1420 articles tagged "Israel"
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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
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 in Damascus.
debkafile's military sources report that he took these unprecedented steps following a stream of incoming intelligence updates reporting that Iran, Syria and Hizballah had decided not to let Mughniyeh's death pass without an immediate response.
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Barak tells IDF to prepare for large-scale military assault on Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2008
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 Mon. Feb. 11 that attacks on its political leaders would be met with "unprecedented retaliation."
debkafile: The clamor has mounted for a strategic ground action to deal with the Palestinian missile and terrorist offensive buffeting Israeli civilians from Gaza
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<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
The targeted area, according to an intelligence warning, includes the towns of Beersheba and Kiryat Gath and the Lachish region.
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<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
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, Sunday and Monday, whereas the cabinet ministers were asked for their approval Wednesday, Feb. 6. Neither did the prime minister refer the decision to parliament, although it was taken in breach of the Sinai demilitarization provision of the 1982 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.
Read debkafile's Special Military Analysis below of the decision-making dynamic behind the current crisis

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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
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 to Western intelligence sources, they are spread out along the 220-km Israeli border.
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<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
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 Palestinian missiles were fired by midday Thursday, Feb. 7, after Israeli
debkafile's military sources report: Israel defense minister Ehud Barak has more than once threatened firmer and broader military action to stop the missile blitz from Gaza. But so far he has kept the military on a tight leash.

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<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
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 not consult the government or obtain parliament's mandatory approval before acceding to Egypt's request.
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First Knock out Terror Machine - Then Talk to Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 6, 2008
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.
In the course of 2007, Palestinians in Gaza fired 2,359 missiles and mortar shells into Israel, double the 2006 figure. The current estimate is that, barring a full-scale counter-terror offensive in Gaza involving the call-up of reserves, the 2008 figure will soar past 4,000, and may well include volleys from the West Bank as well as Gaza.
In this offensive, the IDF's mission would entail liquidating the Hamas terrorist war infrastructure, clobbering the 12,000-strong armed Palestinians - many of whom may go to ground in the dense civilian population, demolishing their command centers, missile foundries and arms arsenals, and severing their smuggling routes from Egyptian Sinai to Gaza. This campaign would not be short or painless.
Israel's chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi put his finger on a key question when he asked what happens the day after the war.
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<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
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, it failed to achieve a clear military victory or quell Hizballah rocket fire on the civilian population.
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Israel's future defense concepts must apply maximum security to the home front
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2008
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 when the war was declared, also demanded an inquiry into the six years of neglect that left the army unready for the conflict. He named the previous governments of Ariel Sharon and the current defense minister Ehud Barak. Peretz noted that transport minister Shaul Mofaz, like Olmert himself, had been a senior member of the Sharon administration.

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Maj. Gen. (ret) Yoram Yair: Hizballah never managed to obstruct a single IDF advance
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 30, 2008
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 the fighting men. The prime minister, he said, knows perfectly well that he mismanaged the war and should make himself accountable - like his subordinates.
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Palestinian terrorist stabs Israeli border guard in Jerusalem - third attack in three days<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2008
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.
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Barak: We think Iran's nuclear program is much beyond the level of the Manhattan Project<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2008
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 warheads," this would indicate that a nuclear weapon is already within reach.
Barak went on to say: "Our interpretation is that clearly the Iranians are aiming at a nuclear capability.
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<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
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.
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<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
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 experts report the new system can propel the missile to any point on earth - an intercontinental capability owned only by the US, Russia, China and France.
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Former Israeli national security adviser says Israel must recognize Hamas as responsible Gaza government <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2008
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. Eiland calls on Israel to take its leaders at their word.
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Minister raps "inadequate" Israeli army action in Gaza, jabs prime minister Olmert<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2008
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.
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<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
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 operations to quell the attacks left 30 Palestinians dead, but failed to halt them. Ban Ki-moon stepped in only when Israel closed the Gaza border crossings.
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<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
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 the adoption instead of the principle of territorial exchange. Lieberman called for an early general election.

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<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
"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 to force the other side to change. We shall do everything necessary in the right proportions," he said.
debkafile's sources: The Israeli populations living under Palestinian missile bombardment found little comfort in Olmert's carry-on-as-before recipe. Whole families who can, continue to head out of their targeted towns and villages in search of a safe haven. The battered small town of Sderot is dying after fifty-six years.

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