Barak's talks in Washington focus on upgrade of Israel's anti-missile capabilities against Iran, Syria, Hizballah and Palestinians<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2007, 2:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
Ehud Barak, on his first visit to Washington as Israel's defense minister, met Vice President Dick Cheney Wednesday night, Oct. 17, and is scheduled to call in at the White House Thursday to meet with National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2007, 1:51 PM (GMT+02:00)
Olmert, deputy defense minister Matan Vilnai, chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi and air force chief Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shkedi, who also commands the Iranian war sector, were briefed Tuesday, Oct. 16, on the preparedness of Arrow missile defense batteries for a possible war contingency. debkafile's military ...
Sgt. Ben Kubani, 20, from Hadera, killed in action in IDF counter-terror operation near Khan Younes, S. Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2007, 11:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
Sgt. Kubani of the Golani Brigade died in hospital Wednesday from wounds he sustained under Palestinian anti-tank fire. Earlier, the Israeli Air Force struck a group of armed Palestinians approaching the unit operating against terrorist targets close to the border in the southern Gaza Strip. A Hamas gunman was killed ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 16, 2007, 10:58 AM (GMT+02:00)
Even if Hizballah has given Israel documents in the handwriting of the long-missing Israeli navigator Ron Arad, as claimed by a Lebanese newspaper, they still may not clear up the mystery of the fate which befell him after his capture 21 years ago.
Israeli intelligence has long concluded that, after Ron ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Olmert's ministers float improbable fantasies as facade for non-progress in his dialogue with Palestinian leader Abbas<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2007, 11:55 AM (GMT+02:00)
Dep. prime minister Haim Ramon proposed Monday, Oct. 8, ahead of the prime minister's address to the opening of the Knesset's winter session, that Israel reject the Palestinian principle of the "right of return" (of the 1948 refugees) and offer instead the yardstick of "compassion and mercy."
Last week Ramon floated ...
Winograd panel will next week announce its decision on assigning personal responsibility in Lebanon War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 10, 2007, 7:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
Earlier, debkafile exposed reports that the Winograd panel will not finger the prime minister in its final report on mishandling of Lebanon War were baseless.
The false reports were deliberately disseminated Monday, Oct. 8, the day before prime minister Ehud Olmert faced a fraud squad interrogation on his ...
First extended-range Palestinian missiles to hit Negev town of Netivot early Sunday identified as Russian-made Grad 20-km range surface missile<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 10, 2007, 3:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
No one was hurt by the four-missile salvo, one of which exploded 90 meters from the town's western houses. Also attacked Sunday were Sderot and a number of kibbutzim bordering on Gaza by four Qassam missiles and 12 mortar shells, which damaged a house in Kerem Shalom.
debkafile's military ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 5, 2007, 3:01 PM (GMT+02:00)
While Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas was immersed this week in dead-end dialogue with Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, in obedience to the United States and European powers, the Hamas applied the finishing touches to a single integrated armed force by merging its armed branches with the former Palestinian Authority ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 30, 2007, 9:45 AM (GMT+02:00)
The same day saw the Jewish pilgrimage festival of Succoth, prayers on Temple Mount on the third Friday of Ramadan and mass attendance at the funeral of former Chief Rabbi Avraham Elkana Shapira on the Mt. of Olives opposite the shrine,
Thousands of police were called up to guard jam-packed places ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2007, 9:53 AM (GMT+02:00)
This step is in line with the government's declaration last week to declare Hamas-ruled Gaza hostile territory. A senior Palestinian banking source says if more Israeli banking institutions follow this lead, Gaza's banks will shut down.
Attorney general orders criminal probe against Israeli PM Ehud Olmert <br/>over purchase of Jerusalem house in 2004<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 26, 2007, 11:14 AM (GMT+02:00)
AG Menachem Mazuz has found grounds for suspicions that a friend bribed Olmert, who was then minister of industry, labor and commerce, by selling him a luxury apartment at a discount of half a million dollars below its market value in return for favors on illegal building permits.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 25, 2007, 4:11 PM (GMT+02:00)
It was decided Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Israeli government meeting in Jerusalem, as a gesture to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in honor of the Muslim Eid al Fitr which ends Ramadan. The security cabinet convened later to approve the list of Palestinian members of Fatah to be released.
The decision ...
In matters of national security, we have learned not to be misled by false calm - Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 25, 2007, 10:31 AM (GMT+02:00)
At the state ceremony marking the 34th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, Barak said the battle against terror goes on, but we will prevail. The fighters of the present generation are the equals of their fathers.
The IDF's deterrent strength and its will to win are the best guarantee ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2007, 6:41 PM (GMT+02:00)
A Palestinian from the West Bank town of Nablus, employed in a Tel Aviv restaurant, led Israeli Shin Bet security forces to the hiding place of a bomb belt in Tel Aviv. Thursday, the suicide bomber was captured with his Hamas controler in the Beit Ein Ilma camp in Nablus ...
The Israeli cabinet brands Hamas' rule of Gaza a "hostile entity." US Secretary Rice supports step<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2007, 7:34 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Israeli security cabinet's decision Wed. Sept 19 paves the way for the cutoff of supplies, including electricity, fuel, water to the 1.5 million Palestinians of the Gaza Strip which was seized by Hamas in June. Condoleezza Rice said that for the US, Hamas is indeed a hostile entity as ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: The Israeli jets said to have penetrated Syrian airspace Wednesday night escaped by jamming Russian-made Pantsyr-S1 air defens
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 18, 2007, 4:17 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military experts conclude from the way Damascus described the episode that the Pantsyr-S1 missiles were a letdown because they failed to down the intruders and therefore leave Syria and Iranian airspace vulnerable to hostile intrusion.
Such information on the Russian weapons systems sold to both countries is ...
Sixty-nine Israeli soldiers injured when three missiles launched from Gaza hit their boot camp early Tuesday. Ministers demand serious military action
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 17, 2007, 10:00 PM (GMT+02:00)
Four of the new recruits were seriously injured, two critically, from shrapnel and blast. One of the Qassams exploded in an empty tent in the Zikkim facility north of Gaza; a second outside the mess tent full of soldiers on their last day of basic training. Jihad Islami and the ...
Barak: We are heading for a major ground operation to stamp out Palestinian missile attacks and curb the Hamas military buildup
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2007, 8:37 AM (GMT+02:00)
This statement came Wednesday, Sept. 5, from Israel's defense minister at meeting of security chiefs after a special defense cabinet session on ways to halt the Qassam missile barrage from Gaza.
debkafile's military sources say the first part of the operation has begun.
Wednesday, Sept 5, Israeli forces were present ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Newly-arrived Iranian and Hizballah instructors upgrade Palestinian missile capabilities in Gaza. IDF restrained from striking<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2007, 8:35 AM (GMT+02:00)
For all its five-year plan, Israel's armed forces are prevented from launching effective offensive action to destroy the upgraded Palestinian missile infrastructure in Gaza.
debkafile's military sources report: The Jihad Islami chief Mohammad al Hindi recently brought back from Tehran dozens of Iranian and Hizballah artillery experts who ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Undercover IDF unit abducts Hamas operative involved in Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit kidnap last year<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2007, 8:35 AM (GMT+02:00)
Members of the unit were disguised as Hamas Executive Force operatives when they snatched Mawash al Qadi Saturday, Sept. 8. He was driving with his family in the southern Gaza town of Rafah when his Subaru was stopped by a roadblock manned by the Israeli troops. They pulled him out ...