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 ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2007, 5:15 PM (GMT+02:00)
He was elected by the Knesset Wednesday, June 13, by 86 votes in 120-member House. Twenty three voted against him, 8 cast blank votes.
Peres ran solo in the runoff vote after his two rivals, Likud's Reuven Rivlin and Labor's Colette Avital dropped out. The presidency is an apolitical, ceremonial, ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2007, 5:14 PM (GMT+02:00)
Prime minister Ehud Olmert led the cabinet in a decision Tuesday night to avoid "fighting on the side of the pragmatists against the extremists." Olmert said an international force is worth considering for securing the Philadelphi border enclave of the Gaza Strip against further arms smuggling. debkafile: This ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reveals: The Gaza border fence was recently strengthened by the novel Israeli "See-Shoot" automatic defense system<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 14, 2007, 8:50 AM (GMT+02:00)
The brainchild of chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi and his predecessor Dan Halutz, the system is designed to stop would-be Palestinian raiders in their tracks before they reach the Gaza-Israel border fence.
Nonetheless, Saturday, heavily armed Palestinian terrorists broke through the fortified fence, threatening this would not be ...
IDF intelligence research chief confirms Hizballah is rebuilding strongholds south of Litani and preparing for a summer war<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 12, 2007, 9:06 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile reports: Brig. Gen. Yosi Baidatz reported Monday, June 4, that Hizballah is busy restoring its fortified positions south of the Litani in villages and open ground under the very noses of UNIFIL international observers.
Gen. Baidatz reported that Hamas, which heads the Palestinian government, is satisfied with ...
Hamas switches to mortars, mounts four attacks in four days, as Olmert-Abbas Thursday meeting is called off<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 10, 2007, 8:38 PM (GMT+02:00)
They have been invited to a Middle East Quartet meeting on June 25.
Eight mortar rounds were fired Wednesday at the Erez crossing manned by Israeli troops shortly after a visit by deputy defense minister Ephraim Sneh. Hamas took responsibility for the attack, announcing the "blows against the enemy" would continue. ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 9, 2007, 9:00 PM (GMT+02:00)
It was not supposed to happen. Three Palestinian terrorist groups broke through Israeli border fortifications from Gaza in broad daylight and raided an Israeli military position near the key Kissufim crossing Saturday, June 9. Their mission: to kill and kidnap Israeli troops.
Their mission failed. The IDF claims the position was ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 8, 2007, 5:21 PM (GMT+02:00)
Jewish community members plan a project to identify the victims and fence the site.
Yitzhak Arad from the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem said some 28,000 Jews were brought to the village from surrounding towns.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 5, 2007, 6:57 PM (GMT+02:00)
Sunday, up to 10 Israeli soldiers were slightly injured in a similar attack from northern Gaza on the two locations. It was launched minutes after Israeli PM Ehud Olmert told the weekly cabinet meeting that Israeli operations in Gaza had reduced Hamas missile strikes and would continue and there would ...
Sderot takes 310 Qassam missiles from Gaza 16 days in a row as cabinet decides to stick to current military tactics<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2007, 9:20 PM (GMT+02:00)
The sixth Qassam missile Wednesday knocked out the electric current in Sderot. The third demolished an apartment ten minutes after its owners went out.
Thousands have fled the daily barrage battering the town of 23,000. The effectiveness of air raids against Hamas operatives running the missile campaign is diminishing. Yet ...
Hizballah are very much present on Israel's border, says transport minister Shaul Mofaz, contradicting PM Olmert<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2007, 9:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
The former defense minister warned against harboring illusions that the Lebanese terrorists had been chased away from from northern border area. They are not visible, said Mofaz, because they are dug in very deep. The prime minister claims constantly that pushing Hizballah out of south Lebanon was one of the ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2007, 9:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
He accused Ehud Olmert's administration of failures in the wars against Hizballah and the Palestinians and idleness in the last year, when the stockpiling of weapons in S. Lebanon and Gaza should have been cut down. If he succeeds, the Likud leader said Wednesday, he will set up a national ...
Israel Air Force grounds its fleet of Skyhawks after one of the bomber-fighters crashed in the Mediterranean<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 1, 2007, 9:04 AM (GMT+02:00)
The pilot ejected safely when an engine of the plane caught fire on a training flight over the sea close to Ashdod Thursday.
Two Labor frontrunners in leadership primary Barak and Ayalon face off in second round June 12 <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2007, 10:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
Former prime minister Ehud Barak polled 36%, comfortably ahead of former Shin Bet chief Ami Ayalon's 31% and the incumbent, outgoing defense minister Amir Peretz, who trailed them in third place with 23%. Peretz will hand the defense ministry over to the winner. Nonetheless his political clout is considerable.
Missile count from Gaza climbs Monday to 14, one injuring an Israeli, the day after Oshri Oz was killed in his car<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2007, 8:06 AM (GMT+02:00)
The last two landed north of Sderot and set a cornfield on fire, another landed near the Eretz crossing from Gaza. Monday morning, the town was hit as defense minister Amir Peretz casted his vote in the Labor leadership primary.
Oshri Oz, 35, who is survived by his pregnant wife and ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2007, 7:59 AM (GMT+02:00)
The two front-runners are Ami Ayalon, former Shin Bet chief and Navy commander, and, Ret. General Ehud Barak, former prime minister and retired general. Neither appears to have polled 40% of the vote according to a provisional count which places incumbent defense minister Amir Peretz third. Final results will be ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2007, 9:05 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli border police shot the two assailants dead. The attack took place Saturday night at the city's southern border near Armon Hanatziv district.
Three Israelis injured in four-floor residential building blasted by missile Friday night in barrage of nine.<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2007, 10:53 AM (GMT+02:00)
Hamas, Jihad Islami and Fatah-al Aqsa Brigades claimed the attack which also struck a storehouse in Sderot's industrial zone. The Palestinians report two dead and 8 injured in an Israeli helicopter attack on a Hamas vehicle in Gaza Strip.
Thursday night, the Israeli air force struck eight Hamas and Jihad ...