DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 30, 2002
The first woman suicide bomber was identified Wednesday, January 30, as a Palestinian called Wafa Idris, 28, divorcee, who lived in the Al Amri refugee camp near Ramallah on the West Bank and worked as a volunteer worker with the Red Crescent. An arm of Yasser Arafat's Fatah, the Al Aqsa Brigades, now claims to have sent her to blow herself up on a busy thoroughfare in central Jerusalem last Sunday, June 27, killing one Israeli and injuring 160.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 27, 2002
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah and intelligence director Prince Nawwaf are trying to extricate Yasser Arafat from Israeli confinement in Ramallah. The Saudi Press Agency quotes the crown prince as remarking: "Imprisoning a leader is a very strange situation." As to President Bush's harsh criticism of the beleaguered Palestinian leader, Abdullah advised the US President ominously "to pursue the interests of America and this would be sufficient for us."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2002
Two senior Israeli cabinet ministers responded instantly to the out-of-the-blue Hizballah mortar and missile barrage Wednesday evening against Israeli frontier positions on the Shaaba Farms sector, after three quiet months. Foreign Minister Shimon Peres held Iran responsible for provoking the Hizballah attack, while defense minister Binyamin ben Eliezer declared angrily that Israel would not stand for its northern border becoming a second front.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2002
While pointing a sharply accusing finger at Iran, Israel suddenly finds itself on a high terror alert against an imminent terror threat from Iraq, timed for January 15 or thereabouts. Israeli security authorities are taking into account that Baghdad is capable of striking through its Palestinian terrorist surrogates.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 13, 2002
The combined Iranian-Palestinian-Hizballah strategic threat to Israeli's security, made so much of by Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon - and echoed by Israel's senior defense and intelligence officials - did not drop out of the sky when the Karine-A arms ship was intercepted ten days ago.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2001
By this act, Arafat and Nasrallah jumped the gun on the American war on terror. Instead of waiting for the United States to open its second front in the Middle East, the pair moved ahead with their combined terrorist front. In the face of the Bush administration's caution to world leaders to sever their ties with terrorist groups and fight them, Arafat is cementing his relations with a group listed in Washington as a terrorism organization.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 24, 2001
Mahmoud Abu Hanoud, senior West Bank commander of the Islamist Hamas military arm, evaded every Israeli attempt to capture him for more than six years, the while planning and executing some of the most excruciating terrorist attacks ever inflicted on Israeli civilians. They included most recently the Tel Aviv disco bombing in June in which 20 teenagers died and the August pizzeria bombing outrage in Jerusalem, which left 15 people dead.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2001
Forced under US and European pressure to reduce the heat in Bethlehem and Beit Jala, to the south of Jerusalem, he turns it at the northern end of the city - but not only there. Largely unreported, the Palestinian have ringed fresh targets in the western Negev inside Israel. For the last few days, Palestinian firing positions in Gaza have been shelling Israeli towns, villages, kibbutzim and army bases with mortars and the new homemade Palestinian rocket, Kassem-1.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 4, 2001
Up until 1982, when he burst on the Shiite terrorist world of Beirut, Mughniye was a member of Yasser Arafat's personal guard, Force 17, when the Fatah group was one of the fiercest warring militias of the savage Lebanese civil war.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2001
On October 30, four days before an economic conference on the Middle East is due to open at Palma de Majorca, Germany announced it was transferring to the Palestinian Authority the sum of 250 million Deutschmarks. It may therefore be of interest to find out how the Middle East economy looks from the perspective of the Palestinian West Bank hub town of Ramallah, in the light of new discoveries revealed to debkafileby high-placed intelligence sources.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2001
The small provincial town of Hadera has the bad luck to be situated on Israel's narrow waist between the Mediterranean and the West Bank - minutes away from the Palestinian towns of Jenin ("SuicideCity") and Tulkarm. Hardly a month goes by without a Palestinian terrorist attack in its small, crowded downtown. Sunday's was one of the worst.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 17, 2001
Police sources report that the Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi, 75, was shot three times at close range in the corridor of his hotel room at the Hyatt Hotel on French Hill in Jerusalem, as he came up from breakfast shortly before 7 am. His wife found him lying unconscious on the floor. Two bullets entered his head, believed to have come from a silenced gun. Hadassah doctors are fighting for his life.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 6, 2001
The Russian inquiry has always leaned towards the terrorist theory as the cause of the Siberian Airlines 1812 crash into the Black Sea last Thursday, October 4, in which all 67Israel passengers and 11 crew aboard were killed. Russian spokesmen played up the Ukrainian missile theory out of political considerations, although they were perfectly aware of the weighty technical counter-arguments against a stray Ukrainian missile having downed the Tel Aviv-Novosibirsk Tu 154.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2001
debkafile's Washington sources report that, although the White House and secretary of state Colin Powell are conducting intensive diplomatic bargaining to broaden the US-led bloc for the coming military offensive against the international terror blight, Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney are determined to march on the enemy without waiting for the bargaining to run its course.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 15, 2001
The United States if going to war to avenge itself for the catastrophic hijack-suicide attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The first stage of the conflict, according to initial, conservative estimates, could last two to three years. Its success will determine the scope and timeframe of the second phase.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 9, 2001
Wednesday morning, the 220nd day of Yasser Arafat's "Al Aqsa Intifada", Israelis woke up to a fresh horror in a week filled with intensified bloodshed and terror: Two 14-year old youths, Kobi Mendel and Yosef Ishran, the day after they went missing, were found brutally stabbed, beaten and stoned to death in a cave behind their homes in Tekoah, near Bethlehem, in the popular Judean Wilderness trekking site of Wadi Haritoun.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 9, 2001
Israel's defense authorities are seriously preparing for extreme contingencies such as Palestinian missile attacks on the main international airfield or airliners in flight; mortar or Katyusha rocket attacks - not on a Gaza Strip settlement, but on a main Jerusalem Street, a Kfar Saba suburb, shopping centers in Hadera and Modi'in, and any other part of the Tel Aviv conurbation.Areas of the country that have not so far felt the sharp edge of the war launched by the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat seven months ago will suddenly wake up. Life in Greater Tel Aviv will change - men in uniform will fill the streets instead of shoppers, public shelters will be opened, emergency wards set up in hospitals, commerce will suffer and night revelers will stay home, abandoning the bright lights to cruising police, fire fighters and troops.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2001
In 2000, terrorist attacks increased by 8 percent, the number of persons killed rose by 74 percent, from 233 to 405. Nineteen were US citizens - 17 sailors of the USS Cole who died in an explosion in the port of Aden in 2000. This year's list of seven sponsor-states of terrorism was unchanged: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria, with Iran remaining the most active - particularly in sponsoring Palestinian groups against Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2001
The Wadi Ara Highway Thursday March 1, in which Claude Kanfu, 27, an instructor for the blind, was killed and 9 people were injured including the terrorists, might possibly have been pre-empted had Israel's Shin Beit Security service performed as well as necessary and enjoyed better rapport with the police. In two previous terrorist incidents, the police were caught off guard. Therefore, the security service decided this time to manage the operation on its own - from first to last. One disaster, the bombing in Tel Aviv was successfully pre-empted; the highway explosion was not.