1424 articles tagged "Israel"
 
Exclusive: Bloody clashes on Gaza-Israel border spurred by Israel's military restraint policy<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that the fierce battles on both sides of the Gaza-Israeli border barrier raging Wednesday, April 16, attest to further security deterioration on Israel's southwestern border. This was first demonstrated on April 9, when Palestinian gunmen cut through the barrier to reach the Nahal Oz oil terminal and murdered two workers - and again Wednesday, when three Israeli soldiers were killed and three injured fighting Palestinian raiders.
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Israeli ex-general sharply criticizes official "defensive" policy as recipe for war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2008
Former OC Central Command and ex-defense ministry Dir.-Gen Ret. Gen. Shraga Biran said Friday, April 11, that Israel's security problems will not be solved through defensive operations. In an unusually outspoken diatribe against current government policy by an apolitical military strategist, Biran warned that this defensive posture would lead inexorably to war, while strengthening Israel's antagonists, Syria, Hizballah and Hamas.
debkafile's military sources hold up Israel's military action in Gaza Friday to illustrate the point made by Gen. Biran.

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Palestinians and a Kosovo Pipe Dream<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 13, 2008
The proposal by senior Palestinian negotiator Yasser Abed Rabbo put forward Wed Feb. 20 to copy the Kosovo example if Israel continued to mark time in talks for a Palestinian state was quickly knocked down by his colleagues, but eyed with interest by Israel.
Tuesday, prime minister Ehud Olmert and foreign minister Tzipi Livni held another round of negotiations with Palestinian leaders Mahmoud Abbas and Ahmed Qureia.
debkafile's Middle East sources commented: Nothing has stopped the Palestinians from going ahead and declaring the West Bank independent, any more than Hamas was prevented from seizing control of and governing the Gaza Strip.
In fact, if the Kosovo model were seriously applicable to the Palestinians, Israel might profit in three ways.
Palestinian leaders may talk big about creating an independent state but when it comes to the point, their willingness to come out from under the American and Israeli umbrella, leave the gravy train and walk without external crutches is questionable.
Abd Rabbo's colleagues therefore lost no time in disowning his Kosovo vision in case it was accepted. They picked up the comment from some Israeli circles: Let them create another Kosovo; let's see how long they manage to survive on their own.
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Ex-Russian billionaire Gaydamak builds new Israel parliamentary faction out of defectors<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 11, 2008
Arcadi Gaydamak, who provoked the government by his holiday camps for distressed Israelis under rocket fire in the 2006 Lebanon War, is taking a leap into national politics. He hopes his Social Justice faction will enter parliament on the backs of defectors from other parties, starting with lawmakers who defected from the Pensioners' Party and with whom he is in negotiation.
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1st Sgt Seif Bitan, 21, from Jat, was killed, two soldiers injured in Gaza Wednesday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 11, 2008
Members of the elite Egoz unit were attacked by Palestinian gunmen in southern Gaza early Wednesday, April 9, on an operation to halt the gunfire plaguing Israeli farmers working their fields. The Palestinians fired RPGs and autonomic rifles. Israel struck back with an air strike which killed one gunman and injured four. The Palestinians then shelled the Israeli side with mortars.
debkafile reports a new surge in Palestinian attacks and attempted infiltrations from Gaza. Tuesday, Palestinians fired 7 Qassam missiles at Israel civilians; four landed south of Ashkelon. In northern Gaza, a concealed tunnel opening was found, apparently for terrorists to steal into Israel under the border.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2008
Three Qassam missiles from Gaza exploded on open ground south of Ashkelon early Monday, April 7, as an Israeli military force tackled an armed Palestinian band trying to cross the border near Netiv Ha'asara north of the Gaza Strip. Palestinians directed mortar fire at the Israeli force from within the territory. After a lengthy firefight, the intruders retreated.
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Israeli minister hurls unprecedented threat at Iran <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2008
National Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said Monday, April 7: "An Iranian strike on Israel would result in an Israeli response that would devastate the Iranian nation." On a visit to the national defense exercise's situation room, Ben-Eliezer warned: "An initial strike on Israel would see hundreds of missiles hit us... all of Israel will be within range of Syrian and Hizballah missiles."
debkafile's military sources note: In all of its 60 years, no Israeli leader has ever threatened to destroy another nation, however belligerent. His words directly contradict the soothing statements made by the prime minister and defense minister that the defense exercise is in no way intended as a threat or an escalation of war tensions.
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Exclusive: Mixed signals from Jerusalem ahead of Rice visit<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 30, 2008
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives in Israel over the weekend, before the Arab Summit is due to open in Damascus. She will meet Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Her purpose and that of the concessions she has demanded of Israel is to make it worthwhile for Abbas to stay clear of the radical line espoused by Syria and Iran in Damascus and stick to the US-promoted peace track.
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Israel Air Force may buy vertical-takeoff planes to dodge Hizballah-Hamas rockets <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 23, 2008
This is reported in the American Defense News. The expanding Palestinian and Lebanese Hizballah's missile threats to its southern and northern air bases have persuaded Israeli's Air Force to consider switching its procurement plans from 100 US F-35A stealth jets to the F-35B Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL) version, designed to serve the US Marine Corps when under fire.
Israel's southern and northern air bases have come within range of rockets from Hizballah in Lebanon and Hamas from the Gaza Strip, respectively, and possibly from the West Bank too.
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Iran and Israel Poised for Possible Military Clash over Mughniyeh's Death<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2008
Tehran is bent on avenging the death of its top terror tactician Imad Mughniyeh who was struck down by a bomb planted in his car in Damascus Tuesday, Feb. 13. Even before the high-ranking Iranian military investigation team, headed by Gen. Ghassem Soleimani, chief of the IRGC's al Qods Brigades, began a rush job the next day, Israel was singled out as the target for punishment by Iran, Hizballah and Syria.
An intriguing conspiracy theory emanating unexpectedly from Western sources was suggested by the veteran CNN correspondent Jim Clancy. In his view, Mughniyeh, the consummate master of deception, may still be alive. Others took the theory further and suggested his death may have been fabricated to provide Iran, Syria and Hizballah with a strong casus belli to attack Israel without further delay, and so repeat the Arabs' Yom Kippur success 35 years ago in catching Israel unawares.
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Damascus Smears Lebanese PM Siniora as "Israeli agent"<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 16, 2008
Syrian militlary intelligence, the main subversive arm of the Bashar regime in Lebanon, has launched a campaign in minor Syrian, Lebanese and Persian Gulf media to blacken the pro-Western prime minister Fouad Siniora as an agent of the Israeli Mossad.
In a tale planted in various websites, blogs and small papers, he is accused of spying for Israel for 34 years. His controller is named as Lt. Col. Aharon Goldbard. The Syrian sources try to pin on them both the intrigue to murder former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri three years ago.
Damascus also sees Mossad machinations in the Syrian army.
Defense minister Gen. Hassan Turkemeni has told army officers to beware because, "The Mossad has been able to penetrate the officer elite with gifts of satellite tetephones linked to Israeli spy satellites.
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Jihad Islami fires 26 Qassam missiles from Gaza after losing two West Bank chiefs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 16, 2008
Several missiles landed in Sderot causing damage. No immediate reports of casualties. The salvoes from Wednesday night, March 12 to Thursday midday came after five senior Palestinian terror commanders were killed in clashes with Israeli forces.
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Exclusive: Israel places Lebanese, Syrian, Gaza borders, its cities and highways on high terror alert
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 15, 2008
The annual intelligence report submitted to the Israeli government Sunday, March 9, predicted grave dangers to Israeli security in the coming year. However, even in the short term, debkafile's military and Middle East sources report the Israeli army, police and security forces are on guard for stormy events in the second half of March.
1. To bring reluctant Arab rulers to the Damascus Arab League summit on the 29th, Syria has quietly slipped the word that the contentious Lebanese issue will be left off the agenda. Deliberations would be confined to the Gaza crisis.
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Israeli FM Livni faces contempt of court charge over Israeli terror victims' suit against Palestinian Authority
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2008
The foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, has refused to comply with the Jerusalem district's court injunction to sign a document affirming whether or not the Palestinian Authority is entitled to immunity as a sovereign entity against suits for damages filed by victims of terror.
The suits were filed a large group of families of the early victims of the Palestinian uprising against Israel.
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Exclusive: Another Jerusalem yeshiva was saved from Palestinian attack four days before Mercaz Harav murders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2008
debkafile's counter-terror sources reveal that just four days before a single Palestinian killer murdered 8 Mercaz Harav students in Jerusalem on March 6, two Palestinians were frightened away from another Jerusalem yeshiva, Porath Yosef. The pair were challenged on March 2 by armed security guards on the door and they are still at large.
The Jerusalem police failed to sound the alarm after the guards reported the incident.
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Olmert and Barak deny ceasefire accord with Hamas - as does Hamas<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2008
Creating some confusion, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas insisted in Amman that a Gaza truce had been finalized. "Hamas wanted its leaders protected," he remarked.
The first denial came from Israel's defense minister Ehud Barak Monday, March 10, when he sharply rebuffed reports of a truce deal with Hamas and the scaling back of military operations in the Gaza Strip
"There is no accord, nor is one close," he stressed. "We will continue to fight until missile fire and terrorist attacks end and arms smuggling into Gaza is cut down. We are committed to these three goals."
Until these goals are attained, we will take any military steps we think fit.
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Sgt. Liran Banai, 20, from Ashkelon dies of his wounds
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 11, 2008
The Givati Brigade sergeant was critically injured on March 8 by a roadside bomb which killed another member of their routine patrol of the Israel-Gaza border outside Kissufim.
Altogether 10 Israelis died last week from Palestinian terrorist attacks.
Hundreds of bombing devices planted by Palestinians are routinely defused on the Gaza-Israel border every month. Some are laid to trap Israel border patrols at the rate of five per day.
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Exclusive: Terrorists beat the Shin Bet defense system in Jerusalem for the first time since 2006
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 11, 2008
debkafile's counter-terror sources report that for almost two years the Shin Bet's uniquely effective defense system succeeded in thwarting almost every Palestinian terrorist attacks inside Israel. But with the deadly shooting rampage at Jerusalem's Yeshivat Harav which claimed eight lives Thursday night, March. 5. Israel's eight-year terror ordeal at Palestinian hands has now taken a new direction. Under the guidance of Iran, Syria and Hizballah, terror planners have learned how to bypass the universally-acclaimed Shin Bet counter-terror system by dispensing with large operational teams which include accomplices who drive the suicide killer to target.
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Exclusive: Israeli cabinet okays Hamas, Jihad Islami targets for attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2008
debkafile's military sources disclose that Israel's security cabinet approved Wednesday, March 5, a series of terrorist targets for early attacks as part of a sustained military offensive against escalated Palestinian attacks from Gaza on Israeli civilians.
Prime minister Ehud Olmert and defense minister Ehud Barak earlier obtained a quiet nod from US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice before she wound up her visit. These targets are revealed here by debkafile:
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Eight funerals Friday for students murdered by Palestinian terrorist at Jerusalem's Yeshivat Harav Thursday night<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2008
Yohai Livshitz, 18, and Neria Cohen, 15 from Jerusalem
Yonatan Yitzhak Eldar, 16, from Shilo
Yonadav Haim Hirschfeld, 19, from Kohav Hashahar
Segev Peniel Avihail, 15, from Neve Daniel
Avraham David Moses, 16, from Efrat
Ro'i Roth, 18, from Elkana
Maharta Taruno, 26, from Ashdod
Seven of the wounded students in the shooting rampage are still in hospital, three in serious condition.
The killer was identified as Ala Abu Da'am, 20, a Jerusalem Palestinian with Israeli citizenship who lived in the southern village of Jebal Makaber and worked as a delivery-man. His family set up a mourning tent and raised Hamas and Hizballah flags. Hamas praised the killings as "heroic."

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