628 articles tagged "Palestinians"
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Hamas recycles Gush Katif rubble to fortify 50 sq. km of war bunkers on Gaza Strip-Egyptian border<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 15, 2007
Beneath the Rafah-Philadelphi border region between Gaza and Egyptian Sinai, the Palestinian Hamas has built a vast underground stronghold. A separate series of secret tunnels snakes under another Gaza border into western Israel.
"They should never have been allowed to build this fortress. We should have stopped it long ago," said a high Israeli officer.
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Six Qassam missiles from Gaza fired against Israel Wednesday after Russian foreign minister reported Hamas promise to end violence including missile attacks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2007
Sergey Lavrov claimed Tuesday, Feb. 27, that Damascus-based Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal had personally given him this promise at their meeting in Moscow.
Lavrov said Russia favors the power-sharing agreement between Hamas and Fatah and supports efforts to lift the international blockade.
At a separate news conference, Meshaal did not repeat the promise cited by the Russian foreign minister. He did make it clear that Hamas is not ready to recognize Israel.

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An undercover Israeli police force kills new Palestinian Jihad Islami Jenin commander Ashraf Saadi and 2 accomplices a week after his predecessor
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2007
Two Israeli soldiers were slightly injured in the exchange of fire. The Jenin cell dispatched the suicide bomber who was captured in Bat Yam a week ago before he could do any harm. Next day, an Israeli unit shot his controller Mahmoud Abu Abid dead.
Israeli troops rounded up 20 suspected terrorists Tuesday night.

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Israeli counter-terror operation winds down Tuesday in West Bank town of Nablus after third bomb-making facility found<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 27, 2007
One Palestinian was killed, one injured MOnday. Several Israeli units conducted house to house searches for suspects and bomb-making laboratories in Palestinian terrorist strongholds in the Nablus Casbah, whose 50,000 inhabitants remained under curfew for three days.
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Israeli travelers warned to leave Sinai without delay by Jerusalem counter-terror authorities<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2007
Hundreds of Egyptian security and counter-terror troops were scouring northern Sinai Thursday for a group of Palestinians armed with bomb vests known to be preparing suicide attacks on Israeli tourists. Special security measures are in force to seal the Israeli-Egyptian border against their infiltration of southern Israel.
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Egypt captures a Palestinian with bomb vest creeping through a tunnel from Gaza into Sinai <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2007
Captured in Egyptian Rafah, he told interrogators he was joining a larger Palestinian group heading for a suicide attack on Israel tourists at a Sinai resort. Feb. 19, debkafile exclusively disclosed an Egyptian security buildup following an intelligence report that a large group of armed Palestinians had crossed in from Gaza on their way to terrorist attacks.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Riyadh informs Washington a Palestinian unity government will not uphold previous agreements with Israel<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 13, 2007
The Saudis notified the Bush administration ahead of the Mecca reconciliation summit Tuesday, Feb. 6, that the Palestinian accord for a coalition government sponsored by Riyadh will not meet a key Middle East Quartet condition for its recognition.
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Riyadh's Aim in Mecca: to Replace Tehran as Palestinian Hamas Backer
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2007
It is no wonder that Israeli policy-makers have had little to say to the Palestinian reconciliation accord which Saudi king Abdullah brokered in Mecca last week. Israel was shouldered off the stage as a player in Palestinian politics, as was any hope of moderating the Palestinian anti-Israel war, a breakthrough to peace talks - or even a form of long-term coexistence.
Its main outcome was the anointing of Hamas as unconditional king of the Palestinian domain.
The Damascus-based hard-line Khaled Meshaal, who had signed a pact with Tehran, was demoted, as was the second signatory of the Palestinian reconciliation package, the moderate, pro-Western Mahmoud Abbas. Raised in their place was prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, leader of Hamas' political wing. Abbas' ally, Gaza Strip Fatah commander Muhammad Dahlan, can expect a senior post in the Hamas-led government. Another winner is his business partner, the Palestinian-Kurdish tycoon Muhammad Rashid, who has turned his coat at least twice in two weeks while jostling to regain the influence he enjoyed behind the shoulder of the late Yasser Arafat who died in 2004.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Hamas' hard-line Khaled Meshaal, armed with 5-point compromise plan, promises a reconciliation summit in Mecca<br/><br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2007
1. Hamas will refrain from reacting to Israel's counter-terror forays against its operatives on the West Bank as well as from mounting attacks on Israel from that territory. 2. Hamas will not fight Fatah to the finish in the current round of factional war in the Gaza Strip, although a victory is within its reach. 3. Hamas renounces any intention of displacing Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).
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Undeterred by agreed ceasefire, Fatah-Hamas gunfights injure 8 Palestinians Saturday and Sunday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2007
The truce declared Friday night after rival Palestinian leaders Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas' Khaled Meshaal spoke by phone broke down before it began.
At least 29 Palestinians have died, 250 injured in three days of escalating street battles in Gaza. Two more were killed after the Abbas-Meshaal conversation. The two leaders are to meet in Mecca next Tuesday for an attempted reconciliation brokered by Saudi King Abdullah.
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The Middle East Quartet meeting in Washington voices deep concern at escalating Palestinian violence<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2007
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice argued at the Friday meeting that the violence should not delay work towards an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal that would lead to a Palestinian state. This initiative she hopes to bring forward in another Middle East visit later this month.
debkafile, in an Exclusive Analysis below, examines the situation the US secretary of state can expect to find: an irreconcilable Palestinian civil war tearing the Gaza Strip apart and which Washington's men on the ground lack the leadership to resolve.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Fingerprints of Palestinian Jihad Islami terrorist ace Muhamed al Hindi on Eilat suicide bombing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2007
debkafile's military sources disclose that the Jihad Islami leader returned to the Gaza Strip on Jan 19 after a six-month absence in Damascus, Beirut and Tehran, during which his Syrian and Iranian masters appointed him chief of the organization in place of Abdallah Ramadan Shelah.
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Hamas Pulls Ahead of Dahlan's Forces in Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2007
The latest truce in the escalating Palestinian warfare broke down almost as soon as it was declared Friday night, Feb. 2. The Fatah delegation to talks with Hamas in Gaza City on a mechanism for enforcing the ceasefire came under attack as its convoy drove away from the meeting. Earlier, two Palestinians were killed shortly after Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) agreed on a ceasefire with his rival, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal.
At this point, Hamas has the upper hand against a foe led by the former Gaza Strip strongman, ex-Palestinian minister and Abbas ally, Muhammad Dahlan. He has pretty well commandeered the Fatah side of the conflict, turning it into a personal crusade to recover his private power base in the territory. If he attains that objective, which is doubtful at the moment, his next allegiance is anyone's guess.
Even now, he is not choosy about the gangs in his pay, who tend to be easily bought and sold.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: First Eilat suicide bombing killing 3 Israelis feared start of deadly wave funded from Tehran and Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2007
The bomber, Mohamed Faisal al-Siksik, 21, from Gaza, blew himself up in a bakery in the Red Sea resort of Eilat Monday, Jan. 29, killing the two proprietors and a worker.This was the first such attack the holiday paradise has ever experienced. debkafile's counter-terror sources report that the next wave of suicide attacks is expected to be mounted from Gaza and Sinai by the Palestinian Jihad Islami in conjunction with local al Qaeda cells with funding from Tehran and Damascus.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>'s sources: Without co-opting Iran and Damascus, Saudi King Abdullah's mediation of violent Fatah-Hamas feud unlikely to succeed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 30, 2007
Monday, three Palestinians were killed in the S. Gazan town of Khan Younes and reciprocal abductions continued. The death toll in four days of infighting has risen to 33.
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Jordan denies the Palestinian suicide bomber who murdered three Israelis in Eilat Monday came from the kingdom<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 30, 2007
The Palestinian Jihad Islami made this claim to cover his tracks through Sinai and the group's links with al Qaeda. Israeli internal security minister Avi Dichter said the bomber's route had been established as running from the Gaza Strip via Sinai to Eilat.
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The White House condemns suicide bombing attack which killed 3 Israelis in Eilat Monday and holds the Palestinian Authority responsible for prevention
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 30, 2007
The White House spokesman Tony Snow said: "Failure to act against terrorists will affect relations between the Palestinian Authority and the international community and undermine the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a state of their own."
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Palestinian Stalemate Threatens to Curtail Missile Ceasefire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 2, 2006
The artificial efforts to keep the lid on violence while US president George W. Bush was in the region Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 29-30 for talks on Iraq, were abandoned as soon as he boarded Air Force One for Washington. This was predicted by Jordan's King Abdullah when he warned that three civil wars were on the point of erupting in the Middle East.
Saturday, Dec. 2, Mahmoud Abbas updated the PLO Executive Committee in Ramallah on the collapse of his unity talks with Hamas, after advising US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice of the stalemate in Jericho Friday, Dec. 1.
Fatah spokesman Azzam al Ahmad came out and called the Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya to step down or else Abu Mazen would have to call an early election to solve the constitutional crisis. Ismail Radwan of Hamas shot back that this kind of talk inflamed relations and would treated as a coup threat.
Fatah was blowing in the wind. It lacks both the popular and parliamentary numbers to bring about an early poll.
The threat is out in the open: If Abu Mazen tries to dismiss the Hamas cabinet and call a new election, Hamas will resume its Qassam missile war against Israel, calibrating the level of fire to the state of affairs on the internal Palestinian front.
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New Hamas Tactics Tried in Real Battle Conditions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 27, 2006
Israel's five-day anti-missile campaign was curtailed Sunday, Nov. 26 by a ceasefire announced by the Palestinians. But it was long enough to provide Israeli forces with the foretaste of a Palestinian fighting force far different from the bands of terrorists the IDF has faced for the past six years in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
The fingerprints were clearly apparent of the 120 Syrian and Hizballah officers whose arrival in the Gaza in the weeks after the Lebanon War was revealed by debkafile. They came in quite openly through Cairo international airport without demur from Egyptian officials.

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Israel Opts for Major War Campaign in 11th Hour of Hamas Build-up
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 22, 2006
debkafile's military sources disclose that Israel's security cabinet decided Wednesday, Nov. 22, that there is no option but to launch a major offensive against Hamas and its terrorist allies in the Gaza Strip - both to pre-empt their war build-up and reduce Qassam missile attacks, which climbed to 80 in the last 10 days. The date remains to be set.
The prime minister was finally convinced that the time for foot-dragging was over by intelligence data which showed Hamas hectically engaged in constructing state of the art fortifications for withstanding deep incursions into the Gaza Strip. They are assisted by dozens of military advisers pouring in from Syria and Lebanon.
As Palestinian missile attacks on the Israeli population proliferate, Sderot's distress becomes intolerable and the popular clamor rises to curb the menace, the IDF has switched its counter-missile tactics in the Gaza Strip. Instead of the air force, special ground forces backed by Shin Bet units are spearheading strikes which target top Hamas missile commanders.

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