1424 articles tagged "Israel"
 
The Dow Jones on Wall Street gained 11.06% before closing Monday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 14, 2008
The upward trend followed the announcement in Washington Monday, Oct. 13, that the
Bush administration is preparing to buy ownership shares in banks. The takeover, part of the $700 bn bailout plan, is intended to help revive the flow of credit. Europe's central banks unveiled similar rescue operations to shore up the banks decided on a eurozone summit in Paris Sunday. Asian, UK and European markets, followed by Wall Street, responded by lifting prices.
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Dow Jones slides 5.1 percent, Nasdaq 5.8 on Wall Street Tuesday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2008
The White House spokeswoman said Tuesday, Oct. 7, that the US president wants to discuss with the British, French, Italian and German leaders ways of coordinating action " getting them all on the same page" to bring about market stability. Some of the markets in Europe, Asia and Israel began climbing out of their disastrous plunge Tuesday, Oct. 7. The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a bailout scheme for UK banks after their disastrous slump Tuesday.

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Sergei's Courtyard in downtown Jerusalem to be transferred to Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 7, 2008
Caretaker prime minister Ehud Olmert will announce the transfer during his Moscow visit starting Monday, Oct. 6. His Kremlin talks are expected to focus on Russia's return to the Middle East as contributor to Iran's nuclear program and Syria's arms supplier. The picturesque site of Sergei's Courtyard in downtown Jerusalem houses Israeli government ministries. It was built in the early 20th century as part of the Russian Orthodox Church Compound as a grand lodging for visiting Russian royals.
The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel has petitioned the High Court of Justice to block the transfer.
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Mossad Chief Empowered to Prepare Groundwork for Iran Strike
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2008
By extending the Mossad director, Meir Dagan's tenure for another year until the end of 2009, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has put in place a vital constituent for a possible eleventh-hour unilateral strike at Iran's nuclear facilities.
In his six years on the job, the 61-year old external intelligence has proved his covert mettle in a variety of counter-terror operations, graduating most recently to a highly successful intelligence coup leading up to the demolition of Syria's North Korean plutonium reactor in al Kebir last September.
Appointed by former prime minister Ariel Sharon in 2002, Dagan's first four years as the Mossad's tenth chief were dedicated to counterterrorism rather than tracking Iran's nuclear activities or monitoring Iran's burgeoning strategic ties with Syria and Hizballah.
From mid-2006, the former general shifted the agency's priorities to include these targets, while the Mossad continued to show its fearsome counter-terror paces in Damascus, Beirut and other Arab capitals.
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Police on high terror alert detain Palestinian terror suspect in Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 3, 2008
With scores of terror warnings current for the Jewish New Year starting sundown Monday, Sept. 9, a beefed up Jerusalem Border Police squad detained a Palestinian from the West Bank of Jenin early Monday, on his way to a knifing attack on the route leading to the Western Wall in the Old City. In his pockets were a large knife and letters stating his intention to be a "martyr."
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Israeli police, Shin Bet round up Jerusalem-based terrorist gang
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 28, 2008
The gang of 7 Jerusalem Arab residents and one Palestinian were sought for the murder of two Israeli policemen, Rami Zohari and David Shriki, in two separate terror attacks in the city earlier this year. They were indicted at the Jerusalem district court ten days ago for murder, attempted murder, and gunrunning.
The gang, led by Muhammad Abu-Sneina, 21, from Anata, was arrested in advanced stages of preparing more murder, kidnap and shooting attacks in and outside Jerusalem.
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US to ask Security Council to "deal now" with Iran's call for Israel's destruction
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2008
US Secretary of State Condoleezza said Friday Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments are unacceptable. She said the UN Security Council shoud "deal with this now." Rice referred to the Iranian president's anti-Israel comments to the UN General Assembly Tuesday and his frequent calls for Israel to be wiped off the map.
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More young Israelis choose to stay single, according to new population statistics
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2008
Three out of four Israeli men below 29 are unmarried, compared with 60 percent of women in the same age group, according to the 2006 annual statistic report published for the New Year. Israel's total population today is 7,337,000, one fifth of which are Arabs - a proportion which is more or less stable. The Jewish birthrate is slightly up with 2.8 births per woman, while the Arab woman's average has dropped slightly to 3.9.
In 2006, 44,685 couples wed, while 13,439 divorced.
Tel Aviv is growing in size and density. Some 6,400 people left Jerusalem in 2006 and 2,200 migrated from Haifa, most heading for the Tel Aviv conurbation.
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Another vehicular terrorist Qassem Mughrabi injures 23 Israelis in Jerusalem Monday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2008
Some are still in hospital, one, a girl soldier is in serious condition. The terrorist, after crashing his black BMW into a group of soldiers and civilians in downtown Jerusalem Monday night, Sept. 22, was shot dead by Lt. Elad Amer, an artillery office.
The soldiers were trampled on the sidewalk, heading on foot to the Western Wall for prayers before the New Year festival next week. The killer Qassem Salah Mughrabi, 19, came from the southern Jerusalem suburb of Jebel Mukaber.
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Barak, Netanyahu move forward on bloc for early election to tackle Iranian nuclear threat<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 25, 2008
debkafile's political sources disclose that, while Israeli president Shimon Peres was solemnly entrusting Kadima leader Tzipi Livni with the task of forming a government, Monday night, Sept. 22, the defense minister, Labor's Ehud Barak and opposition leader Likud's Binyamin Netanyahu were quietly moving forward with a rival plan.
The two party leaders, both former prime ministers, are discussing an early election to preempt a Livni government. The plan is for their two parties to face the voter as a single bloc committed to form an emergency government for urgently confronting the Iranian nuclear threat.
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Peres entrusts Livni with forming government<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2008
President Shimon Peres entrusts new Kadima leader, foreign minister Tzipi Livni with forming a government Monday night, Sept. 22, at the end of 24 hours of consultations with party representatives in a race against time. He began the round Sunday night after Ehud Olmert tendered his resignation as prime minister to fight corruption charges. Peres later flies to New York to address the UN General Assembly.
Livni faces tough haggling with all the potential coalition candidates in the 42 days allotted her to form a government. Her success depends on a deal with defense minister Ehud Barak's Labor party.

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Palestinian terrorist with bomb killed on way to Yitzhar<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2008
Exactly a week after a Palestinian escaped after stabbing a 9-year old Israeli boy and burning a building at Yitzhar on the West Bank, the scenario was repeated - except this time he did not reach the village. Israeli soldiers and border guards spotted him in time. When he began to ignite a bottle bomb, they shot him dead. A knife was found on his body. A group from the targeted community later raided the nearby Palestinian village after last week's attack, injuring four people and damaging property. When reprimanded, they accused the army of failing to protect them.

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Mofaz's "time out" after Livni victory opens up breach in Kadima <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2008
Transport minister Shaul Mofaz's announcement of time out from politics and his public duties after he lost the Kadima leadership primary to foreign minister Tzipi Livni by a single percent has seriously divided the party. His supporters claim he was treated unfairly by the party and media, all of which promoted Livni and impugned his credibility.
Her party's shrinkage further compounds the already daunting task facing the new Kadima chairwoman in taking over the incumbent government or forming a new coalition.
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Olmert in no hurry to quit<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 20, 2008
debkafile's political sources report that outgoing prime minister Ehud Olmert will not hand in his resignation at Sunday's cabinet meeting but only present the ministers with his schedule.
This is complicated by president Shimon Peres' trip to New York to speak for Israel at this week's new UN General Assembly session. The debate begins Sept. 23.
Then, most of the coming weeks are taken up with the Jewish High holidays, starting with the New Year on Sept 29 and ending Oct. 22.
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After her narrow win, Livni's ability to form government in doubt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 20, 2008
Foreign minister Tzipi Livni declared herself victor of the Kadima party's first leadership primary before dawn Thursday, Sept. 18, although her win was challenged by transport Shaul Mofaz, one percent behind her (43 to his 42 percent). All night, he demanded a partial recount in view of election irregularities, claiming there was no more than one vote dividing them - not 431. Early Thursday, Mofaz finally called Livni to congratulate her.
Real results differed dramatically from the three TV exit polls which wrongly awarded Livni a landslide victory of up to 10 percent wide of the mark. Throughout the campaign the foreign minister was a media favorite and inaccurately described as unchallenged successor to Ehud Olmert both as party chair and prime minister.
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Tzipi Livni wins Kadima leadership primary - three TV exit polls
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 18, 2008
Foreign minister Tzipi Livni, 50, was awarded 47-48-49 percent of a scant 50 percent of Kadima's registered voters (34,000), compared with 37 percent won by her closest rival, transport minister Shaul Mofaz.
Outgoing prime minister Ehud Olmert promised to hand over to the winner of the Kadima primary Wednesday Sept. 17 and face the corruption probes lined up against him.
Because of the low turnout during the day, Wednesday, Sept. 17, balloting was extended by an extra half hour.
Many politicians outside Kadima question the authority of Olmert's successor in Kadima to form and lead a government, given the tiny party she was elected to lead by no more than 34,000 votes. That is less than 1 percent of the general electorate. Many are demanding a general election as soon as possible.

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Ex-PMs Barak and Netanyahu in secret power-sharing talks as Kadima votes for next leader<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 17, 2008
Defense minister Ehud Barak of Labor and opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu of Likud are in advanced negotiations to rotate the premiership between them in order to cut the ground from under ruling Kadima which votes for a new chairman Wednesday, Sept. 17. The ultra-religious Shas is in on the plan.
This is reported by debkafile's political circles.
Foreign minister Tzipi Livni and transport minister Shaul Mofaz are front-runners for the post to succeed Ehud Olmert.
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Two Israeli airmen killed in Air Force Cobra helicopter crash in N. Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 13, 2008
The pilots were Maj. (Res.) Shai Danur, 35, father of five, from Rosh Ha'ayin, and Yuval Holtzman, 40, father of three, from Matan Hasharon.
The helicopter on a training mission went down Wednesday, Sept. 10, near Kibbutz Ginegar in the Jezreel Valley, apparently due to a technical failure, bursting into flames. The IAF has launched an inquiry into the crash, the worst aviation accident since the 2006 Lebanon War, and grounded the Cobra fleet.
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Wall encircling Jerusalem 2,100 years ago uncovered on Mt. Zion<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2008
The discovery of large sections of the city's southern wall from the times of the Hasmonean kings is a major contribution to the knowledge of Jerusalem, marking out the city's full extent during its heyday as the thriving center of Jewish pilgrimage from all parts of the ancient world.
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Russian units raid Georgian airfields for use in Israeli strike against Iran - report
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2008
The Russian raid was disclosed by UPI chief editor Arnaud de Borchgrave. The Russian raid of two Georgian airfields, which Tbilisi had allowed Israel to use for a potential strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, followed the Georgian offensive against South Ossetia on Aug. 7.
debkafile's intelligence sources report that flying from S. Georgia over the Caspian Sea to Iran would sharply trim the flying time for Israeli fighter-bombers to 3.5 hours.

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