DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 16, 2017
Three major Israeli counter-terror operations in a week (Aug.10-16) are a measure of the intensity of terrorist plots for the commission of mass-casualty strikes in Jerusalem. Although Israel’s security authorities are cagey with the information they release on the mostly covert war they are waging on Palestinian and other Arab terror, three geographical areas may be marked out as significant:
DEBKAfile Special Report November 25, 2016
As firefighters battled unrelenting wildfires for the fourth day - from the Galilee, through Haifa and up to the Jerusalem Hills, the first flames leapt up early Friday, Nov. 25, outside Kiryat Gath in the southern Lachish district.
DEBKAfile Special Report November 24, 2016
Homes were evacuated in one residential neighborhood after another Thursday, Nov. 24, ahead of the huge flames and thick smoke enveloping Israel’s third city, Haifa, three days after hundreds of wildfires, most caused by arsonists, began spreading across the country. The Shin Bet and fire brigade’s investigators have gone into action to put a stop to the wave of arson attacks, encouraged by Palestinian social media..
DEBKAfile Special Report October 11, 2016
Israeli security and police authorities fear that the deadly drive-by shooting attack Sun. Oct. 9, was planned as the opening shot of major Palestinian terror assault, most likely in Jerusalem, over the Jewish High Holidays. They are convinced he did not act alone. debkafile reports information received of more than one group of terrorists heading for an attack.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 13, 2016
Extra soldiers, police and other security personnel are to be drafted in to secure the annual Jerusalem marathon taking place next Friday (March 18). Intelligence authorities are preparing for Palestinian terrorists to use the event for a another surge of violence after hitting three Israeli towns during US Vice President Joe Biden’s two-day visit last week. They are on the lookout for drive-by shootings from moving cars or even the first Palestinian car bombings.
DEBKAfile Special Report February 15, 2016
Sunday, Feb. 14, will go down as a landmark day in the terror campaign the Palestinians have been waging against Israel for five months. It marked the latest, deliberately ramped-up phase: After advancing from rocks, stabbings, car rammings and teen attacks, through the stage of loners to gangs of two and three, this week, it moved up to shooting and explosive devices. Four Palestinian shooting attacks took place in 12 hours, most using knock-off Carl Gustav submachine guns which are turned out by illegal foundries in Nablus.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 8, 2016
Initial interrogation of the five detained accomplices of Natash Melhem, the triple Tel Aviv murderer who died in a gunfight Friday, Jan 8, revealed that they were part of an Islamic State cell. The special police force which ran him to earth told him to surrender and shot him dead when he opened fire. Disabling rather than killing shots might have left a living source of information on what was clearly a meticulously planned terror attack by a gunman with a support team. So why did the Yamam marksmen choose to kill him instead of injuring him and taking him alive?
DEBKAfile Special Report January 5, 2016
The failure of a massive police-security forces manhunt to catch Nashat Melhem, five days after he murdered three people in Tel Aviv on Jan. 1 inspired a 20-year old Palestinian from the Jerusalem village of Issawiya to become the “second Melhem” – this time in Herzliya. He was quickly captured - but only after the Tel Aviv searchers were forced to detach a large team to hunt for the copycat terrorist in this upscale town before he struck. Police chief Rinnie Alsheikh broke his silence to report that the search had spread to outside Greater Tel Aviv.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 2, 2016
Saturday night Jan. 2, Israeli police and security services knew everything about the terrorist-gunman who Friday sprayed automatic bullets on passersby on Tel Aviv’s favorite recreation street, killing two people and injuring eight – except where to find him. He was identified as Nashat Melhem, 29, from the Israeli Arab village of Ar’arah in the eastern Wadi Ara district. The gag order for the investigation was extended to the evidently related murder of a tax driver near the Tel Aviv beach to hide his getaway route..
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 Exclusive Analysis September 27, 2015
As police commissioner, Ronny Alsheikh will not enjoy the untrammeled operational and intelligence facilities and access to data granted the Shin Beit, but have to function in a far stricter, more inhibiting framework. He will also find the police methods for fighting crime lagging far behind the innovative technology incorporated in the work of Israel’s clandestine agencies. But the new man is well placed to call on his former colleagues for cooperation in technology and intelligence to raise police standards.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2015
Israel planned its targeted assassination of Hamas icon Muhammed Deif with intelligence from its mole in Hamas. It missed by a fluke and the mole awaits execution.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 17, 2014
Netanyahu is relying on only two advisors to wage the war on Hamas in Gaza, and his over-reliance on air strikes and hopes for a quick ceasefire have proved this to be unwise.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 15, 2014
Heavy IDF Special Forces units tightened the siege on the Palestinian terrorist organization which snatched Naftali Frenkel, 16, Gil-Ad Sha’ar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, five days ago. Early Sunday, June 15, a curfew was clamped down on the Hebron district and West Bank exits towards Gaza shut down. Dozens of local Palestinians have been detained on suspicion of complicity in the abduction or withholding relevant information. debkafile: A covert Hamas cell in Hebron is believed to have perpetrated the abduction on orders from ringleaders in Istanbul, Israeli prisons and local operatives.
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