<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 ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Embattled Olmert may buy a further lease of life by meeting party and public demands for his resignation - on his terms<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2007, 5:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
Members of the ruling Kadima faction, which plans his ouster Wednesday night over the harsh criticism of his management of the Lebanon War, fear the prime minister may pre-empt their move and get in first: He could do this by submitting his resignation to the acting president, thus bringing the ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2007, 11:05 PM (GMT+02:00)
The resignation on live television of minister of trade and commerce, Eytan Cabel, Labor, declaring Ehud Olmert must go as he had lost the country's confidence, was the first open crack in the government coalition. It occurred Tuesday morning, May 1, less than 24 hours after the Winograd commission handed ...
Huge storm breaks over Israeli PM Ehud Olmert following damaging leaks from Lebanon War report on his handling of the conflict<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2007, 5:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
Olmert calls a meeting of his Kadima ministers for Monday night.
The interim report covering the run-up to the war which erupted on July 12 and its first five days will be released by an inquiry panel headed by Justice Eliahu Winograd Monday afternoon, April 30. According to the leaks, the ...
PM Olmert may not stand in for finance minister in view of new allegations against him - State Attorney
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 29, 2007, 10:13 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been deputizing for Avraham Hirchson who suspended himself for three months to face the police probe into charges of theft and embezzlement as head of a sick fund in the 90s. The state attorney Menahem Mazuz informed the prime minister Thursday that it would ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 28, 2007, 12:49 PM (GMT+02:00)
The CIA's capture of one of Osama bin Laden's most talented operations officers, Abd al Hadi al-Iraq, Abu Abdullah, 45, is a major American counter-terror coup which turns some hidden pages in al Qaeda's arcane, bloodstained record.
Al Hadi is now credited with plotting the first direct al Qaeda suicide ...
Fugitive Israel-Arab lawmaker Beshara will be arrested for aiding the enemy in wartime if he sets foot in Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 27, 2007, 12:36 AM (GMT+02:00)
The state prosecution reports proof that the ex-lawmaker was not motivated by ideology as he claims, or alternatively, just chatting with friends across the border, but by monetary gain. Beshara is alleged to have received large sums of, which he illegally transferred to overseas accounts, from a foreign agent for ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2007, 7:57 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tens of thousands of bereaved families flocked Monday to graveyards up and down Israel. At one of the many state ceremonies, prime minister Ehud Olmert promised he would consider their grief in a potential release of Arab terrorist prisoners for kidnapped Israeli soldiers.
Defense minister Amir Peretz said: "We will never ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2007, 1:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Israeli prime minister was briefing the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee Wednesday. He criticized the Palestinians for submitting a list of prisoners to trade of Gileat Shalit knowing that Israel cannot possibly release them. His report was attacked from two ends of the opposition:
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Israeli government split on talks with Arab League members. All sides agree Olmert-Abbas dialogue has nowhere to go<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2007, 8:50 AM (GMT+02:00)
In the face of negative Arab responses, prime minister Ehud Olmert again proposed at the weekly cabinet session in Jerusalem Sunday, April 15, that Israel enter into talks with any available combination of Arab governments. That same morning, Dep. PM Shimon Peres said he objects to contacts with any of ...
Fugitive Israel-Arab lawmaker Azmi Beshara admits police questioning on charge of passing information to enemy in wartime <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 17, 2007, 9:23 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile reports: In a 50-minute interview over Arabic TV Al Jazeera channel, Sunday night, April 15, Beshara said he had been questioned twice on the following charges:
1. Transferring classified information to the enemy. He did not name the enemy but hinted at the Lebanese Hizballah.
2. Receipt of ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 17, 2007, 9:19 PM (GMT+02:00)
On Tuesday, April 17, the Shin Bet intelligence service reported Iranian intelligence had intensified its efforts to recruit Israelis as spies, targeting former Iranians applying for visas to visit their families. One young man had been snared and paid "expenses" for enlisting a friend in security and collecting information.
Two hours ...