1423 articles tagged "Israel"
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<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
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 operations to quell the attacks left 30 Palestinians dead, but failed to halt them. Ban Ki-moon stepped in only when Israel closed the Gaza border crossings.
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<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
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 the adoption instead of the principle of territorial exchange. Lieberman called for an early general election.

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<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
"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 to force the other side to change. We shall do everything necessary in the right proportions," he said.
debkafile's sources: The Israeli populations living under Palestinian missile bombardment found little comfort in Olmert's carry-on-as-before recipe. Whole families who can, continue to head out of their targeted towns and villages in search of a safe haven. The battered small town of Sderot is dying after fifty-six years.

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<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
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."
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Israeli raids kill 20 Palestinian gunmen, including Hussam a-Zahar, son of Hamas Gaza leader
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2008
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 large number of Fatah-Al Aqsa Brigades members who take their orders from Mahmoud Abbas' security chiefs.
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<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
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, two 107mm Katyusha rockets fired from Lebanon landed in the northern Israeli town of Shlomi, causing damage but no injuries.

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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
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 in cold blood by Ali Dandanes, 24, a Shariya court clerk with ties to Palestinian General Intelligence, and Amar Taha, 26, full-time member of the Palestinian National Security service. Both were from Hebron. They then turned themselves in to the Palestinian Authority to elude Israeli military pursuit.
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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
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 missile fire for the first time.
In the south, the first Katyusha rocket with an extended range of up to 18 km reached northern Ashkelon - another first.
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In combat with Israeli forces, 6 Palestinians killed in Gaza early Wednesday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2008
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 internecine Hamas-Fatah clashes in Gaza Strip Sunday and Monday when Hamas prevented its rivals from marking the Jan. 1 anniversary of the Fatah's foundation.
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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
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 which IDF investigators report caused the death of Hamadiya Ahmed Hamdan.
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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
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, who were armed, fired back, killing one of the Palestinians and seriously wounding a second, after they themselves were injured. The surviving Palestinian gunmen shot their victims dead as they lay wounded and stole their weapons.
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Mubarak hands Barak a note from Assad to Olmert - AFP<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 28, 2007
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 his resolve to do what no Israel prime minister had done before him: to pursue simultaneous negotiating tracks with the Palestinians and Syria.
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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
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 the UN condemned the IDF's use of cluster bombs in the conflict. Standing Israel military egulations ban cluster bombs against built-up areas.
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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
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 exposed to Iranian threats. debkafile's military sources add: The defense budget's structure shows that the Olmert government has taken on board the Bush administration's acceptance of a nuclear-armed Iran, as was reflected in a US intelligence report which glossed over the state of Iran's military program post-2003.
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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
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 gunmen were killed in a firefight there.
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<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
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 Israeli ministers have so far expressed only in private (as reported last week on this site), because they conflict with the views of prime minister Ehud Olmert. The NIE report is deemed negative on three grounds:
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Two years after forcible Jewish eviction from Gaza, 85 percent in temporary homes, majority jobless
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 19, 2007
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 temporary lodgings, two-thirds are jobless, farmers have not been awarded the substitute land promised them, and thousands subsist on social security payments. Their unstable conditions deprive many children of regular schooling.

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An Israeli Arrow can intercept a nuclear-armed missile before it leaves Iranian skies, according to Israeli lawmaker
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 18, 2007
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. In his view, Iran will attain a nuclear bomb by 2010. This threat, he said, presented less of a problem than a nuclear weapon sent from Iran for Hizballah to blow up Haifa port.

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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
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.
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<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
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 and Lebanon, without informing its government.
Defense minister Ehud Barak challenged the US intelligence estimate on Iran Tuesday, Dec. 4.
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