Three Israeli soldiers injured, one moderately, in large-scale overnight counter-terror operation in Nablus<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2007, 11:27 PM (GMT+02:00)
A large explosives manufacturing facility was blown up in the Balata camp Tuesday night and the premises of Hamas and Fatah-affiliated al Aqsa Brigades in the Balata camp raided.
debkafile: The Balata operation was part of a comprehensive Israeli sweep of Hamas and Jihad Islami West Bank infrastructure which, ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2007, 1:16 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military experts conclude from the way Damascus described the episode Wednesday, Sept. 6, that the Pantsyr-S1E missiles, purchased from Russia to repel air assailants, failed to down the Israeli jets accused of penetrating northern Syrian airspace from the Mediterranean the night before.
The new Pantsyr missiles therefore ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: In a warning to Egypt, Israel states new situation leaves no option but military action to halt weapons flow to Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2007, 8:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
The warning was relayed to Cairo in the last 24 hours. debkafile's military sources disclose that the message means Israeli armed forces are standing by for an order to recapture the Philadelphi route running along the southern Gaza border with Egypt.
The "new situation" does not refer to ...
Israel's top soldier approves the IDF's first five-year rearmament budget with accent on infantry<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2007, 2:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
Chief of staff Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi okayed budgeting Monday, Sept. 3, for the introduction of hundreds of heavy "Tiger" armored personnel carriers based on Chariot tank chassis for the infantry. New Chariot-4 tanks and those in use will be upgraded with new active anti-missile defense systems.
Olmert reluctantly calls cabinet session Wednesday amid pressing demands for broad military action to stamp out missile threat from Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 4, 2007, 10:51 AM (GMT+02:00)
Following a seven-Qassam barrage on Sderot's schools Monday, several ministers have added their voices to opposition demands to send the army in against "Iran's forward position" in Gaza. debkafile: They are up against the prime minister's determination to withhold effective action for protecting Sderot and its neighboring communities ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 4, 2007, 10:26 AM (GMT+02:00)
Israel's defense minister Ehud Barak and chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi awarded citations to 38 conscripts and reservist, including six for valor and 12 for exemplary conduct. Posthumous medals were handed to the families of four fallen soldiers. The remaining citations will be awarded by unit commanders.
Barak said ...
Archeologists make urgent appeal to rescue Biblical relics pulverized by tractors on Temple Mount, Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2007, 9:17 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Waqf Muslim authority, using heavy tractors, has so far excavated a trench 120 -meters long, 1.5 meters deep, crushing fragments of monumental building, pottery and glazed tiles in their path. The trench runs through the northern and eastern parts of the 2,000-year old Upper Platform of Temple Mount, where ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2007, 10:23 AM (GMT+02:00)
Local parents challenged the figures offered by Maj. Gen Yitzhak Gershon, head of the homeland security command, when he inspected the measures for protecting schoolchildren against the daily Qassam missile fire from Gaza Wednesday, Aug. 29. Four days before the school year opens, Gershon reported Sderot has 164 fortified classrooms, ...
Israeli Defense Minister Barak discerns ebb in war tensions with Syria, reports massive expansion of Hizballah arsenal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2007, 9:33 AM (GMT+02:00)
In his first briefing to the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee Monday, Aug. 27, defense minister Ehud Barak reported that Iranian missiles for Hizballah were being unloaded at Syria's Latakia port. They consist of many times more long-range and short-range rockets than Hizballah had in its arsenal when it ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Fatah-al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades revokes Israeli amnesty deal offered 178 members for renouncing terror<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2007, 11:17 AM (GMT+02:00)
Their commanders announced they were reverting to their old routines, namely terrorist attacks on Israelis.
Tuesday morning, Aug. 21, three days after Israel's internal security minister Avi Dichter disclosed that 40% of the group which took the pledge to give up terrorism had not turned in their weapons, the IDF rounded ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2007, 3:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
As life in areas abutting the Gaza Strip becomes increasingly hellish and dangerous, their Israeli inhabitants feel as though they live in a forgotten land.
debkafile sources report this sensation was dramatized Saturday, Aug. 25, by the display of astonishing new Palestinian military capabilities and their determination to ...
Defense Minister Barak warns: Israel's military is under-manned, under-equipped and under-trained for deterring or winning wars<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2007, 10:25 AM (GMT+02:00)
At a news conference Monday, Aug. 20, Ehud Barak warned that the Israeli Defense Forces are in no fit condition to uphold its security missions which he defined as deterrence, early warning and victory. The plan Barak put forward includes reconstituting two disbanded reservist divisions, improving tank armor against missiles ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 22, 2007, 11:29 AM (GMT+02:00)
Sderot parents to boycott schools over government's failure to fortify classrooms against daily Palestinian missiles. The Parents Committee cite the High Court of Justice ruling last school year ordering the government to fortify every classroom within missile range of the Gaza Strip by Sept. 1 when the new school year ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2007, 9:23 PM (GMT+02:00)
Three Qassam missiles were fired against Kerem Shalom gateway Sunday as more than 130 trucks carried milk, fruit, sugar, flour and equipment for the next school year.
Trucks carrying 100,000 liters of heavy fuel were halted on the Israeli side of the reopened Nahal Oz crossing by the European Community's ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2007, 10:56 AM (GMT+02:00)
Since the beginning of the week, Israel's top military commanders have been poring over the situation of the Israeli Defense Forces in a workshop called by Ehud Barak who took over as defense minister two months ago. Some of their most alarming findings were presented by Barak at his first ...
Netanyahu is re-elected leader of Israeli opposition Likud. His first actions as victor provoke sharp criticism <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2007, 8:39 AM (GMT+02:00)
As expected, former prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu won an overwhelming 73% of his party's support, compared with the nationalist Moshe Feiglin's 23% and Danny Danin's 3.5%. The turnout was 40% of the registered 95,000 members, a considerable feat in a midsummer poll.
But when it came to his victory announcement ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2007, 11:39 AM (GMT+02:00)
Canvassed on choice of prime minister by pollster Yitzhak Katz, 32% opted for Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu, 30% for the Labor defense minister Ehud Barak (both former PMs) and 5% for the incumbent Olmert.
War tensions rise between Syria and Israel amid soothing words on both sides. Gen. Kaplinksy's departure delayed<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 16, 2007, 9:59 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources report that the delay in Maj. Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky's scheduled departure as Deputy Chief of Staff, announced by the IDF spokesman Wednesday night, Aug 15, is connected with the war tensions on Israel's northern and Gaza borders and renewed threats from Iran.
Barak inspected the ...
Six Palestinians said killed in ongoing Israeli drive into S. Gaza early Tuesday to counter missile fire, tunnels and infiltrations<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 15, 2007, 5:16 PM (GMT+02:00)
More than 100 suspected terrorists detained for questioning, half released later.
The Golani Brigade troops clashed with Palestinian Hamas gunmen who opened fire during a raid on the villages of Qarara and Abassan east of Khan Younes and close to the Israeli border. The force continues to operate in the area, ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 14, 2007, 10:52 AM (GMT+02:00)
They have been identified as Yehiel Rosenfeld, David Cochavi, Yitzhak Hamami and Yehoshua Lustig. The close kin of the fifth soldier has not yet been informed. The remains of the five Israeli soldiers who died in Israel's War of Independence were found at El Arish in northern Sinai.