170 articles tagged "Hamas"
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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.

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How Abbas’s Unity Pact with Hamas Caught US and Israeli Intelligence Napping
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2014

The Fatah-Hamas unity pact wipes the peace process off the US and Israeli agendas. In any case, it was more dead than alive.

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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.

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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.

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Mohamed Hasnin Haikal
El-Sisi Tests the Waters for Possible Association with Iran and Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2014

The Egyptian strongman has put out a probe for ties with Iran by sending a secret emissary to talk to Hizballah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.

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The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood: Symbiotic Ties with al Qaeda and/or Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2014

The Egyptian Brotherhood has nurtured ties with Islamist terrorist groups ranging from Sunni al Qaeda to Shiite Hizballah and its Iranian master. They date from the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi up to the present day.

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Ambassador Stevens’ Undercover Mission in Benghazi’s Roaring Arms Bazaar
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2014

Ambassador Chris Stevens and his CIA team wee assigned an undercover mission to take control of Muammar Qaddafi’s weapons arsenal, keep them out of terrorist hands and use them to promote US interests. This story was never told.

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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.

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Moshe Ya'alon inspecting the Hamas tunnel from Gaza
Israeli defense minister with top generals could have been hit by the bomb trap which injured five soldiers
DEBKAfile Special Report November 1, 2013

A Hamas bomb trap was planted in the tunnel discovered last month running from Khan Younes in the Gaza Strip to Kibbutz Ein Hashlosaha. It was triggered when a combat engineering unit came to destroy it Thursday night. Five men were injured, one seriously, including a Lt. Colonel and a major. Four days ago, the tunnel was visited by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and a group of generals. What if they had run into the same booby-trap? Were they lucky or was it not yet in position?

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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.

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Iran-made Fajr-5 missiles in Sinai
Hamas supplied Sinai terrorists with Iran-made Fajr-5 missiles for foiled attack on Eilat
DEBKAfile Special Report August 10, 2013

The missile launcher destroyed by an Israeli drone in North Sinai Friday, Aug. 9 was capable of firing 4 heavy Iranian-made M-75 missiles known as Fajr-5, which Hamas possesses, but not Sinai Salafists. Its 75 kilometer range covers Tel Aviv from Gaza Strip or Eilat from inland Sinai. The five terrorists planning to fire them at Eilat airport Thursday were later killed in the drone strike. An Egyptian intelligence tip-off to Israel saved Eilat.  Two years ago, Fajr-5 proved its high accuracy by leveling a building in Rishon Lezion near Tel Aviv.

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Hamas, Gaza Strip
Tehran: For restored Iranian aid, Hamas must go back to supporting Bashar Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 31, 2013

Israel has twice switched its orientation toward the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip: In November 2012, Muslim Brotherhood-ruled Egypt, Qatar and Turkey, negotiated the ceasefire ending Israel’s Pillar of Defense operation against Hamas missiles. From July 2013, Israel has been cooperating with the Egyptian military and its champion, Saudi Arabia – witness permission for Egyptian Apache gun ships to fly over Gaza. So what happens when the Egyptian military launches a major operation against Hamas – in defiance of the US and Palestinian Authority, with whom Israel launched peace talks this week?

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Moscow & Tehran Won’t Let US Climb atop Kerry’s Peace Plan to High Ground in the Mid East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2013

For lack of a credible US military presence in the Middle East, Moscow and Tehran feel free to impede the progress of Kerry’s plan to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks.

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Moshe Yaalon and Benny Gantz
Why So Much Expert Resistance to Israeli Army Reform? Is It Too Risky?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2013

The slimmed down IDF budget and reform program are powerfully opposed by distinguished military figures at home who say that junking tanks and ground forces is too risky in the current Middle East climate.

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Egyptian Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisis addresses the nation
Defying US warnings of civil war, Egyptian military to crack down on armed protest and mounting terrorism
DEBKAfile Special Report July 25, 2013

Braving Washington’s warning of civil strife, Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is not backing away from his resolve to quickly crack down, even by military force, on armed protesters using live bullets on city streets and generating chaos, on Salafist terror in Sinai coupled with a Muslim Brotherhood uprising, and on its Palestinian Hamas collaborators in the Gaza Strip. debkafile: The general’s call for mass rallies Friday in support of the military and against the Muslim Brotherhood carries a high risk of tipping Egypt into civil war.

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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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Dr. Ramzi Mowafi, Bin Laden's former physician leads al Qaeda forces in Sinai
Al Qaeda’s Sinai commander was Bin Laden’s physician Dr. Ramzi Mowafi, a chemical arms expert
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 21, 2013

For more than two and a half years, Dr. Ramzi Mowafi, once Osama bin Laden’s personal physician, has led the most dangerous terrorist group in Sinai, Ansar al Jihad in the Sinai Peninsula, debkafile reveals. A charismatic figure and able operational commander, Mowafi has gathered a following of 7,000 to 9,000 armed men. Incoming intelligence showing Dr. Mowafi to be organizing a large group of Sinai terrorists for a major cross-border attack in Israel as well as on Egyptian forces has kept IDF border units on high alert for the past two weeks.

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Egyptian troops in Sinai
Egypt set for Fattah 2 offensive on Sinai Islamist terror. Gaza sealed. US and Israeli forces on alert
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013

An Egyptian military offensive, dubbed Fattah 2 (Conquest 2), begins Friday, July 19 against a coalition of Salafists and Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Jihad Islami groups terrorizing Sinai.  Egypt’s Second Army and Third Army chiefs lead the campaign from command centers in El Arish and central Sinai. The Gaza Strip exits are sealed. Israeli forces along the Egyptian and Gaza borders are on alert, so too are the 2,600 Marines aboard two US amphibious helicopter carriers off the Red Sea shores of Southern Sinai and the Gulf of Suez.

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The Coming Sinai Warfront Stretches from the Gaza Strip to Libya
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013

Egypt has dubbed its Sinai campaign which kicks off Friday Fattah 2 (Conquest 2). Conducted in cooperation with Israel with US support, it aims to purge the lawless territory of Islamist terrorists.

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US Dep. Secretary of State William Burns in Cairo
Egypt’s Gen. El-Sisi tells visiting US official: Don’t bully Cairo by threats to suspend military aid
DEBKAfile Special Report July 15, 2013

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, the first senior US official to visit Cairo since the military coup, had a tough two-hour conversation with Defense minister Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi Monday. The general advised Washington to be more realistic about Egypt. Burns called for an Egypt that is "stable, democratic, inclusive and tolerant." El-Sisi replied that in ousting Morsi, the military had obeyed the authentic will of the Egyptian people. He implied bilateral military ties might suffer if the US suspended military aid to Egypt.

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