1565 articles tagged "Israel"
 
An Israeli Writer's One-Way Mirror
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 3, 2002
The Israeli writer and novelist David Grossman, in an article published in the New York Times Tuesday, October 1, lays out his theory that Israelis know only the side of their conflict with the Palestinians that Israel chooses to tell itself. He writes: "The story that now reigns nearly unchallenged in the media and political discourse obliterates more than 33 years of roadblocks, thousands of prisoners and untold numbers of deportations and killings of innocent people." Grossman claims that Israelis act as though "there had never been long months of closures, ... no humiliations, no incessant harassment, ... no bulldozing of hundreds of homes, no uprooting of vineyards and olive groves..."
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Equivocal Israeli Rhetoric Weakens Deterrence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 2, 2002
The British prime minister Tony Blair may have needed a Middle East slogan to get him through this week's Labor conference in Blackpool. But his simplistic message, delivered in a speech on October 1, drew derision in Jerusalem with a tinge of remembered bitterness over Britain's record in this region. The word from government circles in Jerusalem was: The Foreign Office may write whatever speeches it likes for Blair, but we stand by President Bush's Middle East outline.
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No Clear Verdict on Two-Year Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 28, 2002
How come that, notwithstanding Israel's military might and resources, the Palestinians, after two years of warfare, are still able to buffet the Jewish state with terror and suicide massacres? How do they get away with willfully butchering civilians in the middle of the US-led global assault of terrorism? And why is the score in the conflict even, the confrontation reaching neither a military nor a political resolution.
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Under Iraq War Shadow Sharon Fights for Strategic Foothold
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 23, 2002
The weathervane of US-Israel relations has begun to hover between fair and cloudy as the Bush administration's assault on Iraq approaches. debkafile's Washington and Jerusalem sources say the trouble is not related to Israel's isolation of Yasser Arafat in Ramallah - that episode is closely coordinated with the White House - but to developing dissonances over the Iraq campaign.
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Saddam May Get First Strike in: Israel Is Prime Target
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 21, 2002
debkafile's military sources point to the danger of Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein attempting to turn the tables on the American offensive against his regime by stealing a leaf from the Bush administration's newly- enunciated first-strike strategy.
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US, Israel Join to End Arafat's Regime
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 21, 2002
Israel's military's Operation Absolute, which has flattened building after building in Yasser Arafat's government compound in Ramallah, is aimed at more than winkling out the 50 hardcore terrorist chiefs he harbors, or even retribution for the fresh wave of suicide terror he unleashed against Israel this week at the cost of nine Israeli lives. This operation was planned jointly in Washington and Jerusalem as a strategic step in the military and intelligence preparations that are bringing open war on Iraq very close.
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New Satellite Imagery Bares Jericho Missile Site
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 14, 2002
Some of Israel's missile sites had their first airing in spring 2000, when space imaging Ikonos, the world's first commercial 1-meter remote sensing satellite homed in on the "Zakaria" Sedot Micha bases, 45 km south of Tel Aviv. debkafile's analysts note the timing of their photos' first release in Washington: close to the 29th anniversary of the Arab-Israel Yom Kippur War and during the run-up to Gulf War II.
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Is Israel's Existence under Threat?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 14, 2002
US President George W. Bush and his top military and intelligence advisers are clearly convinced by the evidence in their hands that America faces an existential peril. One piece of evidence is revealed in the article on this page about the "Palermo Senator" container vessel, detained and searched at sea for four days after radiation traces were detected in its hold on September 9. The fact that the search came up empty does not obviate the danger. It is as acute as ever. It ties in with the solid intelligence the FBI is holding that 40 al Qaeda men are heading for the United States by ship. No one knows what ship, what arms they bear - conventional, chemical, biological or nuclear - or where they are programmed to strike.
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Sharon's One-Man Show Eclipses Opposition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 9, 2002
Ariel Sharon's dozen years in the political wilderness - plus the bitter sniping suffered by his ten predecessors as Israeli prime minister - taught him some basic math: The best way to downsize your parliamentary opposition is to upsize your coalition government. Straight after his landslide election victory in February 2001, Sharon rolled up his sleeves and constructed a bumper coalition government, declaring the country needed a national unity administration to take on the spiraling Palestinian terror. The result: 25 more or less biddable ministers, a bevy of deputy ministers, depleted opposition benches and a frustrated country with little voice in policy-making.
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Israel's Foot-Dragging on WMD Counter-Measures and Saddam's Passivity
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2002
On August 14, after repeated delays, the Israeli security cabinet finally held a special meeting to review the country's preparedness for unconventional warfare. It decided to vaccinate 15,000 "first response" personnel against smallpox, as a first stage of a general vaccination campaign against a possible bio-weapons attack originating in Iraq or carried out by Saddam's Palestinian proxies.
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Jerusalem Cell is Tip of Iceberg
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2002
Israel's security and police authorities are keeping their aces well covered even after publicizing their coup on Wednesday, August 21. Saturday night, August 16, they captured a six- man cell of Jerusalemite Arabs, all bearing Israeli identity cards, who admit to complicity in executing 8 of the most devastating terrorist attacks in the last three months, in which 35 Israelis died and dozens were gravely wounded in different parts of the country.
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What's Amiss with US-Israel Relations? Low Mark for Sharon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2002
When in the past Israel was beset with extreme economic distress, its finance ministers were to be found in Washington, lobbying hard for help - even in the form of symbolic investment for boosting the country's financial credibility and morale. Yet finance minister Sylvan Shalom has given up transatlantic travel, even though the Sharon government enjoys exceptionally cooperative relations with the Bush administration.
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What's Amiss with US-Israel Relations? Washington Suspends $200m Anti-Terror Aid
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2002
The Bush administration, which only last month sought $200m in special counter-terror aid for Israel, has just suspended its allocation.
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Will Greek Patriarch Drop Palestinian Link for Israeli Recognition?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2002
Israeli decision makers are divided over whether the newly elected Greek Orthodox Patriarch Irineos I genuinely means to exit the Palestinian loop or is putting on a manipulative act to win Israeli government recognition.
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Ben Eliezer Reaccredits Arafat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 7, 2002
Israel's defense minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer may have started out with a small plan to do down Haim Ramon, his rival for the Labor party leadership, and perhaps steal the Likud prime minister Ariel Sharon's limelight. He has ended up writing a powerful recipe for Yasser Arafat's re-accreditation at a time of surging Palestinian terrorism.
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Israeli Gears up for WMD Threat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2002
The so-called "dirty" or radiological bombs are conventional devices that spread radioactive contamination over large areas. Last May, the US authorities picked up a suspected al Qaeda terrorist feared to be plotting to build and set off one of these devices. Abu Zabaydah, the only senior al Qaeda operative in US hands, revealed that his organization is capable of assembling a radiological bomb. This week, a Stanford International Studies Institute research database recorded 700 cases of smuggled radioactive materials worldwide.
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Sharon Stalls Coup de Grace for Arafat's Terror Command
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 4, 2002
The Palestinian terrorist machine molded by Yasser Arafat executed seven terror attacks against Israelis in a single day, no doubt achieving a gruesome world record. Eleven people died - soldiers and civilians, Jews, Arabs, Druzes and two Filipina women. Close to 100 were injured; many will remain invalids. The question on every lip at the end of this black day is this: What is Sharon waiting for? All the Palestinian groups, buoyed up by what is seen as Ariel Sharon's slack responses, have joined forces for yet another a mighty effort to beat the Israelis - and most of all their armed forces - into the ground.
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No Terror Truce Discussed by Palestinian Groups
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 24, 2002
Various politicians lost no time in capitalizing on the genuine shock, condemnation and remorse in Israel and overseas over the death of children and civilians in Monday's Israeli F16 warplane bombing of a residential district of Gaza City. More than one previous attempt to hit the Hamas's top gun, Salah Shehada, was put off when he was found to be in civilian company. The Israeli army admitted that it erred in not calling off the F16 strike too, but stressed that Shehada, founder and commander of the Hamas's suicidal Ezz-e-din al-Qassam, had knowingly cut short the lives of many Palestinian youths by sending them on suicidal homicide missions against Israeli children, as a matter of policy. Shortly before he was cut down, he began passing directives from Gaza to the West Bank, to initiate a fresh wave of suicide killings.
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Israel Prepares Military Operation for Gaza Strip
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 6, 2002
Accelerated diplomatic momentum is in the air, along with the apparent slowdown of Palestinian suicidal terrorist action against Israel. Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's two senior envoys, his political adviser Osama el Baz and intelligence chief Gen. Omar Suleiman, arrive Sunday, July 7, for talks in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
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Suicide Terrorists Use European-Funded Welfare Organizations as Logistical Bases
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 19, 2002
Israeli troops rolled into Jenin, Nablus, Qalkilya, and Hebron Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, June 18-19, in retaliation for a terror attack that was shocking even by the standards of the continually escalating cycle of Palestinian suicide massacres of Israeli civilians. Eighteen commuters and the bus driver died, and more than fifty were injured when, in Tuesday morning's rush hour, 22-year old Mohammed al-Ghoul from the West Bank refugee camp of Al-Faraa, detonated a huge bomb packed with ball-bearings and sharp nails in the 32A bus at the busy Pat junction of south Jerusalem.
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