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PA negotiator Ahmad al-Azzam
Cairo draft accord may embody Israeli concessions on security in return for Hamas truce
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2014

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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Israeli air strikes against Hamas rockets
Israel leaders’ stubborn belief in Hamas' desire for war's end led the country back to war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 19, 2014

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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Binyamin Netanyahu talks tough at cabinet session
Narrow Israel-Hamas truce deal initialed in Cairo - if Israeli cabinet approves. Abbas due in Qatar and Cairo
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2014

A narrow, or partial, accord between Israel and Hamas was initialed in Cairo Monday, Aug. 18, say Palestinian sources. Israel does not confirm this. Hamas reportedly agreed not to resume rocket fire when the latest ceasefire  ran out at midnight, while Egypt and Israel said to have consented to reopen their border crossings for the delivery to the Gaza Strip of humanitarian assistance. The issue of demilitarization was left till later. Thursday, Mahmoud Abbas is due to discuss with Khaled Meshaal in Qatar the start of Palestinian Authority operations in Gaza.

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Israeli tanks outside the Gaza Strip
DEBKAfile’s quick guide to the perplexed reader: Israel, Gaza, the US and the faux-ceasefire
DEBKAfile DEBKAfile Special Guide August 15, 2014

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: Although a five-day ceasefire was announced in Cairo Wednesday night, neither Israel nor Hamas had by Friday, Aug. 15, officially acknowledged a truce is in place. Obama and Netanyahu continue to lock horns as Jerusalem runs the war without Washington’s input. As for the conflict's end, every effort at diplomacy with the Hamas terrorists has so far fallen flat.

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Abdel Fattah El Sisi
El-Sisi Chivies Netanyahu for the IDF to Go All the Way and Eradicate Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 14, 2014

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Saudi Arabia are pushing Netanyahu to go for the full-scale ground incursion against Hamas in Gaza that he doesn’t want, while the Israeli prime minister continues to keep the US out of his decisions.

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Israel’s Focus on Tactical Intel Leaves Hamas with the Strategic Intel Edge in Gaza Conflict
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 14, 2014

A Mossad overhaul has left Israel’s intelligence focused on tactical intelligence, leaving current leaders without the strategic point of view they need to conquer Hamas in Gaza.

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IDF mobile artillery ready for resumed Gaza warfare
Fresh Gaza hostilities likely Wednesday. IDF to expand counteraction for Hamas rockets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2014

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. The Cairo talks never got off the ground because the gaps between Israel and the Palestinians were unbridgeable, and the Palestinian team was moreover divided against itself. This time, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon are preparing broad action in response to Palestinian rocket fire. They know that the public and the army too have run out of patience with half-measures.

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An Israeli tank convoy heading for Gaza
For new ceasefire, Israel agrees to shrink Gaza buffer zone, for Hamas demilitarization, a seaport
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 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.

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Islamist fundamentalists gain tactical advantage over the US and Israel in Gaza and Irbil, 1,372 km apart
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 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.

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Gen. Qassem Soleimani
Tehran Strong-arms Jordan for New Arms Smuggling Route to Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 8, 2014

Iran looks to get back into the Palestinian terror game by rearming Hamas and Islamic Jihad, attempting to use its Jordanian sleeper cells to smuggle weapons into the West Bank and Gaza.

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IDF Chariot tanks exit the Gaza Strip
Iran, Al Qaeda took note of curbs on IDF vanquishing Hamas, which now has core of a Palestinian army
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 6, 2014

As Israeli envoys arrived in Cairo Tuesday, Aug. 6, on the first day of a 72-hour Gaza ceasefire, government spokesmen went to great lengths to convince the public that the fighting was over and the enemy seriously degraded. debkafile: But Hamas though badly hit was not vanquished, its command level survived and the core of a Palestinian army has emerged. Al Qaeda, from its new battle arena in Lebanon, and Iran, too, drew their own conclusions from the way the IDF was held back from bringing its successful operation to victory.

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Missing officer Lt. Hadar Goldin's family demands his recovery before IDF pullback
Israeli troop exit from Gaza without achieving all goals bodes war of attrition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 2, 2014

As the first Israel troops pulled out of Gaza Saturday night, Aug. 2, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pledged that Operation Defense Edge would continue until security and calm were restored – however long it takes. But in his televised news conference, he also said: “The IDF will deploy according to the needs of Israel’s security – and only Israel’s security.” debkafile: The new slogan signals a switch to a unilateral policy and a decision to redeploy the bulk of Israel’s ground troops outside the Gaza Strip in offensive formation – even before achieving all its goals.

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Missing Israeli Givati officer 1st Lt. Hadar Goldin
Two soldiers killed in Hamas attack in which officer feared captured. Gaza 72-hour truce folds
DEBKAfile Special Report August 1, 2014

Israel informed US Secretary Kerry Friday, Aug. 1, of its withdrawal from the 72-hour truce after gross Hamas violations which peaked in an attack on an IDF tunnel team in Rafah in which two soldiers were killed and Israeli Givati officer, 1st Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, from Kfar Saba, was abducted. The White House condemned the Hamas violation as “barbaric.”  Hamas also breached the truce with a score of rockets and mortar shells. IDF tanks, artillery, air force and special forces retaliated in southern Gaza. Hamas and Islamic Jihad report many dead.

 

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Netanyahu Prepares to Pull Troops out of Gaza - but Keep a Buffer Zone
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 1, 2014

Although it would take at least a week to destroy Hamas’ terror tunnels, Netanyahu looks for a quicker exit from Gaza war and sets up an Israeli buffer zone inside territory’s edge.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
The Transcript Scandal Exposes Rising Rancor between US, Israeli Leaders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 1, 2014

The transcript of a tense conversation between Netanyahu and Obama exposes the increasing rift between the two leaders, with the Israelis frustrated that the US favors Hamas.

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Mohammed Deif
The Reclusive Mohammed Deif Claims the Role of Palestinian Osama bin Laden
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 1, 2014

Mohammed Deif is rarely seen in public and has survived several Israeli assassination attempts, but the Hamas military commander has final say in all decisions and is running the Gaza war from his hideout.

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A Hamas terror tunnel
Nine out of 10 Israel’s war dead Monday died on Israeli soil – a microcosm of the IDF operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 29, 2014

That nine of the 10 Israeli servicemen killed in the counter-terror operation against Hamas Monday, July 28, died on Israeli soil was a wake-up call for Israel’s war leaders. It meant that Hamas had used the 22 days of combat to carry the contest from its own home ground into Israel by grabbing the tactical advantage of surprise, as illustrated by the tragic Nahal Oz tunnel episode which cost 5 Israeli lives. debkafile: The tunnel threat can’t be eliminated without first seizing Hamas war rooms, the hub of its elaborate underground network.

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Netanyahu, Ya'alon and Gantz in the IDF war room
Hamas’ first nocturnal rocket attack on Tel Aviv. Israel lost 10 servicemen Sunday - five defending Nahal Oz
DEBKAfile Special Report July 29, 2014

A decision to push ahead for the next stage of Israel’s counter-terror offensive in the Gaza Strip was widely expected Monday night, July 28, after a day of deadly coordinated attacks by Hamas, supposedly a ceasefire day, cost 10 soldiers’ lives. The IDF was braced to respond operationally by advancing to the next stage of its counter-terror campaign. But the order did not come. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon continued to clutch at the straw of a viable ceasefire – even though Hamas has violated every truce. 

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Saudi King Abdullah on the same side in Gaza
Netanyahu’s dilemma: Back Obama’s save Hamas policy, or fight for its downfall with Egypt and Saudis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 28, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was wavering Sunday, July 27, between sticking with his understsanding with Saudi Arabia and Egypt to crush Hamas, at the cost of a deep rift with Washington, or going along with Kerry, at the cost of Israel’s security against dangerous terrorists. This dilemma was mirrored in the stop-go ceasefire orders to Israel’s forces fighting in the Gaza Strip, an uncertainty of purpose that put them in great danger. It also left Hamas free to shoot rockets any time, with the US, Europe, Iran, Qatar and Turkey at its back.

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An intelligence decrypt
IDF set for electronic and signals control of Hamas, Islamic Jihad command centers, after rocket fire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 26, 2014

Before it ended with Hamas rocket fire Saturday night, July 26, the 12-hour Israel-Hamas ceasefire offered Israeli intelligence a rare opportunity for collecting enemy data.  In the heat of battle, the IDF and its clandestine arms were unable to gain electronic and SIGINT access to the underground Hamas and Islamic Jihad command and control centers, which appear to be well equipped with complex tactical and encrypted communications systems. Now they must go for Hamas’ sophisticated intelligence production processing system, elements of which may have broken surface during the ceasefire.  
 

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