DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 24, 2008, 11:18 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources report: The Israeli Air Force's 122 Nachshon special missions squadron has taken delivery of the "Eitam" - a modified Gulfstream G-550 executive jet, fitted with the newest Israeli airborne early warning system (AEW & C) developed by Israel's Elta Systems.
Crammed onto the new, extra-small ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2008, 12:36 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile: Homeland Front commander Maj. Gen. Yair Golan reported to a Knesset panel Feb.19 that 400 Qassam missiles were fired at Israeli civilian locations bordering on the Gaza Strip in the first six weeks of 2008. This brings the monthly rate of fire to roughly 265 - more ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2008, 12:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
The PMO in Jerusalem rejected attempts to tie Israel to the bomb explosion in Damascus Tuesday, Feb. 12 which killed Hizballah's master terrorist Imad Mughniyeh.
debkafile's military and counter-terror sources report: Israel has elevated the alert on its Lebanese and Syrian borders, at airlines, embassies and Jewish institutions world ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: New Hamas tactics greet Israeli force in Gaza early Tuesday. One Israeli soldier slightly wounded <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 16, 2008, 11:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources report that the Golani brigade, armored forces and reservists raiding Hamas' missile and terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, Feb. 12, had their first taste of Hamas tactics for blocking a major incursion.
Hamas had apparently decided to jump the gun on its blocking ...
Israeli Military up in Arms over Bush-Olmert Plan for Major Operation in Gaza on Behalf of... Palestinian Authority <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 16, 2008, 2:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
President George W. Bush gave Israel the nod for its long-delayed military operation against Hamas in the Gaza before he ended his 50-hour visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah on Friday, Jan. 11 - except that his provisos stop the Israeli military short of its objectives, namely stamping out the Palestinian ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israeli generals impatient with government foot-dragging on Gaza operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 16, 2008, 12:27 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources report that the tone - even more than the actual words - heard from chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashenazi, air force chief Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shkedy and other generals Monday, Feb. 11, betrayed frustration over the too-little, too-late policies pursued by the government.
Israel's army chief orders IDF land, sea and air forces to prepare to defend the country's northern borders and interests<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 15, 2008, 12:32 PM (GMT+02:00)
Defense minister Ehud Barak said the entire national defense system is fully prepared and alert as heavy Israeli reinforcements, including homeland defense units, were rushed Thursday to northern Israel.
Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi gave these orders Thursday, Feb. 14, 24 hours after a bomb killed Hizballah's military commander Imad Mughniyeh ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2008, 9:38 AM (GMT+02:00)
Replying to pressing questions at the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee, Monday, Feb. 11, defense minister Ehud Barak said he had directed the Israeli army command to prepare for a possible major assault in Gaza and for its consequences, but also to put forward alternative options.
Hamas spokesmen threatened ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Southern Israel goes on highest alert level Sunday night for Palestinian suicide bombers<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2008, 9:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
The targeted area, according to an intelligence warning, includes the towns of Beersheba and Kiryat Gath and the Lachish region.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israel ministers asked to endorse buildup of Egyptian Sinai contingents - after the fact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2008, 5:56 PM (GMT+02:00)
Our Middle East sources report that prime minister Ehud Olmert and foreign minister Tzipi Livni have covertly given Cairo the go-ahead to at least double its 750-man Sinai police force. Our military sources report that Egypt raised the number of troops on its borders with Gaza and Israel to 2,350, ...
Shin Bet chief reports: Masses of high-quality weaponry, such as long-range rockets, roll into Gaza through the breached Sinai border <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2008, 10:52 AM (GMT+02:00)
The domestic security agency's director, Yuval Diskin, warned the Israeli cabinet Sunday, Feb. 3, that the Palestinians exploited the chaos on the Gaza-Sinai border to smuggle in quantities of long-range rockets, anti-tank and anti-air rockets and high explosives for missiles. Hundreds of Palestinian terrorists have headed south into Sinai. According ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Hamas expands missile targeting area as Israel forces hit back in N. Gaza. Barak threatens harsher military action
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2008, 10:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
Seventeen Palestinian missiles were fired by midday Thursday, Feb. 7, after Israeli Golani tank and engineering units with helicopter cover drove into northern Gaza in another bid to stem Palestinian cross-border missile attacks. They have since pulled back, while the missiles keep coming and Hamas broadens its targeting radius.
A dozen ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israel ministers asked to endorse doubling of Egyptian Sinai contingent - after the fact<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 6, 2008, 10:32 AM (GMT+02:00)
Our Middle East sources report that prime minister Ehud Olmert and foreign minister Tzipi Livni have covertly given Cairo the go-ahead to at least double its 750-man Sinai police force. Although this is a breach of the Sinai demilitarization provision of the 1982 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, the prime minister did ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 6, 2008, 10:31 AM (GMT+02:00)
After the Hamas-Jihad Islami terror machine was allowed to build up to formidable proportions, even a large-scale Israel military operation in the Gaza Strip will not easily stifle the missile and mortar campaign grinding down the Israeli population. However, the longer it is delayed, the harder it will be.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Judge Winograd blames Lebanon War's "great missed opportunity" on Israel's government and its senior military command alike <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2008, 12:02 PM (GMT+02:00)
Summing up the report the Lebanon War inquiry commission released Wednesday, Jan 30, chairman ex-justice Eliahu Winograd found grave failings in the management of the 34-day war of 2006 by Israel's political and military leadership alike.
Although the Israeli army is the most powerful in the Middle East, said the judge, ...
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.