1420 articles tagged "Israel"
 
Israel to drill missile attack from many directions<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 27, 2009
Deputy defense minister Matan Vilnai outlined the nationwide civil defense exercise to be staged next week in a briefing to the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee Monday, May 25. Next Tuesday, he said, sirens would send the entire population heading for the nearest shelters or protected sites.
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Israeli ministers use Der Spiegel's Hariri story to knock Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 27, 2009
A senior Israel intelligence official criticized Israel ministers for jumping on the German "Der Spiegel" report which claimed that the UN tribunal on the case of the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese PM Hariri had new evidence implicating Hizballah leader Nasrallah rather than Syria.
Absolving Syria of complicity in the crime suggests that the sources of the leak to the German newspaper had their own political agenda.

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Netanyahu's backing for outpost removals unrelated to his Iran deal with Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2009
debkafile: However many outposts are evacuated, the Obama administration will object strenuously to an Israeli strike against Iran. This is clear to prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and is unlikely to change in defense minister Ehud Barak's talks in Washington next week.
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Diskin: Hamas won't give Mid East peace a chance, can be toppled
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2009
US president Barack Obama's plan to launch a fresh Middle East initiative is a non-starter as long as the extremist Hamas rules the Gaza Strip, said Shin Bet (internal security agency) director Yuval Diskin Tuesday, May 19. He was commenting on the extensive talks the US president held with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday.
In Gaza, the Hamas spokesman denounced the US president and forbade the Palestinian Authority to engage in peace talks.
Israel's policy-makers must decide once and for all whether to topple the Hamas regime which in his view can be done without reoccupying the Gaza Strip.

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Israeli air force hits Hamas-Gaza hard amid Lebanon border tensions<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2009
In response to twin Qassam missile attack on Sderot from Gaza Tuesday, May 19, the Israeli Air Force went into action early Wednesday against a range of Hamas positions in Rafah, Khan Younes, Zeitun and Tufah suburbs of Gaza city and, Deir Balakh. debkafile's military sources report that several Sinai-Gaza smuggling tunnels, missile foundries and three Hamas command posts in Gaza City were struck in Israel's most extensive Gaza raid since its major offensive ended in January. The Palestinians reported casualties.
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Obama's charm offensive for radical rulers abandons Israel to Iranian threat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 23, 2009
The new US president's dramatic global policy shifts have easily dwarfed the knotty Israeli-Palestinian peace issue handed down from one US president to the next over decades. Barack Obama's outstretched hand to Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, Iran's best friend in the Americas, on April 17, at the summit of American leaders in Port of Prince, made the talk surrounding Special Middle East Envoy George Mitchell's mission to Jerusalem and Ramallah this week sound eerily like voices from the past.
Barack Obama has set his sights and heart on friendship with the rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran and their radical allies. The name and policies of the occupant of the prime minister's office in Jerusalem do not matter - any more than Tehran's determination to complete its nuclear weapons program in defiance of the world, or even its first A-bomb test in a year or two, for which intelligence sources report Tehran is already getting set.
Washington may believe it can live with a nuclear-armed Iran - a decision probably taken first under the Bush presidency. But Israel cannot.
Binyamin Netanyahu can either follow in the steps of Menahim Begin who bombed Iraq's nuclear reactor, or bow in the wind until the Obama tempest blows over.
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Netanyahu names professionals to his new inner military-security cabinet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 23, 2009
Preparing to take over as Israel's 32nd prime minister this week, Binyamin Netanyahu bound 7-8 ministers and senior officials into a powerful new body to assist him in top-level decision-making on military, diplomatic, security and intelligence policy-making and actions.
Its members fall into two main groups, military and strategic-intelligence. Their input will guide Netanyahu's steps on such critical matters as whether to strike Iran's nuclear facilities or the tenor of his government's relations with the Obama administration.
It will be up to him as prime minister to pick his way among the divergent views offered him, because the members of the two teams, far from being yes-men, are individualists on the security issues in their fields of expertise
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US Awards Iran Role as Military Partner, Sells Israel Short
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 17, 2009
Only two weeks ago, Israel's chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi, then visiting Washington, was denied interviews with US defense secretary Robert Gates and the chairman of the US chiefs of staff Adm. Mike Mullen. He cut short his visit after seeing national security adviser Gen. James Jones and Iran envoy Dennis Ross, lesser lights in terms of their direct influence on President Barack Obama.
Since then, the US president has decided the snub was ill-judged.
The Obama administration has a bitter pill for Israel to swallow for the sake of progress toward a strategic collaboration with Tehran on Afghanistan and Pakistan. It cuts close to the bone in terms of Israel's security and international standing:
Washington will not brook any unilateral Israeli military action that might upset US-Iranian moves towards cooperation in the Afgpak Arena and will squeeze Israel hard for sweeping concessions to Syria and the Palestinians.

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Netanyahu, Mubarak, Abbas see Obama in Washington this month
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2009
The White House has set dates for president Hosni Mubarak to hold talks with US President Barack Obama on May 26, eight days after the Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's May 18 visit. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will round out the Middle East cycle on May 28.
Spokesman Robert Gibbs said Tuesday, May 12, that the president will discuss "the steps all parties should take to help achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians and between Israel and the Arab states." However, debkafile reports that Iran has takes the lead in the Israeli-Egyptian agenda.

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Netanyahu-Mubarak talks aim to produce Arab-Israel front vs Iran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2009
If successful, Binyamin Netanyahu's first talks as Israeli prime minister with Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak at Sharm el Sheikh Monday, May 11, could mark the epic birth of Israel's first alliance with two key Arab nations, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, in order to stop Iran - possibly for concessions on the Palestinian issue to them rather than Washington.
Israel rejects the US proposition to trade off a two state-solution against a diminished Iran's existential threat to Israel.
Read debkafile's exclusive background analysis below.
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Pope Benedict's Yad Vashem speech disappoints Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 12, 2009
The widely anticipated address by Pope Benedict XVI at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center in Jerusalem was too general, theological and abstract to ease strains with the Jewish people.
He rekindled the Perpetual Flame in the Hall of Remembrance, laid a memorial wreath and met survivors and non-Jews honored for risking their lives to save Jews from the Nazis. But when he rose to speak, the pontiff spoke offered no apology as did his predecessor, nor did he mention Germany and the Nazis.
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Israel soldier dies of accidental fire from his own gun
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2009
Sgt. Noam Adin Rechter, 20, from Mitzpe Netufa, was on operational duty, searching for terrorists in the West Bank village of Bir Zeit Thursday, May 7, when his unit was confronted by a hostile group of stone-throwing Palestinians. During the arrest of five of their number, the soldier's rifle inadvertently fired a bullet inflicting a head wound from which he did not recover.

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Netanyahu ready for peace talks with Palestinians right now <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2009
Addressing the AIPAC Israeli lobby conference by satellite early Tuesday. May 5, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu offered peace talks "the sooner the better."
Israel's president Shimon Peres met US president Barack Obama at the White House Tuesday, May 5. Part of their conversation was tete-a-tete.
He told the AIPAC conference earlier: Iran is developing a nuclear option "even though it is threatened by no-one." Tehran is arming Hizballah and Hamas "to impose its alien and violent agenda on the Middle East."

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Israeli-Arab gang arraigned for kidnap-terror plots
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2009
Seven Israeli Arabs and two juveniles were arraigned at Haifa district court Thursday, April 30, on charges of plotting terrorist attacks and kidnapping Israeli soldiers during Israel's Gaza operation four months ago.
Nine bombs ready for detonation were found in their homes and manuals on bomb-making and abduction techniques. The suspects had been practicing those tactics and were apprehended shortly before they went into action.
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Barak bids for US Vulcan Phalanx anti-Qassam missile after Israeli Iron Dome falters<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 27, 2009
The population of southwestern Israel will remain vulnerable to attack after eight years should Hamas revive the Qassam missile blitz from the Gaza Strip.
Defense minister Ehud Barak, after finally accepting that the Iron Dome still under development will not be up to the task, applied to Washington to purchase Vulcan Phalanx systems worth $25 million each. Chances of Washington approval are faint.
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Israel denies soldiers knowingly attacked Palestinian civilians in Gaza operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2009
An exhaustive probe carried out by the Israeli military has failed to turn up a single case of an Israeli serviceman on land, sea or air, knowingly shooting a Palestinian civilian during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza which ended in January.
This was part of the interim report on the IDF special inquiry, submitted Wednesday, April 22, by deputy chief of staff Maj. Gen. Dan Harel.
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Israel has military resources to destroy Iran's nuclear sites - Washington sources
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2009
A prestigious Washington think tank - the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) - has concluded by means of detailed research and analysis that Israel is militarily capable of destroying Iran's nuclear program. This view is shared by the Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint US Chiefs of Staff.
Details from the CSIS findings, first disclosed in DEBKA-Net-Weekly 391, appear in an Exclusive Report and map below with debkafile updates.
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Palestinian PM Fayyad's Exit May Usher in Hamas' West Bank takeover
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 15, 2009
By submitting his resignation as Palestinian prime minister Saturday, March 7, the pro-American Salam Fayyad removes a major roadblock to a power-sharing accord between the extremist Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah, which governs the West Bank.
This accord if concluded would open the door to Hamas domination of the West Bank in the same way as the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamists threw the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority out of Gaza two years ago.
His action, three days after US secretary of state Hillary Clinton held well-publicized talks with Fayyad and Abbas in Ramallah, comes as a serious blow to America prestige and is one up for Iran and its Palestinian proxy.
The Palestinian prime minister, a former World Bank economist in Washington, saw that in a unity government, his only function would be to act as a respectable non-terrorist address for the receipt of the $5.5 billion dollars the international donors meeting in Sharm e-Sheikh on March 2 approved for Gaza reconstruction.
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Netanyahu schedules April trips to Cairo, Amman, Washington, Moscow
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2009
debkafile's political sources reveal Binyamin Netanyahu's planned launch of his second term as prime minister with a flurry of diplomacy. Thursday, April 2, trips to Cairo and Jordan had already been scheduled for talks with president Hosni Mubarak and King Abdullah II, followed by a visit to Washington to meet President Barack Obama and to Moscow for talks with prime minister Vladimir Putin.
Netanyahu is considering becoming the first Israeli prime minister to visit the Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
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Military police probe clears Israeli soldiers of alleged violations in Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2009
Judge Advocate General Brig.-Gen Avichai Mandelblit decided March 30 to close the Military Police probe into allegations that Israeli soldiers committed human rights violations and abuses during Operation Cast Lead the IDF against Hamas last January. The advocate general, established that the charges rested purely on hearsay and rumor, generated and then blown up to serve an agenda rather than being based on evidence.
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