DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 29, 2008, 5:26 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's intelligence and counter-terror sources disclose that Egypt's interior ministry's security forces, airports, harbors, and border terminals were placed on the highest terror alert Sunday afternoon, Aug. 24, in response to information that an al Qaeda team or teams were heading for major strikes against specific targets.
Extra guards ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 7, 2008, 9:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources report that last week, Israel's negotiator Ofer Dekel returned from Cairo empty-handed. Prospects for the release of Gilead Shalit, two years after his abduction in a cross border raid from Gaza, had receded and, two weeks after it went into effect, the Gaza truce accord ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2008, 8:58 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's Middle East sources point to disturbing policy contradictions in Israel's handling of the Palestinian Hamas. Ahead of French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner's arrival Tuesday, May 20, Jerusalem asked France to clarify the contacts made by an emissary with Hamas officials.
At the same time, prime minister Ehud Olmert ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2008, 8:25 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military source counted four armed Hamas assaults on the Gaza-Israel border fence Tuesday, May 20. They were made to press the Palestinian group's truce terms and demand for 350 jailed terrorists "with blood on their hands" as the price for kidnapped Israeli solder Gilead Shalit's freedom.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2008, 8:50 AM (GMT+02:00)
Egyptian intelligence minister Gen. Omar Suleiman Monday, May 12, presented the truce plan he negotiated with Hamas leaders in Cairo to Israel's prime minister Ehud Olmert, defense minister Ehud Barak and foreign minister Tzipi Livni.
debkafile's sources report they essentially accepted the offer with some caveats and agreed ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2008, 4:17 PM (GMT+02:00)
They are armed and driving around in four pickups preparatory to carrying out attacks, say Egyptian officials. Israeli Passover holidaymakers have been warned from Jerusalem of mortal danger from terrorists at the Sinai resorts popular with Israelis. The small numbers who entered through the Taba crossing for the festival which ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 15, 2008, 7:56 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources report that, following the Palestinian attack on the Israel-Gaza border fuel terminal that supplies its own population, Hamas plans a mass protest Thursday, April 10 against the "Israeli and Egyptian blockade" of the Gaza Strip. Our sources report that a tough Egyptian message put Hamas ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2008, 9:01 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's Middle East sources report that scholars at Cairo's al Azhar University, which is under tight government control, have issued an edict barring the sale of Egyptian oil and gas to "the Zionist enemy" as a betrayal of Islam. Ministers and lawmakers from all of Egypt's parties are ...
Mubarak says he cannot distinguish between Putin and president-elect Medvedev during Moscow visit<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 28, 2008, 6:19 PM (GMT+02:00)
On television, he said, he was at a loss over who's who. The Egyptian president's remark quickly wiped the smile from the face of his host, President Vladimir Putin. The visit ended with an agreement for Russian companies to bid for contracts to build nuclear power plants in Egypt.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2008, 7:02 PM (GMT+02:00)
A US navy chartered ship preparing to enter the Suez Canal fired warning shots when approached by a small Egyptian motorboat Monday. Cairo reported an Egyptian trader on the motorboat, one of several trying to sell goods to passing ships, was killed and two others wounded. The US Navy said ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israeli military closes to civilian traffic a 3-5 km strip, including Highway 10, along the unfenced Egyptian border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 6, 2008, 4:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
Highway 10 is the main route from northern Israel to Eilat in the south. Since Wednesday, the hotels, port facilities and IDF bases in an around Eilat, at Israel's southernmost point, have been on terror alert. Hundreds of armed Palestinian terrorists are believed at large in the vicinity of Sinai's ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2008, 11:07 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile: Cairo and Jerusalem have each accused the other of responsibility for the chaotic Palestinian influx from Gaza to Egyptian Sinai and the rising terrorist threat to both in consequence.
Despite official Israel denials, the defense ministry's political adviser Amos Gilead did visit Cairo last week to complain ...
Egypt summons Hamas leaders for crisis talks five days after they blew up Gaza-Sinai border wall<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2008, 9:57 AM (GMT+02:00)
Since Tuesday, Jan. 22, almost half Gaza's Palestinian population of 1.5 million has surged into northern Sinai, their gunmen and sheer numbers forcing Egyptian riot troops to stand back while taking 40 injured, some critically. The summons to Cairo was issued by Egyptian foreign minister Abdullah Gheit who appealed to ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Egypt and Israel step up cooperation to eradicate terrorist smuggling tunnels<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 2, 2008, 5:46 PM (GMT+02:00)
Our military sources report that under the new arrangements the Israeli and Egyptian armies will work together. Their security teams meet at Nitzana on the Gaza border Sunday, Dec. 30, to establish a combined staff center for eradicating tunnel traffic from Sinai to the Gaza Strip. This was one of ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2007, 8:59 AM (GMT+02:00)
As debkafile reported earlier, Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak was to deliver Israel's answers to the Egyptian truce-cum-prisoner-release proposal to their meeting Wednesday.
Saturday, debkafile disclosed the outline of the Egyptian proposal which is backed by Washington.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Sudden Egyptian decision to lift anti-Hamas blockade of Gaza, day after condemning Hamas Gaza takeover as illegal coup<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 29, 2007, 6:14 PM (GMT+02:00)
President Hosni Mubarak's astonishing U-turn renders pretty pointless the conference he convened in Sharm al Sheikh Monday, June 25, to discuss the Hamas takeover crisis. Only Saturday, he denounced Hamas for staging an illegal coup. Sunday, June 24, our exclusive intelligence sources report an official VIP convoy headed by Hamas' ...
Egypt says a local engineer in its nuclear agency Mohammed Gaber spied for the Israeli Mossad. Israel dismisses the charge<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2007, 8:41 PM (GMT+02:00)
Prosecutor-General Abdul-Maquid Mahmoud said also two agents, an Irishman and a Japanese, are wanted in connection with the affair. Israel's foreign ministry responded: Unfortunately, tales like this one surface from time to time in Cairo and always prove unfounded.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2007, 7:36 PM (GMT+02:00)
In Cairo, State Prosecutor Hisham Badawi said Saturday that an Egyptian-Canadian, Mohamed Essam Ghoneim el-Attar, 31, had been arrested as an Israeli spy. He accused three Israelis of recruiting Attar when he lived in Turkey in Aug. 2001, identifying them as Daniel Levi, Kemal Kosba and Tuncay Bubay.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 30, 2006, 10:21 PM (GMT+02:00)
During the weeks of Israel's military operations to uncover Palestinian arms smuggling tunnels from Sinai into Gaza, Washington quietly sent over a military delegation of counter-terror experts to take a look at the situation on the Egyptian-Gaza and Egyptian-Israeli borders. Their first task was to find out how vast quantities ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 18, 2006, 7:52 PM (GMT+02:00)
Disillusioned with the Egyptian performance, the Bush administration and secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, who brokered some of the Egyptian-Israel-Palestinian deals, have gone after the Mubarak government. They have left Israel and the dysfunctional security of its southwestern border hostage to their row with Cairo. Cairo is now considering pulling ...