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 ...
Three Israeli soldiers injured, one moderately, in large-scale overnight counter-terror operation in Nablus<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2007, 11:27 PM (GMT+02:00)
A large explosives manufacturing facility was blown up in the Balata camp Tuesday night and the premises of Hamas and Fatah-affiliated al Aqsa Brigades in the Balata camp raided.
debkafile: The Balata operation was part of a comprehensive Israeli sweep of Hamas and Jihad Islami West Bank infrastructure which, ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2007, 1:16 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military experts conclude from the way Damascus described the episode Wednesday, Sept. 6, that the Pantsyr-S1E missiles, purchased from Russia to repel air assailants, failed to down the Israeli jets accused of penetrating northern Syrian airspace from the Mediterranean the night before.
The new Pantsyr missiles therefore ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: In a warning to Egypt, Israel states new situation leaves no option but military action to halt weapons flow to Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2007, 8:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
The warning was relayed to Cairo in the last 24 hours. debkafile's military sources disclose that the message means Israeli armed forces are standing by for an order to recapture the Philadelphi route running along the southern Gaza border with Egypt.
The "new situation" does not refer to ...
Israel's top soldier approves the IDF's first five-year rearmament budget with accent on infantry<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2007, 2:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
Chief of staff Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi okayed budgeting Monday, Sept. 3, for the introduction of hundreds of heavy "Tiger" armored personnel carriers based on Chariot tank chassis for the infantry. New Chariot-4 tanks and those in use will be upgraded with new active anti-missile defense systems.
Olmert reluctantly calls cabinet session Wednesday amid pressing demands for broad military action to stamp out missile threat from Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 4, 2007, 10:51 AM (GMT+02:00)
Following a seven-Qassam barrage on Sderot's schools Monday, several ministers have added their voices to opposition demands to send the army in against "Iran's forward position" in Gaza. debkafile: They are up against the prime minister's determination to withhold effective action for protecting Sderot and its neighboring communities ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 4, 2007, 10:26 AM (GMT+02:00)
Israel's defense minister Ehud Barak and chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi awarded citations to 38 conscripts and reservist, including six for valor and 12 for exemplary conduct. Posthumous medals were handed to the families of four fallen soldiers. The remaining citations will be awarded by unit commanders.
Barak said ...
Archeologists make urgent appeal to rescue Biblical relics pulverized by tractors on Temple Mount, Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2007, 9:17 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Waqf Muslim authority, using heavy tractors, has so far excavated a trench 120 -meters long, 1.5 meters deep, crushing fragments of monumental building, pottery and glazed tiles in their path. The trench runs through the northern and eastern parts of the 2,000-year old Upper Platform of Temple Mount, where ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2007, 10:23 AM (GMT+02:00)
Local parents challenged the figures offered by Maj. Gen Yitzhak Gershon, head of the homeland security command, when he inspected the measures for protecting schoolchildren against the daily Qassam missile fire from Gaza Wednesday, Aug. 29. Four days before the school year opens, Gershon reported Sderot has 164 fortified classrooms, ...
Israeli Defense Minister Barak discerns ebb in war tensions with Syria, reports massive expansion of Hizballah arsenal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2007, 9:33 AM (GMT+02:00)
In his first briefing to the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee Monday, Aug. 27, defense minister Ehud Barak reported that Iranian missiles for Hizballah were being unloaded at Syria's Latakia port. They consist of many times more long-range and short-range rockets than Hizballah had in its arsenal when it ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Fatah-al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades revokes Israeli amnesty deal offered 178 members for renouncing terror<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2007, 11:17 AM (GMT+02:00)
Their commanders announced they were reverting to their old routines, namely terrorist attacks on Israelis.
Tuesday morning, Aug. 21, three days after Israel's internal security minister Avi Dichter disclosed that 40% of the group which took the pledge to give up terrorism had not turned in their weapons, the IDF rounded ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2007, 3:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
As life in areas abutting the Gaza Strip becomes increasingly hellish and dangerous, their Israeli inhabitants feel as though they live in a forgotten land.
debkafile sources report this sensation was dramatized Saturday, Aug. 25, by the display of astonishing new Palestinian military capabilities and their determination to ...
Defense Minister Barak warns: Israel's military is under-manned, under-equipped and under-trained for deterring or winning wars<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2007, 10:25 AM (GMT+02:00)
At a news conference Monday, Aug. 20, Ehud Barak warned that the Israeli Defense Forces are in no fit condition to uphold its security missions which he defined as deterrence, early warning and victory. The plan Barak put forward includes reconstituting two disbanded reservist divisions, improving tank armor against missiles ...