1414 articles tagged "Israel"
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: The Muslim authorities are again digging illegally on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, again with a tractor
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 14, 2007
An inspection carried out by Israel's Antiquities Authority on July 9 discovered a 1.5 m deep trench dug near the Dome of the Rock into the original landfill of the Jewish Second Temple. Remains of an ancient wall possibly dating to Solomon's First Temple have become visible. Heavy earthmoving equipment is barred by Israeli law at the shrine.
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An Israel soldier, Staff Sergeant Arbel Reich, 21, from Yuvalim, Galilee, was killed, two others injured, during counter-terror operation in Gaza Strip. The operation continued<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 13, 2007
debkafile's military sources report that for the first time in the two years since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip, an Israeli force on a counter-terror mission was hit by a Hamas-Jihad Islami ambush using the tactics employed by Hizballah on Day One of the Lebanon War, July 12, 2006.
The Israeli advance was brought to a stop and a second Givati unit crossed into Gaza to continue the interrupted operation.
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Hizballah Has Missiles for Downing Israeli Warplanes One Year after Lebanon War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2007
One year ago to the day, the Lebanese Shiite terrorist Hizballah sent a unit across the border into Israel and ambushed an Israeli patrol, killing eight of its members and kidnapping two. The raid, followed by a Katyusha rocket attack on northern Israel sparked the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and a 34-day war.
Today, debkafile's military sources report that Hizballah is in better military shape than ever before. its sponsors, Iran and Syria, have not only replenished the rocket stocks depleted by daily barrages against Israeli towns and villages, but topped them up by 50%. Whereas Hizballah started the 2006 war with 12,000 rockets of different types, today the Lebanese Shiite terror group has accumulated 18,000 in its arsenal.
The militia's fighting manpower, including its special intelligence and security agencies, totals between 15,000 and 16,000.
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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
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 which Olmert rejected was therefore eked out with prisoners approaching the end of their jail time.
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<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
"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 adopted more firmly and quickly, we may not have needed to talk about other options."
More about this in debkafile Special Military Report below.
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Last Israeli troops pulling out of Gaza Friday brought with them eight Palestinian missile launchers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2007
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 injuries from Palestinian fire. The dead terrorists belonged to Hamas and Jihad Islami. Helicopters struck two missile teams Thursday, after being guided to target from the ground. The Israeli incursion up to the outskirts of the central Gazan al Bureij and al Maghazi camps was 1-1.5 km deep.
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Israel's Security Chiefs See Olmert as Jeopardizing Prisoner Release
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2007
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, Saturday night, the prime minister tossed back to the Shin Bet the list of Fatah prisoners to be submitted for cabinet approval Sunday, July 8, and demanded a new list. Olmert complained most of the candidates were due for release soon anyway having served out their terms. This fact would belittle his gesture towards Abbas.
debkafile's security sources say Olmert's rejection landed on the desks of Shin Bet chiefs with a nasty thump. They accuse him of causing irreparable damage to the abducted Israeli soldiers' prospects of freedom by raising the exchange ratio to a level which is unsustainable without compromising national security.
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Syria Winds up Planning for Campaign of Terror on Golan<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2007
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 were removed, except for two - one at the entrance to Qunetra from the Syrian end and one at the town's exit to Israeli Golan. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's military sources report that this measure went mostly unnoticed, although it made Israeli military intelligence sit up.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly's intelligence sources disclose that a year ago, in June 2006, Syrian military intelligence recruited several hundred Golan refugees for a new framework called the Front for the Liberation of the Golan Heights. They were trained for terror operations, blowing up roads and bridges, attacks on military camps and convoys and hostage-taking.
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Israeli Defense Official Highlights Israel's Inadequacies in Face of Iranian Threat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 3, 2007
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 holding back form its armed forces the requisite funding. He maintained that international economic sanctions have failed to deflect Iran from its quest for the ultimate threat - a failure which has put the military option on the table.
"We need more funds than we receive currently to deal with this threat," he said in a radio interview Monday, July 2, as he handed the post over to an appointee of new defense minister Ehud Barak.
Sneh dismissed the popular notion that Israel and the United States were closely coordinated militarily regarding Iran. "There is no coordination on an operational level between the Israel and US militaries on Iran," he said.
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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
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.
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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
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.
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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
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, says Ms Nudel, and increases the dangers they face.
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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
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 environs slowed down last week during the fraternal fighting between Hamas and Fatah. A new law passed by the Knesset Wednesday grants the towns and villages bordering the Gaza Strip the status and benefits of front-line locations.
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Defense minister Ehud Barak orders IDF to urgently help distressed Palestinians stuck in Gaza's Erez crossing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 23, 2007
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 bar refugees' exit.
Tuesday, four Palestinians injured by Hamas fire were evacuated to Israeli hospitals.
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<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
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.
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<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
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 factions could spread to West Bank towns and touch off fierce fighting like in the Gaza Strip last week.
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<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
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 thought in Israeli thinking following Hamas' military coup in Gaza.
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In two separate firefights in Gaza, 7 Palestinians killed, an Israeli soldier moderately injured Wednesday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2007
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 the Erez crossing to prevent another Hamas shooting attack on refugees. Israeli troops are also present at the northern fringe of Gaza at former Dugit and Elei Sinai.
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<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
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's military sources report that the launching was part of a seven-day US-Israeli air exercise taking place this week in the Negev which, though presented officially as a routine practice, reflects wide expectations of a Middle East war this summer.
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Israel resumes petrol deliveries to Gaza Strip
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2007
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.
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