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Three Israeli soldiers killed in action in Gaza and 27 injured. Cabinet orders operation expanded
IDF Gen. Sami Torjeman, commander of Gaza operation
IDF Gen. Sami Torjeman, commander of Gaza operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 30, 2014, 9:30 PM (IDT)

Three Israeli soldiers were killed and 27 injured in the Gaza Strip Wednesday, July 30, the 23rd day of Israel’s counter-terror operation. The cabinet has decided to expand the Gaza mission. Maj. Gen. Sami Torjeman, OC Southern Command, told reporters that the soldiers had fought “stubbornly,” and “seriously impaired” Hamas’ strength. They had won every one of their direct engagements with Hamas. Hundreds of enemy fighters have been killed, including scores of Hamas’ elite troops and some of their commanders who were hunkered down in hideouts.

 

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Israeli Air Force bombards Gaza
Israeli Air Force bombards Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis
Jul 30, 2014, 12:12 PM (IDT)

Despite the rush of diplomats and analysts declaring that an imminent ceasefire would soon stamp out the fighting in Gaza, the war refuses to end. They failed to reckon on the conflict acquiring a religious dimension and fresh impetus. Wednesday, July 30, as Israel’s longest and toughest war since the War of Independence, went into its 49th day, the commander of Hamas’ military wing, master-terrorist Mohammed Deif, proclaimed the Gaza conflict a religious jihad which soldiers “eager for death” would fight until victory and bring Israeli soldiers to “certain defeat.” 

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A Hamas terror tunnel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jul 29, 2014, 3:25 PM (IDT)

That nine of the 10 Israeli servicemen killed in the counter-terror operation against Hamas Monday, July 28, died on Israeli soil was a wake-up call for Israel’s war leaders, indicating that Hamas had grabbed the initiative.

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DEBKAfile Special Report Jul 29, 2014, 8:35 AM (IDT)

Israel's war leaders witheld the order to the IDF to advance to the next stage of its counter-terror ampaign - even after a day of deadly coordinated attacks by Hamas at the cost of 10 soldiers' lives.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jul 28, 2014, 12:05 AM (IDT)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was wavering Sunday, July 27, between sticking with his understanding with Saudi Arabia and Egypt to crush Hamas, at the cost of a deep rift with Washington, or going along with Kerry, at the cost of Israel’s security against dangerous terrorists.

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An intelligence decrypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 26, 2014, 10:35 PM (IDT)

Before it ended with Hamas rocket fire Saturday night, July 26, the 12-hour Israel-Hamas ceasefire offered Israeli intelligence a rare opportunity for collecting enemy data.

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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. 

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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 25, 2014

Israel’s security and policy cabinet in Jerusalem and Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip and Qatar Friday, July 25, decided to reject the “humanitarian” seven-day ceasefire put before them by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Israel has not fully achieved the goals of Operation Defensive Edge, although its troops have gained a small advantage, while Hamas is still confident of victory. Kerry hoped his truce initiative would prevent the war’s escalation. It did not work. The IDF now awaits its next orders, while Hamas is preparing its next moves.

The Armored Shield Protection-Active Trophy aka Windbreaker
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jul 24, 2014

While talking tough, Hamas is keen on a “humanitarian” ceasefire – not out of sudden concern for Gaza’s civilians but in desperation for an answer to the Chariot-4 tank’s Armored Shield Protection-Active Trophy missile defense system, the Windbreaker. The Russian Kornet-E and the 9M113 Konkurs guided missiles which Hamas has fired against them don’t leave a scratch. Hamas fears that the IDF’s 401st armored brigade’s tanks, the only ones fitted with this armor, will spearhead Israel’s decisive assault on its underground high command, and has asked Tehran to find a counter-measure.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jul 23, 2014

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.

DEBKAfile Special Report Jul 21, 2014

Three rival groups are in a tug-o’-war over a ceasefire initiative for the Gaza conflict:  The US and UN; Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia; and Qatar, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. Monday night, July 21, 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. Israel has reserved its response, needing time for the IDF to accomplish its counter-terror mission in the Gaza Strip.













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