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IsraCast Archive | November-December 2010

Gaza 'Kornet' Triggers Escalation

Deadly Palestinian Anti-Tank Missile Penetrated Israeli Tank Triggering Escalation Along Israeli - Palestinian Border

If Russian Produced Missile Had Killed Or Wounded Tank Crew, The Gaza-Israeli Border Area Would Have exploded Into a Bloody Battle Zone

IsraCast Assessment: After Retaliating To Palestinian Provocations, Israel Now Warning Hamas Its Their Call On What Happens Next

 After two years of relative quiet along the Gaza-Israeli border, recent Palestinian attacks have seriously escalated the situation. In fact, it's only by chance that the area was not turned overnight into a major battle zone. At a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, IDF Chief Of Staff Gaby Ashkenazi disclosed that on Dec. 6th, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired a Kornet anti-tank missile across the border hitting an IDF tank. Fortunately, the missile did not explode inside the tank after penetrating its armor. IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi warned: "The situation with Gaza is tense and fragile and could turn explosive if fresh Palestinian attacks injure Israelis".

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Israeli-Palestinian Diplomatic Warfare

U.S. Envoys George Mitchell & Dennis Ross Return To Middle East Trying To Break Israeli-Palestinian Logjam

IsraCast Assessment: 1.) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Attempting To Internationalize Conflict & Forego Direct Talks With Israel

2.) Israel's Leaders Playing Into Palestinian Hands By Words & Actions

3.) Need For Israeli Diplomatic Offensive Offering New Proposals

Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas show no signs of budging. U.S. envoys George Mitchell and Dennis Ross have returned to the Middle East in a new attempt to break the deadlock but Netanyahu rejects a new settlement moratorium while Abbas will not negotiate unless there is a new freeze. IsraCast analyst David Essing assesses the situation which has turned into a diplomatic war that Israel does not appear to be winning.

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Israeli Fire-Fight And Netanyahu Dominoes

Public Outcry For Sacking Of Interior Minister Eli Ishai For Fire Department's Incompetence In Fighting Haifa Fire

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Dependent On Support Of Ishai's Shas Party

U.S. Failed Attempt To Persuade Netanyahu To Extend Settlement Freeze Leading To Growing Demand In Labor To Quit Cabinet

 In Israel, Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to staving off demands for the resignation of Interior Minister Eli Ishai, who is seen as bearing most of the responsibility for the Fire Departments' failure to cope coping with the disastrous fire on Mount Carmel near Haifa. IsraCast analyst David Essing says that if Ishai is forced to go a domino effect might topple Netanyahu's government. The U.S. failure to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is already creating more pressure on Defense Minister Ehud Barak to take the party out of the coalition.

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Haifa Inferno - Israel's 'Katrina'

Hugh Haifa Fire Reveals Israel's Inadequacy In Coping With Major Forest Blazes

Many Foreign Countries Including Turkey Come To Israel's Aid With Air Transports & Chemical Fire Suppressants

Israel Fire Department Officials Say Arson Is Suspected & Two Arab Suspects Were Caught While Trying To Set Additional Fires

It is the biggest fire in Israel's history killing forty-two people, three others are missing in the fire zone, animal and plant life over 8,000 acres has been decimated, one kibbutz razed and seventeen-thousand Israelis evacuated form their homes in the Mount Carmel region. The Israel Fire Departments were found to be woefully lacking in manpower, equipment and even the vital chemical suppressants for blocking the fire from spreading. For the first time, an Israeli prime minister had to appeal for foreign assistance to cope with the national disaster. Analyst David Essing says one fire expert has already charged that the forty-one prison guards were virtually 'murdered' due to the negligence of public officials.

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Bomb Iran And New Middle East

WikiLeaks Confirms Arab Leaders View Iran As Far Greater Threat Than Israel

Arab Appeal For U.S. Strike Against Iran's Nuclear Installations Has Far Reaching Regional Implications

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu & Other Israeli Leaders See No WikiLeaks Damage To Israel

 Ironically the latest WikiLeaks revelations, and there are more to come, may be of long-term benefit to Israel- that's the assessment of IsraCast analyst David Essing. The fact that Arab leaders have quietly been urging the U.S. to bomb Iran reveals a new strategic balance in the region - the Sunni Arab states are lining up against Shi'ite Iran that is seeking nuclear weapons to impose regional hegemony.

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Gates' Misreading Of Iran

Menashe Amir: "U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates Iran Assessment Is Gross Misreading Of Iranian Psychology"

"Current Sanctions Are More Biting But Are Not Crippling Enough To Force Iranian Regime To Kill Project"

"Ludicrous For U.S. Defense Secretary To Ease Pressure On Iranian Regime By Saying Military Strike Would Only Provide Short Term Solution Of Two-To-Three Years"

U.S. Secretary of State Robert Gates has come out against a military strike against Iran arguing that it would only provide a short term solution of two-to-three years to the Iranian nuclear weapons threat. At the same time, Gates told the Wall Street Journal that the latest UN sanctions are biting much harder than anyone expected. Israeli analyst Menashe Amir takes issue with the Gates assessment charging that it is another misunderstanding of the Iranian situation, similar to the approach of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter that led to the Khomeini Revolution and the Islamist regime that now rules Iran. If Israel ever decides to go it alone against Iran, Israel Air Force pilots will likely lead the way. The traditional seven days of mourning has just ended for two airmen. Maj. Emmanuel Levi and Maj. Amihai Itkis who were killed when their F-16I crashed in the Negev. Writing a tribute in the Israeli daily Yisrael Hayom, a former Israel Air Force commander Maj.Gen.(res.) Eitan Ben Eliyahu shared his thoughts and feelings.  

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Netanyahu Starts Crossing Rubicon

Barring Unforeseen Circumstances Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu Expected To Accept New Settlement Freeze Deal With U.S. In Order To Negotiate Peace Agreement With Palestinians

Angry Right Wing, Including Minority Of Likud Cabinet Ministers, Vow To Block Netanyahu But Unlikely To Bolt Government

Netanyahu, Bolstered By Obama's Political & Military Backing, Apparently Ready To Partition Land Of Israel For Two-State Solution

 Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has signaled his readiness to accept a U.S. proposal to freeze building in West Bank settlements for another three months in return for U.S. political and security incentives. Although Netanyahu is facing fierce opposition from inside his own ruling Likud party and some of his Right-wing coalition partners, the Prime Minister is expected to win a narrow victory in the security cabinet. Analyst David Essing assesses the implications of Netanyahu's dramatic decision that is now expected to kick-start peace talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

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Obama And Netanyahu In Tests Of Leadership

U.S. President Barack Obama Got Too Far Ahead Of Pack & Suffered Consequences

Meanwhile Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Trying To Maintain Right-Wing Power Base While Trying To Co-ordinate With U.S. On Palestinian Peace Track

Will Netanyahu Present New Conciliatory Palestinian Proposal At Meeting With U.S. Vice- President Joe Biden?

 The Israeli-Palestinian peace effort is still side-tracked after Israel' ten month moratorium on settlement building expired on Sept.26th. After refusing to conduct talks with Israel during the freeze, Pa;estinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas now demands the moratorium be further extended as a condition for returning to the table. Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said he would stick to his ten month commitment, the Obama administration has urged Israel to extend the moratorium and the issue is likely to be at the top of the agenda when Netanyahu meets with Vice-President Joe Biden when they meet in the U.S. IsraCast analyst David Essing assesses the impact of President Barack Obama's defeat in the U.S. mid-term elections and some of the implications for Prime Minister Netanyahu. 

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New Syrian Missile Threat To Isareli Jets

Maj.Gen Amos Yadlin: 'Russia Supplied Syria With Advanced Anti - Aircraft Missiles That Threaten Israeli Aircraft'

'Iran Is Building Two New Nuclear Sites & Has Nearly Enough Enriched Uranium To Produce Two Nuclear Weapons'

'Hezbollah Capable Of Taking Over Lebanon Within Within Hours If International Tribunal Accuses It Of Assassinating Former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri'

 Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, the outgoing head of IDF intelligence, has painted a somber picture of the various threats facing Israel today. In his last briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, Gen. Yadlin disclosed that Russia has been supplying Syria with some its most advanced anti-aircraft missiles while Iran is building two new nuclear sites while advancing full steam ahead on its nuclear weapons program, despite the latest round of sanctions passed by the UN Security Council. And the relative quiet with Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza is deceiving in more ways than one.

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IsraCast Archive | November-December 2010

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