<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: The successful test-firing of an Israeli long-range nuclear-capable missile Thursday timed for Russian naval exercise<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2008, 1:14 PM (GMT+02:00)
It was coordinated with the US Missile Defense Program, Israeli and US defense officials tied up the last ends during President George. W. Bush's visit last week. The successful test of a propulsion system for the dual-stage missile from the Palmahim base Thursday, Jan. 17, was a breakthrough. Western military ...
Former Israeli national security adviser says Israel must recognize Hamas as responsible Gaza government <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2008, 8:57 AM (GMT+02:00)
Gen. (res) Giora Eiland said the defense minister Ehud Barak had "blinked prematurely" when he authorized resumed oil and medicines shipments to the Gaza Strip from Tuesday, Jan. 22, only two days after the sanction was imposed. Hamas claims to govern the Gaza Strip and admits its accountability as such. ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2008, 8:56 AM (GMT+02:00)
Internal security minister Avi Dichter warned the Israeli cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Sunday, Jan. 20, that without a new kind of military deterrence to halt the Palestinian missile offensive from Gaza, Sderot would break down. He asked why the chief of staff was absent from the session.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Fifteen Hamas missiles fired Saturday - hours after UN Secretary calls on Israelis and Palestinians to stop Gaza violence<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2008, 6:16 AM (GMT+02:00)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Palestinians for "an immediate cessation" of sniper and rocket attacks and "maximum restraint" by the Israeli military.
His appeal came after Hamas and its allies pounded Israeli civilian locations with 165 Qassam, 76 mortar rounds and two Katyusha rockets for four days. Israeli ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Crack in Olmert government coalition with Israel Beitenu walkout and its call for elections
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 19, 2008, 9:09 PM (GMT+02:00)
Party leader Avigdor Lieberman Wednesday, Jan. 16, made good on his promise to quit government if talks on "core issues" of the conflict were launched with Palestinian leaders.
He argued that Israel's conflict with the Arabs was never territorial, rejected the "land for peace" convention as a trap and urged ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: In his first public reference to the ongoing Palestinian missile war, Israeli PM Olmert vowed to seek out the terrorists responsible
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 18, 2008, 8:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
"We don't seek to fight in the Gaza Strip," he said, "but neither will we put up with these attacks. We will continue to target the terrorists with wisdom and boldness."
Olmert stressed there is no magic formula for stopping every missile. But the moment will come for the swinging pendulum ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Barak slaps down Israeli prime minister at Knesset panel<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2008, 9:23 AM (GMT+02:00)
Defense minister Ehud Barak remarked: "Words won't stop missiles, or declarations centrifuges" after prime minister Ehud Olmert told the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee: "Israel will not accept a nuclear-armed Iran and therefore no options are ruled out in advance for preventing it."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2008, 9:22 AM (GMT+02:00)
The son of Hamas' Gaza bureau chief Mahmoud a-Zahar was one of 20 armed Palestinians killed in IDF counter-terror operations in Zeitun and Sejaiya, Gaza Tuesday, Jan. 15. More than 40 injured. His vehicle was struck from the air in Zeitun.
Israeli forces engaged two Palestinian terrorist cells, including a ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Hamas-Gaza opens fire on Israeli Navy vessels as violence on Israel's borders mounts ahead of Bush visit<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 8, 2008, 12:17 PM (GMT+02:00)
Our military sources report that Tuesday noon, Jan. 8, Hamas positions in Rafah opened fire on Israeli Navy vessels patrolling Mediterranean waters off the Gaza Strip. The ships' guns returned fire. When it continued and Hamas brought in reinforcements, Israeli Air Force helicopters were summoned to stop the shooting.
Monday night, ...
Barak: Palestinian killers of Ahikam Amihai and David Rubin last Friday should rot in prison for the rest of their days<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 4, 2008, 9:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
Defense minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday, Jan. 2: If the Palestinian Authority lets them walk, Israel will track them down. debkafile Reported that two of the Fatah murderers were members of Mahmoud Abbas' security services.
Amihai and Rubin were on a hike when they were stalked and shot ...
Two Qassam missiles in construction and launchers uncovered in West Bank town of Nablus, after first 122mm Katyusha reaches northern Ashkelon<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 4, 2008, 5:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile reports: This drastic security deterioration on two Palestinian fronts occurred Thursday, Jan. 3 A large Israeli force of several battalions uncovered the first West Bank Qassam workshop in Nablus in an operation which left 20 armed Palestinians injured. Its presence brings central Israel within range of Palestinian ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2008, 9:08 PM (GMT+02:00)
Four were Hamas operatives and two members of the umbrella Popular Resistance Committees. A Palestinian heavy machine gun was also hit. Israel launched the pre-dawn air and ground strikes in Sejaya outside Gaza City after Palestinian gunmen fired anti-tank missiles at patrolling Israeli troops.
At least eight Palestinians were killed in ...
Special Israeli military probe finds IDF responsible for death of Palestinian woman at Gaza's Erez crossing Sunday night<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 2, 2008, 9:42 AM (GMT+02:00)
Seven hundred Palestinians, allowed last week to leave for the hajj in Mecca through Jordan, mobbed the Israeli position at the Erez crossing when they returned to Gaza Sunday night, Dec. 30. The soldiers ordered them to halt. When they kept coming, the Israeli troops fired "warning shots," one of ...
Thousands attended Jerusalem funeral of two elite Israeli off-duty troops murdered by Palestinian gunmen near Hebron. Ruling Fatah and Jihad Islami responsible
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2007, 10:38 AM (GMT+02:00)
Three hikers, Pvt Ahikam Amihai, 20 and Sgt. David Rubin, 21, from Kiryat Arba and an Israeli girl, were stalked by a group of armed Palestinians, who attacked them in a wadi northwest of Hebron Friday afternoon, Dec. 8. The girl ran away and raised the alarm. The two hikers, ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 28, 2007, 6:43 PM (GMT+02:00)
The agency report that the Egyptian president handed the Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak a note from Bashar Assad to Ehud Olmert when they met at Sharm el-Sheikh Wednesday, Dec. 26, drew a "no comment" from Israeli officials.
debkafile's sources report that in recent private conversations, Olmert confided ...
Israel's military advocate-general rules: IDF's use of cluster bombs in Lebanon war was lawful and primarily targeted non-built-up areas<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 26, 2007, 8:30 PM (GMT+02:00)
Brigadier Avihai Mandelblit, the IDF's advocate general, ruled that there were no grounds to prosecute Israel commanders who ordered the use of cluster bombs in the Second Lebanon War in 2006. His decision, released Dec. 24, was based on a special investigation ordered by the Israel chief of staff after ...
Knesset committee approves $13 bn 2008 defense budget. Two lawmakers say bill lacks resources to counter Iranian nuclear threat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 26, 2007, 2:16 PM (GMT+02:00)
Former dep. defense minister Moshe Sneh (Labor) and ex-General Effie Eytam (National Union) voted against the (NIS51 bn) bill, arguing it made no provision for Israel to counter the nuclear threat from Iran. Sneh said another billion shekels was needed to fund the necessary resources. Eytam said Israel was left ...
Seven armed Palestinians killed, 5 Israeli soldiers wounded battling Hamas in Gaza Thursday. A powerful explosion sends 18 into shock in Sderot Gil School yard <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2007, 10:40 PM (GMT+02:00)
One of the Israeli soldiers is in serious condition.
debkafile's military sources: The force of the explosion which damaged buildings indicates the Palestinians have developed an extra-powerful missile charge. During the day, an Israeli Golani force operated in the Marazi camp in central Gaza demolishing terrorist facilities. Five Palestinian ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israeli minister warns "flawed" US intelligence on Iran nuke will lead to "Yom Kippur" <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 21, 2007, 8:53 AM (GMT+02:00)
Internal security minister and former Shin Bet head Avi Dichter was the first government member to publicly and harshly question the US National Intelligence Estimate which says Tehran no longer develops nuclear weapons. "We know the threat to be ongoing and palpable."
debkafile reports: Dichter voiced concerns which other ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 19, 2007, 5:11 PM (GMT+02:00)
Two economists in a report submitted to the Knesset award a failed mark to the resettlement project for the 8,500 Israelis evacuated from Gaza in 2005 as part of the Sharon government's unilateral withdrawal. From being successfully employed, business owners and farmers in Gaza, the evacuees today move around between ...