1414 articles tagged "Israel"
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Diskin: A Palestinian unity government is not in Israel's best interest, says Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin Monday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2007
Speaking to reporters before the Palestinian Mecca summit of Feb. 6, Diskin said Hamas stood to gain most because, incorporated in a coalition with Fatah, it would win international acceptance and economic assistance.
The Shin Bet chief said Israel must be disturbed by the presence of at least 10 Palestinian cross-border terrorist tunnels in Gaza.
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Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi is unanimously endorsed by cabinet as Israel's first chief of staff appointed for four full years<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2007
He assumes office Wednesday, Feb. 14 at a time that the Gaza Strip is caught up in the flames of a Palestinian civil war.
Israeli ministers Shimon Peres and Amir Peretz say the Gaza infighting is no business of Israel's. However, debkafile's military sources report that Israel not only supplies the Fatah side led by Muhammad Dahlan with weapons and money to fight Hamas, but also intelligence and logistical backing,.
Read more about Israel's plans for the embattled Gaza Strip in debkafile's Exclusive Military Analysis below.
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Jerusalem police on high alert Sunday after radical Muslim leaders call for mass protest on Temple Mount<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2007
Sheikh Raed Saleh, leader of the Israeli Islamic Movement's northern branch, and head of the Jerusalem Supreme Council, Sheik Ikrama Sabir claims Israel is planning to knock down the Moghrabi Gate leading up to the mosques standing on Temple Mount and build a new gate structure and bridge for visitors. Entrance to the site Sunday has been limited to Muslim men over 45. It will be closed to tourists and Jewish visitors. Police are patrolling the Old City of Jerusalem.
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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg tells Sderot citizens they have the right to live in peace, hours after two Qassam missiles fired from Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2007
No one was hurt. "Unfortunately," said Bloomberg, during a visit to the missile-battered Israeli town Friday, "on the other side of the border people are firing rockets and these rockets kill." He stressed that Israel should not negotiate with Palestinian organizations who do not abide by the three conditions set by the Middle East Quartet.
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Olmert decides no Israeli response needed to Monday's Eilat bombing which killed three Israelis <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2007
After listening to military and security leaders Tuesday, he rejected all their proposals for military action against the perpetrators.
The bomber, Mohamed Faisal al-Siksik, 21, from Gaza, blew himself up in a bakery in the Red Sea resort of Eilat Monday, Jan. 29, killing the two proprietors, Michael Ben Sadon, 27, and Emil Almaliach, 32, and Israel Samoliya, 26.
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Israel's New Top Soldier May Have to Take on the Politicians First - before the Enemy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2007
The incoming chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi, won a full four-year term when the cabinet unanimously endorsed him Sunday, Feb 4, instead of the standard 3 years and an optional fourth. He takes the reins from Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz on Feb. 14. Ashkenazi faces some hard choices before he can settle into the job. The flames of a Palestinian civil war engulfing the Gaza Strip pose a multiple threat to Israel which his bosses, the politicians, persist in brushing aside.
Israel not only supplies the Fatah side led by Muhammad Dahlan with weapons and money to fight Hamas, but also intelligence and logistic backing, thereby sending two messages:
If Dahlan cannot finish Hamas, the IDF will go in and do it for him.
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Ex-justice minister Haim Ramon to appeal his conviction for indecent act
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2007
Wednesday, the three Tel Aviv magistrates unanimously found the former minister, 56, guilty of forcibly kissing a 20-year old girl officer, who brought the complaint. The maximum penalty for this crime is three years in prison. Sentencing will be announced on Feb. 21. He is therefore barred from returning to the post of justice minister from which he suspended himself for the trial. A movement in the Knesset wants him also to give up his seat on the Kadima list.
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The three victims of Eilat suicide bombing named<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 30, 2007
Israel Samoliya, 26, who immigrated to Israel from Miami, Florida, and two local residents, Michael Ben Sadon, 27 and Emil Almaliach, 32, proprietors of the bombed bakery. The late Ben Sadon and Almaliach each left a wife and a small child.
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Terror alert in Eilat Tuesday shuts schools in Red Sea town day after three Israelis murdered by a Palestinian suicide bomber
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 30, 2007
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Strategic affairs minister Avigdor Lieberman says defense ministry has not drawn lessons of Lebanon War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2007
After touring the Israel-Lebanese border Friday, the minister said the army was doing a good job but is not getting the right sort of support from the defense ministry. He reported Hizballah flags flying on positions close to the border.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: A shakeup of the general staff will be one of first acts of incoming Israeli chief of staff Maj.Gen Gaby Ashkenazi<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2007
His nomination by defense minister Amir Peretz was seconded Monday, Jan 22, by prime minister Ehud Olmert and comes before the cabinet for endorsement next week. debkafile's military sources reveal that Maj. Gen Moshe Kaplinsky, who bowed out of the race for the top slot, is now asking to give up the post of dep. chief of staff. He is eyeing the job of chief of military intelligence, held currently by Maj. Gen Amos Yadlin.
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Ex-chief of staff Moshe Yaalon: There is nothing intrinsically wrong with the Israeli army that the current change in top command cannot remedy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2007
Addressing the Herzliya Conference Monday, Lt. Gen Moshe Yaalon stressed that the difficulties of the Lebanon War were the outcome of high-level political and military mismanagement on the part of the prime minister and defense minister.
He devoted a large part of his lecture to challenging as fallacious the proposition that the Israel-Arab dispute was caused by the "Israeli occupation."
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israeli ministers break ranks over the prime minister's erratic Palestinian policies<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 5, 2007
Defense minister Amir Peretz went his own way this week, announcing the resettling of 30 Jewish families evacuated from the Gaza Strip last year in an abandoned outpost in the northern Jordan Valley.
Foreign minister Tzipi Livni stepped out of line with a "peace proposal" offered independently to two Fatah officials.
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Tehran Seeks Ways to Capitalize on Olmert's Nuclear Admission<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2006
debkafile's Iranian sources report the Islamic Republic plans an extensive campaign to justify its nuclear program, based on Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert's statement in Berlin Monday, Dec. 11, listing Israel with the world's nuclear powers. Tehran also hopes to rebut the universal revulsion stirred by the Holocaust denial conference president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad staged this week.
Tehran's first step was a call Wednesday, Dec. 13, on the UN Security Council and the Organization of the Islamic Conference to combat "Israeli threats." It was issued by the foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini in Tehran.
The prime minister had meanwhile amended his statement by saying: "Israel has said many times it will not be the first country to introduce nuclear weapons to the Middle East. That was our position - nothing has changed."
Tehran will attempt to twist Olmert's statement round in its UN Security Council showdown over sanctions for defying the resolution banning uranium enrichment, and claim its entitlement to "self defense."


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A Deterrence Strategy to Replace Israel's Lost Nuclear Ambiguity<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2006
Israel's prime minister Ehud Olmert embarks on a European tour this week that takes him first to Rome and the Vatican, then to Berlin Tuesday, Dec. 12.
In an interview with the German Der Spiegel, Saturday Dec. 9, he expressed the hope that the international community would take firmer action against Iranian president Ahmed Ahmadinejad for seeking to wipe Israel of the map. "Such talk is criminal," he said.
Questioned on Iran's nuclear program, Olmert said he does not object to the proposal to engage Tehran in direct talks if they lead to the program's suspension.
As to an Israeli pre-emptive military attack on Iran, the prime minister said: "I rule nothing out."
If Olmert's Der Spiegel interview is Israel's definitive commentary on the new ground Gates has broken in US foreign policy, Ahmanidejad may be forgiven for assuming that Israel has nothing to say to his threats and Putin for believing he can get away with evasions on effective sanctions against Iran.
Timid diplomatic rhetoric will no longer serve. debkafile's military sources say the time has come for Israel to talk as though it has arrows in its quiver and is capable of using them.
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Palestinian Stalemate Threatens to Curtail Missile Ceasefire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 2, 2006
The artificial efforts to keep the lid on violence while US president George W. Bush was in the region Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 29-30 for talks on Iraq, were abandoned as soon as he boarded Air Force One for Washington. This was predicted by Jordan's King Abdullah when he warned that three civil wars were on the point of erupting in the Middle East.
Saturday, Dec. 2, Mahmoud Abbas updated the PLO Executive Committee in Ramallah on the collapse of his unity talks with Hamas, after advising US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice of the stalemate in Jericho Friday, Dec. 1.
Fatah spokesman Azzam al Ahmad came out and called the Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya to step down or else Abu Mazen would have to call an early election to solve the constitutional crisis. Ismail Radwan of Hamas shot back that this kind of talk inflamed relations and would treated as a coup threat.
Fatah was blowing in the wind. It lacks both the popular and parliamentary numbers to bring about an early poll.
The threat is out in the open: If Abu Mazen tries to dismiss the Hamas cabinet and call a new election, Hamas will resume its Qassam missile war against Israel, calibrating the level of fire to the state of affairs on the internal Palestinian front.
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How Iraq and Palestinian Issues Came to Be Twinned in Revised Bush Strategy on Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 27, 2006
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One of the most pressing pieces of business the US president George W. Bush must tackle in Amman later this week is the demand for an international conference on Iraq which must be dominated by a built-in agenda on the Palestinian-Israeli dispute. Palestinian leaders, picking up the new tones in Washington, decided to cash in by announcing the cessation of Hamas' Qassam missile attacks on Israeli civilian locations, starting Sunday, Nov. 26.
Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, loath to relinquish the high diplomatic ground to the Palestinians, promised Monday that after the kidnapped Israeli soldier is released, Israel will free many jailed Palestinians, including long term prisoners, as a confidence-building gesture to prove Israel seeks peace. As soon as a Palestinian unity government is formed, Olmert said, immediate negotiations could start with Mahmoud Abbas on the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly disclosed on November 24 that the brain behind this new strategy belongs to Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser to three Republican presidents, the live wire behind the latest US foreign policy departures and the pivotal figure behind the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group.
This panel - which submits its final report to Congress on Dec. 10 - recommends an international conference on Iraq attended by leaders from Europe, Russia, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf and the main Muslim nations.

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Israel Opts for Major War Campaign in 11th Hour of Hamas Build-up
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 22, 2006
debkafile's military sources disclose that Israel's security cabinet decided Wednesday, Nov. 22, that there is no option but to launch a major offensive against Hamas and its terrorist allies in the Gaza Strip - both to pre-empt their war build-up and reduce Qassam missile attacks, which climbed to 80 in the last 10 days. The date remains to be set.
The prime minister was finally convinced that the time for foot-dragging was over by intelligence data which showed Hamas hectically engaged in constructing state of the art fortifications for withstanding deep incursions into the Gaza Strip. They are assisted by dozens of military advisers pouring in from Syria and Lebanon.
As Palestinian missile attacks on the Israeli population proliferate, Sderot's distress becomes intolerable and the popular clamor rises to curb the menace, the IDF has switched its counter-missile tactics in the Gaza Strip. Instead of the air force, special ground forces backed by Shin Bet units are spearheading strikes which target top Hamas missile commanders.

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Israel Is Not Really Trying to Fight Palestinian Missile Terror from Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 16, 2006
debkafile's military experts dispute the common Israeli government assertion that there is no way to stop the Qassam offensive against Sderot. They offer two solutions which do not entail reoccupying the entire Gaza Strip or Beit Hanoun, or using artillery to bombard civilian locations.
One is the deployment of small commando units across the Egyptian border in northern Sinai. These units would pre-empt the smuggling by attacking the convoys of weapons and funds and blowing them up before they reach the Gaza border.
The same tactic is applicable to the Gaza Strip.
Swarms of Israeli commando units should fill the areas from which the Qassam missiles are fired, including orchards. Ambushes at every corner will deter the missile crews and make them afraid of being liquidated on their way to launchings. This tactic was tried only once before in a location outside Beit Lahiya, next door to Beit Hanoun. It caused heavy casualties among the Palestinian gunmen and the Qassam teams gave this location a wide berth for some time.

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The IDF's Successful Beit Hanoun Operation Cannot Turn the Clock Back
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 7, 2006
"Operation Autumn Clouds" wound down early Tuesday, 7 Nov. after Israeli forces occupied the northern Gazan town of Beit Hanoun for six days, for the loss of an Israeli soldier, 1st Sgt Kiril Golanshin, 21, from Shekef. Most of the 58 Palestinians killed were armed Hamas adherents.
In Beit Hanoun, the Givaty Armored Infantry Brigade and smaller units demonstrated a new combat method which Israeli special forces first tested in the Aug.1 raid on Baalbek during the Lebanon War, adding improvements for the Gaza operation. Police anti-terror squads joined the operation for practice.
The tactic consists essentially of select groups of elite fighters swooping at speed on defined populated urban areas for pinpointed missions. This method is part of the tradition of the select IDF commando units called Sayarot. In Gaza, Givaty applied the same tactic to larger units of up to brigade and battalion strength.
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