1426 articles tagged "Israel"
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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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Exclusive: Flurry over possible Israeli attack on Iran galvanized by race to succeed Olmert<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 10, 2008
Two White House spokesmen stressed Friday, June 6, that Washington was committed to solving the Iran issue by diplomacy. They were fielding a barrage of questions on Israeli transport minister Shaul Mofaz's statement that an attack on Iran's nuclear sites looks "unavoidable" if it continues uranium enrichment - given the failure of sanctions. For Mofaz, who is campaigning to succeed Olmert as Kadima leader and next prime minister, a hawkish position on Iran will garner popular support.

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Second 4-missile barrage from Gaza follows Israeli warnings of major crackdown<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 9, 2008
Two foreign farm workers were injured by the salvo fired Saturday, June 8, after four Qassams exploded Friday causing extensive damage.
On his arrival from a trip to the US, prime minister Ehud Olmert said Israel might have to carry out a major military action in Gaza to counter the cross-border rocket fire.
"At the moment the pendulum is swinging closer to military action..." he said.
debkafile's sources report that Olmert has often made such comments with no results. He has called a security conference for Tuesday, June 9.
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Exclusive: Olmert comes out of White House talks empty-handed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 8, 2008
The meeting between the Israeli prime minister and president George W. Bush lasted less than an hour; It was more a farewell between two leaders on their way out than a down-to-earth exchange. debkafile's Washington sources report Olmert was informed ahead of his visit that the White House is expecting fresh intelligence on Iran's nuclear activities and will await evaluations from US experts before making decisions on how to act in the matter.
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Who Put "Deep Throat" up as Olmert's Nemesis?<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2008
What brought the unnamed accuser from America to the door of the Israeli police at this time? According to an Israeli paper, he laid before police investigators strong evidence of a new and grave corruption charge against prime minister Ehud Olmert, the fifth case opened against him thus far - all predating his two-year term as prime minister.
The attorney general Menahem Mazuz found the material substantial enough to order the police to question the prime minister under caution within 48 hours, raising one of the many questions on which a court gag order has condemned the public to ignorance.
Israeli politicians are in a dither but treading on eggs until they too find out what it is all about, why now and whether Olmert can weather the new scandal.
The Olmert government was stripped down to a fragile majority of 64.
In the view of debkafile's political sources, Olmert's anonymous accuser was put up to opening his can of worms by a party seeking to cloud Israel's forthcoming 60th anniversary celebrations to which a glittering gallery of invited foreign guests, led by US president George W. Bush, is invited.
That party, whether domestic or foreign, wants to get rid of Ehud Olmert.

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Gaza mortar kills Amnon Rosenberg, 51, from Kibbutz Nirim Thursday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 6, 2008
Amnon Rosenberg, who is survived by a wife and three children, was killed by a shell fired from Gaza while at work in the Nir Oz factory, Nir-Lat, Thursday, June 5. Four more Israeli civilians were injured in the attack, two seriously. Hamas and Jihad Islami attacks on the neighboring Israeli population have escalated again since the beginning of the week and casualties have mounted, including foreign farm workers from Thailand.

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Ministers' opposition to Hamas truce delays Israeli cabinet's Gaza decisions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2008
Prime minister Ehud Olmert was forced to back down on his plan to call a security cabinet session Sunday to decide on the Egyptian-brokered truce in Gaza before leaving Monday, June 2, for a week of talks in Washington.
A majority has come around to the position that effective military action against the Palestinian Hamas regime must come first. Most of the mnisters are now ready to defy Olmert and defense minister Ehud Barak who have rather pursued a truce.
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Kadima lawmaker Hanegbi calls for early election, and emergency government for Iran menace<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 3, 2008
Tzahi Hanegbi, chairman of the foreign affairs and security committee, has charted a three-point plan to extricate the country from the political crisis sparked by the corruption scandal surrounding prime minister Ehud Olmert. MK Hanegbi, hitherto considered a staunch Olmert loyalist, said Saturday, May 31, the government no longer has a moral mandate for major steps or a parliamentary majority.
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Analysis: Kadima is on the move<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 31, 2008
debkafile's Jerusalem sources report: Tzahi Hanegbi, chairman of the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee has always been a staunch loyalist of prime minister Ehud Olmert. A shrewd party tactician, Hanegbi picked up on the line promoted by the prime minister's defense team, which challenged his rivals to throw the first stone, implying that every politician was as guilty as he. He realized that this line if adopted could finish Kadima for good.
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Hamas threatens Gaza escalation while PM Olmert plans Washington trip
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 31, 2008
Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert schedules a consultation on the lingering Gaza missile crisis with defense minister Ehud Barak and foreign minister Tzipi Livni Sunday, June 1 before taking off Monday for a week of talks in Washington.
The prime minister is traveling in the face of rising pressure for him to step down over the corruption scandal hanging over his head.
debkafile reports: The three leaders have been warned repeatedly by Israel's military and intelligence chiefs that the longer effective action against Hamas and its allied terrorist groups is delayed, the harder and more costly in lives the operation will be.
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American financier testifies to giving PM Olmert $150,000 from 1991 to 2005<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 31, 2008
Long Island financier Morris Talansky, the chief prosecution witness in the inquiry against prime minister Ehud Olmert described a long history of sums amounting to $150,000 handed to the suspect in cash or personal credit card when the recipient refused to accept checks.
The financier testified to the Jerusalem district court in a pre-trial hearing Tuesday, May 27, which Olmert's attorneys tried hard and failed to prevent.
Talansky stated firmly that, except in one case, the moneys were not requested for campaign funding but to finance Olmert's visits to America.
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Outcry against Israeli lawmaker who says ceding territory is punishable by death<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2008
At the first session of the Golan lobby in Jerusalem Monday, May 26 National Union Knesset member Aryeh Eldad, citing the Treason clause 97 of the Penal Law, declared: "He who acts to remove state-owned territory from state sovereignty and cedes it to a foreign state is punishable by death or a life sentence."
He later explained to his outraged fellow-lobbyists that he meant sentencing by a court of law. Eldad's comment referred to prime minister Ehud Olmert's reported offer to restore the Golan, which the lawmaker termed part of sovereign Israel, to Syria for a peace accord.
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Israeli state prosecutor: There were no election campaigns when PM received cash envelopes <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2008
As this damaging revelation emerged in the High Court Monday, May 19, prime minister Ehud Olmert's office announced he would undergo a routine hospital test that night to monitor his prostrate cancer, which was disclosed last October as not life-threatening. Several lawmakers on both sides of the house want him suspended in view of the gravity of the suspicions against him.

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Ex-Israeli AF chief: Thousands of missiles may hit Israel population in future war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2008
Outgoing Air Force commander, Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shkedy said in a radio interview Saturday, May 17, that the peril comes from thousands of missile stocked by Syria, Hizballah, Hamas and possibly Iran. Israel has developed new defensive capabilities to reduce their impact.
He revealed that during the 2006 Lebanon War, the Air Force intercepted a pilot-less aircraft in time (to prevent it landing). Hamas' arsenal compares with that of Hizballah, said the former air force chief. It consists of missiles, rockets and guns of all types, including anti-air weapons. He said Israeli aircraft have not been "critically affected" until now but they are under constant fire.
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Senior minister speaks out against Olmert government restraint on Gaza attacks<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2008
Internal security minister Avi Dichter said in a radio interview Saturday, May 17, that on no account may a terrorist entity be permitted to exist between Israel and Egypt. The Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip did not qualify as a state and should not be treated as one, he stressed. No accommodations for Gaza would work without effective deterrence. Israel's current military operations had fallen down on the task of deterring the rising volume of Palestinian missile and rocket attacks; Israeli towns and villages had become "sitting ducks."
He said he may bid for the Kadima party leadership when the time was right.
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Exclusive: Hamas to hear Olmert-Barak's Gaza truce plan in Cairo. Military operation on back burner <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2008
debkafile's military and Middle East sources report that Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak informed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak at their meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh Monday, May 19, that the kidnapped Israel soldier Gilead Shalit must be included in the ceasefire deal. However, Egyptian go-betweens headed by intelligence minister Gen. Omar Suleiman did not agree to present this demand as unconditional when they lay out Israel's terms to a Hamas delegation from Damascus Tuesday, May 20.
debkafile's counter-terror sources disclose that Hamas responded by raising the price for releasing the soldier it snatched two years ago.
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New poll gives Olmert-Barak duo 21 percent rating for dealing with Gaza violence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2008
The poll, conducted by Prof. Yitzahk Katz's Maagar Mohot institute, found 51 percent of the sample canvassed in favor of fighting Hamas; 39 percent preferred an accommodation. Only 31 percent trusted prime minister Ehud Olmert and defense minister Ehud Barak to deal with the Palestinian missile offensive from Gaza; 21 percent did not; 34 percent were skeptical.
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Lack of Intelligence Enables First Armored Terror Attack on Regular Army<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2008
Once again, after two previous successes, Hamas proved Saturday, April 19 it was capable of ramming through Israel's border defenses against the Gaza Strip. This time, Israeli troops acted expeditiously and boldly enough to prevent a major Palestinian breakthrough at the Kerem Shalom crossing and fatal casualties. Thirteen members of the Southern Command's Bedouin Desert Patrol Battalion were injured, none of them seriously.
These troops performed their mission of foiling a Hamas killing-cum-kidnap rampage, although they were not armed with advance warning or the anti-tank weapons for dealing with the Palestinian group's two armored personnel carriers and two explosives-packed jeeps.
The attack testified graphically that Hamas' movements and plans in the Gaza Strip are a closed book for the Israeli army's operational intelligence.
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