, the Vatican has responded by saying: 'The Holy See cannot take lessons or instructions from any other authority on the tone and content of its own statements'. Dr. Yitzhak Minerbi is an Israeli expert on Vatican relations and in an interview with David Essing, assesses the current row between Jerusalem and the Vatican.

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IRA EXAMPLE FOR HAMAS

Dennis Ross: 'International Community Must Insist That Hamas Give Up Its Weapons As Has IRA'

'IRA & Sinn Fein Have Adopted Peace Agenda And So Must Hamas'

Hamas credo: 'Strives To Raise Banner Of Allah Over Every Inch Of Palestine'

Former U.S. peace envoy Dennis Ross says Hamas must follow the IRA in Northern Ireland and give up its weapons, if Hamas wants to participate in the political process with Israel. Ross was the Clinton Administrations special representative to the now defunct Oslo peace agreement that was signed by Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn in 1993. Appearing before the Forum on the Middle East in the Knesset, Ross gave an insiders view of Oslo and looked at future prospects for the Roadmap. David Essing has these audio and printed reports.

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Cell-phone radiation can cause visual damage

In a recent scientific study conducted by a team of researchers from the Technion, a possible link between microwave radiation, similar to the type found in cellular phones, and different kinds of damage to the visual system was found. At least one kind of damage seems to accumulate over time and not heal, challenging the common view and leading the researchers to the assertion that the duration of exposure is not less important than the intensity of the irradiation. The researchers also emphasized that existing exposure guidelines for microwave radiation might have to change.

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SHARON REFUSES TO BUILD BETWEEN JERUSALEM & WEST BANK

Knesset Members: 'Sharon Is Caving In To American Pressure; Prime minister Is Refusing To Build Vital Land Link Between Jerusalem & Maale Adumim'

Labor's Ehud Barak: 'Israel Must Launch Crash Program To Complete Security Fence Or Pay In Blood And Territory'

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin: 'Criticism Of Prime Minister Has Nothing To Do With Smear Campaign About PM's Health'

A group of bipartisan Knesset members met in Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin's office criticizing Prime Minister Sharon's refusal to start building an a vacant three mile space between Jerusalem and the west Bank town of Maale Adumim. Plans have been approved to build some 4,000 housing units there but Sharon refuses to give the green light. The MKs accused Sharon of capitulating to the U.S., which opposes any Israeli building on the West Bank. Ehud Barak, who is no longer an MK but is running for the Labor party leadership said it was even more important to 'build around the clock' and even on the Sabbath to complete the security fence.

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WILDFIRE OF ISLAMIC TERROR SWEEPS EGYPT, ISRAEL, BRITAIN

Labor's Shimon Peres: 'Israel Should Not Put Her Fate In Hands of Hamas Terrorists'

'U.S. Counting On Second Disengagement After Gaza Withdrawal'

'U.S. Will Likely Support No Israeli Return Of Gush Etzion Bloc and Maale Adumim'

Al Qaeda and Palestinian terrorists have stepped up their offensives leaving death and destruction in their wake. Meanwhile, in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice has been meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders trying to keep the lid on the confrontation before and after Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements starting in the second half of August.

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THIS WEEK - 22.07.05

Prime Minister Sharon Says No To Early Evacuation From Gaza

U.S. Secretary Of State Rice On Rescue Mission For Smooth Israeli Evacuation Required To Jump Start The Roadmap

Palestinian Human Rights Activist Bassem Eid Warns Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas Must Halt Internal Violence Or There Is No Hope For Palestinian State

The week ended with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice returned to the region trying for a smooth Israeli evacuation of the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements in August. The massive Palestinian shelling of Israeli communities both in and out of the Gaza Strip and the tense confrontation between tens of thousands of Israeli settlers and Israeli security forces near Gaza, have raised some question marks about future developments. In the aftermath, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has turned down the idea of going for an early pull-out while Egyptian trouble-shooter Omar Suleiman succeeded on his mission to curb the massive shelling by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror groups in Gaza. And Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid presented an eyewitness the extent of lawless in the Palestinian controlled areas. He warned if Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas does not act to halt the internal violence, there is no hope for a democratic Palestinian state.

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ISRAEL DEBATES EARLY GAZA WITHDRAWAL

PM Cabinet Ministers Olmert & Peres: 'Government Should Now Consider Withdrawal Before August 17th'

Some 30,000 Protesters Near Gaza Go Home Quietly

Two top Israeli cabinet ministers propose that Israel withdraw from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements before the scheduled date of August 17th. Labor's Shimon Peres first raised the issue and the Likud's Ehud Olmert agrees. Meanwhile, over 30,000 withdrawal protesters have ended their three-demonstration and gone home after Israeli soldiers and policemen blocked them from entering the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip, that are to soon be evacuated.

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ONE THOUSAND BALLISTIC MISSILES

Uzi Rubin: ‘Iran & Arab Countries Now Have Some 1,000 Ballistic Missiles That Can Hit Israel’

Yair Ramati: ‘Israel's Arrow Anti - Missile System Can Cope With This Threat’

Should Israel Reassess Its Strategic Dependence On Tactical Air Strikes By Aircraft?

Uzi Rubin, a leading Israeli missile expert, warns that Iran and the Arab states now have an arsenal of about 1,000 ballistic missiles that can target Israel. Rubin, a founder of Israel's counter missile project known as 'Homah', was addressing an open session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Affairs & Defense Committee which discussed the missile threats now facing Israel. Yair Ramati the Arrow Project Director at Israel Aircraft Industries told the committee that the Arrow is capable of coping with a ballistic missile attack on Israel. But why has Israel yet to find an answer to the primitive Qassam rockets that Palestinians in Gaza Strip launch daily at Israeli settlements and communities inside Israel?

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NEAR GAZA, SETTLERS & ISRAELI TROOPS GO EYE BALL TO EYEBALL

Israeli Settlers: 'We're Not Giving Up, Sharon Has Usurped Our Democratic Rights'

Withdrawal Supporters: 'Settlers Who Clash With IDF Or Police Should Be Arrested And Prosecuted'

In Gaza Strip, Palestinians Launch More Qassam Rockets As Israeli Standoff Continues

Tens of thousands of Israeli protesters vow not to give up their battle against the Gaza withdrawal; but Sharon pull-out supporters say the disengagement cannot be stopped.

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Yissum - technology transfer company

A small Israeli company has been tapping into the knowledge of some of the best scientific minds in the country for more than forty years in order to bring forth new and innovative technology. The ability to successfully commercialize academic research is a goal shared by every University across the world and it is this dream that the Hebrew University turned into economic reality. Helping develop projects ranging from cherry tomatoes to cancer and Alzheimer drugs Yissum - TTC of the Hebrew University, has not only helped save lives but also received millions of dollars in royalties for its patents.

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EGYPT TRIES TO RESTRAIN PALESTINIAN ONSLAUGHT

Egyptian Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman May Be Last Chance For Mahmoud Abbas

Israel Masses Forces As Palestinian Terrorists Shell Town Inside Israeli Border

Sharon Holds Off But Will Be Forced To Order In IDF If More Israelis Killed

Israel may soon launch a massive ground operation, if the Palestinian terror groups do not halt their massive rocketing from the Gaza Strip. In the past 36 hours, over forty Qassam rockets have slammed into the Israeli town of Sderot inside the Israeli border. Sderot's Mayor Eli Moyel has called on Prime Minister Sharon to postpone next moth's Israeli evacuation from Gaza. Sderot's angry citizens and children, who have been holed up in bomb shelters are demanding that Sharon stop appeasing the Americans and send in the IDF to suppress the Palestinian rocket fire. Seven Israelis, six of them women have been murdered this week in terror attacks. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to make an urgent trip to the area next week; in the meantime Egyptian Intelligence official Omar Suleiman arrives on the scene to try and persuade the terrorists to stop attacking Israel. Meanwhile, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas ( Abu Mazen ) cannot or will not order his 30,000 armed security personnel to halt the attacks on Israel.

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First Green Laser to cut diamonds

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PALESTINIAN ATTACKS MAY SPELL END TO MAHMOUD ABBAS

Analyst Shalom Harari: 'I Will Not Be Surprised If Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) Resigns Because Of Palestinian Attacks on Israel'

'Palestinian Society Is Ruled By Terrorists That Abbas Has Allowed To Grow Stronger'

'If More Israelis Are Murdered, IDF Will Likely Step Up Counter-Terror Operations, Including The Re-Conquering Of Palestinian Towns'

To date this week's casualty toll - Six Israelis murdered, scores more injured as Palestinian terror attacks continue without let-up. After an Islamic Jihad suicide bomber strikes in Netanya, Hamas and other terror groups step-up the shelling from the Gaza Strip. Within ten minutes, they launch eight Qassam rockets at civilian targets inside Israel and in the Gaza Strip. Israel Air Force gun-ships are sent into action while IDF forces operate against the Islamic Jihad stronghold on the West Bank. All this, during what the Palestinian call the Tahdia cease-fire and a month before Israel is to start its evacuation of Gaza.

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SHARON CALLS ON KNESSET TO APPROVE EGYPTIAN TROOPS ON GAZA BORDER

PM Sharon: 'It Is Very Important That Knesset Approves Deployment Of 750 Egyptian Soldiers On Gaza Border'

IDF Chief Of Staff Halutz: 'The Stationing of Egyptian Army Unit Will Not Pose Military Problem'

Fireworks When New IDF Chief Of Staff Briefs Knesset Committee

After facing sharp criticism and a petition to Israel's Supreme Court, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has agreed that Knesset will vote on his proposal to allow 750 Egyptian soldiers to patrol along the Gaza Strip border after an IDF withdrawal. Opponents to the idea had earlier petitioned the Supreme Court for a ruling on whether the Knesset vote was necessary. Making his first appearance as IDF Chief of Staff before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, General Dan Halutz said the military are now prepared to carry out the evacuation of some 9,000 settlers from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements. However, the Chief of Staff clashed with several MKs who oppose the controversial withdrawal.

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SHARON TARGETS ISLAMIC JIHAD & CLOSES OFF GAZA STRIP SETTLEMENTS

PM Sharon: 'I Have Ordered IDF To Attack Islamic Jihad With All Force'

Spokesman Gissin: 'Israelis Will Not Be Guinea Pigs For Palestinian Leader Abu Mazen's Experiments With Terrorists'

Death Toll Rises To Five - Two Women, Two Teen Age Girls And An IDF soldier

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is targeting Islamic Jihad terrorists on the West Bank after one of their suicide bombers murdered two Israeli women and two sixteen-year old girls in the town of Netanya. The IDF is now carrying out a combing operation for Jihad members in the town of Tul Kerem area, which was recently evacuated by Israeli forces. Meanwhile, in the Gaza Strip, Sharon declared the settlements off limits to outside visitors. The settlers have lambasted the decision charging that the Israeli Prime Minister has declared a part of the Land of Israel to be 'Juden Rein'.

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LONDON TYPE TERROR ATTACKS HIT ISRAEL

Four Women Murdered, Some Forty Injured Outside Crowded Shopping Mall In Netanya

Truck Bomb Attempt At Israeli Settlement; Hezbollah Opens Fire From South Lebanon - No Israeli casualties

Islamic Jihad Claims Responsibility - Israel Expected To Retaliate Against Islamic Jihad

Islamic Jihad on the West Bank and Hezbollah in south Lebanon launched a series of attacks on Israeli targets - four Israelis - two women and two teen-age girls, were murdered by a suicide bomber outside a shopping center in Netanya, a seaside resort town on the Mediterranean. Another 40 were injured some critically. Just an hour or so earlier, a close call in a West Bank settlement when a Palestinian truck bomber drove in. However, it apparently caught fire prematurely, the injured suicide bomber was taken alive and given medical treatment. While all this was going on, Hezbollah gunmen opened fire from south Lebanon. There were no casualties in these two incidents. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon held immediate consultation with security officials and reporter David Essing says Israel can be counted to retaliate against Islamic Jihad.

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ISRAEL DECIDES TO COMPLETE THE SECURITY FENCE AROUND JERUSALEM

Palestinian Terrorists May Try To 'Copy Cat' London Atrocity

Jerusalem Security Fence Necessary To Prevent Palestinians From Launching London-Type Mega Terrorism

President Katzav Takes Issue With Britain's Tony Blair For Linking London Attacks To Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The London atrocity has again focused on the vital need for international co-operation in the war against Islamic terrorism. In Israel where security is always high, security officials had to be asking themselves if everything possible was being done to prevent a mega-terror attack of the same magnitude from happening here. It's not that Palestinian terrorists have not tried in the past, the concern now is that they may try to imitate the London terrorists. The government decision on the Jerusalem security fence has aroused sharp pro and con reactions. Likud MK Uzi Landau, who opposes Sharon's withdrawal, has accused the Prime Minister of preparing to partition the capital. However Labor MK Beiga Shochat favors the move. Landau and Shochat were interviewed on IBA TV.

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JIHAD BLITZ ROCKS LONDON

Israeli Leaders Send Condolences And Offers Of Help To Britain

British Ambassador MacDonald: 'Israelis Know Better Than Others What British Citizens Are Now Feeling'

Finance Minister Netanyahu: 'There Must Be No Compromise With Al Qaeda And No Compromise With Palestinian Terrorism Being Waged Against Israel'

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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PALESTINIANS DEMAND NEW GAZA STRIP BORDER

Palestinian Official Dahlan: 'The Northern Border Of Gaza Strip Must Be Moved 2 Kilometers Inside Israel'

Israeli Reaction: 'Forget It!'

Israel Debates If 750 Egyptian Army Troops Will Spell End Of Sinai Demilitarization

Palestinian negotiators have demanded that the Gaza Strip border be moved two kilometers north inside Israeli territory. This was revealed by IDF General (ret.) Giora Eiland, the head of the national Security Council in a recent briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Eiland said Israel categorically rejected the Palestinian demand. The Israeli official went on to say that although a number of important issues must still be resolved, he is confident the unilateral Israeli withdrawal can be carried out on schedule starting after August 15th.

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PALESTINIANS DEMAND ISRAEL DEMOLISH SETTLER HOMES

Opposition Leader Lapid: 'I Call On Prime Minister Sharon Not To Demolish Evacuated Settler Homes; Palestinians Demand That Israel Do So In Order To Smear Israel On TV Screens Around the World'

Likud MK Landau: 'Events On The Ground May Still Halt Disengagement Although Campaign Has Failed In Cabinet And Knesset'

Opposition leader Tommy Lapid of Shinui has called on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon not to bulldoze the more than 1200 homes that settlers are due to evacuate in the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements this fall. Lapid says the Palestinians demand that Israel do so because they want to turn into anti-Israeli propaganda. During her recent visit, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced that Israel would demolish the buildings and the Palestinians would be compensated for doing the clean up. However, it appears her statement was premature.

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ISRAEL'S WITHDRAWAL MOVES INTO HIGH GEAR

PM Sharon: 'Let There Be No Misunderstandings The IDF Will Respond With Massive Force If Palestinians Attack During Gaza Withdrawal'

'I Have Informed Americans, Israel Will Not Negotiate Roadmap If Palestinians Do Not Dismantle Terror Infrastructure'

IDF Intelligence: 'If No Progress On Roadmap After Withdrawal, Terrorists Will Launch All- Out Terrorism From West Bank, Including Qassam Rockets'

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon spelled out where he stands before, during and after Israel's August withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements. Sharon headed a team of Israeli officials at a hearing of the joint Defense and Constitution committees in the Knesset. Earlier in the day, the IDF chief of military intelligence rated Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas's chances of success as 'slim to very slim'. General Aharon Zeevi Farkash also warned if the terror organizations are not happy with political progress after Israel's disengagement, they will launch a new wave of terrorism, mainly from the West Bank.

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ANTI-DISENGAGEMENT BACKFIRE

Dan Schueftan: 'Disengagement Opponents Shot Themselves In The Foot Because They Didn't Act Against Right Wing Radicals'

'Hard To See Anything Now Stopping Sharon From Implementing Withdrawal'

'Israel Is Capable Of Making Painful Concessions Because She Can Depend On U.S. Not To Stab Her In the Back'

Opponents to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan stepped up their protest campaign by blocking roads and in the Gaza Strip right wing fanatics clashed with Palestinians nearly 'lynching' a Palestinian youth. There was wall-to-wall condemnation of the Israeli attackers, some were arrested and all were evicted from an unoccupied building they took over called the Palm Beach Hotel. Israelis were also getting fed up with the demonstrators blocking roads with sit-down protests and some drivers took the law into their own hands and clashed with the protesters.

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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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IsraCast Archive | July-August 2005

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