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IsraCast Archive | November-December 2013

PALESTINIAN BUS BOMBING & ISRAELI SECURITY REQUIREMENTS

Bus attack highlights Israel's need for effective security arrangements on West Bank as part of permanent peace accord with Palestinians.

Alert Israeli civilians prevent massacre that could have killed and maimed many passengers and torpedoed Kerry mission.

IDF Gen. Amos Gilad: "U.S. hi-tech proposals will not prove effective against West Bank terrorism…IDF must be deployed along the Jordan River and have right of hot pursuit after terrorists."

 It was potentially the most dangerous Palestinian attack since U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry started his current mission to conclude a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. This was the scene:

 Early on the afternoon of December 21st, an Israeli bus is traveling in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam. A youngster notices an unattended black bag, which had been placed near the rear door of the bus. Israelis are understandably wary of such situations. So the teenager points it out to fellow passenger, David Papo, who immediately gets up and approaches the suspicious object. Moving gingerly, Papo opens the bag and the yells to the bus driver, "It’s a bomb!" Driver, Michael Yeager, hits the breaks, opens the bus doors, and yells to his passengers, "Get out!"

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ISRAELI-SAUDI ALLIANCE AGAINST IRAN?

Israel and Saudi Arabia appear to be joining forces in case U.S. president Barack Obama caves in on nuclear Iran

Gulf Cooperation Council forms a unified military command to confront Iran

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declares Palestinian Peace Agreement depends on halting nuclear Iran

 In this day and age of the looming Iranian threat, what do Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Gulf States have to fear from Israel? Absolutely nothing. And what does Israel have to fear from them? Again, absolutely nothing. Bu what do the Gulf States and Israel have to fear from Iran? Possibly their very survival! This joint interest, against the backdrop of America’s disengagement from the Middle East could be “the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

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KISSINGER AND SHULTZ CASTIGATE GENEVA NUCLEAR DEAL

George Shultz and Henry Kissinger: “Geneva Nuclear Accord would leave Iran with a capacity to acquire nuclear weapons within months of its choosing to do so.”

“Iran’s nuclear project is far out of proportion to any plausible civilian energy-production rational.”

“Permanent accord must prevent Iran from becoming a de-facto nuclear power leading an Islamist camp.”

 It is no less than a diplomatic bombshell in the midst of the Iranian nuclear crisis. Two of America’s most distinguished secretaries of state, Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, have severely criticized the nuclear agreement signed by the P5+1 and Iran on November 24th. Their joint article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “What a Final Iran Deal Must Do” took issue with various aspects of the Geneva Accord. Their conclusion was the U.S. must lead a campaign to plug all the holes; otherwise Iran will wind up as a de-facto nuclear power leading the radical Islamist movement in the Middle East. The two former diplomats left no stone unturned.

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GENEVA – BETWEEN MUNICH AND NORTH KOREA?

Israel’s president, Shimon Peres: “Barack Obama is obligated to honor his unequivocal commitment that Iran will not be permitted to acquire nuclear weapons.”

 Will U.S. president Barack Obama prefer a nuclear Iran, rather than launching preventative military strike if need be?

 This is the question being asked in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and around the Middle East. In light of the Geneva nuclear deal, grave doubts are being voiced throughout the region. What about Obama’s mantra of ‘all options are on the table’? Some Israeli cynics are worried this may also included the selling out of Israel. What worries Israel is that president Obama, apparently in the midst of disengaging from the Middle East, will seek another diplomatic exit in six months or so when the final agreement is to be concluded; or say, when the Iranians break out for their firs a-bomb after their economy has got a shot in the arm, provided by the easing of the sanctions.

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NOVEMBER 29th - ISRAEL & PALESTINIANS: WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

 NOV. 29th is one of the most monumental dates in the history of the Jewish people. On this day in 1947, the UN General Assembly approved the Partition Plan for Palestine that was to be implemented after the termination of the British mandate. It called for the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states and heralded the rebirth of a Jewish state in its ancient homeland of over three thousand years. Similarly, it granted for the first time a Palestinian state. Designated Resolution 181, it was immediately accepted by the Jews but categorically rejected by the Arabs who later launched an all out war to literally drive the Jews into the Sea! If the Arab states had also accepted the partition there would have been no refugee problem - Palestinian or Jewish. An estimated 650,000 Palestinian refugees fled their homes while at least that number of Jewish refugees were driven out of the neighboring Arab countries. The resolution was carried by a vote of 33 in favor, 13 opposed, 10 abstentions and one member was absent. On the anniversary of that vote, you are invited to listen to this background report by David Essing that includes authentic recordings of the events as they unfolded: 

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THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR DEAL - A HISTORIC MISTAKE

 November 24, 2013 for Israel is a day that will live in infamy.  This is the unanimous reaction of Israeli leaders from Prime Minister Netanyahu on down.  Israelis awakened to a new day that has brought the spectre of a nuclear-armed Iran much closer.  Only a few days ago, in the midst of the Geneva negotiations, Iran’s all-powerful leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Israelis rabid dogs who are destined for destruction; but this failed to register in Washington. It was a Hitlerian diatribe in every sense of the word, and like Munich, 1938, today it is U.S. president Barack Obama, the Free World’s leader, who is praising The Peace in Our Time Agreement.  In his view, it is a victory for diplomacy over war.  Although the Iranian economy was gasping on the ropes of sanctions, for some reason Obama did not see sanctions as the solution, ‘Better to appease Tehran and hope for the best’.  As for the Iranians, it is a monumental victory: all their nuclear weapons capability remains in place, they preserve their right to uranium enrichment, and not one of their 19,000 centrifuges will be dismantled.  Secondly, the new Iran heavy water reactor will eventually produce plutonium for A-bombs once it goes on stream.

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IS PRESIDENT OBAMA TRYING TO PASS ON IRANIAN DECISION TO HIS SUCCESSOR?

Senior Israeli Official in Geneva: "Top Obama Aides are Advising U.S. President to Leave Final Decision on Iran for His Successor!"

"Geneva Nuclear Deal Offered Recently To Iran Was Actually Worked Out Between Washington & Tehran Behind Israel's Back & Without Secretary of State Kerry's Involvement"

Prime Minister Netanyahu: "Iranians already have a stockpile of low grade uranium that can be further enriched for producing five nuclear weapons"

 Is U.S. President Barack Obama trying to pass the buck on Iran to his successor? Yes, according to a top Israeli official in Geneva to Israel Radio shortly before the second round of talks between the 5P+1 and Iran. The disclosure by the anonymous official was conveyed to 'Voice of Israel' special correspondent Chico Menashe, who was sent to Geneva to cover the crucial nuclear talks. According to the official, the Iranians have identified Obama's inclination and are playing it to their advantage. It was only due to French opposition that the first deal was not concluded on November 9th in Geneva. The report should be given high credibility since the Voice of Israel is Israel's equivalent of the BBC and is also a publicly financed but independent network. If reliable, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has lost credibility in President Barack Obama's determination to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. 

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CAMERA PILL MAY MAKE COLONOSCOPIES A THING OF THE PAST

Israeli Technology Company Received FDA Approval for PillCam

Set to Enter Japanese Health Care System in 2014

 In August of 2013 Israeli Company, Given Imaging, received FDA approval, as well as approval for reimbursement by Japan's Central Social Insurance Medical Council for their PillCam SB3. Instead of subjecting themselves to the infamous colonoscopy, patients may start to see a more appealing option on the horizon very soon. This will also be a helpful solution for those who are unable to undergo colonoscopies for health reasons. According to No Camels – Israel Innovation News assessments, PillCam is significantly less expensive, costs roughly $500, while colonoscopies generally range from $800-$1,200.

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NEITHER ARE ISRAELIS BLIND OR STUPID OVER IRAN

 'A fool's game' is how French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius described the nuclear deal cooked up by EU rep Catharine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva. So it was not only Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu who expressed 'hysterical opposition' (New York Times) to the failed proposal that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rushed to try and wrap up. After investing so much of his time and personal effort, Kerry is beginning to show signs of the mediator's syndrome - striving to achieve an agreement at any price...

 

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NETANYAHU CASTIGATES PROPOSED NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN

Israeli Prime Minister: " It's a Very Bad Deal That Will Not Obligate Us"

"The Iranians Get's Everything While Giving Nothing - They Have Good Reason To Be Smiling In Geneva"

IsraCast Assessment: Although The Geneva Agreement Is An Interim Agreement To Enable Further Negotiations, Netnayahu has Signaled That Israel Will Not Go Along With A Future Accord That Enables The Iranians To 'Break Out' For A-Bombs in the Future.

 Is the Obama administration now starting down the slippery slope that will enable Iran to eventually acquire A-bombs? Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders think it is, if the reported nuclear deal in Geneva turns out to be true. Netanyahu made this crystal clear to the US Secretary of State in a tense closed-door meeting before Kerry flew off to Geneva, possibly to close the deal with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif and EU rep Catharine Ashton. Netanyahu reportedly reminded Kerry of the Secretary's former comment: “No deal is better than a bad deal!” An indicator of the U.S.-Israeli tension was the cancellation of the usual joint photo session at the end of Kerry's latest visit to Israel. But back in Washington, President Barack Obama is obviously calling the shots. While details of the emerging deal were leaking out of Geneva, an upbeat Obama told NBC that it would provide 'very modest relief'... 

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IsraCast Archive | November-December 2013

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