DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2015
Palestinian rocket fire from the Gaza Strip put southern Israel on red alert before dawn Tuesday. Sept 1 - in the wake of a major clash erupting at the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin Sunday night when a large Israeli force arrived to arrest terrorist suspects. The circumstances of that episode are not entirely clear. Israel plays it down, whereas the Palestinians are hailing it as “the biggest battle of the third initifada.” Was an Islamic Jihad suspect’s home demolished with a rocket as a warning to terrorists to back off?
ISIS purloined rockets from Hamas production lines to attack Israel. Netanyahu marks out wide sterile zone
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 8, 2015
Islamic State operatives in the Gaza Strip have been helping themselves to Hamas rockets in recent weeks after furtively penetrating the teams operating the group’s production and assembly lines, debkafile reveals The jihadis then passed the stolen rockets to their squads for launching against Israel. These attacks will intensify the deeper the Islamists’ penetration of Hamas plants and their access to ever more advanced, long-range missiles. Israeli, Egyptian and Hamas attempts to stop the rocket attacks hit the wrong address. Israel has marked out a broad sterile zone.
Another rocket attack challenges Israel’s military planners to tackle ISIS and Hizballah inroads in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 7, 2015
While the IDF targets Hamas for air strikes, the tiny Gaza Strip has become the only patch of land in the Middle East where Sunni ISIS and the Shiite Hizballah terrorists operate simultaneously though separately against the same declared foes: Hamas and Israel. These groups constantly change sides and escalate their violence, The new situation cries out for both Israel and Egypt to step in without delay, as Hamas loses ground to yet more radical and violent organizations, who are seizing control of the rocket offensive against Israel.
First Hamas-ISIS firefight in Gaza. “Islamic State of Jerusalem” supporters sighted on Israeli border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2015
ISIS supporters were shot dead in Gaza Tuesday, June 2, in their first firefight with Hamas forces come to arrest them. The Islamists planted a bomb trap in their hideout. The showdown occurred 48 hours after Ansar al Dawa al-Islamia, renamed “Supporters of the Islamic State of Jerusalem,” gave Hamas a 48-hour ultimatum to end its crackdown on the group and release dozens of suspects held for a series of attacks. debkafile: ISIS fighters were spotted for the first time this week on the Gazan-Israeli border. They threatened to target Eilat Port
Israeli Air Force strikes four empty “terror” targets in the Gaza Strip for five Palestinian rockets
DEBKAfile Special Report May 27, 2015
Israel resorted Tuesday night, May 26, to its old routine response to rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip by the aerial bombardment of four “terrorist” targets. Once again, Hamas hurriedly removed its personnel from the targeted facilities in time to escape casualties. For Israel it was an opportunity missed. The first Palestinian long-range Grad rocket attack since last summer’s Israeli operation in Gaza was a chance to go for really potent terrorist infrastructure, such as the new tunnels the Palestinians are again running under the border.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2015
Local reports of mysterious underground explosions in northern Israeli locations on the Lebanese border are confirmed by Israeli troops on field exercises in the neighborhood. They attest to heavy earthmoving equipment, explosions, burrowing and shaking ground on the Lebanese side of the border, giving the area the appearance of a huge subterranean building site. debkafile: Hizballah has undoubtedly taken a leaf out of the Hamas book of terror and mobilized fully and efficiently for a major tunnel-building project. Israel seems curiously passive in the face of its enemy’s dangerous enterprise.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 14, 2015
Israelis living and serving security around the Gaza Strip report harassment by Hamas snipers in recent weeks - a scare tactic apparently evolving into a major offensive as the Palestinian terrorists make massive preparations for the coming showdown. debkafile: They have got hold of the new-generation Austrian Steyr HS.50 sniper’s rifle, which has an effective range of more than 3 km and a thermal laser range-finder for night combat. Its extensive use may be Hamas' next surprise tactic while also working round the clock on new tunnels and new rocket tests out at sea.
IDF pulls units from locations bordering Gaza, ignoring rising Egyptian military and al Qaeda activity
DEBKAfile Special Report January 4, 2015
Israel’s military refers to Hamas in terms of an independent entity confined to the Gaza Strip, when as recently as December, Hamas’ jumped aboard the Iran-led Iraqi-Syrian-Hizballah alliance. It is now subject to Tehran’s decisions, which may also touch on the moves dictated by President Obama. Israel’s policy, furthermore, of relying on the Egyptian army to grapple with Al Qaeda’s Sinai network also comes at a price. For Egypt has moved into Sinai with Israel’s quiet consent one and a half divisions, fighter squadrons and tank battalions. That’s just for starters.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 27, 2014
Hamas’ political leader Khaled Meshaal, having found sanctuary from Damascus in Doha, is again being hounded from pillar to post. debkafile: A deal struck this week between Egypt and Qatar could force the Hamas leader to settle in the Iranian capital. This would afford Tehran a foothold in the Gaza Strip, its second Mediterranean outpost on the Israeli border after Lebanon. The Egyptian-Qatari memo of understanding, signed in Cairo Wednesday, Dec. 24, pulls emirate support from Brotherhood and Hamas operations against Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 8, 2014
The Netanyahu government is caught in the crossfire of two conflicts: Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh threatens to revive rocket fire on Sept. 25, the first day of the Jewish New Year Festival, unless the Gaza blockade is lifted by then. This would sorely embarrass Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who defended the ceasefire by maintaining that Hamas would never shoot another rocket after enduring 50 days of relentless Israeli assaults. Netanyahu and Ya’alon have also launched the highly-charged process of choosing the next IDF chief of staff.
Israel-Hamas truce deal in effect from Tuesday 7 p.m. Heavy Palestinian barrage last minute kills 2 Israelis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 26, 2014
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi were able to bring Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip to accept an unlimited ceasefire in hostilities in effect from 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, based on the 2012 deal. Netanyahu did not ask for his ministers’ endorsement, knowing he did not have majority support in the cabinet. Hamas violated all eleven agreed truces during during the 50-day Gaza conflict. Up to the last minute, Hamas kept up heavy rocket and mortar fire, causing two Israeli deaths and seven injured in the Eshkol District.
Israeli air strikes reduce Gazan high-rise towers to dust, while Israelis flee in droves from Hamas fire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 25, 2014
Community leaders of 40,000 dwellers of the dozens of kibbutzim, moshavim and small towns adjoining the Gaza Strip spoke out Monday, Aug 25:" It is no longer possible to hide what is going on. The populated front line facing the Gaza Strip is no more.” Some bluntly blamed this fiasco on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and their management of the operation against Hamas. Attesting to an untenable situation, they juxtapose Gaza buildings reduced to dust by Israeli air strikes against Negev communities made refugees.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 24, 2014
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Sunday, Aug. 24 that Operation Defensive Edge would end “only when quiet returns to southern Israel. Till then, we shall continue to hammer Hamas - for now by air.” debkafile:
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2014
Both sides were preparing Saturday night, Aug. 23, for an impending battle on Gaza Strip soil, debkafile reports. Heavy IDF ground forces were poised ready to enter the territory – initially to demolish Hamas’s short-range rocket and mortar launchers, which have disrupted the lives of neighboring Israeli communities and forced their mass evacuation. The Palestinian extremists escalated their blitz in the last 48 hours as a provocation, daring the IDF to send in the forces massed around its borders, while preparing terrorists brigades in tunnels and suicide fighters for ambushes.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 22, 2014
Hamas executed 18 Palestinians as Israel informers Friday, Aug. 22 – shooting eleven at a police station in Gaza City and seven publicly outside the city’s central mosque. This method was seemingly counseled by Iranian and Hizballah advisers to deter Israel from further targeted liquidations of Hamas’ military chiefs. The gruesome images from Gaza ought to have dispelled Egyptian and Israeli illusions that Hamas, any more than the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, seeks a political solution of the Gaza conflict. What these Palestinian extremists want is a bloodbath.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2014
debkafile’s intelligence sources disclose that the Egyptian-brokered draft deal Israeli and Hamas delegates inked in Cairo Monday night, Aug. 18, said to contain, in return for a Hamas commitment to withhold rocket fire on the Israeli population, a number of major Israeli waivers. The draft is subject to endorsement by the Israeli security cabinet, which does not convene until Tuesday. They may entail lifting the siege on the Gaza Strip by permission to establish deep sea and air ports - before Hamas is made to disarm, and also talks on releasing prisoners.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 19, 2014
Israelis were stunned Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 19, when rocket fire suddenly erupted from the Gaza Strip against Beersheba and Netivot, after they had been lulled into a sense of false security by the suspension of Hamas attacks for 135 hours. debkafile: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s stubborn belief that Hamas really, really wants to end hostilities prevented Israel from inflicting a final defeat on the Palestinian fundamentalists and opened the way to a war of attrition. The Israeli public is losing patience with the uncertainty and showing signs of defiance.
Narrow Israel-Hamas truce deal initialed in Cairo - if Israeli cabinet approves. Abbas due in Qatar and Cairo
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2014
A narrow, or partial, accord between Israel and Hamas was initialed in Cairo Monday, Aug. 18, say Palestinian sources. Israel does not confirm this. Hamas reportedly agreed not to resume rocket fire when the latest ceasefire ran out at midnight, while Egypt and Israel said to have consented to reopen their border crossings for the delivery to the Gaza Strip of humanitarian assistance. The issue of demilitarization was left till later. Thursday, Mahmoud Abbas is due to discuss with Khaled Meshaal in Qatar the start of Palestinian Authority operations in Gaza.
DEBKAfile DEBKAfile Special Guide August 15, 2014
After a month of fighting in Gaza and the onset of another surreal ceasefire, debkafile’s sources clue in those readers who are understandably a bit baffled about the war and where Israel stands: Although a five-day ceasefire was announced in Cairo Wednesday night, neither Israel nor Hamas had by Friday, Aug. 15, officially acknowledged a truce is in place. Obama and Netanyahu continue to lock horns as Jerusalem runs the war without Washington’s input. As for the conflict's end, every effort at diplomacy with the Hamas terrorists has so far fallen flat.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 14, 2014
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Saudi Arabia are pushing Netanyahu to go for the full-scale ground incursion against Hamas in Gaza that he doesn’t want, while the Israeli prime minister continues to keep the US out of his decisions.