DEBKAfile Special Report January 27, 2010, 4:38 PM (GMT+02:00)
"Two German diplomats using fictitious names were arrested" last month during clashes at the Ashura festival, an unnamed Iranian deputy intelligence minister said Wednesday, Jan. 27.
During the day, Israeli president Shimon Peres told the Reichstag he was sure
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 26, 2010, 12:28 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel's president, prime minister and foreign minister are visiting Berlin, Warsaw and Budapest this week, apparently impervious to the European Union foreign ministers' decision in Brussels Monday, Jan. 25, to back away from sanctions for Iran's nuclear program outside the UN Security Council. None have commented on the EU's abandonment of sanctions for
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2010, 1:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
Jordan's Abdullah II has mobilized his security services and ordered an urgent crackdown against a rising terror threat after two serious breaches caught them napping: The Jordanian triple agent Khalil Al-Balawi, who blew himself up at the CIA Forward Base Chapman in Afghanistan on Jan. 14, killing seven US agents and a Jordanian intelligence officer, and the roadside blasts which just missed Israeli diplomatic vehicles on a Jordanian road last Friday, Jan. 15
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2010, 12:38 PM (GMT+02:00)
Iranian Guards train 5,000 Hizballah fighters to capture and hold five Israeli towns and regions ifs nuclear sites are attacked - or some other pretext. Syria would be involved.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2010, 12:27 PM (GMT+02:00)
If attacked, Iran will send thousands of Hizballah raiders across the border to capture and hold five sectors of northern Israel. They will be supported by missile barrages on Israeli military facilities and backed up by Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 8, 2010, 5:55 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources report that a bitter feud within the Popular Committees, climaxing in a failed attempt to murder the group's leader Zakaria Doghmush, triggered the mortar volleys against the Kerem Shalom goods crossing and missile attack on
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 2, 2010, 1:38 PM (GMT+02:00)
Matters are slipping out of hand on the West Bank. debkafile's military sources and security agencies in the region see the unrest spreading unless it is brought under control.
The Netanyahu government's construction moratorium on settlement construction has had an acutely polarizing effect on Israelis on both sides ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2009, 8:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
Early Saturday, Dec. 26, an Israeli special force went into the West Bank town of Nablus and killed Ghasen Abu Sharaf, Raad Sukarj and Banan Suboh, leading members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, the suicide-military wing of Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah. All three were implicated in the drive-by shooting murder ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 29, 2009, 1:50 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile wonders if a new peace initiative - or two, are in the works between Paris, Damascus, Cairo and Jerusalem, as Washington looks on. This month, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu signaled Presidents Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy that he is ready to take a second look at ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 28, 2009, 8:24 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's intelligence sources report that Cairo has stepped up its siege measures against the Hamas-ruled Gaza. To cut off its smuggling routes through Sinai, Egypt is reinforcing the wall of iron plates with a new pipe for flooding the smuggling tunnels with Mediterranean water.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 28, 2009, 1:53 PM (GMT+02:00)
Maestro Barack Obama's histrionics in New York and Pittsburgh Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24-25 - and his threat of "confrontation" for Iran's concealment of its nuclear capabilities - were water off a duck's back for Tehran, whose nuclear weapons program has gone too far to stop by words or even ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 28, 2009, 1:49 PM (GMT+02:00)
In his eight months in office, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has gone back on his fundamental pledges as Likud leader to disallow Palestinian statehood, expand Jewish West Bank settlement, reject one-sided Israeli concessions to the Palestinians prior to negotiations and act firmly to oust Hamas rule of the Gaza ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 27, 2009, 12:15 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Netanyahu government's slow-moving, lackadaisical handling of the Goldstone commission mandated for accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza, played into the hands of a coalition formed to strip the Israeli military of legitimacy as a defensive strike force against Iran's fast-moving nuclear weapons program and its Middle East allies' ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 26, 2009, 7:10 AM (GMT+02:00)
No clear decision was reported by the seven-minister forum in the small hours of Tuesday, Dec. 22, when it wound up 48 hours of deliberations on the deal with Hamas to release Gilead Shalit, held more than three years, against nearly a thousand Palestinian prisoners. The prime minister's office said ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 25, 2009, 7:54 AM (GMT+02:00)
Rabbi Meir Avshalom Chai, 45, father of seven, was shot dead Thursday night, Dec. 24 in a Palestinian drive-by attack on his car close to his home in Shavei Shomron in the northern West Bank. He died of a head wound shortly after his car was hit by 10 bullets. ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2009, 7:34 PM (GMT+02:00)
Heads of the hesder yeshiva seminaries said they disapprove of demonstrations by soldiers (as inimical to) the Israeli Defense Forces' internal unity and cohesion, but did not deny their right to refuse orders relating to West Bank settlements.
In resolutions published unanimously at the end of their crisis meeting Sunday, ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 21, 2009, 6:36 PM (GMT+02:00)
As Israel wrestled with a fateful decision on Iran's nuclear issue and war tensions building up around its borders, defense minister Ehud Barak went to war on the military-yeshiva "Hesder" contract, under which seminary students are conscripted - most volunteering for combat units - along with their studies.
Raising the ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 19, 2009, 10:01 PM (GMT+02:00)
The main conclusions of state comptroller Michah Lindenstrauss's report, published Thursday, Sept. 3, do not address intelligence and political realities and will therefore not affect the US decision never to release Jonathan Pollard from the life sentence without parole given him in 1985 for spying for Israel, or ease his ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 19, 2009, 10:00 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tuesday, Oct.13, Syrian defense minister Gen. Ali Habib made the triumphant announcement: We held our first joint land military exercise (with Turkey) last spring. And today we have agreed to do a more comprehensive, a bigger one. He spoke at a ceremony declaring a free trade zone between the two ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 18, 2009, 12:11 PM (GMT+02:00)
The first unmanned stealth craft on the seas, designated Protector SV or Death Shark, recently deployed in the Persian Gulf, is in high demand after its successful performance with the Singapore Navy. debkafile's military sources report that India and South Korea asked Israel's Rafael to build craft to ...