Shin Bet-Justice ministry can't recommend more than 120 Fatah prisoners for release - far short of Olmert's pledge to Abbas of 250<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 10, 2007, 7:10 PM (GMT+02:00)
This is the domestic security agency's retort in its dispute with the prime minister over prisoner swaps for kidnapped Israeli soldiers. The Shin Bet reports that any number of Fatah convicts above 120 would set free hardened terrorist murderers dedicated to returning to killing Israelis. Their original list of 250 ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israeli armed forces are short of funds for contending with potential Iranian threat, says departing Israeli Dep. Defense Minister <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2007, 9:44 AM (GMT+02:00)
"We need more funds than we receive currently to deal with this threat," said Ephraim Sneh in a radio interview Monday, July 2.
Sneh also dismissed a popular notion: "There is no coordination on an operational level between the Israel and US militaries on Iran," he said. "If sanctions had been ...
Last Israeli troops pulling out of Gaza Friday brought with them eight Palestinian missile launchers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2007, 9:42 AM (GMT+02:00)
Some of the launchers were found with timers and one complete with a Qassem missile ready for firing into Israel. In Israel's two-day air and ground operation to curb Palestinian missile attacks, 11 armed Palestinians were killed, several injured and 109 were detained for questioning. Two Israeli soldiers suffered minor-to-moderate ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2007, 9:51 AM (GMT+02:00)
Last month, Ehud Olmert made a gesture of support for the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah government he installed for the West Bank in Ramallah in opposition to the Hamas government in Gaza: a pledge to release 250 terrorists of Abbas' Fatah party from Israeli jails.
But then, ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2007, 10:50 AM (GMT+02:00)
On June 26, Syria opened the Damascus-Golan road to Quneitra to civilian traffic for the first time since the Six-Day War of 1967. No announcement was made. The dozens of military roadblocks studding the 60 km high road connecting the capital with the Syrian part of Golan for 40 years ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 3, 2007, 1:00 PM (GMT+02:00)
Ephraim Sneh handed the post of deputy defense minister to his successor, Ret. Gen. Matan Vilnai, this week with some disturbing charges against the government he was quitting.
Israel is not prepared to handle threats from Iran [missiles and potentially nuclear weapons] because the government headed by Ehud Olmert is ...
Israeli forces kill 11 armed Palestinians, injure 40, in two counter-terror operations in Gaza Strip Wednesday. Two Israeli soldiers slightly injured<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 30, 2007, 10:51 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Palestinians fired 6 Qassam missiles and a dozen mortar rounds into Israel during the fighting. At Sejaya near Gaza City, an Israeli tank force targeted Hamas, Jihad Islami and Fatah-al Aqsa Brigades operatives involved in the manufacture and shooting of missiles into Israel.
Israel's president Moshe Katzav evades prison by signing plea bargain confessing to 7 indecent acts and sexual harassment<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 29, 2007, 10:03 AM (GMT+02:00)
The state attorney, Menahem Mazuz, who signed the deal agreed to drop two charges of rape and authorize the prosecution to demand only a suspended sentence not time in prison.
Former Prisoner of Zion Ida Nudel petitions high court to withdraw from Hamas, Hizballah prisoners benefits they deny Israeli captives<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2007, 9:27 PM (GMT+02:00)
She bases her petition against internal security minister Avi Dichter on the right to equal treatment. Israel permits family and Red Cross visits to Hizballah and Hamas prisoners which the two groups have denied Gilead Shalit, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser in their year as captives. This situation is intolerable, ...
Five Qassam missiles explode Wednesday night in Sderot and Kibbutz Nir Am. Two Israelis slightly injured, 7 in shock<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2007, 10:19 PM (GMT+02:00)
Jihad Islami in Gaza took responsibility for the attack, the third in a day. Earlier, a missile landed in the Ashkelon national park north of Gaza and in the morning Sderot was hit. The Israeli air force targeted the Palestinian launchers in Gaza.
Missile attacks from Gaza on Sderot and its ...
Defense minister Ehud Barak orders IDF to urgently help distressed Palestinians stuck in Gaza's Erez crossing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 23, 2007, 10:30 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel is allowing some Palestinians and foreigners to leave Gaza.
Defense sources say that unless hostile elements and terrorists are weeded out from genuine refugees, Israelis helping them do so at great risk. Only a few dozens remain in the Erez terminal. Egypt has sealed its border with Gaza to ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Damascus ordered Sunday's Katyusha attack on N. Israeli Kiryat Shemona, causing no casualties. But there is more to come
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2007, 9:07 PM (GMT+02:00)
The three 107mm rockets fired against Kiryat Shemona from Wadi Taiba Sunday, June 17, by a Palestinian radical group called Ansar Allah based in the Ain Hilwa refugee camp near Sidon was ordered by Syrian military intelligence as the first in a series, debkafile's military sources report.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israeli security services, army and police on high alert for Hamas-Fatah clashes on Temple Mount at Friday worship
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2007, 9:06 PM (GMT+02:00)
Our military sources report Israel brought up reinforcements to secure the Jerusalem shrine Friday, June 22, following information that the two Palestinian factions are gearing up for trouble and may try and smuggle side-arms or explosives into the mosques. It is feared that a bloody clash between the warring Palestinian ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israel's military command fears Hamas plans to import reinforcements from Lebanon and Syria for attack on West Bank
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2007, 1:59 AM (GMT+02:00)
Gen (ret.) Giora Eiland proposes the IDF's immediate recapture of Gaza's Philadelphi strip on the Egyptian border to foil Hamas' plan for a buildup of strength in readiness for its next offensive: the takeover of the West Bank.
Read debkafile's Exclusive Analysis below on the diverse streams of ...
In two separate firefights in Gaza, 7 Palestinians killed, an Israeli soldier moderately injured Wednesday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2007, 1:58 AM (GMT+02:00)
Early Wednesday, a Palestinian force, probably Hamas, attacked an Israeli tank unit which entered through Kissufim area in search of wanted terrorists and smuggling tunnels. The assailants used automatic weapons, anti-tank rockets and sniper fire. A second Israeli unit with tanks was attacked in northern Gaza. It was posted at ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Israel's new Ofeq-7 satellite beams its first images to base Thursday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2007, 1:40 PM (GMT+02:00)
With its successful launch Monday, Israel has acquired an essential intelligence asset for any war contingency.
Ofeq-7 was launched westward over the Mediterranean by the home-made Shavit three-stage solid fuel vehicle from the Palmachim aerospace base at 02:15 IT, June 11. The first images should be received by Tuesday night.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2007, 12:11 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Dor Alon Company which provides petrol to Gaza acted after consultation with the Israeli Army, which does not confirm the report. Fuel supplies for electricity generators are continuing for the moment.
Hizballah denies responsibility for the sudden Katyusha rocket attack on N. Israeli town of Kiryat Shemona from Lebanon Sunday. No casualties
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2007, 11:24 PM (GMT+02:00)
Three 107mm rockets were fired Sunday afternoon from a point between Al Adisa and Taiba villages inside Lebanon, apparently by a Palestinian group. Residents on the Israeli side of the border rushed for bomb shelters for the first time since the Lebanon War ended eleven months ago. An Israeli official ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Analysis: Labor's Ehud Barak in position for leap to premiership
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2007, 3:14 PM (GMT+02:00)
Ehud Barak is a former prime minister and chief of staff who campaigned on the ticket of an experienced national leader who learned from his many mistakes in his brief term as prime minister up to 2001.
Barak maintained he is the only Labor leader capable of winning a general ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2007, 1:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
More and more Israeli commentators are frankly admitting that Israel's pull-out from Gaza in the summer of 2005 was an open invitation to the forces of radical Islam to set up house in the defenseless territory. Now, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, foreign minister Tzipi Livni and the rest of ...