1430 articles tagged "Israel"
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Ashkelon Mayor joins calls for tough military action against Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 1, 2008
The mayor, Ronnie Mahtzari, called on the government to remove the gloves for a tough military operation against the savage Palestinian missile offensive on Israeli locations bordering on the Gaza Strip. He said the town is willing to take more missiles, as long as the IDF is allowed to take effective action against the terrorists.
In recent weeks, all parts of Ashkelon, a thriving city of more than 103,000 with a big oil port, have joined the cycle of Hamas missile targets from Gaza.
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Fires blaze in Ashkelon's shopping center from direct rocket hit Saturday amid heavy battles in N. Gaza <br/><br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 1, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that after 21 missiles slammed into Ashkelon and Sderot and their environs overnight, Israeli Givati Brigade troops backed by tanks, self-propelled guns, F-16 fighters and helicopters went after terrorist targets in Sejaya and Jebalya, N. Gaza Strip early morning Saturday, March 1. Five Israeli soldiers were injured, two very seriously. The Palestinians report 35 dead, 15 in battle, the rest civilians including 5 children, as well as 120 injured. Two waves of Grad rockets hit the Israeli town of Ashkelon for the third day running. Two crashed into a house, injuring 5 people, two of them children. There were dozens of shock victims. Another 11 Qassam missiles explode at Sderot Saturday.
Ashdod north of Ashkelon and 27 km from Gaza is preparing for start of Palestinian rockets attacks.
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Iran should have a nuclear weapon by 2010, says Israel's military intelligence chief
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 1, 2008
This estimate was put before the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee by Israel's military intelligence AMAN chief, Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, in his briefing Tuesday, Feb. 26.
He also predicted that Hizballah would time its reprisals for the 40th day of mourning for its military commander Imad Mughniyeh - that is March 22-23.
In the month since Hamas flattened Gaza's border wall for free Palestinian access to Egyptian Sinai, scores of al Qaeda operatives have used the opportunity to steal into the Gaza Strip, Gen. Yadlin reported.
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Israeli foreign and defense ministers pledge defense of sovereign territory<br/> <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2008
Israeli foreign minister and acting PM Tzipi Livni and defense minister Ehuda Barak released a joint statement ahead of the Palestinians planned march on the Gaza-Israel border Monday. Israel will defend its territory and prevent infiltration to its sovereign borders," the two ministers stated Sunday night.
"Hamas is directly responsible for activity which puts civilian population at jeopardy - and not for the first time," said the statement.
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Israeli Air Force integrates home-made miniaturized, long-distance AWACS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 24, 2008
debkafile's military sources report: The Israeli Air Force's 122 Nachshon special missions squadron has taken delivery of the "Eitam" - a modified Gulfstream G-550 executive jet, fitted with the newest Israeli airborne early warning system (AEW & C) developed by Israel's Elta Systems.
Crammed onto the new, extra-small Eitam platform is a long-range intelligence, target tracking and operational control system that can produce aerial pictures deep inside enemy territory, while warning attack formations of approaching threats.
Its electronic support measures (ESM) and communications equipment in support of AEW & C enable the Israeli Air Force's intelligence and electronic warfare arms to operate hundreds of kilometers inside enemy territory.
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Palestinians more than double missile attacks from Gaza in 2008<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2008
debkafile: Homeland Front commander Maj. Gen. Yair Golan reported to a Knesset panel Feb.19 that 400 Qassam missiles were fired at Israeli civilian locations bordering on the Gaza Strip in the first six weeks of 2008. This brings the monthly rate of fire to roughly 265 - more than double that of the last two years.
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Israeli denies hand in Mughniyeh death, warns Israeli travellers to beware of kidnappers<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2008
The PMO in Jerusalem rejected attempts to tie Israel to the bomb explosion in Damascus Tuesday, Feb. 12 which killed Hizballah's master terrorist Imad Mughniyeh.
debkafile's military and counter-terror sources report: Israel has elevated the alert on its Lebanese and Syrian borders, at airlines, embassies and Jewish institutions world wide. A Jerusalem advisory warns Israeli travellers to beware of kidnapping.

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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: New Hamas tactics greet Israeli force in Gaza early Tuesday. One Israeli soldier slightly wounded <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 16, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that the Golani brigade, armored forces and reservists raiding Hamas' missile and terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, Feb. 12, had their first taste of Hamas tactics for blocking a major incursion.
Hamas had apparently decided to jump the gun on its blocking tactics against a major advance, in order to thwart a potential Israeli plan to seize bridgeheads inside Gaza ahead of substantial ground action.

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Israeli Military up in Arms over Bush-Olmert Plan for Major Operation in Gaza on Behalf of... Palestinian Authority <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 16, 2008
President George W. Bush gave Israel the nod for its long-delayed military operation against Hamas in the Gaza before he ended his 50-hour visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah on Friday, Jan. 11 - except that his provisos stop the Israeli military short of its objectives, namely stamping out the Palestinian missile campaign, halting smuggling and eradicating Hamas military stockpiles, as reported here by debkafile's military sources:
One provides for the Israel army, after clearing captured areas of Hamas, Jihad Islami and other Palestinian terrorists, pulling out and handing the cleansed territory to the forces of the Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Israel must enable the passage of those forces from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip.
debkafile's military sources report that the Olmert government's acceptance of this plan has stirred outrage in the IDF high command, general staff, southern command and the security establishment.

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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israeli generals impatient with government foot-dragging on Gaza operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 16, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that the tone - even more than the actual words - heard from chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashenazi, air force chief Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shkedy and other generals Monday, Feb. 11, betrayed frustration over the too-little, too-late policies pursued by the government.
A former defense minister Moshe Arens voiced this sense when he said Tuesday: It is unthinkable to place children on Israel's front line; that's a job for soldiers.
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Israel's army chief orders IDF land, sea and air forces to prepare to defend the country's northern borders and interests<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 15, 2008
Defense minister Ehud Barak said the entire national defense system is fully prepared and alert as heavy Israeli reinforcements, including homeland defense units, were rushed Thursday to northern Israel.
Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi gave these orders Thursday, Feb. 14, 24 hours after a bomb killed Hizballah's military commander Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus.
debkafile's military sources report that he took these unprecedented steps following a stream of incoming intelligence updates reporting that Iran, Syria and Hizballah had decided not to let Mughniyeh's death pass without an immediate response.
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Barak tells IDF to prepare for large-scale military assault on Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2008
Replying to pressing questions at the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee, Monday, Feb. 11, defense minister Ehud Barak said he had directed the Israeli army command to prepare for a possible major assault in Gaza and for its consequences, but also to put forward alternative options.
Hamas spokesmen threatened Mon. Feb. 11 that attacks on its political leaders would be met with "unprecedented retaliation."
debkafile: The clamor has mounted for a strategic ground action to deal with the Palestinian missile and terrorist offensive buffeting Israeli civilians from Gaza
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Southern Israel goes on highest alert level Sunday night for Palestinian suicide bombers<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2008
The targeted area, according to an intelligence warning, includes the towns of Beersheba and Kiryat Gath and the Lachish region.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israel ministers asked to endorse buildup of Egyptian Sinai contingents - after the fact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2008
Our Middle East sources report that prime minister Ehud Olmert and foreign minister Tzipi Livni have covertly given Cairo the go-ahead to at least double its 750-man Sinai police force. Our military sources report that Egypt raised the number of troops on its borders with Gaza and Israel to 2,350, Sunday and Monday, whereas the cabinet ministers were asked for their approval Wednesday, Feb. 6. Neither did the prime minister refer the decision to parliament, although it was taken in breach of the Sinai demilitarization provision of the 1982 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.
Read debkafile's Special Military Analysis below of the decision-making dynamic behind the current crisis

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Shin Bet chief reports: Masses of high-quality weaponry, such as long-range rockets, roll into Gaza through the breached Sinai border <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2008
The domestic security agency's director, Yuval Diskin, warned the Israeli cabinet Sunday, Feb. 3, that the Palestinians exploited the chaos on the Gaza-Sinai border to smuggle in quantities of long-range rockets, anti-tank and anti-air rockets and high explosives for missiles. Hundreds of Palestinian terrorists have headed south into Sinai. According to Western intelligence sources, they are spread out along the 220-km Israeli border.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Hamas expands missile targeting area as Israel forces hit back in N. Gaza. Barak threatens harsher military action
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2008
Seventeen Palestinian missiles were fired by midday Thursday, Feb. 7, after Israeli Golani tank and engineering units with helicopter cover drove into northern Gaza in another bid to stem Palestinian cross-border missile attacks. They have since pulled back, while the missiles keep coming and Hamas broadens its targeting radius.
A dozen Palestinian missiles were fired by midday Thursday, Feb. 7, after Israeli
debkafile's military sources report: Israel defense minister Ehud Barak has more than once threatened firmer and broader military action to stop the missile blitz from Gaza. But so far he has kept the military on a tight leash.

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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israel ministers asked to endorse doubling of Egyptian Sinai contingent - after the fact<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 6, 2008
Our Middle East sources report that prime minister Ehud Olmert and foreign minister Tzipi Livni have covertly given Cairo the go-ahead to at least double its 750-man Sinai police force. Although this is a breach of the Sinai demilitarization provision of the 1982 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, the prime minister did not consult the government or obtain parliament's mandatory approval before acceding to Egypt's request.
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First Knock out Terror Machine - Then Talk to Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 6, 2008
After the Hamas-Jihad Islami terror machine was allowed to build up to formidable proportions, even a large-scale Israel military operation in the Gaza Strip will not easily stifle the missile and mortar campaign grinding down the Israeli population. However, the longer it is delayed, the harder it will be.
In the course of 2007, Palestinians in Gaza fired 2,359 missiles and mortar shells into Israel, double the 2006 figure. The current estimate is that, barring a full-scale counter-terror offensive in Gaza involving the call-up of reserves, the 2008 figure will soar past 4,000, and may well include volleys from the West Bank as well as Gaza.
In this offensive, the IDF's mission would entail liquidating the Hamas terrorist war infrastructure, clobbering the 12,000-strong armed Palestinians - many of whom may go to ground in the dense civilian population, demolishing their command centers, missile foundries and arms arsenals, and severing their smuggling routes from Egyptian Sinai to Gaza. This campaign would not be short or painless.
Israel's chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi put his finger on a key question when he asked what happens the day after the war.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Judge Winograd blames Lebanon War's "great missed opportunity" on Israel's government and its senior military command alike <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2008
Summing up the report the Lebanon War inquiry commission released Wednesday, Jan 30, chairman ex-justice Eliahu Winograd found grave failings in the management of the 34-day war of 2006 by Israel's political and military leadership alike.
Although the Israeli army is the most powerful in the Middle East, said the judge, it failed to achieve a clear military victory or quell Hizballah rocket fire on the civilian population.
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Israel's future defense concepts must apply maximum security to the home front
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2008
Amir Peretz, who resigned as defense minister after the Lebanon War, advanced the view that every part of Israel is potentially threatened. Hizballah fired nearly 4,000 rockets at northern Israeli towns and villages in the 33 days of the 2006 war. Peretz, who had been on the job three months when the war was declared, also demanded an inquiry into the six years of neglect that left the army unready for the conflict. He named the previous governments of Ariel Sharon and the current defense minister Ehud Barak. Peretz noted that transport minister Shaul Mofaz, like Olmert himself, had been a senior member of the Sharon administration.

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