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 ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 22, 2007, 11:29 AM (GMT+02:00)
Sderot parents to boycott schools over government's failure to fortify classrooms against daily Palestinian missiles. The Parents Committee cite the High Court of Justice ruling last school year ordering the government to fortify every classroom within missile range of the Gaza Strip by Sept. 1 when the new school year ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2007, 9:23 PM (GMT+02:00)
Three Qassam missiles were fired against Kerem Shalom gateway Sunday as more than 130 trucks carried milk, fruit, sugar, flour and equipment for the next school year.
Trucks carrying 100,000 liters of heavy fuel were halted on the Israeli side of the reopened Nahal Oz crossing by the European Community's ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2007, 10:56 AM (GMT+02:00)
Since the beginning of the week, Israel's top military commanders have been poring over the situation of the Israeli Defense Forces in a workshop called by Ehud Barak who took over as defense minister two months ago. Some of their most alarming findings were presented by Barak at his first ...
Netanyahu is re-elected leader of Israeli opposition Likud. His first actions as victor provoke sharp criticism <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2007, 8:39 AM (GMT+02:00)
As expected, former prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu won an overwhelming 73% of his party's support, compared with the nationalist Moshe Feiglin's 23% and Danny Danin's 3.5%. The turnout was 40% of the registered 95,000 members, a considerable feat in a midsummer poll.
But when it came to his victory announcement ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2007, 11:39 AM (GMT+02:00)
Canvassed on choice of prime minister by pollster Yitzhak Katz, 32% opted for Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu, 30% for the Labor defense minister Ehud Barak (both former PMs) and 5% for the incumbent Olmert.
War tensions rise between Syria and Israel amid soothing words on both sides. Gen. Kaplinksy's departure delayed<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 16, 2007, 9:59 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources report that the delay in Maj. Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky's scheduled departure as Deputy Chief of Staff, announced by the IDF spokesman Wednesday night, Aug 15, is connected with the war tensions on Israel's northern and Gaza borders and renewed threats from Iran.
Barak inspected the ...
Six Palestinians said killed in ongoing Israeli drive into S. Gaza early Tuesday to counter missile fire, tunnels and infiltrations<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 15, 2007, 5:16 PM (GMT+02:00)
More than 100 suspected terrorists detained for questioning, half released later.
The Golani Brigade troops clashed with Palestinian Hamas gunmen who opened fire during a raid on the villages of Qarara and Abassan east of Khan Younes and close to the Israeli border. The force continues to operate in the area, ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 14, 2007, 10:52 AM (GMT+02:00)
They have been identified as Yehiel Rosenfeld, David Cochavi, Yitzhak Hamami and Yehoshua Lustig. The close kin of the fifth soldier has not yet been informed. The remains of the five Israeli soldiers who died in Israel's War of Independence were found at El Arish in northern Sinai.
Gunman killed after attacking an Israeli security guard in Jerusalem Friday was Israeli Arab Ahmad Hatib from Galilee<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2007, 2:27 PM (GMT+02:00)
Hatib died in an exchange of fire after he shot and grabbed the sidearm of an Israeli guard who was seriously wounded. Ten people were injured in an exchange of fire as the second guard chased him through the crowded Street of the Christians. Hatib arrived in Jerusalem by a ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2007, 5:10 PM (GMT+02:00)
Five youngsters were detained, 27 people were injured, after hundreds threw stones and oil at the thousands of police, border guards and soldiers mobilized for the evacuation. The occupants, two families who claimed the two stores were formerly Jewish property, did not resist eviction.
IDF to honor for bravery 142 soldiers who fought in 2006 Lebanon war at ceremony on Sept. 2 in Tel Aviv<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2007, 8:50 AM (GMT+02:00)
Four medals will be awarded posthumously. Thirty-four citations will be conferred by the chief of staff, including 12 Medals for Distinguished Service and 6 Medals of Valor. One posthumous Medal of Valor for exceptional courage will be handed to the family of the late Maj. Roi Klein, 31, from the ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 31, 2007, 9:25 AM (GMT+02:00)
Friday, they fired five mortar rounds, then laid an explosive device near Kerem Shalom in the south. IDF fire detonated the device. Two Qassam missiles exploded outside the Sufa crossing. Another two later Friday.
On the West Bank, Palestinian gunmen fired at an Israeli patrol at Beit Jala in southern Jerusalem. ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 29, 2007, 9:36 AM (GMT+02:00)
His resignation tendered to the chief of staff Thursday, July 26, was formally termed a "request to terminate his term of duty." debkafile notes: Maj. Gen, Bassat never in the year since the Lebanon War assumed responsibility for attack by a Hizballah shore-to-ship C-802 missile which killed four ...
A controversial plea bargain deal that watered down sexual charges against ex-president Katzav is queried by High Court in Jerusalem<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 27, 2007, 10:38 AM (GMT+02:00)
The panel of five High Court justices, headed by Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch, granted the state 21 days to explain how charges of rape included in the original indictment came to be removed from the plea bargain accord negotiated by state attorney Menahem Mazuz. Jail time for Katzav was ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 24, 2007, 5:05 PM (GMT+02:00)
Likud MK Gideon Saar criticized the silent posture of defense minister Ehud Barak Sunday. In view of the constant missile attacks from Gaza on Israeli schools, and accumulating Hamas stocks of war materiel, Saar urged swift and effective action against the Palestinian terrorist organizations operating out of Gaza. Thursday, July ...
Several civilians slightly injured when three Qassam missiles from Gaza hit Sapir College and Sderot school playground. Israeli aircraft destroy launchers, kill 2-man Jihad Islami squad<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 24, 2007, 9:47 AM (GMT+02:00)
All three missiles exploded after school hours - fortunately because neither school is fortified to withstand missile attack and casualties were light although the damage was heavy. The local council head invited PM Ehud Olmert to come and see for himself why it was necessary to fortify the schools.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2007, 6:05 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Israeli prime minister said Friday that unilateral steps and the evacuation of communities are not on the agenda - only negotiations with the Palestinians on an agreed settlement. Negotiations with Arab governments, including Syria, must be direct and not subject to pre-conditions, he said. Olmert rejected the High Court's ...
The 255 Palestinian prisoners released from Israeli jail bused to West Bank Betuniya checkpoint near Ramallah Friday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2007, 2:12 PM (GMT+02:00)
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert freed them in a gesture of support for Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas. Most were Fatah members convicted for terrorist acts. They also included Popular Front deputy leader Abdel Rahum Maloukh, whose organization was responsible for the assassination of Israeli minister Rehavam Zeevi in 2001. One was ...
State Controller slams Israeli prime minister, ex-defense minister and former chief of staff for flawed management of homeland security in 2006 Lebanon War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2007, 9:18 AM (GMT+02:00)
The 600-page report submitted to the Knesset Speaker Wednesday, July 18, finds PM Ehud Olmert, ex-defense minister Amir Peretz, former chief of staff Dan Halutz and homeland security chief Yitzhak Gershon guilty of abandoning to their fate the population of northern Israel.
The controller, retired Judge Micha Lindenstrauss, singled out ...