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Israel leaders’ stubborn belief in Hamas' desire for war's end led the country back to war
Israeli air strikes against Hamas rockets
Israeli air strikes against Hamas rockets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 19, 2014, 12:09 AM (IDT)

Israelis were stunned Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 19, when rocket fire suddenly erupted from the Gaza Strip against Beersheba and Netivot, after they had been lulled into a sense of false security by the suspension of Hamas attacks for 135 hours.  debkafile: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s stubborn belief that Hamas really, really wants to end hostilities prevented Israel from inflicting a final defeat on the Palestinian fundamentalists and opened the way to a war of attrition. The Israeli public is losing patience with the uncertainty and showing signs of defiance.

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PA negotiator Ahmad al-Azzam
PA negotiator Ahmad al-Azzam
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
Aug 19, 2014, 12:10 AM (IDT)

debkafile’s intelligence sources disclose that the Egyptian-brokered draft deal Israeli and Hamas delegates inked in Cairo Monday night, Aug. 18, said to contain, in return for a Hamas commitment to withhold rocket fire on the Israeli population, a number of major Israeli waivers. The draft is subject to endorsement by the Israeli security cabinet, which does not convene until Tuesday. They may entail lifting the siege on the Gaza Strip by permission to establish deep sea and air ports - before Hamas is made to disarm, and also talks on releasing prisoners.

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Binyamin Netanyahu talks tough at cabinet session
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 18, 2014, 9:26 PM (IDT)

A narrow, or partial, accord between Israel and Hamas was initialed in Cairo Monday, Aug. 18. Hamas agreed not to resume rocket fire when the latest ceasefire in the Gaza conflict ran out at midnight. 

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DEBKAfile DEBKAfile Special Guide Aug 15, 2014, 12:09 PM (IDT)

After a month of fighting in Gaza and the onset of another surreal ceasefire, DEBKAfile’s sources clue in those readers who are understandably a bit baffled about the war and where Israel stands:

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Palestinian rockets from Gaza
DEBKAfile Special Report Aug 14, 2014, 9:00 AM (IDT)

Palestinian rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip before and after the PLO and Egypt announced a new five-hour ceasefire.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 12, 2014, 11:18 PM (IDT)

The seventh truce in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict is generally expected to end Wednesday night Aug. 13, with fresh hostilities triggered by Hamas rockets. This time, Israel will not be satisfied with air strikes.

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DEBKAfile Video Dec 29, 2013

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 11, 2014

The Kurdish Peshmerga fight against Islamic State terrorists broadened out Monday, Aug. 11, with the US arms airlift to the semiautonomous Iraqi Kurdish capital, Irbil, of large quantities of military hardware from the Mafraq King Hussein Air Base in Jordan and US emergency stores in the Israeli Negev. The US will soon run out of air strike targets without fielding special forces on the ground to mark them. debkafile reveals: Al Qaeda in Sinai reinforced by IS fired rockets at US and Israeli Negev bases in support of Hamas’ war on Israel.

An Israeli tank convoy heading for Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 10, 2014

In response to Egyptian mediation, Israel is ready to shrink the security zone inside the Gaza Strip by 200 meters, provided the Palestinian Hamas observes a further 72-hour ceasefire going into effect at midnight Sunday, Aug. 10, debkafile reports. And if the truce holds overnight, Israeli negotiators will return to Cairo Monday morning to resume the talks interrupted by Hamas rocket fire Friday. debkafile further reports that Israel may also allow Gaza Strip to have a seaport at some time in the future, in return for the territory’s demilitarization.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 9, 2014

While different in many ways, the campaigns waged by the US in northern Iraq against Al Qaeda’s IS, and by Israel in Gaza against Hamas, share common features. President Obama won’t put US special forces back in Iraq and, for very different reasons, Israeli leaders abstained from sending special forces deep inside the Gaza Strip to eliminate the Hamas high command and its main rocket stocks. Both have fallen into the same error of relying on air strikes to eliminate Islamist fundamentalists on the march. And so neither conflict will end soon.

DEBKAfile Special Report Aug 8, 2014

Hours before the 72-hour Gaza ceasefire was due to expire Friday morning, Aug. 8, the Palestinian Hamas’ military wing slapped down an ultimatum before Israel: Either allow the Gaza Strip to have an open seaport – which would be tantamount to lifting the Gaza blockade - or prepare for a long and brutal war of attrition with thousands of fatalities. Abu Obeida, spokesman of Hamas’ military wing, Ezz e-Din Al-Qassam, announced that their new rockets with large warheads would strike Ben Gurion airport and cut Israel off from its air transport links.













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