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IDF Commanders: Time for decisive war move after IDF victories in Shejaiya, E. Rafah and Khan Younes
Israel tank wins a battle in Gaza
Israel tank wins a battle in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jul 23, 2014, 12:16 PM (IDT)

Senior IDF commanders said Wednesday July 23 that it was time for a decisive war move. Dismantling Hamas’ tunnel network would take weeks, they said, but the critical encounter for completing their mission and bringing the war to a close remained to be fought after three key IDF victories: The battle for Shejaiya grabbed the headlines, but the confrontations in Rafah and Khan Younes in southern Gaza were just as important. The commanders urge a large-scale assault on the subterranean complex housing Hamas’ top military command.

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Missing soldier Sgt. Shaul Oron
Missing soldier Sgt. Shaul Oron
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis
Jul 22, 2014, 9:54 PM (IDT)

The IDF finally Tuesday, July 22, listed Golani soldier Sgt. Oron Shaul, aged 20, from Poriya Elite, missing after an initial attempt to declare him presumed dead, mainly to head off Hamas extortions. This did not work. It was not accepted by the family without proof, and Hamas was quick to claim the missing soldier was in their hands, without offering evidence of his capture or specifying whether he was alive, dead or wounded. This was just one of IDF bids to mold facts for public consumption that went amiss.

DEBKAfile Special Report Jul 21, 2014, 11:59 PM (IDT)

US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Cairo to press their case. Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi told them he would not amend his original ceasefire proposal to suit Hamas’ demands.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 21, 2014, 8:12 PM (IDT)

Israel lost 7 officers and men in combat with Hamas Monday, July 21 - four killed by Hamas infiltrators who jumped out of tunnels near Kibbutz NIr Am disgused in IDF uniforms. 

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jul 20, 2014, 7:30 PM (IDT)

The IDF Golani Brigades lost 13 soldiers Saturday overnight, July 19, in the Gaza Strip district of Shejayia, it was announced Sunday. After Shejayia, the IDFmust tackle three more Hamas Gaza City strongholds: Shaati, Al Bureij and Nuseirat.

A Hamas terror tunnel unearthed in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 19, 2014, 2:11 PM (IDT)

Human intelligence will determine the outcome of Israel’s Gaza operation just as much as hammering Hamas infrastructure. The IDF's eyes and ears are provided by agents on site under cover of the incursion.



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US weapons and Iranian Al Qods officers join the Iraqi army in a major anti-al-Qaeda offensive to foil Al Qaeda’s plan for its first caliphate across the Syrian-Iraqi frontier - but also to buttress the pro-Iranian Shiite crescent arching over the region. 

DEBKAfile Video Aug 17, 2013

Top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey has just inaugurated Centcom’s Forward Command in Jordan manned by 273 US officers. It is linked to US, Israel, Jordanian and Saudi air commands ready for an order from President Barack Obama to impose a partial no-fly zone over Syria.

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Shortly after DEBKA aired a special video on the Syrian war’s widening circle, Moscow announced Wednesday June 26, the evacuation beginning Friday of all Russian military and diplomatic personnel from Syria was complete, including its naval base at Tartus. 

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DEBKAfile Special Report Jul 18, 2014

After artillery and air strikes softened up the terrain, Israel launched the ground phase of Operation Defensive Edge against Hamas Thursday night, July 17 in the north and the south. Their first action targeted the southern towns of Khan Younes and Rafah. IDF Chief, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz confirmed to the cabinet Friday that the IDF is focusing on southern Gaza at this stage, with the potential for expanding into further areas. debkafile: The troops have not yet reached Gaza City, although destroying Hamas’ bunker infrastructure there is key to the operation’s success.

DEBKAfile Special Report Jul 17, 2014

Israel air, sea and artillery pounded the Gaza Strip Thursday night, July 17, as IDF ground forces embarked on a ground attack, just announced by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. debkafile reports a softening-up operation to prepare for the entry of armored and infantry units. The IDF calls on the half million Gazans of southern towns of Khan Younes and Rafah to leave their homes for their own safety.  Israelis living close to the Gaza border were advised to stay in bomb shelters.

Ashdod under heavy rocket attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 15, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered the Israeli Air Force to resume strikes over Gaza Tuesday afternoon, six hours after a ceasefire proposed by Egypt, accepted by Israel and rejected by Hamas, was due to go into effect. During those hours, dozens of Hamas rockets raked town after town and village after village. debkafile: The White House called off US Secretary of State John Kerry’s Cairo visit upon finding Tehran’s hand behind the rockets. Netanyahu goes on the air at 8 p.m. to explain what went wrong.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 14, 2014

As Israel’s Operation Defensive Edge ended its first week on July 14, military and intelligence experts were finding it hard to believe that Hamas had fired 1,000 rockets against Israel at random. They now conclude that Hamas was collecting operational data for itself, Iran and Hizballah to use in future conflicts – both about the weak points of Iron Dome and for guidance systems to lend their future rockets and mortars greater accuracy. Those experts advise Israel to send a small undercover special force into Gaza for intelligence missions to tip the scales in its favor.

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