Kibbutz Nir Yam restaurant demolished by Palestinian missile five minutes after guests left. Fires started by missiles destroyed the kibbutz's corn crops <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 21, 2007, 9:34 AM (GMT+02:00)
Israel launches big war game for top military and civil command levels - first since Lebanon War<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2007, 9:10 PM (GMT+02:00)
From May 14-17 participants will practice full-scale war scenarios, including extreme contingencies such as crippling attacks on strategic centers and mass casualties, prepared by the IDF General Staff. The game will encompass all levels of command up to prime minister, defense minister and his deputy under the direction of the ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2007, 12:11 PM (GMT+02:00)
On Day 6 of the brutal Palestinian factional war and Day 4 of the Hamas missile offensive against southern Israel, two ruthless figures have emerged as the dominant factors in both conflicts: Ahmad Jabari, commander of Hamas Executive Forces, and Jamal Jarah, better known as Abu Obeida, spokesman of Hamas' ...
US ambassador joins EU envoys' boycott of Knesset celebration marking 40th anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification Wednesday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2007, 5:34 PM (GMT+02:00)
They rejected Israeli foreign minister's invitation to the event.
In 1967, Jordan was defeated and historic Jerusalem, where the shrines of three faiths are located, was recovered and reunited with the rest of the city after 19 years of annexation by Jordan. The Palestinians now want it as the capital of ...
Israel's state attorney turns down PM Ehud Olmert's demand for a criminal inquiry against the state controller
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2007, 4:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
The prime minister has frequently accused the state watchdog, Ret. Judge Michah Lindenstrauss, of persecuting him. He claims the inquiries against his pursuits in previous public positions were improperly conducted and personally biased. This claim was rejected by the state attorney, Menahem Mazuz, after opposition leaders rapped Olmert for scheming ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2007, 9:38 PM (GMT+02:00)
According to the transcript, PM Ehud Olmert said he ordered an offensive in the last three days of the Lebanon War to save Israel experiencing a sense of defeat.
"I saw the Lebanese quagmire closing in on us," he told the panel.
A group of dozens of rabbis visited Temple Mount Sunday in a departure from the mainstream prohibition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2007, 9:55 AM (GMT+02:00)
There has been a rabbinical consensus hitherto behind the Halakha (religious law) prohibiting the entry of religious Jews to Temple Mount lest they tread on the place where the Holy of Holies in the Jewish Temples was situated. The rabbis visiting Temple Mount Sunday deviated from this ban, but took ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2007, 10:26 PM (GMT+02:00)
It was a typical concatenation of Middle East contrasts. Monday, May 14, Israel launched a four-day war game at civilian and military command levels. The lead actors are Chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi, the General Staff, regional commanders as well as the prime minister and defense minister. The ...
Ongoing Qassam missile attacks from Gaza and Hamas war build-up prompt special Israeli national security cabinet Sunday <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 13, 2007, 4:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
Called straight after full cabinet session, the meeting will also be attended by the chief of staff and heads of the Shin Bet, Mossad and national security council. Some of the ministers are calling for an expanded military incursion into the Gaza Strip to put an end to the daily ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 12, 2007, 10:26 PM (GMT+02:00)
No casualties reported. In his annual report, published Wednesday, the Israeli state controller finds serious shortcomings in several governments' and the military's handling of the ongoing Palestinian rocket, missile and mortar fire from Gaza, of which more than 1,025 were launched in 2006.
The newly-discovered tomb of King Herod, if the site is confirmed, is clearly visible from Jerusalem, the ancient town he rebuilt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2007, 1:33 AM (GMT+02:00)
An Israeli archeologist, Hebrew University professor Ehud Netzer, is sure he has finally unearthed the 2,000-year old royal tomb at Herodium, beneath the Judean Desert palace-stronghold the Jewish king built southeast of Jerusalem.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: In "open mike" remark, Olmert tells the Israeli army to take it easy, while Nasrallah declares another war is impending<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2007, 1:32 AM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli generals issue tireless warnings day after day that the build-up of hostile military strength on three Israeli borders by Hizballah, Syria and Hamas, must be cut down - especially when accompanied by blunt threats of war this coming summer, and a resumption of Palestinian missile attacks from Gaza.
In his ...
Second Qassam missile round Monday prompts Israeli air strike on Palestinian truck loaded with missiles in N. Gazan town of Beit Hanoun
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 9, 2007, 11:10 AM (GMT+02:00)
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2007, 12:05 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and foreign minister Tzipi Livni staged a revealing scrap of asides behind open microphones and TV cameras Monday, May 8.
She said the army chiefs was complaining the politicians were holding them back from dealing with the Palestinian Qassam missiles flying daily from Gaza. He ...
Israel's FM Tzipi Livni criticizes government decision-making modes, warns against replaying Lebanon War errors in Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2007, 9:40 AM (GMT+02:00)
The day after she and prime minister Ehud Olmert met to bury the hatchet, Livni attacked his government's decision-making processes at a joint press conference in Jerusalem with visiting German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Before a decision is taken on how to cope with the spiraling missile attacks from Gaza, the ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2007, 2:14 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's US sources reveal that, this week, Israeli military and intelligence circles informed their opposite numbers in Washington that there is no vacuum in the management of vital issues and it is ongoing despite the crisis tying the hands of Israeli government leaders, prime minister Ehud Olmert, defense ...
Some 150,000 Israelis rally in Tel Aviv to tell prime minister to quit over Lebanon War failings<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 6, 2007, 9:05 AM (GMT+02:00)
The anti-government protesters represented the entire political spectrum plus many non-affiliated. For the first time, left and right joined hands. Politicians were barred from addressing the apolitical gathering.
debkafile: Barring the unforeseen, Olmert has bought a one-to-four month lease of life by taming the revolt in his Kadima party.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: The Lebanon War inquiry commission hands down the equivalent of a death warrant against Olmert government for its "grave failures" <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2007, 7:25 PM (GMT+02:00)
Prime minister Ehud Olmert is accused of grave failures of judgment, responsibility and due caution in his decisions to go to war in Lebanon last summer and its management. His decision was hasty and undertaken without in-depth study of the circumstances in the arena, a proper plan of action and ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: For Ehud Olmert it is over. His party is now fighting to survive him
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2007, 8:51 AM (GMT+02:00)
Tuesday night, 30 hours after the scathing condemnation delivered on his management of the Lebanon War by the Winograd inquiry commission, the Israeli prime minister was fighting a rearguard action against the odds. Kadima had quickly grasped that if the party wanted to stay in power and retain its grip ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2007, 10:09 PM (GMT+02:00)
This was reported to the Israeli cabinet Sunday, April 29, by chief of staff Lt. Gen Gaby Ashkenazi. The smuggling of quantities of weapons from Syria and Iran is still going on, the general added. debkafile adds: In both cases, Hizballah is not disturbed by the presence of ...