1429 articles tagged "Israel"
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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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Expel Palestinian terrorists from Jerusalem, says security minister Dichter
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 8, 2008
Israel's internal security minister Avi Dichter commented after a resident of Jerusalem's Jebal Makaber shot dead eight yeshiva students Thursday that Palestinian terrorists ought to be expelled to Palestinian territory. He intends seeking to amend the law to make this possible because, said the minister, jail is no deterrent to these terrorists.
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An Israeli soldier killed, three injured, 10 missiles hit Sderot<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 8, 2008
A second soldier is critically wounded. Their patrol jeep was struck by a roadside bomb outside Kissufim Wednesday night, March 5. debkafile reports, that an average of five of these devices are routinely discovered and defused on the Gaza border fence day by day.
In Sderot, a Qassam rocket set a home ablaze, seriously injuring two occupants. It was the second direct hit to a Sderot home from Gaza Thurs. March 6. The town took 10 Palestinian missiles during the day.
Two Qassam missiles exploded in Sderot Thursday afternoon, one crashing into a home, leaving several people in shock.


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Israel bars French lawyers' entry to Gaza to seek release of kidnapped soldier Gilead Shalit<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2008
Two French lawyers, acting for the Shalit family who are French citizens, told a news conference in Israel Wednesday, March 5, they were ready to meet anyone able to help free the Israeli soldier who was kidnapped in a cross-border raid from Gaza 21 months ago. Emmanuel Altit and Stephane Zerbib were denied Israeli authorization to enter the Gaza Strip.
debkafile reports all access to the embattled territory has been strictly prohibited in view of extreme danger warnings from intelligence sources of imminent Palestinian plans for more kidnappings and executions.
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Israeli troops abruptly withdraw from Gaza. Palestinian missile blitz continues
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 6, 2008
Shortly after Israel's withdrawal, Monday, March 3, the Palestinians stepped up their missile and rocket attacks. One of three Katyusha rockets fired from Gaza at Ashkelon hit a seven-story building, sending a dozen people into shock and sowing wide panic in the city of 120,000. Eight missiles exploded in Sderot, 2 in Shear Hanegev and 4 in the Eshkol farmland area south of Sderot.
debkafile reports: Prime minister Ehud Olmert suddenly decided on the pullback of Israeli ground and armored units from northern Gaza before dawn Monday without completing their mission of halting Palestinian fire.
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Fresh Palestinian missile onslaught on heels of Rice's departure
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2008
debkafile's military sources report three Katyusha rockets fired from Gaza exploded south of Ashkelon Wed. March 5 afternoon; three aimed as Sderot and the Eshkol farming region. In the morning, two rockets landed south of Ashkelon and a missile was aimed at Sdot Hanegev - so far 5 rockets and 7 missiles.
The barrage followed the Israeli foreign affairs and security cabinet's decision to keep up "continuous and systematic" military pressure on Hamas in response to its escalating missile-rocket violence against Israeli civilians.
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Two Israeli ministers demand tougher, sustained military crackdown to halt Palestinian missile offensive<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 40 Palestinian missiles crashed into Sderot and its environs, Five Katyusha rockets were fired from Gaza, four exploding Ashkelon and one in Netivot, the third Israeli town targeted from Gaza. One of four Katyushas fired at Ashkelon exploded next door to the home of internal security minister Avi Dichter, hours after he criticized the current Israeli military operation in Gaza for failing to stop the Palestinian missile-rocket blitz.
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Ofakim was third Israeli town to join Hamas missile targets Sunday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2008
A Palestinian missile hit Ofakim, a town of 30,000, situated 12-15 km east of Gaza and south of Beersheba, Sunday, March 2, crashing into the Salli mausoleum, but causing no casualties.
Defense minister Barak stated that Israel would fight Hamas in Gaza until it was forced to halt its missile-rocket war against Israeli towns and villages. The goal would not be attained in two days and more escalation was to be expected, Barak said.
debkafile's military sources reported earlier that the IDF command received intelligence of Hamas plans to top their missile jihad by infiltrating terrorists into Israeli cities through secret tunnels running under the Gaza-Israel border.
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Israeli Government Stalls While Hamas Escalates<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2008
Vacillation or dithering was the original sin committed by the Olmert government in the Lebanon War and the primary cause of its inconclusive outcome, according to the panel set up to examine what went wrong.
The same deficiency dogs the government's handling of Hamas in Gaza, despite prime minister Ehud Olmert's pledge to correct his act. The belligerence of Hamas and its terrorist allies' escalates unchallenged and the fundamentalist Palestinian rulers of Gaza go from strength to strength, while the dithering goes on.
Shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, they have decided a barrier along the border with Egypt is the answer, although it would take at least a year to build and would not be proof against Palestinian missiles against Eilat, for example.
Whether Olmert and Barak stay in power or make way for opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu is a petty irrelevance compared with the question of who will lead Israel and its army against a proactive enemy which presents the country with an existential peril in the present. Neither of the incumbents has so far come up to scratch.
debkafile's Middle East military sources maintain that the here and now are very much a part of the strategy developed by Iran and Syria for defeating - and if possible destroying -the Jewish state.
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Senior Israeli minister calls for emergency government
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2008
The hazards Israeli faces are existential, industry and trade minister Eli Yishai maintained Monday after the prime minister suddenly ordered Israeli ground troops to pull out of the Gaza Strip in mid-operation. He termed Israel's unilateral disengagement from Gaza in 2005 the "biggest mistake in Israel's history." The opposition Likud turned down the proposal, maintaining the Olmert government must be overturned and replaced with an administration capable of giving Israelis security. Yishai heads the ultra-religious Shas party which is a member of the government coalition.
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US warships move into E. Mediterranean in case Gaza escalation spills over into Lebanon<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2008
Friday, Feb. 29, Egypt's intelligence minister Omar Suleiman canceled his visit to Israel because of estimates in Cairo that hectic preparations current in Israel and the Gaza Strip augur a steep escalation of cross-border violence.
debkafile's military sources report: The US has meanwhile posted naval and marine vessels opposite the shores of Israel and Lebanon in case the Gaza fighting spreads to a second front.
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Two Israeli soldiers killed, 6 injured in heavy battles in Gaza. Palestinians report some 50 dead <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2008
The Israeli fatalities are identified as 1st Sgts. Doron Asulin, 20 from Beersheba and Eran Dan Gur, 20, from Jerusalem.
debkafile's military sources report: Israel's Givati Brigade troops engaged in heavy fighting with Hamas armed forces in the northern Gaza Strip's Sejaya and Jebalya areas Saturday March 1, in the IDF's first extended challenge to Hamas' protracted missile and rocket attacks on the Sderot and Ashkelon regions. Tanks, self-propelled guns, F-16 fighter jets and helicopters took part in the combat. Two Israeli soldiers were killed by Palestinian fire, six injured. The Palestinians reported some 50 dead - 20 in battle, the rest civilians including 5 children, as well as 120 injured. More than 50 missiles were fired by Palestinians.
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"If we have to use force to change the situation, we will do so" <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2008
Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak made this pledge after a high-level security conference Sunday night May 2 on the Gaza missile crisis. "It's time to act, our operation will press on and Hamas will be responsible for the consequences," he said.
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Israel aims to stamp out missile jihad by destroying Hamas rule of Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2008
debkafile's military sources report the Israeli military command is now targeting Hamas rule of the Gaza Strip as ultimately the only effective way of halting the Palestinian missile offensive against civilian locations. It therefore proposes to systematically destroy Hamas institutions one by one until its rule of Gaza caves in.
If Hamas alternatively decides it can no longer afford the exorbitant price exacted by the Israeli military for sustaining its missile offensive and abandons it, the IDF will halt its military operations. This would lead to an informal truce.
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Israeli leaders approach mediators for a ceasefire with Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2008
Reporting this, debkafile's sources say Hamas would claim it had came out ahead of this round after the Israeli Air Force and army failed to stop its two-day barrage of 105 missiles and rockets.
Ashkelon, brought firmly into the Palestinian rocket cycle Wednesday, Feb. 27, was hit by a dozen Grad (Katyusha) rockets Thursday, injuring three people and sending 55 to hospital in a state of shock. The damage to the town of more than 120,000 was extensive. Thursday night, defense minister Barak finally approved the Red Color alert system
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Ashkelon Mayor joins calls for tough military action against Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 1, 2008
The mayor, Ronnie Mahtzari, called on the government to remove the gloves for a tough military operation against the savage Palestinian missile offensive on Israeli locations bordering on the Gaza Strip. He said the town is willing to take more missiles, as long as the IDF is allowed to take effective action against the terrorists.
In recent weeks, all parts of Ashkelon, a thriving city of more than 103,000 with a big oil port, have joined the cycle of Hamas missile targets from Gaza.
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