624 articles tagged "Palestinians"
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Hamas was free to cause sensation with audio tape of Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit's voice - but not to release him without al Qaeda's a
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 29, 2007
Shalit's obviously dictated call on the Israeli government to free thousands of Palestinian prisoners was rejected by prime minister Ehud Olmert at the Sharm el-Sheikh conference Monday, June 25.
debkafile's counter-terror sources: The release of the Shalit, Alan Johnston and Ayman Zawihiri tapes within a few hours - the first two issued by Hamas - strongly indicates the timing was coordinated between Hamas and al Qaeda.

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Fatah-Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades chiefs defy Mahmoud Abbas' ban on unauthorized persons bearing arms on West Bank<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 29, 2007
Abbas gave the order in default of a pledge he gave Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert at Sharm al-Sheikh Monday, June 25. In return for Israeli immunity from arrest, Abbas promised to collect signed statements renouncing terrorism from Fatah-al Aqsa members, have them turn in their weapons to the Palestinian Authority forces for registration and join up with Palestinian security forces.
Abbas explained he needed the Brigades fighters, many of whom are wanted for orchestrating suicide attacks against Israel in the last decade, to combat Hamas on the West Bank.
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Israeli PM offers to release 250 Fatah prisoners as goodwill gesture to Mahmoud Abbas at Sharm el-Sheik conference with three Arab rulers Monday <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2007
Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak who hosted the conference Monday, June 25, pledged to work for the resumption of inter-factional dialogue between Fatah and Hamas.
debkafile notes: This was not what Ehud Olmert was aiming for. His gesture to Mahmoud Abbas favoring Fatah and rejecting a prisoner deal with Hamas indicated his disapproval of a reconciliation between the two Palestinian factions.
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The Army of Islam in Gaza threatens to "slaughter" the BBC journalist "like a lamb" unless UK and Jordan release three Muslim terrorists<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 26, 2007
In a statement emailed to AFP Tuesday, June 26, the Palestinian radicals demand that Jordan release the Iraqi woman, Sajida al-Rishawi, who was sentenced to death over triple hotel attacks in Amman that killed 60 people in 2005; Abu Mohammed al-Maqdissi, also held in Jordan since then; and the radical Palestinian-born cleric Abu Qatada, reputed former al Qaeda spiritual leader in Europe, who is held in Britain.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Hamas to release files on Palestinian intelligence collaboration with the US CIA, UK's MI5 and Shin Bet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2007
The centerpiece is evidence of the Palestinian Authority Preventive Security service's disclosure that Hamas' elite undercover Unit 102, only 25 strong, underwent lengthy training in Iran in advanced combat tactics modeled on those of the US Seals and the Israel Navy's Shayetet 13.
debkafile's military sources add: Unit 102 operated under such deep cover that even the commanders of Hamas' military wing and its Executive Force did not know it existed. Hamas is making good on its threat to use the huge archive of Palestinian Authority intelligence documents it captured in Gaza to compromise Mahmoud Abbas and members of his regime and show them up as minions of foreign powers and traitors to Palestinian national interests.

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Abbas accuses Damascus-based Hamas' Khaled Meshaal of complicity in a plot to assassinate him. Hamas hurls counter-charge
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2007
In a televised speech Wednesday, Abbas referred to the planting last month of 250 kg of explosives in a tunnel under a road traveled by his convoy. He said he had sent to every Arab government video tapes of Hamas operatives filmed in the act.
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Mahmoud Abbas orders closure of West Bank to Gaza refugees, including his own Fatah and presidential guard members
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2007
Tired of waiting to be rescued, many of the refugees stranded at the Erez crossing from Gaza to Israel since the ended of the fighting returned Wednesday to their homes in Gaza. Most of the injured and sick have been evacuated to Israeli hospitals. Egypt has augmented its security forces on Gaza's southern border to seal it against refugees.
debkafile reports: Earlier this week, Palestinian Authority VIPs and their families were evacuated from Gaza to Ramallah. The Russian embassy in Tel Aviv Wednesday organized the evacuation of 200 Russian and Ukrainian wives of Gazan men.
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Israel's Shin Bet captures a Palestinian terrorist ring plotting kidnap of Americans
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2007
Twelve members of the Palestinian Popular Front were rounded up in Hebron Tuesday, June 19. They planned to abduct American nationals on the West Bank and Jerusalem and hold them hostage against the release of the PPF leader Ahmad Saadat. He is jailed in Israel for involvement in the murder of an Israeli minister in 2002.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Hamas - and its Syrian and Iranian sponsors - capture priceless Palestinian Authority intelligence archives in Gaza putsch<br/
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2007
The Fatah-led general intelligence and security services caved in too fast to shred, wipe or burn documents, computer disks and archives. The entire collection fell into Hamas' hands when they seized Palestinian Preventive Intelligence HQ at Tel Awa (henceforth Tel al-Islam) and the Palestinian General Intelligence center near Gaza port.
debkafile's intelligence sources say: Never before has a bonanza of Western intelligence secrets on this scale ever reached an implacably hostile Islamist terrorist gang.
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Hamas steps up scale of weapons smuggling into Gaza, including Katyusha rockets<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 20, 2007
The Red Cross informs Israeli military authorities that there is no shortage of food in Gaza. Supply trucks crossed through the Karni goods crossing daily during the Hamas-Fatah fighting. Israel sent a truckload of medical supplies into Gaza Sunday.
Hamas has stepped up the scale of its smuggling activities from Egyptian Sinai, importing quantities of Katyusha rockets, guns, explosives and ammunition through the tunnels under the Philadelphi route.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Fatah activists are settling scores with Hamas in Lebanon as well as West Bank. Hamas threatens a wave of terror<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 19, 2007
Rampaging Fatah gunmen took revenge for their defeat in Gaza on Hamas activists on the West Bank in a rampage Sat. June 16 through the Hamas-held parliament, government and local council offices on the West Bank. Hundreds of Hamas officials were detained.
Saturday night, Fatah gunmen also hurled themselves against Hamas bases and offices in Lebanese refugee camps. Serious clashes erupted near the southern port of Sidon.
debkafile's military sources report that the IDF is quietly allowing Fatah intelligence officers and al Aqsa Brigades activists freedom of movement across the West Bank.
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Gaza Strip's Roman Catholic school and convent ransacked and looted during Hamas-Fatah fighting last Thursday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 19, 2007
Crosses were broken, a statue of Jesus damaged and prayer books burnt at the Rosary Sisters School and nearby convent, said Father Manuel Musaliem head of the tiny Gaza community. Gunmen used the roof of the school near a key security HQ captured by Hamas and desecrated the convent. Fatah and Hamas trade blame for the vandalism.

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Abbas Wants Israeli Concessions to Buy Reconciliation with Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2007
Mahmoud Abbas has good reason to rejoice over Ehud Olmert's strange celebration of the Hamas victory in Gaza as "a new peace opportunity," especially as the prime minister brings this message to his White House talks with President George W. Bush Tuesday, June 19.
The rest of the West is lamenting the fact a jihadist Islamic terrorist organization has acquired rule over a territory for the first time.
Abbas is making hay. His Fatah government installed in Ramallah Sunday, June 17, is already getting a shower of direct Western aid. The European Union has added its usual two bits of advice for Israel to add its support. The Palestinian leader has translated this advice into a list of extortionate concessions, which Israel previously denied as opening the door to suicidal terror in its cities.
Abbas means to demand the massive release of the most dangerous Palestinian security prisoners, including multiple murderers, and the sweeping removal of the West Bank checkpoints which screen and intercept potential bombers.
He was quick to grasp that Olmert in this mode will be openhanded enough to give him a fresh lease of life in the form of concessions to buy his passport to credibility in Palestinian eyes.
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Salim Fayyad is sworn in as new Palestinian prime minister of Abbas-installed emergency government in Ramallah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2007
Abbas has outlawed the Hamas militia.
Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh, whom Abbas sacked, insists the administration he heads is the rightful government.
Dismantling and looting continues at Gaza border posts as many try to escape. Hamas conducts witch hunt of Fatah supporters and impounds their property.

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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>'s Military sources: Iran and Syria are the winners of Hamas' military coup against Fatah in Gaza Strip<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2007
It was the second triumph in a week for a Palestinian force backed by Iran and Syria, after the Lebanese army failed in four weeks' combat to crush the pro-Syrian factions' barricaded in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian camp near Tripoli in four weeks of combat.
Tuesday, Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Palestinian Authority forces faced disaster. Their inevitable ejection from the Gaza Strip effectively severs Palestinian rule between Ramallah, where Fatah will have to fight to retain control of the West Bank and Gaza, dominated now by an Islamist Palestinian force manipulated from Tehran and Damascus
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Recapture of the Philadelphi Route Is Proposed to stop the Hamas Horror Show from Moving forward
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2007
More and more Israeli commentators are frankly admitting that Israel's pull-out from Gaza in the summer of 2005 was an open invitation to the forces of radical Islam to set up house in the defenseless territory. Now, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, foreign minister Tzipi Livni and the rest of their Kadima party who presided over that withdrawal are building new castles in the sky to vindicate that error.
Hamas has not triumphed, they say, but offered Israel the chance of a fresh start to separate Gaza, a mere "terrorist entity," from the West Bank. There, a Hamas-free regime led by Abbas is a fit partner for peace diplomacy.
With this fallacious thesis, Olmert is on his way to a three-day visit to the United States including talks with President George W. Bush as the White House Tuesday, June 17.
A former Israeli national security adviser Gen (ret.) Giora Eiland argues now that the influx of tons of smuggled weapons and explosives into Gaza Strip must be halted at any price. There is a real danger of Hamas importing reinforcements from Syria and Lebanon for its next offensive. Egypt will, as usual, stand aside.
Eiland was the only defense official at the time to oppose disengagement as a recipe for bringing Iran and al Qaeda to Israel's borders. Having been proved correct, he now proposes to limit the damage by recapturing the Philadelphi route and the southern outskirts of Palestinian Rafah, flatten the houses there and evict 15,000-20,000 people.

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Mahmoud Abbas fires Hamas PM Haniyeh, dissolves Palestinian unity government, declares Gaza and West Bank emergency<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2007
debkafile reports: Thursday night, June 15, the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas took the final step of dissolving the Palestinian unity government, thereby splitting the Palestinian Authority into two mutually hostile segments, the Fatah-ruled entity in the West Bank and the Hamas region in the Gaza Strip.
Olmert government officials maintained the Gaza Strip can now be held to military and economic siege and cut off from Israel, while a reasonable Palestinian government will rise on the West Bank and be amenable to an accommodation with Israel. debkafile's Middle East sources say they are deluding themselves.
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Hamas Poised to Convert Captured Gaza Strip into Islamist Enclave
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 14, 2007
14 June: Hamas seizes control of strategic Philadelphi enclave on Egyptian border and all Gaza's border crossings with Egypt and Israel. At least 35 people died in the fighting Wednesday. Any international force in Gaza will be resisted in the same way as an Israeli occupation army, said a Hamas spokesman Thursday, June 14.
Senior Israeli officers described the Hamas victory to debkafile as a greater misfortune for Israel than its Lebanon War setbacks. There, Hizballah was forced by Israeli military action to accept a UN ceasefire and international peacekeepers.
Hamas has no such incentive. In the case of Gaza, the winner takes all and can dictate terms. A radical Islamic enclave with a dominant Iranian-Syrian military presence has sprung up unopposed as a hostile reality on Israel's southwestern border. It has made the Israeli-Middle East Quartet's boycott an irrelevance.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Fatah-led Presidential Guard throw back 250 Hamas fighters in major battle over Karni goods crossing Tuesday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 9, 2007
The three-hour gunfight was the biggest assault Hamas which heads the Palestinian government has ever mounted. Casualties were heavy though not admitted. Its assault on the strategic crossing was preceded by heavy rocket, RPG and mortar fire on the Presidential Guard headed by Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah.
IDF military sources told debkafile that it is a mistake to allow Hamas to assemble large contingents for aggression in the Gaza Strip. Had they seized the Karni crossing, they may have surged across the border.

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Israel's Novel "See-Shoot" Electronic Device Is No Substitute for Human Deterrence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 9, 2007
It was not supposed to happen. Three Palestinian terrorist groups broke through Israeli border fortifications from Gaza in broad daylight and raided an Israeli military position near the key Kissufim crossing Saturday, June 9. Their mission: to kill and kidnap Israeli troops.
Their mission failed. The IDF claims the position was unmanned and only a decoy. And troops on the spot quickly fought back and drove the invaders off.
Produced by the Israel Armament Development Authority Rafael as a defensive system, See-Shoot uses sensors, aerial drones and surveillance aircraft to feed data to fortified command centers which transmit them to towers from which weapons automatically open fire on approaching targets.
The system is the brainchild of chief of staff Lt. Gen Gaby Ashkenazi and his predecessor Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz.
Three weeks ago, Ashkenazi requested and was authorized to install the new system after receiving a warning from military intelligence that a Palestinian kill-and-kidnap assault like the one attempted Saturday, June 9, was plotted.
See-Shoot was designed to stop a raid of this kind in its tracks.
It did not.
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