Israeli defense minister with top generals could have been hit by the bomb trap which injured five soldiers
DEBKAfile Special Report November 1, 2013, 3:57 PM (GMT+02:00)
A Hamas bomb trap was planted in the tunnel discovered last month running from Khan Younes in the Gaza Strip to Kibbutz Ein Hashlosaha. It was triggered when a combat engineering unit came to destroy it Thursday night. Five men were injured, one seriously, including a Lt. Colonel and a major. Four days ago, the tunnel was visited by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and a group of generals. What if they had run into the same booby-trap? Were they lucky or was it not yet in position?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 20, 2013, 9:25 AM (GMT+02:00)
In less than a month, Palestinians have committed six acts of terror against Israeli soldiers and civilians and launched a new terror conspiracy against the Israeli population bordering the Gaza Strip. Two soldiers and a reserve colonel were murdered. Yet Israeli spokesmen deny evidence of a “connecting thread” or “a common factor.” debkafile: Hamas is highly visible as one common factor, especially after Ismail Haniya, Gaza prime minister, called on Oct. 19 for a Third Intifada. Instead of denial, the IDF needs to nip this peril in the bud.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 10, 2013, 10:15 AM (GMT+02:00)
The missile launcher destroyed by an Israeli drone in North Sinai Friday, Aug. 9 was capable of firing 4 heavy Iranian-made M-75 missiles known as Fajr-5, which Hamas possesses, but not Sinai Salafists. Its 75 kilometer range covers Tel Aviv from Gaza Strip or Eilat from inland Sinai. The five terrorists planning to fire them at Eilat airport Thursday were later killed in the drone strike. An Egyptian intelligence tip-off to Israel saved Eilat. Two years ago, Fajr-5 proved its high accuracy by leveling a building in Rishon Lezion near Tel Aviv.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 31, 2013, 7:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel has twice switched its orientation toward the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip: In November 2012, Muslim Brotherhood-ruled Egypt, Qatar and Turkey, negotiated the ceasefire ending Israel’s Pillar of Defense operation against Hamas missiles. From July 2013, Israel has been cooperating with the Egyptian military and its champion, Saudi Arabia – witness permission for Egyptian Apache gun ships to fly over Gaza. So what happens when the Egyptian military launches a major operation against Hamas – in defiance of the US and Palestinian Authority, with whom Israel launched peace talks this week?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2013, 11:05 PM (GMT+02:00)
For lack of a credible US military presence in the Middle East, Moscow and Tehran feel free to impede the progress of Kerry’s plan to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2013, 11:05 PM (GMT+02:00)
The slimmed down IDF budget and reform program are powerfully opposed by distinguished military figures at home who say that junking tanks and ground forces is too risky in the current Middle East climate.
Defying US warnings of civil war, Egyptian military to crack down on armed protest and mounting terrorism
DEBKAfile Special Report July 25, 2013, 11:07 AM (GMT+02:00)
Braving Washington’s warning of civil strife, Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is not backing away from his resolve to quickly crack down, even by military force, on armed protesters using live bullets on city streets and generating chaos, on Salafist terror in Sinai coupled with a Muslim Brotherhood uprising, and on its Palestinian Hamas collaborators in the Gaza Strip. debkafile: The general’s call for mass rallies Friday in support of the military and against the Muslim Brotherhood carries a high risk of tipping Egypt into civil war.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2013, 6:40 PM (GMT+02:00)
Six Muslim Brotherhood officials have escaped from Egypt and arrived in the Gaza Strip to lead the movement’s uprising against the military, debkafile discloses exclusively. Headed by Mahmud Izzat Ibrahim, a Supreme Guide deputy known as the MB’s ‘iron man,” the group has set up a command post at the Gaza Beach Hotel and is working in close conjunction with Hamas and armed Al Qaeda-linked Salafist Bedouin in Sinai. The Egyptian army may be planning to raid the hotel and bring the MB escapees to trial in Cairo.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 21, 2013, 6:36 PM (GMT+02:00)
For more than two and a half years, Dr. Ramzi Mowafi, once Osama bin Laden’s personal physician, has led the most dangerous terrorist group in Sinai, Ansar al Jihad in the Sinai Peninsula, debkafile reveals. A charismatic figure and able operational commander, Mowafi has gathered a following of 7,000 to 9,000 armed men. Incoming intelligence showing Dr. Mowafi to be organizing a large group of Sinai terrorists for a major cross-border attack in Israel as well as on Egyptian forces has kept IDF border units on high alert for the past two weeks.
Egypt set for Fattah 2 offensive on Sinai Islamist terror. Gaza sealed. US and Israeli forces on alert
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013, 1:45 AM (GMT+02:00)
An Egyptian military offensive, dubbed Fattah 2 (Conquest 2), begins Friday, July 19 against a coalition of Salafists and Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Jihad Islami groups terrorizing Sinai. Egypt’s Second Army and Third Army chiefs lead the campaign from command centers in El Arish and central Sinai. The Gaza Strip exits are sealed. Israeli forces along the Egyptian and Gaza borders are on alert, so too are the 2,600 Marines aboard two US amphibious helicopter carriers off the Red Sea shores of Southern Sinai and the Gulf of Suez.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
Egypt has dubbed its Sinai campaign which kicks off Friday Fattah 2 (Conquest 2). Conducted in cooperation with Israel with US support, it aims to purge the lawless territory of Islamist terrorists.
Egypt’s Gen. El-Sisi tells visiting US official: Don’t bully Cairo by threats to suspend military aid
DEBKAfile Special Report July 15, 2013, 10:10 PM (GMT+02:00)
Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, the first senior US official to visit Cairo since the military coup, had a tough two-hour conversation with Defense minister Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi Monday. The general advised Washington to be more realistic about Egypt. Burns called for an Egypt that is "stable, democratic, inclusive and tolerant." El-Sisi replied that in ousting Morsi, the military had obeyed the authentic will of the Egyptian people. He implied bilateral military ties might suffer if the US suspended military aid to Egypt.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2013, 6:29 PM (GMT+02:00)
Egyptian and Israeli forces raised alert levels Friday, July 5, after the Muslim Brotherhood declared a revolt against the army for ousting Mohamed Morsi on July 3. A “War Council” established in Sinai formed a coalition with Hamas, Jihad Islami and al-Qaeda-linked Salafists, following which gunmen mounted a multiple attack in northern Sinai. Egyptian Patriot anti-missile batteries and anti-air weapons systems were posted to protect Suez Canal shipping from rocket fire. An Egyptian officer warned the army would forcibly prevent the rise of an “Islamic caliphate” in Sinai.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 12, 2013, 3:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
Kuwait is the first Gulf emirate ready to act on the resolution of the recent Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Jeddah to punish Hizballah for its “flagrant intervention in Syria” against “freedom fighters.” The Interior Ministry in Kuwait is about to “end the residency of some 2,000 Lebanese Shiite citizens” and shut down their financial and commercial businesses. debkafile: The mass deportation of Lebanese Shiites from the Gulf region will raise tensions with Iran and Hibzallah and may even spark retribution by Iranian and Hizballah sleeper cells.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)
Hamas has lost its financial sponsors. That is one reason to turn back to Tehran. Another is Assad’s offer to its war allies the chance of attacking Israel from Syrian soil. So why not switch back from the rebel side to Assad?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 6, 2013, 11:28 AM (GMT+02:00)
Assad’s al Qusayr victory Wednesday, June 6, presented the US, Israel and the Western alliance with a major strategic debacle. They paid the price of leaving the Syrian-Hizballah military machine orchestrated by Iranian officers a clear field. This machine is ready to trample Aleppo and southern Syria. Israel is next in its sights.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 12, 2013, 12:05 AM (GMT+02:00)
John Kerry faces more obstacles than realistic prospects for his many small steps toward reviving the Middle East peace process and bring Hamas as well as Abu Mazen to the negotiating table. For this he is counting on help from the Turkish prime minister and Qatari emir.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 24, 2013, 11:52 PM (GMT+02:00)
The furious Palestinian protesters of Hebron, Nablus and other West Bank towns and villages are in no mood to hear Israel’s side of any dispute. Their violent protests will continue regardless of whether or not Arafat Jaradat died in jail from Israel mistreatment, as the Palestinian Authority claims, or of heart failure, as Israel replies. Mahmoud Abbas appears to count on reining in the violence whenever he decides it has exhausted its political usefulness. But most intelligence watchers think he is playing with fire.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2012, 12:44 AM (GMT+02:00)
Qatar and Egypt are playing a double game with Washington, easing Iran’s path to reconnect with Hamas in Gaza after the connection was snapped by the Israeli operation in November.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 30, 2012, 1:56 AM (GMT+02:00)
President Obama took some tough steps to weaken the Iranian front ahead of the direct US-Iranian nuclear talks beginning December 1. The latest is a March deadline for results. But US military strength is also lined up just in case face-to-face with Iran leads nowhere. Most significantly, in September, the Pentagon and the US Army completed the deployment of US military strength in strike position and intensified military pressure on the Assad regime.