DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 26, 2015
Unless the Israeli government heads switch their anti-terror tactics from reactive to proactive, the country can expected the current wave of terror to blow up into a major assault in an Israeli city with many casualties. That is the view taking root in senior ranks of the IDF.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2015
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have been at loggerheads with Israel’s military and Shin Bet chiefs on how to grapple with the wave of Palestinian terror sweeping the country for more than two months, with knife, firebomb and vehicular attacks. The two ministers are convinced that the Palestinian terrorists will eventually succumb to attrition and throw in the sponge. Disputing this premise, Israel’s military and intelligence chiefs have put forward a 7-point plan of action for a crackdown hinging on a total lockdown of Palestinian areas:
DEBKAfile Special Report November 19, 2015
All five murders perpetrated by Palestinian terrorists in Tel Aviv and on the Hebron highway on Thursday, Nov. 19, led back to the Hebron district of the southern West Bank. The current wave of terror is earning the title of “The Hebron Intifada.” While anti-Jewish violence has been endemic to the region since 1929, the current wave was sparked by internal Palestinian strife. It is being exploited by Hebron’s clan chiefs to further their aspirations to seize the Palestinian leadership from Ramallah.
DEBKAfile Special Report November 13, 2015
The unending Palestinian campaign to murder Israelis Friday, Nov.13, shattered another Israeli family of seven. Gunmen shot dead a father, 40, and his 18-year old son, injuring his wife and another son of 13 and traumatizing their three small daughters. They were attacked on Highway 60 on the road running between Othniel and the Palestinian village of Dura in the Mt. Hebron district. The killer or killers shot the two Israeli men a second time at close range.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2015
The elusiveness of an identifiable terrorist leader is further splintering Palestinian communities:
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2015
The IDF’s intelligence officers of today operate on a novel battlefield, armed with a keyboard, screen, internet link and idiomatic command of the Arabic vernacular. This cyber covert warrior fights under a fictional or borrowed virtual identit. He invades terrorist networks and plants false directives to deflect a Palestinian from setting out to sow terror with a knife, gun or car. He uses the same digital space as the back-alley Palestinian gangs to sow panic and confusion in terrorist ranks..
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 19, 2015
Unusual leads pointing to the Gaza Strip slowed the process of identifying the gunman, who murdered Sgt. Omri Levy, 19, from Sdeh Hamad and injured 10 victims at the Beersheba bus station Sunday night, Oct. 18:
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 17, 2015
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are funneling millions of dollars to Palestinian groups to buy their abstention from the current wave of terror against Israel, while Iran and Hizballah spend cash to convince Palestinian extremists to keep the flames high. The Saudi-Iranian contest terror poses a major threat to the security and stability of Israel and Jordan. The Obama administration is left behind and Mahmoud Abbas is out in the cold as the Saudis and UAE go directly to Israel and Jordan.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 15, 2015
Israel was uncharacteristically forthcoming in revealing on Thursday, Oct. 15, that 3,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards troops had secretly landed in Syria - the largest Iranian ground force ever to set foot there. This disclosure came from Israel’s grave concern that Iran may take advantage of the IDF’s transfer of forces from its northern borders to domestic fronts - for quelling the current outbreak of Palestinian terrorist violence - to go for territorial gains on the Golan and the Israel-Lebanon border.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 14, 2015
Israelis have absorbed the first shock of the wave of Palestinian terror unleashed in the last two weeks. The Palestinians are likely absorbing the package of tough penalties for terror and deterrents the Netanyahu government began putting together Tuesday night. Wednesday, Oct. 14, saw relative calm after the deadly violence reached a new peak Tuesday. The 500 young soldiers mobilized to ramp up Jerusalem security will have to take their cues from a police force under-manned but well-seasoned in handling multiple terror
DEBKAfile Special Report October 13, 2015
After the first shooting in the current wave of Palestinian terror, three deaths and 27 injured victims in one day, Israeli hospitals were put on emergency footing Tuesday, Oct. 13, for the potential contingency of multiple casualties. Medical and auxiliary staff and supply centers were ordered to prepare for this contingency. Hospitals, especially in Jerusalem, are already facing a rise in emergency admissions as a result of terrorist attacks. The government introduced new anti-terror measures.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 10, 2015
Early Sunday morning, Oct. 11, the Palestinian campaign of terror took a sharp, dangerous turn: A young female suicide bomber was stopped on her way to Jerusalem driving a vehicle packed with explosive devices. When a police van on the Maaleh Adummim road to Jerusalem ordered her to pull over for an inspection, she threw an explosive device shouting Allah Akhbar! The policeman was hurt and she was badly injured.
The woman turned out to have been a suicide bomber on her way to carry out a multiple-casualty suicide attack in Jerusalem.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2015
The notion of a regional accommodation for the Palestinian issue is a non-starter because the relevant Arab rulers of Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are too busy with their own problems. Israel must cope alone with Palestinian terror.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 8, 2015
Binyamin Netanyahu and Moshe Ya’alon seemed to believe that an order to Jewish cabinet ministers and Knesset members Thursday, Oct. 8, to stop visiting Temple Mount would be the winning step for de-escalating the current Palestinian rock-throwing, firebomb and stabbing rampage. They were wrong. No sooner was the order released than it became a boomerang. Israeli Arab lawmakers announced that they would visit Temple Mount and Al Aqsa regardless. And two stabbing attacks followed in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 7, 2015
After the Israeli cabinet launched measures Tuesday, Oct. 6, for “strengthening anti-terror defense” – such as cameras in the sky - and officials labored to spread word that the surge of Palestinian violence of the past week was beginning to ebb, Israel was hit that night from the offside by a vicious pro-Palestinian upheaval in the Tel Aviv suburb of Jaffa. This was part of the backlash for Netanyahu’s “calm and responsible” approach to Palestinian terror, which mutinous ministers are calling “soft” and which Palestinians regard as Israeli weakness.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 3, 2015
Amid a wave of terror that has hit Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria,which has already resulted in the murder of four Israelis, it is necessary to point a finger at some senior IDF officers and members of the Israeli security establishment as partially responsible. The decision by IDF Chief of Staff Gady Eisenkot to reduce the number of IDF forces in Judea and Samaria so as to detach them for other missions was a serious error, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon mistakenly approved.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 2, 2015
Two Israelis, a mother and father, in their 30s, were killed Thursday evening, Oct. 1, when their car was sprayed with bullets as it passed through the West Bank village of Beit Fourik between Itamar and Alon Moreh. Their four young children, who were also in the vehicle, were slightly wounded. The family was from Talmon. Security forces and civilian responders came under heavy Palestinian fire to prevent them from reaching the car and rescuing the children, aged 4 months, 4, 7, and 9.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 20, 2015
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has approved tougher rules of engagement for security forces grappling with the latest surge of Palestinian terror, ready for the security cabinet’s endorsement Sunday, Sept. 20. First cleared with the State Attorney was the use of the Ruger rifle by Jerusalem police. This weapon fires light 0.22 (5.59mm) bullets packed with a small amount of explosive which can cause injury within a 100m radius. It may used only in life-threatening situations, such as stoning and firebomb attacks. The new rules are effective for all parts of Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 15, 2015
Three dates are landmarks of a new outbreak of armed Palestinian terror against Israel: On Aug. 30, an army-police squad rounding up terrorist suspects was waylaid in the Jenin refugee camp by fierce gangs armed with rocks, iron bars and firebombs. On Sept. 13, an Israeli car was stoned in Jerusalem, killing the driver Alexander Levlovitch, 64. The next day, Palestinian gangs fought Israeli police guards on Temple Mount with rocks, blocks of concrete and iron bars. Since Israeli troops were told to fire in the air opposite Palestinian violence, terror has escalated sharply, undeterred by legal measures.
DEBKAfile Special Report September 14, 2015
Jewish New Year’s Eve saw a sharp upsurge of Palestinian violence in Jerusalem, culminating in the death Sunday night, Sept. 13, of an Israeli motorist whose car attacked with flying rocks crashed into a pole. That morning, a large Israeli police and security force seized eight large pipe bombs in an Old City apartment ready to be smuggled to Temple Mt. for use for the first time against police guards or Jewish New Year worshippers at the Western Wall below. Police the clashed with Palestinian assailants on Temple Mt. and Al Aqsa Mosque.