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IsraCast Archive | July-August 2006

Naguib Mahfouz (1911 - 2006)

Farewell to the great Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz

He won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature for his work 'Cairo Trilogy', which was translated to Hebrew by Sami Michael

Mr. Mahfouz died Wednesday at the age of 94. He  will be buried today after a military funeral at Cairo's al Rashdan Mosque, an honor typically reserved for senior government officials. He was the first Arab writer who supported the peace-agreement between Egypt and Israel.

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GAZA STRIP = LEBANON II

Shabak Security Chief Diskin: 'Palestinian Arms Smuggling Is Turning Gaza Strip Into Lebanon II'

'Unless We Reopen Negotiations On Rafah & Philadelfi Passage, Gaza Strip Will Also Turn Into Strategic Threat Within Three to Five Years'

'After IDF Pullout, Northern Samaria Is Now Islamic Jihad Land'

Shabak Security Chief Yuval Diskin issued a dire warning about the Gaza Strip when he presented his biannual report to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee. In response, Knesset Member Natan Sharansky of Likud said Prime Minister Olmert and his government cannot say they have not been warned.

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Ahmadinejad'S DOUBLE TALK

Israel Rejects President Ahmadinejad's Declaration That Iran's Nuclear Program Will Not Harm Anyone , 'Not Even The Zionist Entity'

Leading Israeli Knesset Members: 'Israel Is Preparing To Go It Alone In Coping With Iranian Nuclear Threat'

'Iran Might Acquire Sufficient Know-How For Building The Bomb Within Months'

'Double talk' was how Israeli officials  reacted to Iranian President Ahmadinejad's claim that Iran's nuclear program does not threaten the Jewish state. On the contrary the officials say the heavy water installation at Arak indicates that Iran is also trying to develop nuclear weapons by producing plutonium and not just by enriching uranium.

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IDF PARATROOPER FROM BALTIMORE

The story of Corporal Yehuda Worzdesheim is one of tenacity and loyalty to his fellow soldiers under fire

A twenty year old IDF paratrooper from Baltimore suffered a serious bullet wound to his hand, refused to be evacuated and stayed to fight on with his company in some of the bloodiest combat during the war in Lebanon. Reporter Arik Weiss wrote his story in the Israeli daily Maariv.

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Bernard Lewis & Iran

'Iran Could Possibly Attack Israel Today'

'August 22nd Also Falls On Muslim Religious Dates'

Prof. Bernard Lewis, one of the most famous Middle East experts in the world, has warned that Iran may exploit Muslim religious dates that fall on August 22nd, to launch an attack against Israel.

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FARCE OF UN CEASE-FIRE

Olmert to Annan: 'IDF Commando Raid Was To Block Illegal Arms Shipments To Hezbollah and Not Violation Of Cease-fire'

Israeli Official: 'Should Israel Abide By Cease-fire While Hezbollah Breaks It With New Missile Buildup For Next War'

Likud MK Silvan Shalom: 'Resolution 1701 Has Already Turned Into A Farce'

The IDF commando raid deep into Lebanon's Bekaa Valley near Syria highlights the dilemma now confronting Israel. U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 based the cease-fire on a robust U.N. force moving into south Lebanon to prevent newed Hezbollah attacks on Israel as well as an arms embargo on the terrorists.

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THE WAR & REGION

Prof. Eyal Zisser: Although Israel Did Not Achieve All Its Goals, Hezbollah Has Suffered Major Setback

Foreign Troops & Lebanese Army Have No Intention Of Disarming Hezbollah

Israel Should Take Syrian President Bashar Assads threats Very Seriously

What are the chances for the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 will be fully implemented? And how serious are this weeks implied threats by Syrian President Bashar Assad to take the Golan Heights by force? Professor Eyal Zisser presented his assessment on these and other issues in an interview with David Essing:

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WILL OLMERT SURVIVE?

Bereaved Parents: Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Failed Miserably In Conducting War & Should Resign Immediately

A growing wave of protest is sweeping over Prime Minister Ehud Olmerts conduct of the war with Hezbollah. Not only political rivals buts some bereaved parents of fallen soldiers are demanding that Olmert resign.

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GENERAL HALUTZ AND THE WAR

IDF Chief Of Staff Dan Halutz: IDF Started Transfer Of Territory In South Lebanon To UNIFIL Today - But Ill Recommend Halting Handover If Lebanese Army Does Not Move South.

There Is a Potential For New Flareup: It Depends On Political Solutions

MK Ami Ayalon: Chief Of Staff Must Not Resign At This Crucial Time

IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz briefed the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee on the war with Hezbollah. He arrived amid calls for his resignation after it was disclosed that three hours after Hezbollah attacked Israel, General Halutz called his bank to sell off his stocks. But in committee, the Chief of Staff got a show of support in light of the fragile situation in the Middle East.

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TIE & TIMEOUT??

Both Israel's Prime Minister Olmert & Hezbollah's Sheik Nasrallah Claim Victory

Olmert: 'We Will Have To Examine Ourselves At All Levels'

Opposition Leader Benyamin Netanyahu: 'It Must Be Said Honestly That There Were Many Failures'

In the wake of the Hezbollah war, the state of Israel now has much soul-searching to do.

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THE DAY AFTER

Cease-fire Apparently Holds As IDF Source Says: 'IDF Can Withdraw From Lebanon Within Days If Foreign Troops & Lebanese Army Take Control'

In One Incident Israeli Soldiers Opened Fire On Hezbollah Fighters After Feeling Threatened

Except for one isolated incident, the ceasefire in Lebanon appears to be holding. Israeli soldiers did open fire at approaching Hezbollah guerrillas. On the first day of the cease-fire, civilians on both side of the border are starting to return to their homes.

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RACE AGAINST KATYUSHAS

IDF Forces Have Reached The Litani River - 24 Soldiers Killed

Cabinet Minister Shimon Peres: 'U.N. Cease-fire Resolution Is One Of Most Favorable Ever For Israel'

Israel's War Strategy Failed Because Air Power Failed To Force Hezbollah Into Accepting Political Deal On Ending Guerrilla Attacks

The race is on - 30,000 IDF troops are now trying to drive the Hezbollah Katyusha threat out of range of Israel before the cease-fire takes effect on Monday morning. So far the terrorists have hit Israeli population centers with over 3,600 rockets. Meanwhile, both Israel's PM Ehud Olmert and Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah say they accept UN resolution 1701 for a cease-fire.

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OLMERT UNDER FIRE

Mounting Criticism Over Prime Minister Olmerts Conduct Of War

Kadima MK Zachi Henegbi: 'Israel Must Reject U.S.- French Resolution'

Likud MK Yuval Steinitz: 'The Resolution Is Total Victory For Hezballah - If Olmert Signs He Should Resign And Call An Early Election'

The emerging U.S. - French resolution at the U.N. is arousing sharp criticism in Israel. Politicians from the coalition and opposition as well as the media are blasting the cease-fire proposal as well as Prime Minister Olmerts conduct of the war.

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ONE WAY OR ANOTHER

Cabinet Minister Ramon: 'IDF Will Start Push To Litani River Within Hours If Diplomatic Effort Fails At U.N.'

Fifteen IDF Soldiers Killed In Fighting Near Border Area - Bodies Of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Found Among Forty Dead Guerrillas

U.S. Congressional Delegation: 'Israel Can Count On Us'

Israel has approved an IDF advance to the Litani River in Lebanon but is waiting to see if the diplomatic effort can halt the Hezbollah missile barrage and force the guerrillas away from the Israeli-Lebanese border. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking.

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TURNING POINT

Sharp criticism on the OC of Northern Command for his handling of the ground war

Demotion de facto: Maj. Gen. Udi Adam, the IDF commander on the Lebanese border has been demoted by Chief of Staff Dan Halutz. That is the true meaning of the decision to send Deputy Chief of Staff Moshe Kaplinsky to serve as the halutz 'Representative' at Northern Command Headquarters from where the war against Hezbollah is being waged. Maj. Gen. Kaplinsky, considered to be one of the IDF's top infantry commanders, will obviously be calling the shots now although the OC of Northern Command officially remains in his post.

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THE WAR & POLITICS

PM Ehud Olmert: 'The IDF did not present any battle plan to go beyond current lines until yesterday morning'

FM Tzipi Livni: 'Prime Minister Siniora should wipe his tears and start working'

MK Avshalom Vilan: 'It is the PM's job to oversee military conduct of the war'

Israel considers whether to continue its limited search and clear tactics against Hezbollah guerrillas near the border or to expand the ground operation to the Litani river.

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SEIZE THE HIGH GROUND

Defense Minister Amir Peretz Orders IDF To Prepare To Capture Hezballah Rocketing Sites

Public Outcry To Expand Campaign After Hezballah Rocketing Killed Fifteen Israelis And Wounded Many More

On Sunday, Hezballah launched its fiercest rocketing attack of the war. Twelve IDF soldiers were killed and twenty wounded near Kibbutz Kfar Giladi inside Israel. During the day, some one hundred and fifty Katyusha rockets pummeled Galilee causing extensive damage. Later in the evening, longer range Fajr rockets with one hundred kilograms of explosives were launced from inside the Lebanese port of Tyre into the Israeli port of Haifa. Three Israeli civilians were killed and scores were wounded.

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AFTERMATH OF TWELVE DEAD SOLDIERS

Deadly Hezbollah Rocketing Triggers Fresh Debate About IDF Push To Litani River

Guerrillas Launch Deluge of Katyusha Rockets Into Kiryat Shemonah Area

Israelis were startled back into reality today from the hope ending the war with Hezbollah. In one of their fiercest bombardments of the war, the guerrillas launched over 150 Katyushas into Israel. The Kiryat Shemonah area was their main target.

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UPPING THE ANTE

Israel Defies Warning By Hezbollah Chief Nasrallah To Rocket Tel Aviv, If Israeli Jets Again Raid Hezbollah Targets In Beirut

Defense Minister Amir Peretz Orders IDF To Prepare For Advance To Litani River

After warning civilians to evacuate the areas, Israeli jets again hit Hezbollah targets in Beirut. The air-strikes came just hours after Hezbollah leader Sheik Nasrallah warned he would rocket Tel Aviv if Beirut was targeted. 

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HENRY AND HEZBOLLAH

Dr. Kissinger: 'The Guerilla Wins If He Does Not Lose, The Conventional Army Loses If It Does Not Win'

PM Olmert Issues Disclaimer About Victory In Lebanon Advancing Realignment In West Bank

More Hezbollah rockets and more Israeli troops - that's what is characterizes the current stage of the war as both sides battle for victory before an internationally imposed cease-fire.

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WHO IS WINNING THE WAR?

Hezbollah Launches More Than 150 Rockets Into Northern Israel

Chief Of Staff Dan Halutz: Commando Raid In Baalbeck Showed IDF Can & Will Operate Anywhere In Lebanon

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert: Victory In Lebanon Will Promote Future Israeli Realignment In West Bank

While the war escalates between Israel and Hezbollah, the debate has begun over who is winning. Both Prime Minister Olmert and Sheik Nasrallah say they have no doubt about the outcome. But in Israel, the issue is not clear-cut.

 

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IDF HEADS FOR THE LITANI

Israeli Troops & Tanks Start Push To Litani River In Southern Lebanon

Their Mission Is To Drive Hezbollah Out Of Katyusha Rocket Range Before Cease- Fire Goes Into Force

When Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared there is no cease-fire, IDF ground forces had started a push to the Litani River in southern Lebanon. Olmert served notive that he is determined to drive Hezbollah out of Katyusha rocket range.

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Israel to restrict its air operations for 48 hours

Defense Minister Amir Peretz: 'The IDF Campaign Against Hezbollah Will Be Widened Despite Forty-Eight Hour Restrictions On Air Strikes'

'An Immediate Cease-fire Will Only Enable Hezbollah To Again Rear Its Head In Another Few Months'

MK Ephraim Sneh: 'IAF Will Keep Hitting Rocket Launchers Threatening Israel, Lend Air Support To Ground Forces And Take Out Syrian Rocket Shipments To Hezbollah'

Defense Minister Peretz was addressing a special session of the Knesset - in the visitors gallery were many IDF soldiers who came from the war in Lebanon. After an Israeli air strike lead to the killing of more than fifty civilians in the Lebanese village of Qana, Israel has agreed to restrict its air operations for forty-eight hours. The decision was taken during the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Jerusalem.

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QANA TRAGEDY

IAF Brigadier Yohanan Locker: ‘Hezbollah Guerrillas Launched Rockets At Israel And Then Ran For Cover Inside Building That Was Bombed’

‘Air Force Has Airial Photos Documenting Hezbollah’s Use OF Lebanese Civilians As Human Shields’

Prime Minister Olmert: ‘I Deeply Regret Killing Of Innocent Civilians, But Hezbollah And Lebanese Government Bear Responsibility’

In the Lebanese war, the Hezbollah tactic of using Lebanese civilians as 'human shields' has caused a tragedy in Qana near the port of Tyre. Hezbollah has exploited the area for launching hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilians across the border. While expressing regret for the deaths of more than fifty Lebanese civilians in an air strike after more rocket attacks, Israeli officials charge that Hezbollah bears the ultimate responsibility.

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QUO VADIS ISRAEL

Decision To Mobilize Up To Three Reserve Divisions Keeps Options Open

IDF Chief Of Staff Halutz: We Dont Want A Full Scale Ground Invasion In Lebanon But If Theres, No Alternative Were Ready

We Have No Interest In Going To War With Syria

Israels decision to mobilize three IDF reserve divisions has aroused speculation about the course of the war against Hezbollah. At the same time, the security cabinet has also decided to continue the policy of limited incursions against Hezbollah strongholds in southern Lebanon that killed nine soldiers on Wednesday. In an interview with the Maariv daily, Chief of Staff Dan Halutz has unveiled his thinking at this stage of the war.

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HIGHEST ISRAELI FATALITIES

At Least 10 IDF Soldiers Were Hit In Renewed Fighting In Bint Jbail

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert: IDF Operation Must Continue Despite High Price In Casualties

Israel Will Hold A Hezbollah Free Zone Two Kilometers Inside Lebanese Border Until Lebanese Army and International Force Move In

In South Lebanon, intense fighting flared up when IDF troops moved into the Hezbollah stronghold of Bint Jbail to clear out the remaining guerrillas. At least ten IDF Soldiers were hit. But despite the high casualties, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the IDF operation would continue.

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ISRAEL, U.S. & LEBANON

Secretary Rice & PM Olmert Agree On Defanging Hezbollah In South Lebanon

Knesset Members To IDF: Call Up Two More Reserve Divisions In Light Of Syrian Threat

IDF Intelligence Chief Gen. Yadlin: The War Is Going To Plan - Hezbollah Is Trying To Syria Into the Battle

After their meeting in Jerusalem, U.S. Secretary Condoleezza Rice and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert apparently saw eye to eye on the need to drive Hezbollah out of south Lebanon from where it has been rocketing more than one million Israeli citizens across the border.

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ISRAELI AIRCRAFT VS. HEZBOLLAH MISSILES

Israeli Apache Chopper Crashes Inside Israel Killing Two Airmen On Board

Israeli Jets & Choppers Have Carried Out Four Thousand Five Hundred Flights Since Start Of War

Israeli Fighter-Pilot Describes Air War

A third Apache helicopter has crashed since the start of the war in Lebanon. This as the IDF continues its operation to drive Hezbollah out of southern Lebanon.

For an inside view of the aerial war between the IAF and Hezbollah, Danny Grossman, a reserve fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force, was interviewed on Israel's Channel One:

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DAY# 12 UPDATE

Hezbollah Rockets Kill Two Civilians In Haifa

After Capturing Hezbollah Stronghold of Maroun A-Ras, IDF Continues Its Search and Clear Operation Against Hezbollah Sites in South Lebanon

BBC Confirms That Hezbollah Is Launching Rockets From Inside Civilian Areas Like Port Of Tyre

Day twelve of the war started with another rain of Katyusha rockets killing two civilians in Haifa. More people were injured across Galilee, some of them seriously. 

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IDF ENTERS SOUTH LEBANON

Israeli Troops Step Up 'Surgical' Ground Operations In South Lebanon To Dismantle Hezbollah Positions

Menashe Amir: 'Israel Is Engaged In De Facto War With Iran As Represented by Hezbollah'

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.

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Israel's Dilemma

IDF Air strikes may have wiped out 50% of Hezbollah's capability, but the rockets keep spreading death and destruction

Should Israel launch a major ground invasion into Lebanon in order to halt the Hezbollah rocketing of its population centers. This is the dilemma now facing the Israeli government.

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ISRAEL SEEKS TIME

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Tells The Nation He Will Not Blink First In War With Hizballah Nearly Eighty Per Cent Of Israelis Support Him

Knesset Consensus Favors Strategy Of Air And artillery Power But No Ground Offensive Into Lebanon

In a speech to the nation, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sounded loud and clear that Israel is in a fight to the finish with Hezbollah. While the Israel Defense Forces and Hezbollah guerillas continue to slug it out, the Israeli public shows strong support for the Prime Minister. How is the campaign developing on the ground and in the air? Is any end in sight as international mediators start arriving in capitals of the Middle East?

 

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IDF STRATEGY

IDF Chief Of Staff Dan Halutz: 'We Are Achieving Our Goals By Employing Air Power & Artillery Without A Ground Operation Into Lebanon'

'Israel Has No Interest In Attacking Syria'

In spite of the Hezbollah rockets still hitting Israel, IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz says the Jewish state is winning the war. General Halutz was briefing the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense committee in Jerusalem.

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ISRAELI FREE-FIRE ZONE IN SOUTH LEBANON

PM Olmert: 'Nothing Will Deter Us From Our Mission To Eliminate Hezbollah Threat From Lebanon'

Following the Hezbollah missile barrage that killed eight people and injuring dozens of others in Haifa, Israel is apparently going to establish a free fire zone in south Lebanon.

 

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TERRITORY & TERROR

IDF Chief Of Staff Dan Halutz: 'The Israeli Operation In Lebanon Will Continue As Long As It Takes'

Defense Minister Amir Peretz: 'Israel Will Not Allow Hezbollah Guerrillas To Return To Their Positions On Lebanese-Israeli Border'

Israeli Operation Just Reward In Lebanon Is Aimed At Eliminating Strategic Threat Posed By Hezbollah

Israel has unleashed its air power to eliminate Hezbollah's capability to terrorize northern Israel from south Lebanon. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his cabinet have ordered the Israel Defense Forces to do what it takes to knock out the guerrilla organization that is a law unto itself in Lebanon

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ISRAEL GOES TO WAR

Israel now faces the most deadly assaults from south Lebanon and the Gaza Strip since it withdrew from those areas

Israel prepares to respond in force to the deadly Hezbollah attack from south Lebanon The cross border raid that abducted another two Israeli soldiers has further escalated the current crisis with Hamas in the Gaza Strip in the south. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has left no doubt that Israel will hit not only Hezbollah but also Lebanese targets in reaction to the unprovoked attack from Lebanon.

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PM Olmert

Listen to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaking to the Foreign Press Association in Jerusalem

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OAKS OF BASHAN

Israels new leader Ehud Olmert has launched Operation Oaks of Bashan to try and suppress the Palestinian rockets

When former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon evacuated all Israeli soldiers and settlers from the Gaza Strip last August, the idea was that Israel would be able to defend herself from the international border. That clearly is not the case today. Israels new leader Ehud Olmert has launched Operation Oaks of Bashan to try and suppress the Palestinian rockets that now target the town of Ashqelon for the first time. David Essing reports from the Knesset:

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