1439 articles tagged "Israel"
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Next: Israel prepares Gaza ground incursion, Hamas gears for suicide terror
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 2, 2009
debkafile's military sources assess the next stage of Israel's Gaza campaign as being a ground incursion of the Gaza Strip, to follow up the air bombardment of Hamas compounds Saturday, Dec. 27. Hamas estimates that in four minutes, dozens of Israeli bombers and helicopters flattened 30 "high profile" sites. At least 350 Palestinians were killed, 90 percent of them Hamas operatives.
Hamas is not not ready to show a white flag and will make a supreme effort to retaliate from Gaza, Lebanon and West Bank. Israel will therefore proceed to Stage Two of its Gaza operation.
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Israel air strikes continue in S. Gaza after 225 killed in earlier raids of Hamas sites<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 28, 2008
Israeli bombers hit Hamas' film center in southern Gaza Saturday night, Dec. 27, after massive air raids destroyed Hamas compounds across the enclave leaving 225 killed, 330 injured and thousands of shock victims. The operation followed a week in which Hamas fired 200 missiles at Israeli civilian targets.
The Israeli military spokesman said the Gaza operation is "just beginning."
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Gaza clash impending - Israel air strikes versus Palestinian long-range missiles
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 27, 2008
The fifty or so missiles and rockets Hamas sent crashing into Israel Wednesday, Dec. 24, along with dozens of mortar rounds, represent no more than a quarter of its capabilities, debkafile's military sources report. They calculate that the fundamentalist Palestinian group can shoot 200 missiles a day with devastating consequences.
The Israeli cabinet took into account that Hamas would counter effective Israeli air strikes by fielding its long-range missiles against Ashdod and Beersheba.
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First Palestinian anti-air gun fire against Israeli helicopters. Military option still on ice
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 26, 2008
For the first time in 9 years of Palestinian warfare, anti-air gun fire was directed from the ground against Israeli aircraft, debkafile's military sources report. The guns opened up Sunday night, Dec. 21, against Apache helicopters still over Nahal Oz, before they crossed into Gaza air space after more than 20 missiles were fired that day.
Notwithstanding the severe escalation, a senior military source told debkafile that a substantive military raid is not on the IDF's immediate agenda.
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Israeli cabinet greets 70-missile barrage from Gaza with more "restraint"<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2008
After several hours of debate, the senior ministers decided to let the defense authorities determine the timing and form of Israel's response to the heaviest Palestinian blitz it has ever sustained and to coordinate this response with Egypt.
Hamas owned up to the massive blitz of 70 missile and mortar rounds. Their radius extended north to Ashkelon and east to Netivot, leaving a trail of 57 shock victims -half children - and wrecked homes, vehicles, shops and roads. The Israeli military has made no effort to halt the attacks.
Israel closed the Gaza crossings until they stop, but Egypt broke the blockade by inviting any country wishing to help the Gaza population to direct aid through its territory.
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Hamas calls unilateral 24-hour missile ceasefire from Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2008
Israel has not reciprocated. Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha said Monday, Dec. 22, his organization and allied Palestinian armed factions in the Gaza Strip were observing a 24-hour halt in their missile attacks against Israel at Egypt's request to allow essential supplies to enter the enclave.
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Israeli government again backs down as Gaza missile war boils over<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2008
No military action to stamp out the Palestinian missile blitz against southwestern Israel will be undertaken before "international support" is organized and an attempt to renew the "ceasefire" with Hamas is undertaken. That was the gist of the Israeli cabinet's decision Sunday morning, Dec. 21, after Palestinian terrorists fired eight missiles and mortar shells at Israeli civilian locations, continuing the blitz launched before and after Hamas ended its six-month "truce" Friday.
Israeli helicopters struck three missile teams preparing to fire near the north Gaza town of Beit Hanoun. But the missiles kept coming - 22 by the end of the day.

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Olmert's bid to revive Syrian track runs into blank walls
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2008
Israeli caretaker prime minister Ehud Olmert has been warned that the trip he booked to Ankara for next Monday will be an exercise in futility. Damascus let it be known Friday. Dec. 19, that acceptance in advance of its "borders document" was the pre-condition for direct peace talks.
This maximalist approach, say debkafile's sources in Washington, Jerusalem and Ankara, aims at notifying US president-elect Barack Obama that Damascus' "borders document" is a take-it-or-leave it proposition.
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IDF's post-truce signal to Hamas: Same old rules unless you go too far<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2008
debkafile's military sources report: Minutes after Hamas declared the six-month "truce" was over and non-renewable at 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, the Israeli Army spokesman had this to say: "Quiet will be met by quiet but we will not hesitate to respond to missile offensives."
Whereupon, proving the threat was hollow, Hamas fired three missiles, followed by sniper fire which drove farmers from their fields at Kibbutz Nir Oz and damaged vehicles.

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Crowded Sderot shopping center takes direct Qassam hit from Gaza, 12 injured
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2008
The 15th missile of Wednesday, Dec. 17, from Gaza, which injured 12 people - three from shrapnel, the rest in shock - exploded in the Sderot supermarket parking area, destroying shops and cars and scattering crowds of panicky Hanukah shoppers.
The attack capped two days of a massive Palestinian missile and mortar barrage against several Israeli towns and villages without an Israeli military response.
Only after Sderot did the Air Force go into action. Even then, the Palestinians kept on firing raising the day's number to 21.
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Israelis dissatisfied with leaders, 40% may opt out of national ballot
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 21, 2008
debkafile reports exclusively: The figures from the unpublished polls commissioned privately by leaders of the three main parties showed on average a lower figure for Binyamin Netanyahu's Likud than previously rated in the Feb. 10 general election; Tzipi Livni's Kadima's in decline, and unexpected gains for Barak's Labor's and right-wing Israel Beiteni.
At the same time, 35-40% of the voters sampled were unhappy with all the party leaders on offer as future prime ministers and at this point say they will opt out of balloting.
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Netanyahu Reshapes Likud, Builds Shadow Cabinet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 20, 2008
Former prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, energized by more than two years in opposition, is launching his Likud party into Israel's general election campaign with a new look and a new top echelon.
debkafile's political sources report he is remolding it into a center-right party with a new leadership made up of the middle generation of Likud stalwarts and an infusion of outsiders from non-political occupations, rival parties, and at least two ex-generals.
Yaalon, designated for the key slot of defense minister, is a critical piece in Netanyahu's jigsaw puzzle.
A member of Kibbutz Grofit, the former chief of staff may bring Likud its first substantial contribution from the kibbutz movement. It consists of the Labor and Kadima factions, which seriously question the two-state solution of the Israel-Arab dispute propounded by President Bush and embraced by prime minister Ariel Sharon and his leading disciples, foreign minister Tzipi Livni and Ehud Olmert.
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Has Livni buried the two-state solution for Israel-Palestinian dispute?<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 18, 2008
The aspiring prime minister, foreign minister Tzipi Livni, broke new ground when she voiced her views on the Middle East dispute this week. She challenged US and European diplomacy's conventional wisdom of gearing peace to a two-state solution. Palestinian leader Ahmed Quraia followed her with disclosures of what he claimed to be Israel's last peace offer - and rejected it out of hand.
Read debkafile's Exclusive Analysis below.
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Right of center dominate Likud primary, alongside moderates, religious right
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2008
Likud voters rewarded its 12 workhorse legislators in the opposition party primary which took place Monday, Dec. 8, by placing party whip Gideon Saar, 42, Gilead Erdan and Reuven Rivlin in the top three slots. Of Binyamin Netanyahu's new arrivals, only Benny Begin and former chief of staff Moshe Yaalon made it to the top ten in fourth and eighth places.
This group of favorites holds that final status talks with Arab leaders, especially the Palestinians, is untimely in the light of the Gaza experience.
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Netanyahu's first post-primary task is to pick a shadow cabinet<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2008
The Israeli elector is desperate for fresh faces, new energy and clear thinking in the defense, finance and foreign ministries to replace a government dithering for months on every key issue. Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu has been abstruse rather than enlightening. But after the primaries of Monday, Dec. 8, he will have to level with the voter.
Read debkafile Exclusive Analysis below.

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Military sources: 100 million Israeli shekels Barak approved for Gaza will feed Hamas war chest<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 12, 2008
Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak ordered the 100 million Israeli shekels in currency bills (equivalent to $25.6 million) to be transferred by Israeli armored cars to the Gaza Strip via the West Bank Wednesday, Dec. 10. He bowed to appeals from Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayad and the governor of the Bank of Israel Stanley Fischer. The latter was concerned by complaints from the World Bank that Gaza's banks were closing their doors for lack of cash and the Hamas administration was unable to cover its payroll. Military sources told debkafile: This is a repeat performance of Hamas' fuel scam.
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Police remove roadblocks after high terror alert in and around Tel Aviv
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2008
The roadblocks were set up around Tel Aviv and neighboring towns, the most heavily populated region of central Israel, after a specific terrorist alert. Police rounded up Palestinians with and without working permits, focusing on Tel Aviv's main bus terminus. Helicopters hovered over the city and the Magen David first aid service was on emergency standby. Rush-hour traffic Tuesday morning was backed up for kilometers as cars were stopped and searched.

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Intense Palestinian mortar fire injures 8 Israeli soldiers opposite Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 2, 2008
Hamas took responsibility for the Palestinian mortar barrage directed Friday night, Nov. 28, at the IDF base near Nahal Oz opposite the Gaza Strip. Six men and women soldiers remain in hospital. Staff at Beersheba's Sorocca hospital stabilized two seriously injured soldiers overnight, but had to amputate the leg of one of them.
debkafile's military sources report that by claiming the attack the Hamas terrorist group makes nonsense of defense minister Ehud Barak's policy of "preserving the ceasefire."

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PM Olmert faces indictment in double-billing air tickets case<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 30, 2008
Attorney general Menahem Mazuz notified prime minister Ehud Olmert Wednesday, Nov. 25, that pending a hearing, he is planning to file criminal charges against him in the double billing flight tickets affair. The charges include fraud, breach of trust, falsifying corporate records, failure to report income and receiving illegal benefits during his years as a public servant. The prime minister's long-serving aide Ms Shula Zaken faces similar charges.
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Jerusalem district court raps state for evicting Federmans from Hebron home<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 29, 2008
Defense minister Ehud Barak has appealed against the Jerusalem district court's ruling Wednesday, Nov. 26 that the state violated international treaties by evicting Noam Federman, his wife and children from their farm between Hebron and Kiryat Arba a month ago and banning him from entering the West Bank.
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