DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2008, 5:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
Amir Peretz, who resigned as defense minister after the Lebanon War, advanced the view that every part of Israel is potentially threatened. Hizballah fired nearly 4,000 rockets at northern Israeli towns and villages in the 33 days of the 2006 war. Peretz, who had been on the job three months ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 30, 2008, 7:48 PM (GMT+02:00)
According to the ex-general, the IDF needed no more than a week or two to finish the Shiite Hizballah and end the 2006 Lebanon War - were it not for the ineptitude and hesitancy prevailing at the top of Israel's government and military and the muddled orders handed down to ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2008, 9:43 AM (GMT+02:00)
A Palestinian asked by a border guard patrol to show his ID in the Atarot industrial zone Saturday, Jan. 26, wrenched open the door of the police vehicle, stabbed a guard and attacked his female partner. Two other guards in the car shot the assailant and wounded him seriously.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2008, 9:34 AM (GMT+02:00)
In an interview for Newsweek by Lally Weymouth, the Israeli defense minister said: We think that they [the Iranians] are quite advanced... working on warheads for ground-to-ground missiles... [and] that they probably have another clandestine enrichment operation beyond the one in Natanz.
debkafile: If they are "working on ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israel is developing an interceptor for short-range ballistic threats, like the Hizballah's Katyusha rockets <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 25, 2008, 5:20 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the US Raytheon, which developed the Patriot, are working on a cost-effective system that can intercept middle to long-range, low-cost rockets and missiles threatening civilian populations. Expected to be deployed not before 2012, the system dubbed "Stunner," was unveiled by Rafael on Jan. 22.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: The successful test-firing of an Israeli long-range nuclear-capable missile Thursday timed for Russian naval exercise<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2008, 1:14 PM (GMT+02:00)
It was coordinated with the US Missile Defense Program, Israeli and US defense officials tied up the last ends during President George. W. Bush's visit last week. The successful test of a propulsion system for the dual-stage missile from the Palmahim base Thursday, Jan. 17, was a breakthrough. Western military ...
Former Israeli national security adviser says Israel must recognize Hamas as responsible Gaza government <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2008, 8:57 AM (GMT+02:00)
Gen. (res) Giora Eiland said the defense minister Ehud Barak had "blinked prematurely" when he authorized resumed oil and medicines shipments to the Gaza Strip from Tuesday, Jan. 22, only two days after the sanction was imposed. Hamas claims to govern the Gaza Strip and admits its accountability as such. ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2008, 8:56 AM (GMT+02:00)
Internal security minister Avi Dichter warned the Israeli cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Sunday, Jan. 20, that without a new kind of military deterrence to halt the Palestinian missile offensive from Gaza, Sderot would break down. He asked why the chief of staff was absent from the session.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Fifteen Hamas missiles fired Saturday - hours after UN Secretary calls on Israelis and Palestinians to stop Gaza violence<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2008, 6:16 AM (GMT+02:00)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Palestinians for "an immediate cessation" of sniper and rocket attacks and "maximum restraint" by the Israeli military.
His appeal came after Hamas and its allies pounded Israeli civilian locations with 165 Qassam, 76 mortar rounds and two Katyusha rockets for four days. Israeli ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Crack in Olmert government coalition with Israel Beitenu walkout and its call for elections
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 19, 2008, 9:09 PM (GMT+02:00)
Party leader Avigdor Lieberman Wednesday, Jan. 16, made good on his promise to quit government if talks on "core issues" of the conflict were launched with Palestinian leaders.
He argued that Israel's conflict with the Arabs was never territorial, rejected the "land for peace" convention as a trap and urged ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: In his first public reference to the ongoing Palestinian missile war, Israeli PM Olmert vowed to seek out the terrorists responsible
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 18, 2008, 8:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
"We don't seek to fight in the Gaza Strip," he said, "but neither will we put up with these attacks. We will continue to target the terrorists with wisdom and boldness."
Olmert stressed there is no magic formula for stopping every missile. But the moment will come for the swinging pendulum ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Barak slaps down Israeli prime minister at Knesset panel<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2008, 9:23 AM (GMT+02:00)
Defense minister Ehud Barak remarked: "Words won't stop missiles, or declarations centrifuges" after prime minister Ehud Olmert told the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee: "Israel will not accept a nuclear-armed Iran and therefore no options are ruled out in advance for preventing it."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2008, 9:22 AM (GMT+02:00)
The son of Hamas' Gaza bureau chief Mahmoud a-Zahar was one of 20 armed Palestinians killed in IDF counter-terror operations in Zeitun and Sejaiya, Gaza Tuesday, Jan. 15. More than 40 injured. His vehicle was struck from the air in Zeitun.
Israeli forces engaged two Palestinian terrorist cells, including a ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Hamas-Gaza opens fire on Israeli Navy vessels as violence on Israel's borders mounts ahead of Bush visit<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 8, 2008, 12:17 PM (GMT+02:00)
Our military sources report that Tuesday noon, Jan. 8, Hamas positions in Rafah opened fire on Israeli Navy vessels patrolling Mediterranean waters off the Gaza Strip. The ships' guns returned fire. When it continued and Hamas brought in reinforcements, Israeli Air Force helicopters were summoned to stop the shooting.
Monday night, ...
Barak: Palestinian killers of Ahikam Amihai and David Rubin last Friday should rot in prison for the rest of their days<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 4, 2008, 9:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
Defense minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday, Jan. 2: If the Palestinian Authority lets them walk, Israel will track them down. debkafile Reported that two of the Fatah murderers were members of Mahmoud Abbas' security services.
Amihai and Rubin were on a hike when they were stalked and shot ...
Two Qassam missiles in construction and launchers uncovered in West Bank town of Nablus, after first 122mm Katyusha reaches northern Ashkelon<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 4, 2008, 5:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile reports: This drastic security deterioration on two Palestinian fronts occurred Thursday, Jan. 3 A large Israeli force of several battalions uncovered the first West Bank Qassam workshop in Nablus in an operation which left 20 armed Palestinians injured. Its presence brings central Israel within range of Palestinian ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2008, 9:08 PM (GMT+02:00)
Four were Hamas operatives and two members of the umbrella Popular Resistance Committees. A Palestinian heavy machine gun was also hit. Israel launched the pre-dawn air and ground strikes in Sejaya outside Gaza City after Palestinian gunmen fired anti-tank missiles at patrolling Israeli troops.
At least eight Palestinians were killed in ...
Special Israeli military probe finds IDF responsible for death of Palestinian woman at Gaza's Erez crossing Sunday night<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 2, 2008, 9:42 AM (GMT+02:00)
Seven hundred Palestinians, allowed last week to leave for the hajj in Mecca through Jordan, mobbed the Israeli position at the Erez crossing when they returned to Gaza Sunday night, Dec. 30. The soldiers ordered them to halt. When they kept coming, the Israeli troops fired "warning shots," one of ...
Thousands attended Jerusalem funeral of two elite Israeli off-duty troops murdered by Palestinian gunmen near Hebron. Ruling Fatah and Jihad Islami responsible
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2007, 10:38 AM (GMT+02:00)
Three hikers, Pvt Ahikam Amihai, 20 and Sgt. David Rubin, 21, from Kiryat Arba and an Israeli girl, were stalked by a group of armed Palestinians, who attacked them in a wadi northwest of Hebron Friday afternoon, Dec. 8. The girl ran away and raised the alarm. The two hikers, ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 28, 2007, 6:43 PM (GMT+02:00)
The agency report that the Egyptian president handed the Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak a note from Bashar Assad to Ehud Olmert when they met at Sharm el-Sheikh Wednesday, Dec. 26, drew a "no comment" from Israeli officials.
debkafile's sources report that in recent private conversations, Olmert confided ...