1429 articles tagged "Israel"
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Palestinian murders Israeli octogenarian, injures border guard in Jerusalem suburb <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 27, 2008
The assailant stabbed a Police Border Guardsman who found him loitering around schools on Vardinon Street at the center of the southern Jerusalem suburb of Gilo. He then set upon 86-year old Avraham Ozri, a local resident, who died of his injuries later in hospital. A bystander wrestled the assailant to the ground after the injured policeman shot him and handed him into custody.
Riots greeted police and Shin Bet officers who arrived later at the terrorist's village near the West Bank town of Bethlehem to search for accomplices. Eight Palestinians were injured in clashes and several arrested.
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Arab Websites report Mossad chief assassinated in Amman. Israeli sources deny<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 26, 2008
debkafile reports that Arab Internet sites, most of them Jordanian, claim that 10 days ago on Oct. 12, Meir Dagan, the head of Israel's external intelligence service, the Mossad, was targeted by assassins while visiting Amman. debkafile's sources have no knowledge of any visit by Meir Dagan to the Jordanian capital.
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An Israeli Air Force instructor and cadet killed in training crash in Negev
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 25, 2008
Reserve Major Mattan Assa, 24, from Yavne, and Private Ilan Carmi, 19, Herzliya, were killed Wednesday, Oct. 22, when their training plan crashed 30 minutes after takeoff from the IAF's Hatzerim base near Beersheba. The plane, a French-made Fouga Magister, remodeled and renamed Zukit by the IAF, was on a low-flying exercise. No emergency signal was received by the control tower before the crash.
IAF commander Maj.-Gen Ido Nehushtan has set up a team of inquiry.

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Barak urges kiss of life for moribund Saudi 2002 peace plan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 20, 2008
Defense minister Ehud Barak has proposed in coalition talks with Kadima leader, foreign minister Tzipi Livni, that serious consideration be given to the 2002 Saudi plan which offered pan-Arab recognition of Israel in exchange for full Israeli withdrawal from all lands captured during the 1967 war: the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem and the Golan.
These comments, debkafile's Middle East sources stress, show how completely the defense minister is out of touch with the emerging dynamic of the contemporary Middle East. The Saudi peace plan is a dead letter for the Arab world, overtaken by tempestuous change.
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Rabbis and Sheiks set up joint forum to calm Acre
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 17, 2008
Jewish and Arab religious leaders of the northern Israeli town of Acre agreed to join hands to calm the outbreaks that roiled the northern Israeli town for four days. Also Monday, Oct. 13, Tawfiq Jemal, the Arab driver who triggered the Yom Kippur Eve riots was detained on suspicion of reckless driving above the legal speed, endangering lives and offending religious sensibilities. A reinforced police contingent of 700 officers stays in Acre to keep the peace
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The Dow Jones on Wall Street gained 11.06% before closing Monday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 14, 2008
The upward trend followed the announcement in Washington Monday, Oct. 13, that the
Bush administration is preparing to buy ownership shares in banks. The takeover, part of the $700 bn bailout plan, is intended to help revive the flow of credit. Europe's central banks unveiled similar rescue operations to shore up the banks decided on a eurozone summit in Paris Sunday. Asian, UK and European markets, followed by Wall Street, responded by lifting prices.
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Dow Jones slides 5.1 percent, Nasdaq 5.8 on Wall Street Tuesday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2008
The White House spokeswoman said Tuesday, Oct. 7, that the US president wants to discuss with the British, French, Italian and German leaders ways of coordinating action " getting them all on the same page" to bring about market stability. Some of the markets in Europe, Asia and Israel began climbing out of their disastrous plunge Tuesday, Oct. 7. The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a bailout scheme for UK banks after their disastrous slump Tuesday.

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Sergei's Courtyard in downtown Jerusalem to be transferred to Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 7, 2008
Caretaker prime minister Ehud Olmert will announce the transfer during his Moscow visit starting Monday, Oct. 6. His Kremlin talks are expected to focus on Russia's return to the Middle East as contributor to Iran's nuclear program and Syria's arms supplier. The picturesque site of Sergei's Courtyard in downtown Jerusalem houses Israeli government ministries. It was built in the early 20th century as part of the Russian Orthodox Church Compound as a grand lodging for visiting Russian royals.
The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel has petitioned the High Court of Justice to block the transfer.
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Mossad Chief Empowered to Prepare Groundwork for Iran Strike
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2008
By extending the Mossad director, Meir Dagan's tenure for another year until the end of 2009, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has put in place a vital constituent for a possible eleventh-hour unilateral strike at Iran's nuclear facilities.
In his six years on the job, the 61-year old external intelligence has proved his covert mettle in a variety of counter-terror operations, graduating most recently to a highly successful intelligence coup leading up to the demolition of Syria's North Korean plutonium reactor in al Kebir last September.
Appointed by former prime minister Ariel Sharon in 2002, Dagan's first four years as the Mossad's tenth chief were dedicated to counterterrorism rather than tracking Iran's nuclear activities or monitoring Iran's burgeoning strategic ties with Syria and Hizballah.
From mid-2006, the former general shifted the agency's priorities to include these targets, while the Mossad continued to show its fearsome counter-terror paces in Damascus, Beirut and other Arab capitals.
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Police on high terror alert detain Palestinian terror suspect in Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 3, 2008
With scores of terror warnings current for the Jewish New Year starting sundown Monday, Sept. 9, a beefed up Jerusalem Border Police squad detained a Palestinian from the West Bank of Jenin early Monday, on his way to a knifing attack on the route leading to the Western Wall in the Old City. In his pockets were a large knife and letters stating his intention to be a "martyr."
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Israeli police, Shin Bet round up Jerusalem-based terrorist gang
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 28, 2008
The gang of 7 Jerusalem Arab residents and one Palestinian were sought for the murder of two Israeli policemen, Rami Zohari and David Shriki, in two separate terror attacks in the city earlier this year. They were indicted at the Jerusalem district court ten days ago for murder, attempted murder, and gunrunning.
The gang, led by Muhammad Abu-Sneina, 21, from Anata, was arrested in advanced stages of preparing more murder, kidnap and shooting attacks in and outside Jerusalem.
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US to ask Security Council to "deal now" with Iran's call for Israel's destruction
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2008
US Secretary of State Condoleezza said Friday Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments are unacceptable. She said the UN Security Council shoud "deal with this now." Rice referred to the Iranian president's anti-Israel comments to the UN General Assembly Tuesday and his frequent calls for Israel to be wiped off the map.
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More young Israelis choose to stay single, according to new population statistics
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2008
Three out of four Israeli men below 29 are unmarried, compared with 60 percent of women in the same age group, according to the 2006 annual statistic report published for the New Year. Israel's total population today is 7,337,000, one fifth of which are Arabs - a proportion which is more or less stable. The Jewish birthrate is slightly up with 2.8 births per woman, while the Arab woman's average has dropped slightly to 3.9.
In 2006, 44,685 couples wed, while 13,439 divorced.
Tel Aviv is growing in size and density. Some 6,400 people left Jerusalem in 2006 and 2,200 migrated from Haifa, most heading for the Tel Aviv conurbation.
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Another vehicular terrorist Qassem Mughrabi injures 23 Israelis in Jerusalem Monday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2008
Some are still in hospital, one, a girl soldier is in serious condition. The terrorist, after crashing his black BMW into a group of soldiers and civilians in downtown Jerusalem Monday night, Sept. 22, was shot dead by Lt. Elad Amer, an artillery office.
The soldiers were trampled on the sidewalk, heading on foot to the Western Wall for prayers before the New Year festival next week. The killer Qassem Salah Mughrabi, 19, came from the southern Jerusalem suburb of Jebel Mukaber.
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Barak, Netanyahu move forward on bloc for early election to tackle Iranian nuclear threat<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 25, 2008
debkafile's political sources disclose that, while Israeli president Shimon Peres was solemnly entrusting Kadima leader Tzipi Livni with the task of forming a government, Monday night, Sept. 22, the defense minister, Labor's Ehud Barak and opposition leader Likud's Binyamin Netanyahu were quietly moving forward with a rival plan.
The two party leaders, both former prime ministers, are discussing an early election to preempt a Livni government. The plan is for their two parties to face the voter as a single bloc committed to form an emergency government for urgently confronting the Iranian nuclear threat.
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Peres entrusts Livni with forming government<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2008
President Shimon Peres entrusts new Kadima leader, foreign minister Tzipi Livni with forming a government Monday night, Sept. 22, at the end of 24 hours of consultations with party representatives in a race against time. He began the round Sunday night after Ehud Olmert tendered his resignation as prime minister to fight corruption charges. Peres later flies to New York to address the UN General Assembly.
Livni faces tough haggling with all the potential coalition candidates in the 42 days allotted her to form a government. Her success depends on a deal with defense minister Ehud Barak's Labor party.

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Palestinian terrorist with bomb killed on way to Yitzhar<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2008
Exactly a week after a Palestinian escaped after stabbing a 9-year old Israeli boy and burning a building at Yitzhar on the West Bank, the scenario was repeated - except this time he did not reach the village. Israeli soldiers and border guards spotted him in time. When he began to ignite a bottle bomb, they shot him dead. A knife was found on his body. A group from the targeted community later raided the nearby Palestinian village after last week's attack, injuring four people and damaging property. When reprimanded, they accused the army of failing to protect them.

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Mofaz's "time out" after Livni victory opens up breach in Kadima <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2008
Transport minister Shaul Mofaz's announcement of time out from politics and his public duties after he lost the Kadima leadership primary to foreign minister Tzipi Livni by a single percent has seriously divided the party. His supporters claim he was treated unfairly by the party and media, all of which promoted Livni and impugned his credibility.
Her party's shrinkage further compounds the already daunting task facing the new Kadima chairwoman in taking over the incumbent government or forming a new coalition.
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Olmert in no hurry to quit<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 20, 2008
debkafile's political sources report that outgoing prime minister Ehud Olmert will not hand in his resignation at Sunday's cabinet meeting but only present the ministers with his schedule.
This is complicated by president Shimon Peres' trip to New York to speak for Israel at this week's new UN General Assembly session. The debate begins Sept. 23.
Then, most of the coming weeks are taken up with the Jewish High holidays, starting with the New Year on Sept 29 and ending Oct. 22.
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After her narrow win, Livni's ability to form government in doubt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 20, 2008
Foreign minister Tzipi Livni declared herself victor of the Kadima party's first leadership primary before dawn Thursday, Sept. 18, although her win was challenged by transport Shaul Mofaz, one percent behind her (43 to his 42 percent). All night, he demanded a partial recount in view of election irregularities, claiming there was no more than one vote dividing them - not 431. Early Thursday, Mofaz finally called Livni to congratulate her.
Real results differed dramatically from the three TV exit polls which wrongly awarded Livni a landslide victory of up to 10 percent wide of the mark. Throughout the campaign the foreign minister was a media favorite and inaccurately described as unchallenged successor to Ehud Olmert both as party chair and prime minister.
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