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IsraCast Archive | March-April 2010

Exclusive - Israel-India Joint Cancer Research

Prof. Reuven Or:'Israeli & Indian Researchers Now Collaborating In Field Of Bone Marrow Transplantation'

'I Hope For Joint Project On Natural Killer Cells That Can Effectively Fight Cancer Cells'

'Dr. Grant, My Indian Colleague Is A Giant Of A Doctor, Who Has Recruited Highly Professional Staff At Ruby Hall Clinic In Pune'

 The Bone Marrow Transplantation Department at Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem has been at the forefront of research and clinical treatment since this field started playing a major role in the treatment of cancer. Its department director, Prof. Reuven Or has just returned from a working visit to India where he gave seminars at three hospitals and participated as a consultant in the opening of the new Bone Marrow Transplantation department at the Ruby Hall Clinic in the Pune urban region. In an exclusive interview with David Essing, Dr. Or also disclosed that more joint projects are now underway.

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Israeli-Palsetinian Talks Within Two Weeks?

Defense Minister Barak:'Hopefully U.S. Envoy George Mitchell Will Launch Israeli-Palestinian Proximity Talks Within Two Weeks'

US State Department Cautions Against Breakthrough During Mitchell's Current Meetings With Israeli & Palestinian Leaders

IsraCast Assessment: U.S. Apparently Ready To Urge Palestinians To Accept Netanyahu Latest Gestures As Basis For Launching Proximity Talks

After the recent tension between Jerusalem and Washington, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has spoken optimistically about the launching of Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks within two weeks. U.S. mediator George Mitchell has returned to the area, meeting Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Jerusalem and Ramallah with the aim of getting the negotiations underway. After rejecting an American and Palestinian demand to freeze building in eastern Jerusalem, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has offered a package of concessions that may lead to a break in the logjam. However, back in Washington the State Department spokesman has cautioned against an imminent breakthrough. Analyst David Essing assesses the current state of play.

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Remembrance & Israel's Independence

Prime Minister Netanyahu: 'One Of Israel's Hands Is Extended In Peace To Neighbors Who Seek Peace, The Other Wields Sword Of David In Defense Of Israeli People!'

Defense Minister Barak: 'Need To End Israeli Rule Over Palestinians & Mend Developing Alienation With U.S.'

IsraCast: 'Memorial & Independence Day Celebrations Under Pall Of Looming Iranian Nuclear Threat'

 Israel has paid tribute to the 22,864 of Israelis who have fallen in defense of the state. The sirens wailed for two minutes - and the people paused throughout the land, to stand with heads bowed to remember those who had given their all in protecting the Jewish homeland. Since last Memorial Day, the Iranian nuclear threat has loomed larger - by next Remembrance Day, an Iranian nuclear capability could be a fact of life or, whatever. IsraCast analyst David Essing assesses the major issues on Israel's national agenda as the Jewish state enters its sixty-second year of independence.

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David Elazar (1925-1976)

David "Dado" Elazar was the ninth Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, serving in that capacity from 1972 to 1974. He was forced to resign in the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War.

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Hatikva singing In Bergen-Belsen

A Radio Documentry by BBC reporter Patrick Gordon Walker

Listen to historic recording of a 1945 BBC broadcast from liberated Bergen-Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp, featuring the singing of "Hatikva" by the surviving Jewish prisoners. Allied troops liberated the camp on April 15, 1945.

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Middle East 'March Of Folly'

U.S. President Barack Obama 'Seriously Considering' Presentation Of Plan For Israeli-Palestinian Peace By Autumn

Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu:'Plan Imposed From Outside Will Not Work - Only Israelis & Palestinians Can Forge Lasting Peace'

IsraCast Assessment: Jewish State Debates 'March Of Folly' Dilemma- Right Wing Contends That Capitulating To Obama Diktaks Will Jeopardize Israel's National Security Whereas Left Wing Warns That Bucking Obama Will Risk State's Survival

 In a leak to the Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, two White House officials have disclosed that President Barack Obama is 'seriously considering' an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan by the fall. The authoritative leak exerts additional American pressure on Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to accept Obama's demands to halt all Israeli building in Jerusalem, beyond the old 1967 line. This is an American and Palestinian condition for holding 'proximity talks' with West Bank Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. IsraCast analyst David Essing assesses the White House leak in the context of the current confrontation between Washington and Jerusalem.

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Chechnya & Gaza, Iran & Sanctions

New Wave Of Chechnyan Terrorism In Russia Exposes Nature Of Radical Islam In Gaza

China Hedging On President Obama's Call For Stiff Sanctions On Iran 'Withing Weeks'

Prime Minister Netanyahu Takes Passover Holiday Before Answering Obama's Demands

 Radical Islamic terrorists are again on the rampage. In Russia, Chechnyan terrorists murdered over fifty people, while Palestinian terrorists from Gaza killed two IDF soldiers and launched over thirty rockets at Israeli civilians in March. Although, U.S. President Barack Obama has been talking confidently about the international community imposing a new round of sanctions against Iran within 'weeks', China is still balking. Analyst David Essing says it may be still too early to pop upon the champagne over a sanctions solution to the Iranian nuclear threat.

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Obama Imposing Israeli-Palestinian Agreement?

Prime Minister Netanyahu Begins High Level Consultations By Declaring There Has Been No Change In Israel's Building Policy In Jerusalem

Israel's 'Big Seven' May Accept Most Obama Demands But Not On Agreeing To Freeze All Building Beyond Old 1967 Line

IsraCast: Obama Appears To Be Dictating Terms To Israel On Palestinian Peace - Will U.S. President Also Make Similar Demands On Palestinians About Refugees Not Returning To Israel?

 Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has started consultations with six other members of his top level security cabinet on a reply to U.S. President Barack Obama's demands. At their White House meetings, Obama called on Israel to halt all building in east Jerusalem as well as making other reported concession in order to start proximity talks with the Palestinians under American aegis. Defense Minister Ehud Barak Reportedly Called For Accepting Most Obama Demands Except On Jerusalem. IsraCast: Netanyahu Will Require Obama Commitment On Palestinian Concessions In Order To Sell His Compromises To Israeli Public

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Israel Seeks Obama Solution

Prime Minister Netanyahu Burns Midnight Oil Seeking Solution That Will Appease President Obama In Jerusalem Row

Defense Minister Barak Calls U.S. Envoy Mitchell

To Return To Israel

IsraCast Assessment: Obama Demanding Israeli Concession That Will Also Jump-start Proximity Talks With Palestinians - Netanyahu May Commit To Build Only In Jewish Communities Beyond Green Line & Not In 'Arab' East Jerusalem

 President Barack Obama has said there is no crisis between the U.S. and Israel and the special relations with the Israel people will not go way. However Obama also told Fox News that he was still awaiting answers from Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu. Answers to demands made by Secretary Hillary Clinton required to rectify the Israeli announcement, during Vice President Joe Biden's visit, on 1600 new apartments to be built beyond the old 1967 line (Green Line) in Jerusalem. Analyst David Essing is of the view the Obama administration is now pressing Israel for concessions that will not only persuade West Bank Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to participate in the proximity talks but to also jump-start the U.S. mediated negotiation once they get going.

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Obama Clobbers Netanyahu

U.S. President Barack Obama Steps Up Pressure On Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

After Broadsides From Secretary Clinton, Adviser Axelrod & Spokesman Gibbs, Look For Envoy George Mitchell To Pitch In

IsraCast Assessment: Mitchell May Lean On Netanyahu To Accept Some Sort Of Freeze On East Jerusalem Building For Duration Of Proximity Talks With Palestinians

The Obama administration indicates it has no intention of letting Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu off the hook. Administration officials, from Secretary Clinton on down, have hauled Netanyahu over the coals and demanded 'actions not just words' after the Israeli announcement about 1600 new housing units to be built in eastern Jerusalem made during the visit of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. IsraCast analyst David Essing believes the U.S. has been softening Netanyahu for the return of envoy George Mitchell. In basketball terms this is a full court press so intense that it might even threaten political sanctions on Israel. Read More...

Netanyahu Goverment's Fiasco

IsraCast Assessment: Obama Administration's Forgiving Reaction To Israeli Government's Insult To Joe Biden Will Actually Restrict Bibi Netanyahu's Freedon Of Action In the Future

Rather Than Reacting By 'Don't Get Mad, Get Even!' Obama Decided To Leverage the Israeli Fiasco To Serve U.S. Interests On Iran and Arab World

Kadima Opposition: 'Netanyahu's Gross Negligence Is Wake-up Call To Israel's Silent Majority That Netanyahu Is Both Incompetent & Jeopardizing National Interests'

 U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has come and gone but the dust is still swirling around Middle East sand storm in his wake. Biden, a close personal friend of Netanyahu, was sent by President Barack Obama, on a good will mission to clear the air with Netanyahu, kick off the long awaited proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians and to make sure that Washington and Jerusalem are on the same page in the confrontation with Iran. And smack in the middle, the startling announcement by Israel's Interior Ministry that a planning committee had approved 1600 new housing in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo. Analyst David Essing is of the view that the insult to Biden, unintentional as it was, will paradoxically enable the Obama administration to exercise more leverage over the Israeli Prime Minister.

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New Israeli battery provides thousands of hours of power

 A new kind of portable electrochemical battery that can produce thousands of hours of power - and soon replace the expensive regular or rechargeable batteries in hearing aids and sensors and eventually in cellphones, laptop computers and even electric cars - has been developed at Haifa's Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

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Iran's Nuclear Weapons Express

Prime Minister Netanyahu: 'Iran Is Galloping Toward Nuclear Weapons Like An Express Train While International Community Is Plodding Ahead Like An Old Jalopy'

China:' Time is Still Not Ripe For For Fresh Sanctions On Iran'

U.S. Secretary Of State Clinton:'It Will Take Months Before UN Security Council Approves New Sanctions'

Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has expressed concern over the failure of the international community to impose new sanctions while Iran is racing toward nuclear weapons. However, China declares she is still opposed, Russia may reconsider and the U.S. says it may take months before the UN Security Council takes action. Barring unforeseen circumstances in Iran, David Essing sees Israel waiting for the diplomatic effort to run its course before deciding what if anything she should do. Against this background, Israeli civilians are being reissued with gas masks.

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IsraCast Archive | March-April 2010

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