DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2002, 12:37 PM (GMT+02:00)
Friday night, March 1, on the third day of their first large-scale counter-terror operations in the refugee camps of Nablus and Jenin, Israeli armed forces, led by troops of the Golani infantry brigade, pulled back from the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin to its outskirts.
IDF Aims to Break Back of Fatah al Aqsa Brigades, Open Routes in Case of Clashes with Iraq or Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 1, 2002, 12:38 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel set out on Thursday, February 28, to break the back of the Fatah-Tanzim's al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, by thrusting for the first time in force into the large Nablus and Jenin refugee camps, the main forward bases for the suicide assailants who plague Israeli towns, villages, roads and military targets.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 27, 2002, 12:43 PM (GMT+02:00)
A glimmer of hope hung over the resumed trilateral security mission meeting at the US Ambassador's home in Herzliya Tuesday night, February 26. Present were Israeli Shin Beit director Avi Dichter, IDF General Command Planning Chief, Maj.-Gen Giora Eiland, Palestinian Gaza Strip Preventive Security Head Mohamed Dahlan, Palestinian General Intelligence ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2002, 4:53 PM (GMT+02:00)
Just over three weeks ago, Palestinian Authority paymasters, about to hand out January wage packets to civilian and security personnel, were taken aback to find that the $50 million earmarked for the purpose had gone missing. At a loss, they asked their bosses what to do and were told there ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 24, 2002, 12:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel's security cabinet decision Sunday, February 24, to slightly ease Yasser Arafat's conditions of confinement in Ramallah was accompanied by a pullback of the tanks besieging his headquarters for nearly three months. But to leave thisWest Bank hub town - he wants to attend the Arab League summit in Beirut ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2002, 11:35 AM (GMT+02:00)
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, needed only one week to reconsider and take back the deal he floated before New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, namely normal relations between the Arab world and Israel in return for its withdrawal to pre-1967 frontiers. From the first, debkafile discounted ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 21, 2002, 12:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel will create buffer zones buttressed by physical barriers to bring about "security separation" between Israel and Palestinian territory. Demarcation work will begin at once. This was the main message prime minister Ariel Sharon delivered in a rare broadcast address to the nation Thursday night, February 21.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2002, 12:50 PM (GMT+02:00)
Ariel Sharon may not realize how fast Yasser Arafat is advancing on his goal of defeating yet another Israeli prime minister, exactly five years after a Palestinian bus-bombing campaign and strike against Tel Aviv's DizengoffCenter forced Shimon Peres to throw in the towel after only a year as prime minister.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2002, 12:53 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon brushed aside the widespread criticism of his handling of Palestinian terror as politically motivated, when he addressed a Likud party faction meeting Monday, February 17. He declared brusquely that he doesn't need experts to advise him on how to combat terror.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2002, 12:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel's inner security cabinet meeting Sunday afternoon, February 17, faced the bald option between going to war proper against Arafat and his Palestinian Authority or hold off again and live with a savagely spiraling casualty toll - 14 Israelis dead in the last two weeks.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2002, 12:55 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel's policy-makers and military tacticians both came badly out of the first round of Palestinian rocket warfare. Notwithstanding the generals' claim that the armed forces were ready for this acute upturn in Palestinian violence, their deployment has been slow and unwieldy in the face of the new threat.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 10, 2002, 12:20 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's political and military analysts note that Yasser Arafat has brought the full weight of his terror campaign to bear on Israel's cities and population centers; most of the Intifada toll has been borne by civilians. During Sharon's five-day absence in the United States, seven Israelis died at ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2002, 1:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
Egyptian foreign minister Ali Maher said Monday night, January 7, that the "conflicting reports coming from Israel" on the Karine-A seizure arouse increasing doubts. In particular, he questioned Israel's assertion that the ship's course was set for the Palestinian Authority in the Gaza Strip via the Suez Canal. Maher repeated ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2002, 2:46 PM (GMT+02:00)
Exactly 24 hours after Gen. Suleiman left - and one hour before Sharon boarded the plane for Washington - Arafat gave the signal for the first of a deadly series of terror strikes against Israeli civilians.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2002, 2:55 PM (GMT+02:00)
In his briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee in Jerusalem, Mofaz stated that the Palestinians' hostile intentions remained unchanged. As for Iran, he said he did not see that country attacking Israel tomorrow, but its instigation, guidance and arming of anti-Israel terrorists must be taken in conjunction ...
American War on Terror Scoops up Campaign against Arafat; Next Stage - to Cut Him off from Fresh Fighting Strength and Weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2002, 3:07 PM (GMT+02:00)
The next stage of the US-Israeli strategy for containing Palestinian terrorism will cut him off from the wherewithal for building up, replenishing and arming his militias and terror groups. In the Oval Office next Wednesday, Sharon and Bush will get down to the third stage.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2002, 3:13 PM (GMT+02:00)
a senior official Palestinian Authority official, talking to debkafilein Ramallah Saturday night, February 2, registered some changing Palestinian perceptions on certain issues: Ariel Sharon: We now understand that our campaign to unseat Ariel Sharon, which worked against at least two of his predecessors, is a non-starter for the ...