DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 4, 2016
Not only did the Saudis execute the prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr as a terrorist, but they put him to death together with Sunni terrorists, an unpardonable act which enraged Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the point of threatening the Saudi royal family with “divine revenge.” Tehran also noted Prime Minister Netanyahu’s reference to Sunni and Shiite terrorist threats alike besetting Israel, and inferred that a counter-Tehran alliance may be in the making between Saudi Arabia and Israel, and possibly Turkey too.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 28, 2015
Tehran Monday, Dec. 28, further ramped up the tension between its Lebanese proxy Hizballah, whose leader Sunday threatened to avenge the death of Samir Quntar, and Israel, which is conducting a military exercise along its northern borders. Four days after Quntar was assassinated in Damascus, Tehran appointed a successor for carrying on building a new terrorist network for striking Israel from the Golan. This successor is revealed by debkafile’s exclusive sources as a Lebanese called Raafat Al-Bakkar, about whom very little is known.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 20, 2015
Syrian media confirmed early Sunday, Dec. 20, that Israeli rocket fire destroyed a building in eastern Damascus and killed Samir Quntar, head of Hizballah terror networks in southern Syria and the Golan. Footage showed a multi-storey residential building collapsed and rescue workers digging through the rubble. Samir Quntar is notorious for the exceptionally vicious murder of a family in Nahariya in 1979. In 2008, Israel released him from life imprisonment in exchange for the bodies of two Israeli reservists killed by Hizballah in 2006..
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 26, 2015
Unless the Israeli government heads switch their anti-terror tactics from reactive to proactive, the country can expected the current wave of terror to blow up into a major assault in an Israeli city with many casualties. That is the view taking root in senior ranks of the IDF.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 23, 2015
The Syrian conflict is again bringing the hostile Iran-backed Hizballah into dangerous proximity to Israel’s border. After visiting Quneitra last week, Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Russian air force chiefs in Syria concluded that Russian air strikes are necessary to break the deadlock in the Quneitra battle against rebel forces. Israel has informed Moscow and Washington that this would cross its red lines against Iranian and Hizballah forces moving in on its Golan border and Russian aerial activity over southern Syria.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 14, 2015
Israelis have absorbed the first shock of the wave of Palestinian terror unleashed in the last two weeks. The Palestinians are likely absorbing the package of tough penalties for terror and deterrents the Netanyahu government began putting together Tuesday night. Wednesday, Oct. 14, saw relative calm after the deadly violence reached a new peak Tuesday. The 500 young soldiers mobilized to ramp up Jerusalem security will have to take their cues from a police force under-manned but well-seasoned in handling multiple terror
DEBKAfile Special Report October 13, 2015
After the first shooting in the current wave of Palestinian terror, three deaths and 27 injured victims in one day, Israeli hospitals were put on emergency footing Tuesday, Oct. 13, for the potential contingency of multiple casualties. Medical and auxiliary staff and supply centers were ordered to prepare for this contingency. Hospitals, especially in Jerusalem, are already facing a rise in emergency admissions as a result of terrorist attacks. The government introduced new anti-terror measures.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2015
The Russians have planted a brand-new electronic system atop a Syrian mountain to block all US aerial, naval and ground activity in the country. It also impairs IDF defensive operations and communications on the Golan and northern Israel.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 3, 2015
Amid a wave of terror that has hit Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria,which has already resulted in the murder of four Israelis, it is necessary to point a finger at some senior IDF officers and members of the Israeli security establishment as partially responsible. The decision by IDF Chief of Staff Gady Eisenkot to reduce the number of IDF forces in Judea and Samaria so as to detach them for other missions was a serious error, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon mistakenly approved.
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?
DEBKAfile Special Report August 12, 2015
New rules of engagement were handed down Tuesday, July 11, to the Israeli military, police and Border Guard units serving in Judea and Samaria, effectively prohibiting them from shooting Palestinians found hurling firebombs, carrying out knife attacks or other acts of terror. Security forces are restricted henceforth to firing in the air, except when their own lives are in danger. debkafile: The new rules are designed to curb the rising death toll of Palestinian terrorists engaged by Israeli troops. But some senior officers fear they will lead to more Israeli casualties.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 7, 2015
Monday, July 6, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkott unveiled Israel’s answer to the rising ISIS threat nearing its gates: the new Commando Brigade. An amalgam of four elite units, it is designed for quiet, bold, covert and effective action against terrorist groups posing a threat in the Sinai Desert to Egyptian sovereignty and Israel’s southern border. Such action would be coordinated closely between Israeli and Egyptian military and intelligence arms. There would be similar operations if necessary from Israel’s northern border – against Hizballah or any threat from Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 6, 2015
The heavy fighting between the Egyptian army and Islamic State in northern Sinai evolved by its sixth day into an asymmetrical contest. debkafile: By Monday, July 6, the Egyptians were depending heavily on Apache helicopter air strikes to fight off the Islamist terrorists, who were using guerilla tactics to send foot soldiers to strike by night and mount ambushes by day. The Apaches strike any moving object. ISIS has lost 241 men since July 1, but can keep going in the long term thanks to a constant influx of manpower and war materiel.
Israeli and Syrian Druze join forces - complicating Israel’s military position vis-à-vis southern Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report June 23, 2015
When Israel spokesmen stated the IDF does not assort by organization injured Syrian rebels reaching the Golan border for treatment, they found that Druze serving in Israel’s armed forces and others living in Golan villages knew better. The two groups were so incensed by such past evasions, that they came together for violent action – hence the attacks Monday, June 22, on two IDF ambulances ferrying injured Syrian rebel fighters to hospital, whom they identified as members of the hated Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 23, 2015
Monday night, June 22, a Druze mob from the Golan village of Majdal Shams ambushed an Israeli ambulance carrying seriously injured Syrian rebel fighters to hospital, seized the vehicle and beat them up. They attacked Israeli troops who tried to intervene. One Syrian died in hospital; the second is critical. Also Monday night, in South Syria, rebel groups fell out and started killing each other. In this highly heated atmosphere, the Druze issue is being pulled into the roiling heart of the Syrian conflict. The fallout is slipping over into Israel.
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2015
Fear of ISIS drove the hitherto neutral Syrian Druzes into seeking support from Assad. He turned them over to the Revolutionary Guards and Hizballah who recruited them as Hizballah fighters and terrorists against Israel.
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 Exclusive Report March 10, 2015
Acting on direct orders from Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian special forces raided all nine PA-ruled West Bank towns in the past 48 hours and detained 500 Hamas suspects, debkafile reports. Abbas ordered the operation because he had discovered that Hamas had been hatching a plot for some weeks to stage an armed uprising against the Palestinian Authority, starting in one of the Palestinian towns – possibly even the PA capital of Ramallah – and assassinate him in the process.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2015
Scores of Iranian and Hizballah fighters and a Syrian general were killed by “friendly fire” from the Syrian army’s 9th Division’s artillery and missiles Wednesday, Feb. 18, debkafile report. The incident, during their push from S. Syria to the Golan is attributed to faulty coordination among the assorted forces in the drive for Quneitra, where Tehran plans to establish a major military outpost and forward command center up against Israel’s Golan deployment. This is the first instance of Syria’s Bashar Assad agreeing to pass a warfront to Iranian command.