DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 2, 2009
Information reached debkafile's counter-terror sources Wednesday, Dec. 2, of the discovery by Egyptian intelligence and security units of a large cache of bomb vests and 15-kilo explosive devices - some with built-in detonators, others attached to timers - in the Gaza-Egyptian border town of Rafah. They were smuggled out of the Gaza Strip to be carried through Sinai and across the Egyptian border into Israel, for suicide bombers to pick up and launch attacks directly after the prisoner swap was completed.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 22, 2009
The Obama administration and Netanyahu government are bending over backward to dissuade Mahmoud Abbas from going through with his decision to retire from public life both as chairman of the Palestinian Authority and head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, which he now says is final, debkafile's Washington and Jerusalem sources report. His most likely successor is his deputy Abu Maher Ghneim, a died-in-the-wool rejectionist of negotiations with Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2009
On Sept. 17, a Shin Bet-undercover police unit detained three Palestinians fabricating bombs and using pipes as components for rockets in a covert workshop in the Abu Dis village of Jerusalem, debkafile's counter-terror sources report. They worked in the grocery storehouse under the direction of an engineer. The terror cell planned a rocket assault on Jerusalem and Maaleh Adummim.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 12, 2009
Israeli security forces are on high alert for a fresh round of Muslim unrest centering on Temple Mount on Friday, Oct. 9.
The arrest Tuesday night, Oct. 6, of the Israeli Islamic leader Raed Salah on charges of inciting the four-day Muslim rampage on Temple Mount - and sedition - was a point up for his partners, the Palestinian Hamas. Mahmoud Abbas hopes to catch up with the rival Hamas by cashing in on the Jerusalem unrest for political gain when he meets US envoy George Mitchell.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2009
Raed Salah, head of the Islamic movement of Israeli Arabs, was placed under arrest Tuesday, Oct. 6, on charges of incitement and sedition for launching a joint violent campaign with Hamas to exclude Jews from Temple Mount. Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch appealed to the heads of all three faiths to work together and restore sanity to Jerusalem.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 9, 2009
Hundreds of radical Muslims, Palestinian and Israeli, rioted on Jerusalem's Temple Mount Sunday, Oct. 4, for the third day in a row, forcing Israeli police, battling flying bottles and rocks, to shut the shrine down. Temple Mount remains sealed off Monday to prevent Muslims hurling rocks on the Jewish Priests Blessing ceremony taking place below at the Western Wall.
Incoming intelligence is reported by debkafile's counter-terror sources as fingering Iran and Syria as the hands behind the troubles and their likely escalation.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2009
Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a timely statement Sunday, Aug. 30, dismissing the torrent of press reports from various foreign sources claiming that a prisoner swap for the release of the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit was imminent.
debkafile's Middle East sources disclose the real object of Hamas leaders' shuttle between Gaza, Cairo and Damascus as being a desperate attempt to lift the embargo clamped down on the Gaza Strip.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2009
debkafile's Middle East sources reveal here a comprehensive scheme cooked up by the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on the advice of US and British friends for deposing the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip and drawing president Barack Obama over to his side against Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2009
debkafile's analysts note that while fervently promoting the "right of return" for the 1948 refugees, the 2,300 delegates to the Fatah conference elected only one overseas member; Fatah delegates from Jordan, Syria, the Persian Gulf, Yemen, North Africa - and even the Gaza Strip absentees - did not get a look in past the solid phalanx of West Bankers.
Ex-prime minister Ahmed Qurai, who lost his seat, charged the election was heavily rigged "worse than Iran."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 8, 2009
To meet a US demand, Israel has permitted the entire Fatah leaderships of Syria, Lebanon and Jordan - some 500 functionaries - to enter the country for the first Fatah general conference in 25 years which opens Tuesday, Aug. 4 in Bethlehem. Among them are notorious terrorists responsible for multiple-murder attacks on Israelis. Some want to stay.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 1, 2009
The Palestinian Islamist Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip have enacted a new law obliging all women to cover their hair with the Muslim hijab. Sunday, July 26, "modesty patrols" were out on the streets and beaches of the Gaza Strip enforcing the new edict.
The Gaza Strip's slide into sharia law emphasizes its separation from the West Bank where secular modes are tolerated.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 20, 2009
The conversation Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas held at Sharm e-Sheikh Tuesday July 14 was more like a shouting match, debkafile's Middle East sources disclose. Abbas refused to listen to an Egyptian plan which accepted the Palestinian schism and partition between two territories.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2009
debkafile's military sources confirm that the Army of Islam, the Palestinian al Qaeda cell in Gaza tried to assassinate former US president Jimmy Carter by planting a 200-kilo bomb in the path of his exit through the Erez crossing after he held sympathetic talks with its Hamas rulers.
Nevertheless, some reports say Carter promises to urge President Barack Obama to remove the Palestinian extremist organization from the US list of designated terrorists.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2009
Senior Palestinian officials in Ramallah, enraged by the Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's conditional offer of a Palestinian state Sunday, June 14 - and even more by what they see as US president Barack Obama's perfidious welcome - are weighing extreme options for reprisal, debkafile's military sources report.
Some advise reverting to Yasser Arafat's two-stage tactics of synchronized terror and diplomacy and resuscitating the Fatah's al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Tanzim terrorist organizations.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2009
debkafile's Palestinian sources report that 500 Palestinian women in Nablus are providing wanted Palestinians with sanctuary and permitting their bank accounts to be used to whitewash Hamas revenues.
One of the Hamas operatives detained this week was found in possession of one-and-half million euros for establishing a stronghold in northern Samaria.
Three Hamas female suicide killers were captured this week in Qalqilya on a mission to murder six senior Palestinian Authority officers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2009
The roadside bombs, planted near a crossing between Israel and Gaza, were intended to hit the former US president Jimmy Carter as he exited the Palestinian territory after sympathetic talks with its Hamas rulers.
Carter "held back tears" at the sight of living conditions there for which he held Israel wholly responsible.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 14, 2009
debkafile's military sources report at least four Palestinians killed after Israeli air force helicopters went into action against Palestinian gunmen who mounted coordinated assaults at several points on the border early Monday, June 8. At least three Palestinian organizations, Hamas, Jihad Islami and Fatah-al Aksa Brigades plus the al Qaeda cell, opened automatic-machine gun-mortar fire on the Nahal Oz sector in the north, the Karni crossing in the center and Nir Oz opposite Khan Younes in the south.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2009
debkafile's military sources disclose that Sunday night, May 31, Hamas commanders in Damascus and Gaza ordered all West Bank cells to unleash a terrorist assault on the West Bank with bomb cars, roadside bombs, snipers and missiles. They were told to set their sights on all Palestinian Authority officials including Mahmoud Abbas as well as taking aim at Israeli cities north of Tel Aviv.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 31, 2009
Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas will produce a thick sheaf of pre-conditions for talks with Israel when he meets US president Barack Obama at the White House Thursday, May 28, primarily heavy US pressure to force the Netanyahu government to stop all construction activity in the West Bank and Jerusalem and remove 200 West Bank roadblocks. But he will find Obama more interested in advancing the Syrian than the Palestinian peace track.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2009
Authorative sources in the Venezuelan capital have told debkafile that Monday, April 27, Iran's foreign minister Mostafa Mohammed Najjar and intelligence chiefs secretly got together with visiting Palestinian Authority officials, led by Palestinian foreign minister Riyadh al-Maliki. The matchmakers were Hugo Chavez and the Qatar ruler Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa.
If true, this would signal a drastic policy turnabout by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas away from Cairo and over to the radical Tehran and Damascus.