1420 articles tagged "Israel"
 
Israel marks Day of Remembrance for Fallen Soldiers, Security personnel and Terror Victims <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2007
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 again close our eyes to threats. Iran's nuclear program will not be allowed to cross the point of no-return."
A two-minute silence was observed. Places of entertainment remained closed until Tuesday sundown when Independence Day begins.
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Olmert: Israel has no plans to attack Syria although Damascus is clearly making war preparations
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2007
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:
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<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
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 the Arab League members before they recognize Israel.
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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
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 large sums of money from hostile elements for spending in Israel. Beshara did not state the purpose of these funds but he is suspected of having been bankrolled to perform his anti-Israel activities.
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Espionage Galore under a Middle East Nuclear Cloud<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 17, 2007
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 later, in Cairo, a nuclear engineer Mohammed Gaber, was accused by Prosecutor-General Abdul-Maquid Mahmoud of spying on Egypt's nuclear program on behalf of the Mossad, which was said to have paid him $17,000.
Add on the US defense secretary Robert Gates' visits to Jordan, Israel and Egypt this week reportedly to coordinate and oversee preparations connected to a potential military operation against Iran and, in the view of debkafile's intelligence sources, these espionage rumbles denote a far greater upheaval boiling up below ground.
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Holocaust Remembrance Day is marked by concern for the poverty of many survivors living in Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 17, 2007
According to official figures, 180,000 individuals, namely 70% percent of all survivors living in Israel, receive no state assistance or German stipends. Many migrated from the former Soviet Union in recent years. Official Israeli red tape and inattention to their needs and rights was widely condemned in all the ceremonies marking Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day Monday, April 16. The case of Holocaust survivors was formally transferred Sunday to the social welfare ministry, which pledged to draw up within a month a detailed blueprint of provisions for the survivors' care and monetary assistance. The treasury undertook to make the necessary funds available.

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Vice PM Shimon Peres objects to contacts with Arab League members before they recognize Israel<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 15, 2007
debkafile: He thus questions the verbal initiatives led by prime minister Ehud Olmert and foreign minister Tzipi Livni for negotiations with Arab League members based on the Saudi "peace plan."
debkafile: In any case, these initiatives have nowhere to go. The Saudi and Egyptian foreign ministers both responded quickly that Israel is ineligible for contacts until it shows prior proof of a change of policy.
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Balad lawmaker claims fugitive MK Azmi Beshara is suspected of spying for Syria and Hizballah during 2006 Lebanon War<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 15, 2007
MK Awad Abd al-Fatah, secretary-general of Beshara's faction, Balad, the Arab National Party, claimed in an interview to Quds Press that the Shin Bet is building a dossier against Beshara accusing him of spying for Syria and Hizballah in the 2006 Lebanon War.
Azmi Beshara has caused more harm to Jewish-Arab relations than anyone else, said opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday, April 10.
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Israel turns down the Hamas list of Palestinian prisoners demanded in exchange for Gilead Shalit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2007
The decision taken by prime minister Ehud Olmert in consultation with security chiefs leaves the door open for further negotiations but voices extreme disappointment with the demand to free arch-terrorists convicted for multiple murder.
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Palestinian stabbing attack injures two Israeli border guards, one critically, at Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2007
The assailant was wounded in return fire. The Hebron shrine is sacred to both Jews and Muslims and is heavily guarded to prevent clashes.
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Defense minister Amir Peretz gives Israeli community two weeks to evacuate newly-inhabited Hebron building
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2007
Peretz affirms the building's purchase from its Palesitnian owners was legal and above board, but asserts that it should not have been occupied without his permission. The Israeli householders are expected to appeal against the defense minister before the high court of justice.
The building, located on the main road leading to Hebron center, has six apartments and 16 shops.
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Israel force pursues Palestinian terrorists across Gaza border, prevents them laying a bomb trap on Israel side<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2007
In the operation Wednesday, April 4, one of the terrorists was killed, a second injured and captured, a third escaped.
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Israeli military intelligence chief predicts Iran-Hizballah-Syria attack on Israel in summer<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2007
In his briefing to the Israeli cabinet Sunday, April 1, Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, AMAN chief, reported that Iran, Syria, Hizballah and Hamas expect the United States to attack Iran in the summer and they are preparing to retaliate by going to war with Israel. In Yadlin's view, a proliferation of players and the many imponderables could ignite a conflict, which none of the parties wants - as happened in the Six Day War of 1967.
debkafile analysts note five salient points in Gen. Yadlin's briefing:
1. His comments came one day after Iran's chief of staff, Gen. Hassan Fayrouz Abadi, urged the Arabs to hurry up and join Iran in a defense treaty.
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Why Does Tehran Free the Britons But Refuse to Signal the Release of the Three Israeli Servicemen? <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2007
Iran, which captured and freed the British sailors and marines, also has the authority to weigh in for the Israeli captives' release with its Lebanese proxy and the Hamas-led group of Popular Resistance Committees and al Qaeda Falastin in Gaza. It is in Iran's power to end the long agony of uncertainty suffered by their families.
But Tehran refuses to give the signal. Iran's leaders appreciate that Israel's military strength is at least three times that of the British army, air force and navy. The trouble is they do not respect Israel's prime minister Ehud Olmert. They believe the Lebanon War fiasco has deprived him of international leverage for generating the political and military pressure to force Tehran's hand.
The end of the crisis removes the last obstacle to the Istanbul conference in April at which US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice will meet Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki for the first direct US-Iranian contact in three decades
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Israeli military intelligence chief predicts Israel and the Iran-Hizballah-Syria bloc may be at war in summer<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 1, 2007
Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, AMAN chief, briefed the Israeli cabinet Sunday, April 1, on Hizballah's war preparations to attack Israel should the United States initiate an attack on Iran. All three expect the Americans to start a war with Israel participating.
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Incoming Israeli chief of staff says terrorist military build-up in Gaza calls for rapid and urgent solution<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2007
At his first appearance before the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee, Wednesday, March 28, Lt.-Gen Gaby Ashkenazi did not specify what solution he had in mind, but it was presumed to be military. The chief of staff declared: What happened in the Lebanon war will not happen to the IDF again.
The general said one of his first priorities in the immediate future is to block the transfer of terrorist weapons and technology from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.
debkafile's military sources estimate that Ashkenazi may be too late. The technology for the manufacture of missiles and weapons is already located in the West Bank. What remains to be done is to prevent the transfer of sophisticated hardware.

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After Palestinians fire 8 missiles into Israel Wednesday, Israeli Air Force targets a missile crew moments before another launching <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2007
Three Palestinians were spotted setting up a launcher on the ruins of the Israeli location of Dugit in northern Gaza. All three were hit by Israeli fire. There were no Israeli casualties.
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is flown by Israeli military helicopter over central Israel and the Israel-West Bank defense barrier<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 28, 2007
He said on landing that he now has a better understanding of Israel's security problems. Ban's program Monday started with talks with prime minister Ehud Olmert and a meeting with the families of the kidnapped Israeli soldiers: Gideon Shalit, seized nine months ago by Hamas-led raiders, and the two men snatched by Hizballah, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.
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IDF opens way for pro-settlement activists on foot to reach ruins of Homesh, one of three communities evicted from northern West Bank in 2005<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2007
They do not have permission to resurrect the community, their declared goal. The group which expects to be joined by thousands of supporters may visit the site and is required to leave by the end of the day
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IDF opens way for pro-settlement activists on foot to reach ruins of Homesh, one of three communities evicted from northern West Bank in 2005<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2007
They do not have permission to resurrect the community, their declared goal. The group which expects to be joined by thousands of supporters may visit the site and is required to leave by the end of the day
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