1395 articles tagged "Israel"
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No Finger Lifted to Slow the Middle East Countdown to War Escalation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2006, 12:26 AM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli and Hamas leaders have been hurling shrill threats right and left since three Palestinian terrorist groups slapped down a deadline to meet their demands over the Israeli hostage, Corp. Gilead Shalit. But the loudest effect is generated by the Bush administration's silence.
In Moscow, Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni talked ...
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Israel's Reluctant Journey from Hostage Crisis to War Confrontation in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2006, 12:45 AM (GMT+02:00)
The ball landed squarely in the Israeli court Saturday night, July 1, after Cairo admitted its bid to negotiate an end to the Gideon Shalit hostage crisis had ended in fiasco six days after his capture. The IDF, whose armored forces are standing 3 km inside the southern Gaza Strip ...
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Massed Tanks Seek to Repair Israel's Tattered Deterrence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2006, 4:28 PM (GMT+02:00)
Steely lines of hundreds of tanks, thousands of armored infantry and commandos menaced the Gaza Strip as of Monday night, June 26, from three jumping-off points: the Nahal Oz base opposite Gaza City, Kissufim opposite Deir al Balah and Khan Younes in the south and Sufa opposite Rafah. Made up ...
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Olmert Ties Israeli Military Hands against an Increasingly Porous Gaza-Israeli Border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 23, 2006, 3:12 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli Maj.-Gen (Res.) Yitzhak Ben-Israel, a member of the prime minister's Kadima party, said in a state radio interview on June 22: "This is not the finest hour of Israel's national security leadership." Pressed to elaborate on who in particular he meant, the general mentioned prime minister Ehud Olmert and ...
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Has Israel Lost Its Way in the War on Terror?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2006, 7:11 PM (GMT+02:00)
After a week's silence, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert had only this to say Tuesday night, June 20, about the plunging security crisis provoked by the unending Palestinian missile offensive against Israeli civilians: "There is no way in the near future of solving the missile problem," he said, "And we ...
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Will Olmert Give up Sderot too?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 12, 2006, 10:11 PM (GMT+02:00)
As it turned out, the first leg of the Israeli prime minister's tour was mostly a waste of time; British prime minister Tony Blair declined to hear of his realignment plan for the West Bank, even though Olmert pledged 90% of the West Bank for a Palestinian state and a ...
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False notes in Olmert-Peretz working relations
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2006, 4:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert will be meeting defense minister Amir Peretz to attempt a meeting of minds before he is due in Washington for his first White House talks on May 23. He can't afford to throw his weight about too much, because it is in Peretz's power ...
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Olmert Seeks Bush Nod as Heir to Sharon Legacy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 17, 2006, 6:13 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert himself laid the ground for his talks with American leaders through a group of friends, mainly from Texas. That group, our sources learn, was asked to pass on to White House officials what the prime minister expects to gain from his first meeting with ...
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Olmert Plants Seeds of Discord in Government and Party - Ahead of First Cabinet Meeting
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 6, 2006, 10:26 PM (GMT+02:00)
Two days before chairing his first cabinet meeting Sunday, May 7 in Jerusalem, the incoming prime minister put up the price of bread by seven percent. This was a slap in the face for his three new coalition partners and, in particular, the new industry, trade and labor minister, Eli ...
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Olmert Opts for Soft Response to Palestinian Suicide Attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2006, 7:57 PM (GMT+02:00)
For Israelis, Tuesday, the eve of the last day of Passover, was a day of funerals, mourning for 9 Israelis, foreign workers and tourists who lost their lives when a Palestinian suicide bomber blew up a busy shopping corner in Tel Aviv on Monday, April 17.
It was the most murderous ...
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Voter Apathy Threatens Israel with Political Instability
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2006, 1:32 PM (GMT+02:00)
With 48 hours to go before the polling stations open for Israel's 17th Knesset election, 4.5 million voters are holding the three leading party blocs in high suspense.
At the last sampling, one-third of the 120 parliamentary seats were undecided. What most rocked campaign managers back was the frank admission ...
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Media Consultants Slam Israeli Election Contestants' Performances
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 8, 2006, 8:24 PM (GMT+02:00)
The campaign broadcasts launched by 16 parties Tuesday, March 7, snagged only a 12% on the television rating. The electorate is not charmed by any of the would-be prime ministers' personalities; neither does the public buy their evasions on pressing issues, or the heavy-handed way they have of making butts ...
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Al Qaeda Leader Catches Jerusalem, Hamas and Fatah - All at Crossroads
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 6, 2006, 11:25 AM (GMT+02:00)
Former Shin Beit director Avi Dichter rattled the party's dovecote when he stated Sunday, March 5, that the Middle East road map is dead for lack of negotiating partner on the Palestinian side.
He was commenting on the terrorist group, Hamas' refusal to recognize Israel, disarm and honor previous agreements, as ...
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Israel's Nuclear Policy Fiasco after Its Hamas Contretemps
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2006, 11:34 PM (GMT+02:00)
Saturday, Feb. 4, Jerusalem stood back and watched the United States buckle under European pressure and accept Egypt's demand to incorporate the following phrase in the resolution on Iran:
The resolution recognized "that a solution to the Iranian issue would contribute to global nonproliferation efforts and... the objective of a ...
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Olmert in Show of Strength against Amona
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 1, 2006, 4:14 PM (GMT+02:00)
Instead of letting litigation take its course and seeking common ground, the Olmert government deployed the toughest police anti-terror units in anti-riot mode to make an example of the unauthorized West Bank outpost of Amona on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
The brutality of the confrontation for demolishing nine houses was seen by ...
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A Fatal Misconception Rather than Intelligence Failure
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2006, 10:52 PM (GMT+02:00)
A relatively junior intelligence officer has been mandated to establish why Israeli intelligence missed predicting the Islamist terrorist Hamas takeover of Palestinian government by the ballot. Does the remit given him by chief of staff Lt-Gen Dan Halutz and military intelligence director Maj-Gen Amos Yadlin give him enough scope to ...
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Hamas Issue Ties Olmert Government in Knots
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2006, 1:25 PM (GMT+02:00)
Acting Israeli PM Olmert ducked the first major challenge of his tenure as stand-in for Ariel Sharon.
His foreign minister Tzipi Livni, who doubles as justice minister, opted out all the way. In a TV interview Sunday, Jan 22, she dumped the Hamas problem together with the other poser, the ...
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Bush and Sharon Agreed to Let Hamas Win
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 15, 2006, 11:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
There is an innate contradiction between Hamas running for election in the Palestinian legislative council everywhere but Jerusalem, and Israeli permission for Palestinians to cast their ballots in Jerusalem - excluding Hamas. The spectacle of Hamas candidates and activists in Jerusalem being bundled into Israel police cars Sunday, Jan. 15, ...
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Olmert Is Losing Ground in Dash for Kadima and Government Lead
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 11, 2006, 2:57 PM (GMT+02:00)
Ehud Olmert's hand was forced to grant elder statesman Shimon Peres the No.2 position on the Kadima list, a concession the party's founder Ariel Sharon would have blocked had he remained at the helm instead of unconscious in hospital. The list Sharon reportedly sketched out before his massive stroke a ...
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Israel Must Learn to Live without Ariel Sharon - at Least for a While
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 5, 2006, 2:18 AM (GMT+02:00)
It soon became evident Wednesday night, Jan. 4, that prime minister Ariel Sharon was very ill indeed. After he went into emergency surgery at Hadassah Ain Karem hospital to drain the blood flooding his brain, his close aides would only say: We are praying for a miracle. Minutes after he ...
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