DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 17, 2002, 10:24 AM (GMT+02:00)
That US Secretary of State Colin Powell wound up his 10-day ceasefire mission in the Middle East without once mentioning its object is a measure of its failure. Asked by a reporter at his final news briefing in Jerusalem Wednesday, April 17, what happened to the ceasefire, he said the ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 15, 2002, 10:25 AM (GMT+02:00)
Israel's triumphant capture of Marwan Barghouti, 41, the Secretary General of the West Bank's Fatah-Tanzim and the most vocal Palestinian leader, gave a strong impetus to the Sharon government's campaign to delegitimize and replace Yasser Arafat.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 12, 2002, 10:31 AM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli security foiled a Palestinian terrorist attempt to hit the motorcade driving US secretary of state Colin Powellfrom BenGurionAirport to Jerusalem Thursday night, April 12, shortly after he landed. The Secretary was accompanied by Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres and heads of the US embassy.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 11, 2002, 10:32 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Lebanese Hizballah's Hassan Nasrallah counted on the shock effect of his surprise offer on April 11 - to negotiate the return of the Israeli Elhanan Tannenboim abducted in October 2000 - to manipulate a number of parties round to dealing with him directly.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2002, 10:34 AM (GMT+02:00)
The battle raging in the northern West Bank town of Jenin, the most savage and costly in life waged thus far in the counter-terror offensive Israel launched on March 29, will also determine its outcome. It will also decide if Yasser Arafat is doomed to stay locked in his two ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2002, 10:36 AM (GMT+02:00)
In the coming week, the protagonists in the current Middle East crisis will race against time to bring matters to a head before US secretary of state Colin Powell arrives on his new mission on behalf of President George W. Bush. The Israelis, the Palestinians, Syria, Iraq, Iran and the ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2002, 10:38 AM (GMT+02:00)
Four men are now in Israel's sights. Two - Yasser Arafat and Palestinian intelligence chief Tawfik Tirawi - are under siege in Ramallah.
The other two - Fatah-Tanzim militia chief Marwan Barghouti and Rashid Abu Shbak, deputy to Gaza preventative security chief Mohammed Dahlan - are running for their lives ...
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.