Another Israeli woman is dead after Palestinians attacked Beit Horon with knives. They also carried bombs
DEBKAfile Special Report January 26, 2016
For the third time in 10 days, Palestinian terrorists Monday, Jan. 25, infiltrated an Israeli village for murder. This time, they stabbed two women shopping in the grocery of Beit Horon, which is located on Route 443 between Modi’in and Jerusalem. Shlomit Krugman, 24, from Shdemot Mehola, later died of her wounds in hospital. The second woman is in serious condition. The killers also carried three bombs, a significant escalation in the current Palestinian terror campaign. They were shot dead by a security guard before they could detonate them.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016
Israel’s Chief of Staff complains that the strategic intelligence supplied by IDF MI is not good enough for coping with ISIS. He fears that a tactical ISIS attack may blow up into a strategic problem without warning.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016
Israeli and Palestinian security officers are discussing the formation of a new Palestinian militia to take charge of enforcing law and order in the Arab districts of Jerusalem and halting the terrorist campaign emanating from there. debkafile: The dialogue is led by senior Shin Bet and police officials and the Palestinian General Intelligence (Mukhabarat) chief Maj. Gen. Majid Faraj. Concern about the fast-spreading ISIS influence in Palestinian communities has given the project an extra spurt. There is no confirmation that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is in the picture.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 14, 2015
For months, Palestinian terrorists have been using their cars to run down Jerusalem bus commuters as easy victims. Monday, Dec. 14, a Palestinian from Beit Hanina, Jerusalem, crashed his Mazda into a crowd at a bus stop at the northern entrance to Jerusalem and injured 14 people. Doctors are trying to save the crushed foot of an infant of one year and four months. Four others were seriously hurt. The terrorist had an axe ready to slaughter his victims, when a passing civilian shot him dead and averted a massacre.
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.