DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2008
The Israeli elector is desperate for fresh faces, new energy and clear thinking in the defense, finance and foreign ministries to replace a government dithering for months on every key issue. Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu has been abstruse rather than enlightening. But after the primaries of Monday, Dec. 8, he will have to level with the voter.
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Military sources: 100 million Israeli shekels Barak approved for Gaza will feed Hamas war chest<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 12, 2008
Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak ordered the 100 million Israeli shekels in currency bills (equivalent to $25.6 million) to be transferred by Israeli armored cars to the Gaza Strip via the West Bank Wednesday, Dec. 10. He bowed to appeals from Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayad and the governor of the Bank of Israel Stanley Fischer. The latter was concerned by complaints from the World Bank that Gaza's banks were closing their doors for lack of cash and the Hamas administration was unable to cover its payroll. Military sources told debkafile: This is a repeat performance of Hamas' fuel scam.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2008
The roadblocks were set up around Tel Aviv and neighboring towns, the most heavily populated region of central Israel, after a specific terrorist alert. Police rounded up Palestinians with and without working permits, focusing on Tel Aviv's main bus terminus. Helicopters hovered over the city and the Magen David first aid service was on emergency standby. Rush-hour traffic Tuesday morning was backed up for kilometers as cars were stopped and searched.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 2, 2008
Hamas took responsibility for the Palestinian mortar barrage directed Friday night, Nov. 28, at the IDF base near Nahal Oz opposite the Gaza Strip. Six men and women soldiers remain in hospital. Staff at Beersheba's Sorocca hospital stabilized two seriously injured soldiers overnight, but had to amputate the leg of one of them.
debkafile's military sources report that by claiming the attack the Hamas terrorist group makes nonsense of defense minister Ehud Barak's policy of "preserving the ceasefire."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 30, 2008
Attorney general Menahem Mazuz notified prime minister Ehud Olmert Wednesday, Nov. 25, that pending a hearing, he is planning to file criminal charges against him in the double billing flight tickets affair. The charges include fraud, breach of trust, falsifying corporate records, failure to report income and receiving illegal benefits during his years as a public servant. The prime minister's long-serving aide Ms Shula Zaken faces similar charges.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 29, 2008
Defense minister Ehud Barak has appealed against the Jerusalem district court's ruling Wednesday, Nov. 26 that the state violated international treaties by evicting Noam Federman, his wife and children from their farm between Hebron and Kiryat Arba a month ago and banning him from entering the West Bank.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2008
Israel's defense minister Ehud Barak made light of the "odd missile or two fired by an inconsequential group" from Gaza as the price for continuing the informal truce with Hamas. He was rebutting demands for effective military action against Hamas at a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee Monday, Nov. 24.
Barak did not rule out any option against Iran although he refused to be drawn on the subject. He also disclosed Hizballah had stocked 42,000 Iranian rockets since the 2006 war.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 24, 2008
With 61 days to go for Israel's general election, at least two opinion polls position the right-of center opposition Likud ahead of its rivals with 32 Knesset seats (out of 120), tripling its present strength, whereas the ruling Kadima, led by foreign minister Tzipi Livni, would drop to 26, with two-thirds of its former voters dropping out.
Defense minister Ehud Barak is leading Labor, Israel's founding party, to virtual eclipse with no more than 8-10 Knesset seats predicted.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 15, 2008
The high-tech entrepreneur carried 50% of the vote beating the ultra-religious Meir Porush by 9 points according to complete, unofficial results. Tel Aviv's Ron Huldai won a third term in office with 50.69%; his next rival Dov Kheinin carried 34% of the vote. Haifa also reelected its sitting mayor Yonah Yahav for a second term, defeating ex-police officer Yaacov Borovsky. In Beersheba, Yaakov Turner was defeated by his deputy, Rubik Danilevich (30:60.4), in Rishon Lezion, Meir Nitzan was ousted after 25 years as mayor (47.7%) by Dov Tzur (52.3%).
debkafile: The kernel of a new political generation was thrown up in a process expected to gather momentum in the general election of February 10, 2009.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2008
Georgian tanks and infantry, aided by Israeli military advisers, captured the capital of breakaway South Ossetia, Tskhinvali, early Friday, Aug. 8, bringing the Georgian-Russian conflict over the province to a military climax.
debkafile's geopolitical experts note that on the surface level, the Russians are backing the separatists of S. Ossetia and neighboring Abkhazia as payback for the strengthening of American influence in Georgia. However, more immediately, the conflict has been sparked by the race for control over the pipelines carrying oil and gas out of the Caspian region.
Jerusalem owns a strong interest in Caspian oil and gas pipelines reach the Turkish terminal port of Ceyhan, rather than the Russian network.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 7, 2008
Binyamin Netanyahu plans to contest the February 10, 2009 general election at the head of a remodeled Likud party and a star-studded leadership. He is angling for Benny Begin, Yair Shamir, Dan Meridor and Nathan Sharansky.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 6, 2008
Binyamin Netanyahu introduced the returning son of legendary party founder the late PM Menahem Begin at a news conference in Tel Aviv Tuesday, Nov. 4. Saturday, Nov. 1, debkafile first revealed Benny Begin's decision to quit the civil service as a geologist and bid for a place on the Likud list for the Feb. 10 general election.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 1, 2008
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In the past few weeks, Hizballah at the behest of Iran and Syria has commandeered the 7,800-foot Mt. Sannine, a strategic asset capable of determining the outcome of the next war, as DEBKA-Net-Weekly 356 revealed.
Radar-guided missile positions and an early warning station have since been deployed on its summit, which are capable of monitoring and threatening US Sixth Fleet movements in the eastern Mediterranean and Israel Air Force flights.
This development was serious enough for Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak to repeat three times in as many days that the IDF is keeping a close watch on events in the northern front, especially the deepening ties between Syria and the Lebanese Hizballah. Barak travels to Washington this week.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 1, 2008
The date was approved by a consensus of faction leaders in the Knesset Tuesday, Oct. 28 after president Shimon Peres announced that no lawmaker had proved capable of forming a viable government to complete the House's four-year term up until 2010. The Israeli parliament will dissolve itself next week.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2008
In his briefing to the cabinet's Sunday session, the head of AMAN, Israeli military intelligence Brig. Amos Yadlin brought out some harsh security developments.
In readiness for another Lebanon war, he warned, Hizballah has acquired rockets ten times more powerful than the hardware leveled against northern Israel in the 2006 Lebanon war. Whereas in 2006, the Lebanese terrorists shot rockets carrying 30 tons of explosives, next time, said Brig. Yadlin, the payloads would pack a 300-ton punch.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2008
The incident, just released for publication, occurred on Sept. 21, when Jamal Abu Douaba was helped by his confederates to steal across the Egyptian border south of the Gaza Strip to the southern Israeli Negev. He was on a mission to kidnap Israel soldiers by luring them to the border for a "profitable dope deal."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 27, 2008
The assailant stabbed a Police Border Guardsman who found him loitering around schools on Vardinon Street at the center of the southern Jerusalem suburb of Gilo. He then set upon 86-year old Avraham Ozri, a local resident, who died of his injuries later in hospital. A bystander wrestled the assailant to the ground after the injured policeman shot him and handed him into custody.
Riots greeted police and Shin Bet officers who arrived later at the terrorist's village near the West Bank town of Bethlehem to search for accomplices. Eight Palestinians were injured in clashes and several arrested.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 26, 2008
debkafile reports that Arab Internet sites, most of them Jordanian, claim that 10 days ago on Oct. 12, Meir Dagan, the head of Israel's external intelligence service, the Mossad, was targeted by assassins while visiting Amman. debkafile's sources have no knowledge of any visit by Meir Dagan to the Jordanian capital.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 25, 2008
Reserve Major Mattan Assa, 24, from Yavne, and Private Ilan Carmi, 19, Herzliya, were killed Wednesday, Oct. 22, when their training plan crashed 30 minutes after takeoff from the IAF's Hatzerim base near Beersheba. The plane, a French-made Fouga Magister, remodeled and renamed Zukit by the IAF, was on a low-flying exercise. No emergency signal was received by the control tower before the crash.
IAF commander Maj.-Gen Ido Nehushtan has set up a team of inquiry.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 20, 2008
Defense minister Ehud Barak has proposed in coalition talks with Kadima leader, foreign minister Tzipi Livni, that serious consideration be given to the 2002 Saudi plan which offered pan-Arab recognition of Israel in exchange for full Israeli withdrawal from all lands captured during the 1967 war: the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem and the Golan.
These comments, debkafile's Middle East sources stress, show how completely the defense minister is out of touch with the emerging dynamic of the contemporary Middle East. The Saudi peace plan is a dead letter for the Arab world, overtaken by tempestuous change.