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Israeli tanks on Gaza border
Israel sends troop reinforcements to Gaza border. National home front on heightened alert
DEBKAfile Special Report July 3, 2014

Israeli defense officials passed word Thursday, July 3, that troop reinforcements had been sent to the Gaza Strip border amid intensifying Palestinian rocket barrages. debkafile: tanks and self-propelled artillery were certainly included. Another official said the Israeli war fleet opposite Gaza’s Mediterranean coast was also reinforced, and the Home Front Command had raised the national level of alert. The IDF anticipates Hamas wideneing its targets from the south further north. Broadcasting these movements warned Hamas to stop the rocket barrage or else the IDF would act.

Clashes in Shuafat, Palestinian district of Jerusalem
Israeli cabinet’s inaction opens door to surge of violence in Jerusalem and Gaza rocket fire
DEBKAfile Special Report July 2, 2014

Israel’s security cabinet still looked undecided on July 2 after its third special session in two days to map out a response to the kidnapping-murder of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel. But debkafile’s sources report a decision was in fact reached: to hold back from a major military operation in the Gaza Strip, while continuing the IDF’s anti-Hamas campaign on the West Bank - a course strongly urged by Egypt, Qatar and Jordan. The result: unbridled violence in Jerusalem after a Palestinian boy was murdered and 30 rockets launched from Gaza.

Funerals of three murdered boys in Modi'in
Popular anger and anguish over teens’ murders not assuaged by bombing empty Hamas buildings
DEBKAfile Special Report July 1, 2014

The funerals of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel, buried side by side, Tuesday, July 1, were a national event, drawing many tens of thousands of sorrowing sympathizers from every segment of the population. Their anguish over the senseless murders of the three boys, shortly after they were kidnapped on June 10 on their way home, was mixed with anger and demands for real retribution. The massed mourners will be expecting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who joined them, to make good on his vow to make Hamas pay.


Ismail Haniyeh
Creating a New Palestinian Hizballah to Take off from Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 5, 2014

The new Palestinian unity government leaves Hamas with major sources of power, including militia, weaponry, Gaza port, and civilian posts. Some worry Hamas is attempting to do what Hizballah has done in Lebanon and overtake Fatah and the PA.

Hillary Clinton, Mohamad Morsi
How Hillary Clinton’s Master Plan for the Mid East Went Awry
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 5, 2014

The US attempted to forge a new bloc of Turkey, Qatar, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood to counterbalance Iranian power, but Morsi’s ouster as Egyptian president put an end to the short-lived alliance.

Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal signs pact with Iran
New pact restores Hamas to the Iranian fold with a $200m annual stipend and military aid
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 23, 2014

The Palestinian Hamas is restored to the Iranian fold with the pledge of an annual allowance of $200 million, military assistance and advanced weapons, in return for a public avowal of Hamas support for Iran’s Syrian policy and Bashar Assad. The deal was secretly sealed Thursday, May 22 at a meeting in Doha between Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Hamas’s politburo head Khaled Mashaal. It places Hamas squarely in the radical Iran-Syrian-Hizballah bloc and re-opens the Gaza Strip door to dominant Iranian influence.

Mahmoud Abbas
The US Peacemaker’s Nosedive Opens West Bank Door to Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2014

The collapse of peace talks and a Palestinian unity pact opened the West Bank door to Hamas and threatens Mahmoud Abbas’s rule with a coup like the one that brought Hamas to power in Gaza.

Another Fatah-Hamas unity pact
Netanyahu breaks off peace talks over Palestinian pact with Hamas. US may suspend PLO recognition
DEBKAfile Special Report April 24, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday night April 23 broke off peace talks with the Palestinians pending reassessment, after Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah signed a unity pact with Hamas in Gaza City. The US informed Abbas that if Hamas and Jihad Islami, both listed as terrorist organizations, were co-opted to the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Washington would discontinue recognition of the PLO. debkafile: By allying his Fatah with Hamas, Abbas places the entire Palestinian movement in opposition to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Israeli civilians run for cover from Palestinian rockets
This round of the undeclared Iranian-Israeli war – the Jihad missile offensive – winds down
DEBKAfile Special Report March 13, 2014

The Israeli Air force struck 7 terrorist targets in southern Gaza Thursday, March 13, after a second round of rockets were fired at Ashkelon and Ashdod. The Jihad Islami reported a ceasefire was negotiated through Egypt. This was not confirmed by Israel. Earlier, Israel’s security cabinet met to determine how the IDF should handle Jihad Islami’s massive assault against Israel Wednesday, executed on orders from its boss, Al Qods Brigades chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani, as payback for Israel's seizure of an Iranian missile ship last week.

The KLOS C vessel carrying a secret Iranian cargo of missiles
First US-Israeli intelligence collaboration in four years against an Iranian military target: Iranian missile ship
DEBKAfile Special Report March 5, 2014

White House spokesman Jay Carney stated openly Wednesday, March 5, that US intelligence services and military had worked with Israel to track the Iranian Panama-flagged ship KLOS C, which was apprehended by Israeli naval commandos on the Red Sea earlier that day, carrying missiles for Gaza via Sudan. debkafile: This was the first time in four years that the US and Israel collaborated in an operation against Iran - ever since the Stuxnet virus attack in 2010 on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Both are braced for a swift and stinging Iranian reprisal.

The Palestinian Leader Covets Control of Gaza Crossings to Get Round Kerry Peace Framework
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 13, 2014

Mahmoud Abbas is maneuvering for a deal with Hamas to gain control of Gaza’s borders and send Kerry and his framework accord back to the drawing board.

A Grad missile which exploded in Eilat
Eilat pays for Israel’s patchy security policy in Gaza and IDF’s quiet cooperation with Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 1, 2014

Eilat come under missile attack from Sinai every few days, like Gaza’s Israeli neighbors - harmlessly thus far. But the Red Sea tourist resort is paying for Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yaalon’s short-sighted policy of security and intelligence cooperation with Egypt’s Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. Direct action against Gaza and Sinai terror has passed into Egyptian hands. This gap in Israel’s security has been seized on by the Islamist Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis terrorists to take the country hostage against El-Sisi’s counter-terror offensive.

Hizballah fighter wields Austrian Steyr rifle.
New Palestinian terror weapon: the Austrian Steyr .50 assassin’s rifle from Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 26, 2013

The newest Palestinian terrorist weapon is an Iranian copy of the Austrian single-shot Steyr 50 caliber assassin’s rifle. It was used by a trained sniper to murder Saleh Abu-Tayyel Tuesday on Dec. 24. The marksman belonged to the Hamas-commanded Popular Resistance Committees. He was assisted by a Jihad Islami scout who helped him position the 12.5 kilo, 1.37 m long rifle. IDF Master Sgt. Gal Koby, who was killed on Sept. 22 by a single shot in Hebron, may too have been the victim of a Palestinian sniper using a Steyr 50.

US Special Forces fighter on Jordan River
Kerry’s revisions: US troops on Jordan Valley border, Gaza-Hebron express train link
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 25, 2013

Surrendering to Palestinian opposition, Secretary of State John Kerry has stepped back from the US security plan for Israeli troops to guard the Jordan Valley border - in favor of US forces, debkafile reports: The Palestinians won’t grant Israeli West Bank corridors for access to the Jordan Valley. The US agrees to an express train link between the West Bank and Gaza under Palestinian control across the Israeli Negev - with no access to Israeli monitors. Still, Israel’s response to Palestinian terrorism remains low key to avoid upsetting the talks.

Saleh Al-Aruri, new Palestinian terrorist mastermind
Israel holds back on punishment for Palestinian murder of civilian to save Mid East talks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2013

The Palestinian sniper who Tuesday, Dec. 24, shot dead an Israeli civilian from Gaza sent Israeli leaders into an agony of indecision over how to fight back against surging Palestinian terrorism without derailing US-sponsored Middle East peace talks. That afternoon, Israeli warplanes struck a Hamas base in Gaza, fairly mild punishment. Binyamin Netanyahu had hoped that by holding back, he could bring the talks to a successful conclusion. But he was wrong. The Palestinians ran off with the initiative of a new terrorist command center in Gaza and Istanbul.

Mahmoud Abbas
Abbas Secretly Launches Pre-1948 Palestinian Refugee Resettlement Plan in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2013

Abbas has gone behind US and Israeli backs to set up a mass transfer of Palestinian refugees from Syria to the Gaza Strip in fulfillment of his demand to accept the Palestinian refugees’ “rights” to return to their homes in pre-1948 Israel.

Palestinian terrorist tool - a tractor
Last Palestinian terror attacks do have common threads – despite Israeli official disclaimers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 20, 2013

In less than a month, Palestinians have committed six acts of terror against Israeli soldiers and civilians and launched a new terror conspiracy against the Israeli population bordering the Gaza Strip. Two soldiers and a reserve colonel were murdered. Yet Israeli spokesmen deny evidence of a “connecting thread” or “a common factor.” debkafile: Hamas is highly visible as one common factor, especially after Ismail Haniya, Gaza prime minister, called on Oct. 19 for a Third Intifada. Instead of denial, the IDF needs to nip this peril in the bud.

Egyptian gunships on anti-terrorist raid in Sinai
Dozens of armed Salafist, Palestinian casualties in Egyptian copter strike in support of Gaza blockade
DEBKAfile Special Report September 3, 2013

Egyptian Air Force helicopter gun-ships surprised Salafist and Palestinian terrorists Tuesday, Sept. 3, with 13 rockets fired  into two gatherings at Al-Muataa and Touma, south of the town of Sheikh Zuweid near the northern Sinai border with the Gaza Strip. Egyptian security officials reported “dozens" killed and wounded. debkafile: Egyptian forces are carving out two security zones for blocking the transit of Hamas and Jihad Islami gunmen between Sinai and the Gaza Strip. The Apaches struck the Salafists and Palestinians rioting against this operation.

Mr. X, secret Brotherhood leader
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood goes underground, hides command structure in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 11, 2013

On July 22, debkafile revealed the escape to Gaza of six Muslim Brotherhood officials after Morsi’s ouster. Headed by Mahmud Izzat Ibrahim, they set up a command center at the Gaza Beach Hotel for an uprising against the military.  It now transpires that after their election, the Brothers never dismantled their paramilitary underground and Ibrahim was the “Mr. X” who manipulated their front politicians and Supreme Guide. The Egyptian army and Israel can help each other destroy this center of resistance and beat off jihadi terror from Sinai and Gaza.

Gaza Beach Hotel: Muslim Brotherhood uprising command post
Six Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood highups flee to Gaza, set up command post for uprising
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2013

Six Muslim Brotherhood officials have escaped from Egypt and arrived in the Gaza Strip to lead the movement’s uprising against the military, debkafile discloses exclusively. Headed by Mahmud Izzat Ibrahim, a Supreme Guide deputy known as the MB’s ‘iron man,” the group has set up a command post at the Gaza Beach Hotel and is working in close conjunction with Hamas and armed Al Qaeda-linked Salafist Bedouin in Sinai. The Egyptian army may be planning to raid the hotel and bring the MB escapees to trial in Cairo.

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