1423 articles tagged "Israel"
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The identity of Israel's post-Olmert prime minister will determine its war options on Iran <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 6, 2008
According to debkafile's military and intelligence sources, the overriding considerations that will determine if and when Israel attacks Iran are these: whether to strike before George W. Bush's exit, whether Iran's strategic ties with Syria and the Palestinian Hamas can be severed in advance and what prime minister is chosen to manage the war. Those are the real "red lines."
The thinking in Israel now is that the sooner Israel pre-empts a nuclear-armed Iran, the better, because the longer it delaya, the more dangerous the Islamic Republic's retaliatory capabilities will become.

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Hizballah-sponsored "Galilee Liberators" claim Jerusalem bulldozer attack<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2008
debkafile's counter-terror sources identify the "Galilee Liberators Brigades" as a clandestine Hizballah offshoot which has established centers in the Arab villages of Manda and Kana in the northern Israeli Galilee. The Galilee Liberators' murderous record goes back five years, according to our sources. In 2003, its members kidnapped and murdered two young Israelis, Dana Benet and Oleg Shaychat in separate attacks.
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Israeli PM pays secret visit to Dimona nuclear center<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2008
debkafile: The unusual publicity given to prime minister Ehud Olmert's visit to Israel's nuclear reactor at Dimona, in the southern Negev region, on July 1 - albeit after the fact - is a more than gentle hint to Iran of Israel's determination to pre-empt a nuclear-armed Iran.
It further intensifies the ongoing war of words and signals flying between Tehran, Washington and Jerusalem in recent weeks over the nuclear issue. A rejoinder from the Islamic Republic may be expected.

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First report of scores of casualties in terrorist attack in downtown Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2008
A rampaging bulldozer driven by a Palestinian lifted and overturned a bus and rammed several vehicles on the crowded Jerusalem's Jaffa Street opposite the National broadcasting Center. The tractor drive was shot dead by policeman. Police and emergency teams at scene digging out victims.
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Kadima to replace PM Ehud Olmert before Sept. 25, saves government
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 30, 2008
The deal with a Sept. 25 deadline for a Kadima primary effectively forestalled the Likud-led opposition Knesset dissolution vote Wednesday, June 25 and its support by Labor members, which would have brought the government down, debkafile's political sources report.
The two ruling parties, Kadima and Labor, reached an eleventh hour agreement before dawn, June 25. Ehud Olmert's Kadima faction undertook to convene next Monday to finalize a date for the primary to take place before September 25.
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Exclusive: Is one-year extension of Israel Mossad director's tenure an omen for Iran?<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 29, 2008
Meir Dagan, whose term of office as head of Israel's external intelligence service, Mossad, Prime Minister Ehud Olmet extended June 22 by a year to the end of 2009, directed the intelligence-gathering effort for the attack on Syria's North Korean plutonium reactor Sept. 6, 2007. He may now be entrusted with the most vital mission ever laid on this clandestine service: the undercover groundwork for contending with the greatest existential threat faced by the Jewish state: a nuclear-armed Iran.
Read more about this in debkafile Exclusive Report below.
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Gaza truce faces increasing domestic fire in Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2008
Shin Bet director Yuval Diskin reported more smuggled arms from Sinai were reaching Gaza in the first 72 hours of the Israel-Hamas truce and Palestinian combat training had been stepped up. Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah had suffered a serious setback.
Justice minister Prof. Daniel Friedman called the Israel-Hamas truce deal "a first-class strategic blunder." In tones of "I told you so," Israel's military intelligence (AMAN) director, Brig. Amos Yadlin reported the Gaza truce had fulfilled all Hamas goals.
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Three Palestinian missiles rip through Gaza truce Tuesday<br/><br/><br/><br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2008
debkafile's military sources report powerful explosions rocked Sderot Tuesday, June 24, for the first time in the six days since the Israel-Hamas truce went into effect last Thursday. One injured civilian and three shock victims were treated. They were claimed by the Iran-backed Jihad Islami, which vowed to avenge the deaths of two of its operatives in Nablus.
Both the Jihad Islami and Hamas have taken violent action to demonstrate that the Gaza truce does not tie their hands on the West Bank.
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Exclusive: Israel's air maneuver did not simulate possible Iran strike strategy<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2008
debkafile's Western military sources do not believe that if Israel does attack Iran's nuclear facilities, it will resort to the old-fashioned aerial blitz tactic employed in 1981 for bombing Iraq's Osirak reactor. They therefore challenge the US officials' conclusion that Israel's aerial exercise in conjunction with the Greek Air Force over Crete in early June was in fact a rehearsal for Iran. Rather than consigning a large air fleet to Iranian skies, Israel's war planners are likely to first use large numbers of missiles to demolish Iran's nuclear facilities and air defense batteries.
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High Court dismisses Shalit family's petition to keep Gaza crossings closed against soldier's release
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2008
The High Court in Jerusalem ruled Monday, June 23, in favor of the government, deciding not to intervene in its decision to accept a ceasefire with Hamas and reopening of the Gaza crossings without making the deal contingent on an exchange of prisoners. The crossings, closed Monday for the hearing, will be reopened Tuesday.

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Israel rehearses possible air strike against Iran over Greece <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 23, 2008
US Pentagon sources report that more than 100 Air Force F-16 and F-15 fighters participated in the maneuver over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece in the first week of June. The maneuver included helicopters used for rescuing downed pilots and refueling tankers. They flew 1,440 km, roughly the distance between Israel and the Iranian uranium enrichment plant at Natanz.
debkafile's military sources add: Tuesday, June 17, the chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazy commented: "Beside the actions and sanctions against Iran, it is important we remain ready for any options."
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Israel reopens first two Gaza border crossings after 72 hours truce
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 23, 2008
Palestinian security sources said that at 9 am local time Sunday, June 22, the Israeli army reopened the Sufa and Nahal Oz crossings and let 90 trucks of basic food supplies go through to the Gaza population.
The Olmert government is under heavy fire from some of its own members, most recently justice minister Daniel Friedman, for failing to make the reopening contingent on the release of the Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit snatched two years ago.

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Exclusive: Barak agrees to trade most of Hamas prisoner list for Shalit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2008
debkafile military sources report that Israel's defense minister Ehud Barak has bowed to Hamas' insistence on assigning the negotiations for the release of Gilead Shalit, kidnapped two years ago, to "stage two" of the Egyptian-brokered truce accord. In other words, it has been left out of the deal.
He also agrees in principle to swap most of the 450 jailed Palestinian terrorists demanded by Hamas, including scores of men "with blood on their hands." There are still reservations about a small number.
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Exclusive: Israel-Hamas truce deal abandons Israeli captive, like Lebanon ceasefire <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 20, 2008
Commenting on the truce deal shaping up between Israel and Hamas for the Gaza Strip, debkafile's military sources note that the Olmert government has given way to Hamas on its two key demands: the incorporation in the package of the Israeli soldier, Gilead Shalit, who was kidnapped two years ago on Israeli soil, and an end to arms smuggling through Sinai for the Hamas war arsenal.
Those sources note the similarity of this case with that of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 which halted the Lebanon War two years ago.
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Olmert government accused of cheating kidnapped soldier's family <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 20, 2008
Noam Shalit plans to sue the Olmert government for failing to include his son, Gilead Shalit, kidnapped by Hamas two years ago, in the Gaza ceasefire accord with Hamas mediated by Egypt. He accuses prime minister Ehud Olmert and other officials of breaking explicit pledges to the Shalit family.
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Israeli cabinet accepts Egyptian formula for truce with Hamas <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2008
The prime minister Ehud Olmert's decision, coupled with orders to the military to stand by for all eventualities, was endorsed by the security cabinet Wednesday, June 11, as Hamas continued to shoot mortars at Israel. Four shells injured three Israelis at the same Kibbutz Nir-Oz factory where Amnon Rosenberg was killed last week. A storehouse of inflammable materials caught fire.
debkafile's Middle East sources confirm that, contrary to various claims, Hamas has not accepted Israel's terms for a truce

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Exclusive: Hamas truce traded for Olmert's survival in undercover Olmert-Barak deal <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2008
Israel's embattled prime minister Ehud Olmert made a sudden U-turn Wednesday, June 11. He agreed to his Kadima party holding an early primary to elect a new leader. This was announced by Kadima MK Tzahi Hanegbi shortly after the security cabinet approved Olmert's decision to accept the Egyptian formula for a truce with Hamas, instead of launching a large-scale military campaign in Gaza.
debkafile's political sources reveal that the two decisions were part of an undercover trade between Olmert and defense minister Ehud Barak (Labor leader).
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Analysis: Israeli military welcomes Mofaz's "red line" for Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2008
Last week, Deputy Prime minister Shaul Mofaz said Israeli strikes on Iran looked "unavoidable" given its progress in uranium enrichment and ineffectiveness of the alternatives. Israelis are in jitters over Iran's rapid progress towards nuclear armament and genuinely thirsty for a sign of clear action amid the shilly-shallying on major national security threats, including Hizballah, Hamas and the Palestinians, displayed so far by the heads of the Olmert government.
debkafile's military sources in the Gulf report that Iran, in contrast, is deep in preparations to sustain an attack and fight back.
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First test of Israel's Tamir short-range missile interceptor later this week<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2008
The Tamir interceptor, which are designed to kill artillery shells and short-range rockets, undergoes its first test this week. Its object is to find out if its response time can be shortened against Palestinian Qassam missiles fired from Gaza or Hizballah's short-range rockets launched from Lebanon.
According to Western defense experts, the air speed of a Palestinian missile fired from Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza is 200 meters per second; it covers the 1,800 meters from Beit Hanoun to the edge of Sderot in 9 seconds, whereas the Iron Dome's interceptor needs fifteen.
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Only 17% of Israelis trust PM Olmert, 15% political parties
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 11, 2008
A poll released Tuesday, June 10, by the Democracy Institute, Jerusalem, registered a steep decline in the average Israeli's faith in his ruling institutions. The military wins the highest marks - 71%; political parties the lowest - 15%.
Nearly 90% consider Israel to be polluted by corrupt government. Less than 50% have faith in the Supreme Court of Justice compared with 61% in 2007. Thirty percent believe the media is the foremost defender of democracy. Confidence in the police has dropped from 41% to 33%.
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