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IsraCast Archive | May-June 2009

Iranian Aftermath & Israeli Forebodings

Defense Minister Ehud Barak:'We are Not Taking Any Option Off The Table'

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman: 'The Fact Iranian Regime Continues To Be Acceptable Partner For Dialogue Is Really A Bad Message. It Shows The Bad Guys Are Winners'

Lieberman Refers To Building At Settlements Solely Within Existing Construction Lines, As First Suggested By IsraCast

The Iranian regime's ruthless suppression of the popular unrest leaves many questions hanging in the air.While the world looks on, the Obama administration appears to be ready for business as usual, while preparing to enter a nuclear dialogue with the Ayatollah's, who have shot and beaten throngs of young protesting Iranians into submission. IsraCast assesses Israeli reaction to the aftermath of the Iranian uprising triggered by a rigged election that will return President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to office.


Iran At The Brink

Menashe Amir: 'Iranian People Demanding Total Regime Change Not Just Disputed Election Result'

'No Possibility Of Reconciliation Inside Iran - Regime Now Threatens Lives Of Opponents Mousavi, Rafsanjani & His Family'

'Even If Ahmadinejad Again Takes Office, Seeds Have Been Sown For Future Rebellion That Will Topple Regime'

Where is the Iranian people's uprising now headed? Iran's supreme dictator Ayatollah Khamenei has vowed to suppress the rebellion while accusing the BBC, the VOA and the Voice of Israel's Farsi broadcasts of fomenting the protests. In Israel, analyst Menashe Amir broadcasts almost daily to Iran with an estimated audience in the millions. A frequent guest on IsraCast, Menashe Amir was interviewed by David Essing.


Mossad's Estimate Of Iranian Unrest

Mossad Director Meir Dagan: 'Internal Iranian Violence Will Not Lead To Revolution, Nor Will It Impact On Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program'

'So-called Reformer Mousavi Actually Initiated Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program'

'Stiffer Sanctions May Possibly Dissuade From Developing Nuclear Weapons That Must Be Distanced From Israel'

While the ayatollahs in Tehran tried to restore quiet after the post election violence, the Mossad, Israel's equivalent of the American CIA, has presented its latest assessment of the situation. Appearing at a closed-door session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, Mossad director Meir Dagan and one of his top aides evaluated Iran in the midst of the bloody controversy over whether incumbent, radical Islamist Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or 'reformist' Mir-Hossein Mousavi had won the election.


Netanyahu Goes For Two-State Solution

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: 'I Accept Demilitarized Palestinian State Alongside National Homeland Of Jewish People'

President Obama Welcomes Netanyahu's New Position - Palestinians Reject It

IsraCast: Netanyahu Avoids Collision With Obama At Time That Iranian Election Scandal Illuminates Nuclear Nightmare

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apparently defused a diplomatic time bomb with U.S. President Barack Obama while the Iranian election reveals how dangerous nuclear weapons would be in the hands of the tyrannical regime of President Ahmadinejad and his ayatollah masters. But Israel's Right-wing Likud prime minister has had to pay the price of accepting a Palestinian state with all that it implies. It appears, as did former Likud leader Ariel Sharon, Netanyahu decided it was in Israel's best interest to ride out the storm of American pressure and in so doing revealed who truly calls the shots in the U.S.-Israeli 'special relationship'.


Netanyahu Takes Up Obama's Gauntlet

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Seeking Response To U.S. President Barack Obama's Demands That Will Keep Coalition In Tact & Not Capitulate On Likud Principles

Cabinet Minister Moshe Yaalon: 'Any Attempt At Instant Peace Will End In Failure Because Of Current Palestinian Reality'

Defense Minister Ehud Barak: 'Crucial For Israel To Reach Understandings With U.S. & To Accept Two-State Solution on Palestinian Issue'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's response to President Barack Obama's speech in Cairo will not be long in coming. On June 14th, Netanyahu will lay out his foreign policy goals in a 'major address'. Coming against sharp differences between Jerusalem and Washington over the settlements question as well as the two-state solution, Netanyahu will have to steer a tricky course between preserving Israel's vital relations with the U.S. while not abandoning the principles of his Right-wing coalition government.


An Obama Diktat To Israel?

In Cairo, U.S. President Barack Obama Tells Middle East That Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu Must Act First By Halting Building At Existing Settlements

IsraCast Assessment: Barack Obama Views Arab-Israeli Conflict Through 'A New Set Of Lenses'

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders have put a brave face on U.S. President Barack Obama's historic speech in Cairo. However, the new American leader has called on Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make the first major concession on the explosive settlement issue in order to restart the stalled Israeli- Palestinian peace effort. In Jerusalem, Obama is perceived as sending a diktat to Israel or else be held responsible for sabotaging America's entire Middle East policy.


Ischemic heart disease

 Ischemic heart disease caused by a narrowing of the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. During this process- called atherosclerosis- calcium and fats accumulate on blood vessel walls causing considerable arteries narrowing and decreasing the ability to move oxygenated blood to the heart.


Yiddish Language and Culture Day

Today, Israeli Knesset Members will pay their respects to the Yiddish Language - a language once spoken by over 12 million Jews, with Yiddish Language and Culture Day at the parliament.


North Korea-Iran Connection

IDF Chief Of Staff Gaby Ashkenazi: 'Doubtful If U.S.-Iranian Nuclear Dialogue Will Succeed - While Diplomatic Solution Is Preferable, My Task Is To Prepare All Options & That's What We're Doing!'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: 'I Made Clear To President Obama That Israel Reserves Its Right To Self- Defense'

IsraCast Assessment: Israel Will Be Watching To See If U.S. & World Community Take Effective Action Against North Korea As Precedent For Iran

North Korea's nuclear provocations are linked to the Iranian nuclear threat in more ways than one and therefore Israeli political and military leaders will be closely monitoring if the U.S. and the rest of the international community will now take truly effective action. IsraCast assesses the Israeli reaction to the nuclear weapons test by North Korea, a supplier of missile and nuclear technology to Iran.


Netanyahu & Obama's Grand Design

Dr. Dan Schueftan: 'U.S. President Barack Obama Apparently Believes Better Atmosphere Between Israel & Palestinians Will Make It Easier To Focus On Truly Serious Threat Of Nuclear Iran'

'Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Also Understands Real Issue Is Not Israel & Palestinians But Israel and U.S.'

'If Threatened By America, Iran May Opt For Nuclear Capability Enabling It To Make Dash To Nuclear Weapons Whenever It Decides'

What was achieved at the high-profile meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House? Dr. Dan Schueftan, Director of the National Security Studies Center At Haifa University, assesses various aspects of of Obama's new Middle East policy and the response of Israel's Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. In this wide-ranging interview with David Essing, Dr. Schueftan also discussed future scenarios against the backdrop of the Iranian nuclear threat. 


Reactions To Obama - Netanyahu Meeting

How are U.S. expats in Israel reacting to the May 18th Obama-Netanyahu meeting in Washington? An interview with Harvey Schwartz, chairman of the American Israeli Action Coalition (AIAC), which seeks to serve as a united voice for an estimated 250,000 Americans living in Israel.


Red Sea Corals To Treat Skin Cancer

A substance derived from corals has the ability to slow down the growth of cancerous cells as well as induce death of these cells- as shown in a new study.


Netanyahu Follows Obama's Lead

IsraCast Assessment: 'U.S. President Obama Signals Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu That He's Part Of Solution Or Part Of Problem!'

'Netanyahu Tries To Ride Out Obama Storm While Also Setting Israel's Red Lines On Security & Jewish State'

Obama's End Of Year For Progress On Iranian Nuclear Talks Before Stronger Sanctions Will Permit Tehran To Continue Stalling'

After their extended meeting, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not only accentuated their agreement on the need for achieving Middle East peace, but also stressed their differing approaches for achieving the goal. The new American leader has a definite blueprint that includes a Palestinian state, something Netanyahu views as a hostile 'Hamastan' on the West Bank. As for the Iranian nuclear program, Netanyahu's assessment is that Tehran has already crossed the 'technological threshold' for producing the bomb while the U.S. has given until the end of the year before deciding on ' stronger sanctions'. IsraCast assesses the diplomatic parrying between the two leaders at the White house.


The Druze in Israel

The Druze people reside primarily in Israel, Syria and Lebanon. It is an Arab-speaking community loyal to the state that has suffered hundreds of casualties in its defense, and whose men serve today in high-ranking and sensitive positions within the Israeli military and security forces. In Israel the majority of the Druze consider themselves a distinct ethnic group and do not identify themselves as Arab.


Obama Warns Netanyahu

Haaretz: 'Obama Warns Netanyahu Not To Surprise Him By Israeli Attack On Iran'

Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin: 'International Community May Have Less Than A Year For Diplomacy Or Sanctions To Stop Iran From Acquiring Nuclear Weapons'

IsraCast: 'At Upcoming Meeting In White House, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu Now Likely To Tell U.S. President Barack Obama That Time Is Running Out For Preventing Iranian Bomb'

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that U.S. President Barack Obama has sent a senior official to Jerusalem to warn Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu not to surprise the U.S. with an attack on Iran's nuclear installations. The American warning came after a Netanyahu emissary traveled to Washington to meet with National Security Adviser General James Jones and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile the IDF's Commander of Intelligence has crossed the technological threshold and could start producing weapons grade uranium, enough for a nuclear bomb within 'a number of months to one year'.


Pope Benedict & The Jews

Dr. Yizthak Minerbi: 'Let Us Hope Pope Benedict Will Learn Necessary Lesson From Holocaust During His Visit To Holocaust Memorial In Jerusalem'

'The Pope's Membership In Hitler Youth Organization During World War II Has No Bearing On Today - He Was No More Nazi Than Any Other Normal Nazi Of His Age'

'Vatican Invariably Sides With Palestinians Against Israel'

Pope Benedict XVI is about to begin an historic five-day visit not to Israel but to the 'Holy Land' - that is the preferred Vatican terminology. Dr. Yizthak Minerbi, an Israeli expert on Vatican affairs, who lived through the Holocaust, discussed with David Essing the various aspects of the Pope's approach to Israel and the Jewish people.  


No Appeasement Of Nuclear Iran

Moshe Arens: 'Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Must Tell President Barack Obama That Israel Is No Banana Republic When Its Vital Security Is At Stake'

'Iranian Nuclear Threat Surpasses All Else And Must Not Be Connected Palestinian Or Any Other Issue'

'Nature of Intelligence Assessments To Differ - Israeli & American Intelligence Have Close Communication & U.S. Probably Knows Everything Israel Does About Iran'

Should Israel go it alone, if its intelligence community discovers that Iran is about to produce a nuclear weapon? What is  Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu likely to tell U.S. President Barack when they meet in the White House later this month to discuss Iran and the Palestinians? In an exclusive interview with IsraCast, Moshe Arens a former Israeli defense minister and foreign minister as well as ambassador to Washington, discussed these crucial issues as the U.S. leader prepares to engage Iran in a nuclear dialogue while 'urging 'progress on the ground' along the Palestinian track.


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IsraCast Archive | May-June 2009

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