1414 articles tagged "Israel"
 
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
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 for peace, said Barak at the state ceremonies held in the Mt Herzl national cemetery in Jerusalem Sunday, in memory of the 2,691 Israeli soldiers who fell in the October 1973 War.
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A major suicide attack thwarted in Tel Aviv Saturday, Yom Kippur
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2007
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 after a week-long Israeli operation in which an Israeli soldier was killed. The force also turned up a large Hamas explosives workshop and blew it up.
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The Israeli cabinet brands Hamas' rule of Gaza a "hostile entity." US Secretary Rice supports step<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2007
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 well, at a joint news conference in Jerusalem with FM Tzipi Livni.
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<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
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 essential to any US calculations of whether to attack Iran.
Syria and Iran took delivery in mid-August of 10 batteries of sophisticated Russian Pantsyr-S1 Air Defense Missile fire control system with advanced radar and "absolute jamming immunity" to protect their strategic installations, those sources report. They had just been installed in Syria.
A Syrian spokesman said the Israeli plane or planes which entered northeast Syria from the Mediterranean were forced to leave by air defense fire after "dropping its ammunition." Understanding that the Pantsyr-21 had failed to repulse the intruding craft, Moscow hastened Thursday to officially deny selling the systems to Syria or Iran and called on Israel to respect international law. This was diplomatic-speak for a warning against attacking the Russian-made missiles batteries stations where Russian instructors are working alongside Syrian teams.
More on this episode in debkafile's Exclusive Military Report below.
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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
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 Popular Resistance Committees claimed responsibility. Israel is pondering a large-scale military response to stamp out the seven-year Palestinian missile campaign once and for all and the cutoff of supplies and services to the Gaza Strip. Israeli air and ground forces meanwhile executed pinpoint strikes at missile sites in N. Gaza. Palestinians fired celebratory shots in the mosques.
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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
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 in N. Gaza in sufficient strength to catch and destroy 11 missile launchers ready to go, which debkafile also reports Iranian smuggling rings had spirited into Gaza through Sinai.
Tuesday, debkafile disclosed exclusively that Israel had warned Egypt of military action to recapture the Philadelphi route bordering Egypt to halt the illicit traffic - part two of the operation.
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<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
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 are training their operatives and advising on the development of upgraded, extended-range missiles. Southern command officers told debkafile: The government forbids us to take out the Iranian and Hizballah missile experts recently arrived in Gaza.

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<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
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 of the car and carried him across the border into Israel. This was the first Israeli military action against any member of the team which kidnapped Gilead Shalit from his Israeli position in June 2006.
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Three Israeli soldiers injured, one moderately, in large-scale overnight counter-terror operation in Nablus<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2007
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, notwithstanding nightly IDF raids, is expanding.
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Advanced Russian Air Defense Missile Cannot Protect Syrian and Iranian Skies
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2007
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 leave Syrian and Iranian airspace vulnerable to hostile intrusion.
The Israeli plane or planes were described by a Syrian military spokesman as "forced to leave by Syrian air defense fire after dropping ammunition over deserted areas without causing casualties." He warned "the Israeli enemy against repeating its aggressive action" and said his government reserved the right to respond in an appropriate manner.
Western intelligence circles stress that information on Russian missile consignments to Syria or Iran is vital to any US calculation of whether to attack Iran over its nuclear program. They assume that the "absolute jamming immunity" which the Russian manufactures promised for the improved Pantsyr missiles was immobilized by superior electronic capabilities exercised by the jets before they were "forced to leave."
Syria took delivery in mid-August of 10 batteries of sophisticated Russian Pantsyr-S1E Air Defense Missile fire control systems with advanced radar, those sources report. They have just been installed in Syria.
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<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
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 the upsurge of missile fire against Sderot, but the Egyptian security forces' discovery Sun., Sept. 2, of 2.7 tons of explosives in the el-Gefgafa area 100 km southwest of the northern Sinai town of El Arish The cache was destined for the Palestinian Hamas and Jihad Islami in the Gaza Strip. Our sources reveal that it also contained for the first time several dozen 240 mm Katyusha rockets of the type used by Hizballah to blast northern Israel last year.
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Israel's top soldier approves the IDF's first five-year rearmament budget with accent on infantry<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2007
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.
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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
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 that may upset his dialogue with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas - at least until the regional Middle East conference called by Washington for November is over.


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Medals, citations awarded to 142 soldiers for valor and excellence in last year's Lebanon war<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 4, 2007
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 the recipients of the honors were Israel's answer to its enemies in the future.
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Archeologists make urgent appeal to rescue Biblical relics pulverized by tractors on Temple Mount, Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2007
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 the outer courts of the Jewish Temple were situated, including the Women's Court, until the Roman destruction of 70 C.E. Today, the Muslim Dome of the Rock stands there. (See picture)
Dr. Gabriel Barkai of Bar Ilan University is leading the protest against the wildcat, unauthorized Waqf project
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Sderot and neighboring communities have surplus of missile-proof schoolrooms, says military<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2007
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, when 133 would suffice. Neighboring villages asked for 176 fortified school rooms and got 200. However, only 135 nursery schools rooms are fortified out of a total of 173. Parents say his figures are wrong.
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Israeli Defense Minister Barak discerns ebb in war tensions with Syria, reports massive expansion of Hizballah arsenal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2007
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 went to war with Israel in 2006.
The Lebanese army, albeit bound to disarm Hizballah by UN Security Council resolution 1701 which ended the war, is in fact helping the Shiite extremists unload their arms deliveries. The minister concluded that the UN resolution must be considered a dead letter.

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<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
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 up two purportedly reformed al Aqsa Brigades members in a camp near Nablus.
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Olmert Government Indifferent to Palestinian Terrorist Rampage from Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2007
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 use them - in the face of a quiescent central government and high command.
For the past week, terrorist attacks from the Gaza Strip have been escalating. They peaked Saturday with an incident that fell just short of a calamity by a fluke. debkafile's military sources say: This incident threw up in sharp relief the perils in store for as long as the Olmert government holds the military back from its plan to carve out of security buffer strip inside Gaza.
On Israel's third front, the Lebanese border, debkafile's military sources reveal that Iran has just completed laying a broad strategic highway connecting the Hizballah-controlled Beqaa Valley on the Syrian border with the Shiite group's new fortified bases, complete with missiles pointing at Israel, at the northern reaches of the Litani River.
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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
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 and an active missile interception system to protect the population against cross-border enemy rocket attack.
More details from debkafile's military analysts in the article below.

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