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Galilee Liberation group claims injuring two Israeli police at Jerusalem Old City Gate
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2008
The Galilee Liberation Brigades claimed the latest Palestinian terrorist attack in Jerusalem, in which a gunman shot two Israel Border Police guards at the Old City's Lions' Gate just before midnight on July 11 and vanished in the nearby ancient Muslim cemetery. Both, seriously hurt, returned fire.
Police commissioner Dudi Cohen said he saw no links in the six Palestinian lone-wolf attacks in Jerusalem this year.
debkafile's counter-terror sources brings six connecting links to police attention.
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Sixth corruption probe against PM Ehud Olmert
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2008
Following the two-hour police interrogation of prime minister Ehud Olmert at his Jerusalem home, Friday, July 11, the Justice ministry and Police jointly announced their investigation had been widened beyond the Talansky case.
Olmert and his agents are now suspected of fraudulently obtaining the costs of each of his foreign trips on official business from several public bodies and individuals, including the state, simultaneously.
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Israeli may lose citizenship for aiding terror, treason - new bill <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, the Knesset interior committee Monday approved a bill ahead of second and third reading penalizing individuals guilty of aiding terror, terrorist organization membership, espionage and treason with loss of Israeli citizenship or permanent residency. The minister of interior would make this decision on the strength of a district court ruling. The bill, tabled by Likud MK Gilead Erdan two weeks after Jerusalem resident Taysir Dwayat used a bulldozer to kill three people in a terrorist attack, was strongly opposed by Arab legislators.
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Would Obama come to terms with Iran as a nuclear power?<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 12, 2008
It was obvious that US president George W. Bush's denunciation of those who would negotiate with "terrorists and radicals" had put the Democratic candidate, Senator Barack Obama, on the spot. Minutes after the words had been spoken on Thursday, May 16, in a special 60th anniversary session of the Israeli parliament, Obama shot back with an attack on the president: "George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists."
Some of the flak which landed on the senator was directed against his lobbyists, whose arrival to woo Israeli and Jewish support was timed to coincide with the presidential participation in Israel's anniversary celebrations.
Obama's lobbyists, debkafile's sources report, made a point of talking to most of the American Jewish leaders attending the international conference and asked them to support the Democratic senator's bid for the presidency. debkafile's sources heard from some of them that their chief concern is that, if Obama wins the nomination, Clinton's Jewish supporters will be lost to the Democrats and drift all the way over to the Republican candidate instead of voting for Obama.


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Police expand corruption probes against prime minister<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2008
Following the two-hour police interrogation of prime minister Ehud Olmert at his Jerusalem home, Friday, July 11, the Justice ministry and Police jointly announced the widening of their investigation beyond the Talansky case.
Olmert and his agents are now suspected of fraudulently obtaining the costs of each of his foreign trips on official business from several public bodies and individuals, including the state simultaneously.
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Jerusalem struck by three terrorist attacks in 11 months
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 7, 2008
The bulldozer assault on July 2, a first in terrorist annals, claimed three Israel lives and left more than 70 people injured. The victims were Elizabeth Goren-Friedman, 54, Bathsheva Onterman, 33, and Zen Raluay, 68.
One common denominator of all three attacks, which has been largely obscured by Israeli authorities, was their claim by a group calling itself the Galilee Liberation Brigades which debkafile's intelligence sources report is sponsored by the Lebanese Hizballah terror organization.
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Three dead, nearly 70 injured in terrorist bulldozer rampage in downtown Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 6, 2008
In a rampage along Jerusalem's crowded Jaffa Street thoroughfare, a bulldozer driven by a terrorist hoisted and overturned a packed 13 bus, while extending its shovel and plowing into several vehicles and pedestrians.
The victims were Elizabeth Goren-Friedman, 54, Bathsheva Onterman, 33, and Zen Raluay, 68, all from Jerusalem.
Bathsheva saved her six-month old baby's life by passing her out of her car window before the oncoming earthmover crushed her to death.
The bulldozer driver was tackled and shot dead by two policemen and a passing off-duty soldier.
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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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