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 ...
An Israeli Arrow can intercept a nuclear-armed missile before it leaves Iranian skies, according to Israeli lawmaker
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 18, 2007, 10:15 PM (GMT+02:00)
Member of ruling Kadima party, MK Maj. Gen. (Res) Yizhak Ben-Israel, said Saturday, Dec. 15, that the Arrow anti-missile missile system is capable of intercepting a nuclear missile fired from Iran before it leaves Iranian air space. Ben Israel said Israel would have 12 minutes to hit the attacking missile. ...
Israeli chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi: The time is nearing for a major IDF operation in Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2007, 9:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
The current reality cannot go on much longer, he said, referring to the steep upsurge of Palestinian missile and mortar attacks on Israel from Gaza - 23 Qassams aimed at Sderot on Wednesday.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Dispute over Iran's nuclear program throws Israel-US relations into grave crisis<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2007, 12:49 PM (GMT+02:00)
Senior Israel security and intelligence officials report: Washington is refusing to heed the intelligence Israel has gathered on Iran's covert military nuclear program which refutes its latest estimate, denies Israel access to authentic US intelligence and has embarked on steps detrimental to Israel in relation to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 9, 2007, 4:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
Defense minister Ehud Barak argued that Iran had in fact restarted its program.
"It's apparently true that in 2003 Iran stopped its military nuclear program for a time. But in our opinion, since then, it has apparently continued that program," Barak told Israel army radio. "We cannot afford to rest just ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Barak orders military to expand Israel's counter-terror operations in Gaza Strip but delays major operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2007, 11:16 AM (GMT+02:00)
Twenty mortar rounds struck the Kibbutz Nahal Oz area Sunday night, Dec. 2. Earlier, Defense minister Ehud Barak informed the cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that he had ordered the expansion of IDF operations in the Gaza Strip, from which 25 missiles and 70 mortar rounds were fired in the past ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 2, 2007, 9:45 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, says the former chief of military intelligence, has not the slightest chance of honoring even one of the security commitments he undertook.
Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert faces assorted critics of his role at the Middle East conference of Nov. 27, mainly on the grounds of ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: No end to Israeli fight against Palestinian assaults on Gaza-Israel border fence <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 2, 2007, 4:38 PM (GMT+02:00)
Twenty armed Palestinians were killed this week before they reached firing positions on the border or managed to cross over. Among them was a three-man Hamas mortar crew on its way to shell Kerem Shalom.
Hamas has been massing mortar units at the northern and southern ends of the Gaza Strip ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 1, 2007, 12:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
No one at UN headquarters in New York remembers a case of a draft resolution being abruptly withdrawn hours before a UN Security Council session was scheduled to approve it. This is what happened to a US draft that would have endorsed President Bush's announcement three days earlier at the ...
Israel is on high security alert until after Tuesday's Middle East conference in the US under threat of Hamas and other terrorist action<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2007, 11:31 AM (GMT+02:00)
Sunday, thousands of police and soldiers poured into Jerusalem after intelligence was received that a terrorist team from the West Bank was bound for a suicide bombing in the city. After several hours, the alert was lifted.
debkafile reports the IDF, police and Shin Bet meanwhile began scouring West ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 27, 2007, 1:28 PM (GMT+02:00)
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debkafile's military sources report the Iranian Navy is in the process of deploying two submarine fleets - mini-subs in Persian Gulf waters for attacks on US shipping and Gulf oil facilities, and the long-range Kilo class sub of Russian, Chinese ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Olmert defends Israel's attendance of Middle East conference in US against rising criticism and party rebels<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2007, 7:49 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert admitted that Wednesday night, Nov. 21, that Mahmoud Abbas and his fellow Palestinian leaders may be weak but they are the only ones willing to talk peace. debkafile reports: The Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and insistence on ...