DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2002, 10:41 AM (GMT+02:00)
This piece of correspondence was discovered by Israeli troops who went through the files in Yasser Arafat's personal accounting department in Ramallah. It is an itemized bill signed by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades - Palestine, and dated September 16, 2001, exactly five days after the September 11 suicide attacks ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2002, 10:39 AM (GMT+02:00)
The following is an exclusive interview held by debkafile's special correspondent Monday morning, April 2, with Wail Hammoudeh, director of the Ramallah hospital, Mustashfa al Ri'aya al Arabiyya, in person. The interview is presented here verbatim.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 1, 2002, 10:42 AM (GMT+02:00)
In the last 24 hours, the Palestinians have produced new tactics for assailing Israeli armed forces engaged in a major operation to uproot Palestinian terror.
In Qalqilya Sunday morning, April 1, eight hours after a large Israeli tank and ground force took control of the West Bank city, seven Israeli soldiers ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2002, 10:45 AM (GMT+02:00)
In a scathing attack on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, President George W. Bushsaid Saturday night, March 30, that he understood Israel's actions were necessary for its self-defense: "Their country is under attack - every day there is loss of innocent life." He added: "in order for Israel to exist, terror ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2002, 10:43 AM (GMT+02:00)
Three days into the massive counter-terror military operation Israeli launched last Friday, March 29, Israel troops and tanks moved from four directions on their second target: the West Bank town of Qalqilya.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2002, 10:49 AM (GMT+02:00)
Israel's extended military offensive against Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Ramallah stronghold, launched Friday morning, March 29, quickly took on a wider regional context. By afternoon, debkafile's military sources began to pick up signs of unusual military movements in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 28, 2002, 10:51 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Palestinians' latest murderous outrage against Israelis sitting down for the Passover Seder at the Park Hotel in Netanya was a typical gesture by Yasser Arafat. Confined in Ramallah for three months and slighted by the Arab heads of state - who refused to broadcast his speech live to the ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 28, 2002, 10:50 AM (GMT+02:00)
Many thousands of police and troops spent the first day of the Passover festival patrolling the streets and synagogues of Jerusalem on a high alert that never ends. After the outrage in Netanya's Park Hotel cut short the Passover Seder Wednesday, March 27, the men in uniform can only pray ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 23, 2002, 10:53 AM (GMT+02:00)
Egyptian president Hosni Mubarakescaped two known assassination attempts by Osama bin Laden and Egyptian Islamic extremists in 1993 and 1995. Since then, he takes no chances. Three weeks ago, according to debkafile 's intelligence sources, he was quietly warned that al Qaeda, the Lebanese Hizballah and Palestinian militias ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2002, 10:55 AM (GMT+02:00)
The wild Middle East reality has produced one of its most bizarre twists: According to debkafile's American and Palestinian sources, the initiative to let Yasser Afafat travel to Beirut for the Arab League summit opening next week comes from ...Ariel Sharon and a group of Israeli government ministers. ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2002, 9:46 AM (GMT+02:00)
One of Washington's key objectives in the run-up to its multiple anti-Saddam anti-terror campaign in the Middle East is to uncover the nuclear devices almost certainly acquired by Iraq and/or Osama bin Laden. Next, the US will test the probability of this capability being turned by either or both against ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2002, 10:56 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Palestinian suicide bombing that shattered lives and storefronts in downtown Jerusalem on Thursday also made a shambles of any coherent Israeli and US policy toward Yasser Arafat. The aftershock of the attack would be even greater where it not for an Israeli court's gag order, issued at the urging ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2002, 10:59 AM (GMT+02:00)
Monday, March 18, just before US Vice President Richard Cheney landed in Israel to wind up his 12-nation tour of the region, US Middle East envoy Anthony Zinni extracted from the US- Israeli-Palestinian security commission a limited accord.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2002, 11:01 AM (GMT+02:00)
Israelis, faced with daily terrorist attacks on civilian targets, have been smothered in a blanket of diplo-babble since the US Middle East envoy Anthony Zinni landed last Thursday, March 15. But while Israelis were left to grope their way through an opaque thicket of verbiage, the Palestinians simply carried on ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 15, 2002, 11:02 AM (GMT+02:00)
First, it depends on the nature of US envoy Anthony Zinni's brief. If it is, as officially and publicly defined, to convince Palestinians and Israelis to suspend the grim cycle of violence and bloodshed and accept a truce - then the answer is: Not likely.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2002, 10:28 AM (GMT+02:00)
In attempting to unscramble the Palestinian-Israel-Hizballah confrontation, US secretary of state Colin Powell faces the toughest assignment of his career. Its complexities persuaded him to ask the President for more time in the Middle East, well beyond the 48 hours first allowed him.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2002, 12:30 PM (GMT+02:00)
Ever since the capture of the Karine-A Palestinian arms smuggling boat on the Red Sea two months ago exposed Yasser Arafat's working relations with Iran, the Hizballah and Iraq, both America and Israel had an interest in keeping Arafat cornered in Ramallah for three main reasons.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2002, 12:28 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Tulkarm refugee camp was the third such location to be tackled by Israeli forces' new counter-offensive - after the Nablus camp of Balata and the Jenin camp - all on the West Bank.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2002, 12:33 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tuesday, between 02:15 and 09:00 hours Israel time, Palestinian terrorists slew 5 Israelis and injured 63 in attacks in Tel Aviv, Afula and the Tunnel Road leading out of Jerusalem. Each time the level of bloodshed hits a new and intolerable high - as it did last Saturday and Sunday ...