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A Hamas terror tunnel
Nine out of 10 Israel’s war dead Monday died on Israeli soil – a microcosm of the IDF operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 29, 2014

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. It meant that Hamas had used the 22 days of combat to carry the contest from its own home ground into Israel by grabbing the tactical advantage of surprise, as illustrated by the tragic Nahal Oz tunnel episode which cost 5 Israeli lives. debkafile: The tunnel threat can’t be eliminated without first seizing Hamas war rooms, the hub of its elaborate underground network.

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Netanyahu, Ya'alon and Gantz in the IDF war room
Hamas’ first nocturnal rocket attack on Tel Aviv. Israel lost 10 servicemen Sunday - five defending Nahal Oz
DEBKAfile Special Report July 29, 2014

A decision to push ahead for the next stage of Israel’s counter-terror offensive in the Gaza Strip was widely expected Monday night, July 28, after a day of deadly coordinated attacks by Hamas, supposedly a ceasefire day, cost 10 soldiers’ lives. The IDF was braced to respond operationally by advancing to the next stage of its counter-terror campaign. But the order did not come. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon continued to clutch at the straw of a viable ceasefire – even though Hamas has violated every truce. 

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Saudi King Abdullah on the same side in Gaza
Netanyahu’s dilemma: Back Obama’s save Hamas policy, or fight for its downfall with Egypt and Saudis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 28, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was wavering Sunday, July 27, between sticking with his understsanding 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. This dilemma was mirrored in the stop-go ceasefire orders to Israel’s forces fighting in the Gaza Strip, an uncertainty of purpose that put them in great danger. It also left Hamas free to shoot rockets any time, with the US, Europe, Iran, Qatar and Turkey at its back.

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An intelligence decrypt
IDF set for electronic and signals control of Hamas, Islamic Jihad command centers, after rocket fire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 26, 2014

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.  In the heat of battle, the IDF and its clandestine arms were unable to gain electronic and SIGINT access to the underground Hamas and Islamic Jihad command and control centers, which appear to be well equipped with complex tactical and encrypted communications systems. Now they must go for Hamas’ sophisticated intelligence production processing system, elements of which may have broken surface during the ceasefire.  
 

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Israel troops find a new Hamas "terror" tunnel
Israel and Hamas reject Kerry’s ceasefire bid. The IDF awaits orders for next stage of Gaza operation
DEBKAfile Special Report July 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.

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Binyamin Netanyahu, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah
The Gaza War against Hamas Is Managed by a Troika: Abdullah, Sisi and Netanyahu
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 24, 2014

Israel’s Netanyahu, Egypt’s Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah planned the Gaza war in advance and continue to coordinate its progress, in a new alliance that may allow them to take on other common enemies.

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Fattah El Sisi
Kerry’s Ceasefire Ploy Deepens US Rift with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 24, 2014

Kerry turns to Hamas’ patron Qatar for help in forging ceasefire deal as Egypt stays firm on refusal to give up any sovereignty on the Gaza border.

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A Sophisticated Fighting Machine Is Slowed Down by Hands-on Politicians
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 24, 2014

Politicians micromanaging the Gaza war from the stop are slowing down the IDF’s operations, with Iron Dome and Windbreaker systems the war’s major winners so far.

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Though Highly-Trained and Disciplined, Hamas Finds Battlefield Success Elusive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 24, 2014

Hamas has shown itself to be a well-trained and disciplined army in the past few weeks, but despite its rockets, snipers and infiltrators it has not yet managed any major successes.

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The Armored Shield Protection-Active Trophy aka Windbreaker
A “humanitarian” ceasefire would give Hamas time to find answers for Israeli Chariot-4’s Windbreaker armor
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 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.

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Israel tank wins a battle in Gaza
IDF Commanders: Time for decisive war move after IDF victories in Shejaiya, E. Rafah and Khan Younes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 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.

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Missing soldier Sgt. Shaul Oron
The missing Israeli sergeant’s uncertain fate. His family denies his death. Hamas claims his capture
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 22, 2014

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.

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US and UN Secretaries get together on Gaza truce
Kerry and Ban in truce bid to save Hamas from defeat. Israel holds reply. Cairo won’t amend truce proposal
DEBKAfile Special Report July 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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Israeli paratroops fighting in Gaza
Seven Israeli officers and men die in combat with Hamas. Number of Israeli fallen rises to 25
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 21, 2014

Another seven IDF officers and men died in combat with Hamas Monday, July 21 on the fourth day of Israel’s ground operation in the Gaza Strip, raising the total of Israeli fallen in this operation to 25. Four men were killed guarding the Israeli side of the Gaza border by terrorists who jumped out of a tunnel 200 meters from Kibbutz Nir Am, disguised in IDF uniforms and flak vests. Ten were killed in a counter-attack aided by helicopters, averting a major terrorist attack or kidnap: A truce remains elusive as Hamas stands by unacceptable terms.

 

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Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip
Thirteen IDF Golani soldiers killed in Gaza, at start of urban stage of Israel’s operation against Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 20, 2014

The IDF Golani Brigades lost 13 soldiers early Sunday, July 20, in the Gaza Strip district of Shejayia, it was announced. Their commander, Col. Rosan Aliyan, was seriously injured. The urban stage of the IDF’s Operation Defensive Edge has taken Israel into one of its most perilous wars, launched as Hamas’ rocket barrage against the Israeli population continued without pause. When the troops are done cleansing Shejaia, they must grapple with tough challenges in three more Hamas Gaza City strongholds: Shaati, Al Bureij and Nuseirat, before its terrorist infrastructure is dismantled.

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A Hamas terror tunnel unearthed in Gaza
How Human Intelligence (HUMINT) works for Israel’s Gaza operation – its crucial eyes on the ground
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2014

The outcome of Israel’s Gaza operation may be determined just as much by its unseen battle as by hammering Hamas infrastructure and destroying more than a dozen Hamas terrorist tunnels and infrastructure by Saturday morning, July 19, the 12th day of its fight against Hamas. This battle can’t be fought just with sophisticated high-tech gadgetry. Only “boots on the ground” can provide eyes and ears among the local populace, and the cover for agents trained to operate in an Arab environment to gather the information needed for charting the IDF's moves.

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IDF troops enter the Gaza Strip
Israel launched its Gaza ground operation cautiously in the South. Hamas runs to shelter in crowded towns
DEBKAfile Special Report July 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.

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A Commando Raid Disrupted by Intelligence Shortfall - Lesson for Israeli Ground Operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 17, 2014

If Israel is to destroy Hamas’ Gaza-based control centers, weapons, and top commanders, it will need superior intelligence and control of the electronic front.

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Barack Obama
Like in Syria and Iraq, Obama Shuns Clash with Iran over Gaza Crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 17, 2014

As Hamas and Israel battle it out, Iran is buying new rockets from Libya and smuggling them in to Gaza through the porous Sinai Peninsula.

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Israeli air strike over the Gaza Strip
IDF ground forces attack Gaza amid air, sea and artillery pounding. Half a million Gazans told to leave. Israelis around Gaza sent to shelters
DEBKAfile Special Report July 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.
 

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