1423 articles tagged "Israel"
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Israel's top soldier approves the IDF's first five-year rearmament budget with accent on infantry<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2007
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.
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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
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 that may upset his dialogue with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas - at least until the regional Middle East conference called by Washington for November is over.


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Medals, citations awarded to 142 soldiers for valor and excellence in last year's Lebanon war<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 4, 2007
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 the recipients of the honors were Israel's answer to its enemies in the future.
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Archeologists make urgent appeal to rescue Biblical relics pulverized by tractors on Temple Mount, Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2007
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 the outer courts of the Jewish Temple were situated, including the Women's Court, until the Roman destruction of 70 C.E. Today, the Muslim Dome of the Rock stands there. (See picture)
Dr. Gabriel Barkai of Bar Ilan University is leading the protest against the wildcat, unauthorized Waqf project
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Sderot and neighboring communities have surplus of missile-proof schoolrooms, says military<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2007
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, when 133 would suffice. Neighboring villages asked for 176 fortified school rooms and got 200. However, only 135 nursery schools rooms are fortified out of a total of 173. Parents say his figures are wrong.
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Israeli Defense Minister Barak discerns ebb in war tensions with Syria, reports massive expansion of Hizballah arsenal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2007
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 went to war with Israel in 2006.
The Lebanese army, albeit bound to disarm Hizballah by UN Security Council resolution 1701 which ended the war, is in fact helping the Shiite extremists unload their arms deliveries. The minister concluded that the UN resolution must be considered a dead letter.

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<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
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 up two purportedly reformed al Aqsa Brigades members in a camp near Nablus.
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Olmert Government Indifferent to Palestinian Terrorist Rampage from Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2007
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 use them - in the face of a quiescent central government and high command.
For the past week, terrorist attacks from the Gaza Strip have been escalating. They peaked Saturday with an incident that fell just short of a calamity by a fluke. debkafile's military sources say: This incident threw up in sharp relief the perils in store for as long as the Olmert government holds the military back from its plan to carve out of security buffer strip inside Gaza.
On Israel's third front, the Lebanese border, debkafile's military sources reveal that Iran has just completed laying a broad strategic highway connecting the Hizballah-controlled Beqaa Valley on the Syrian border with the Shiite group's new fortified bases, complete with missiles pointing at Israel, at the northern reaches of the Litani River.
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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
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 and an active missile interception system to protect the population against cross-border enemy rocket attack.
More details from debkafile's military analysts in the article below.

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One of two Qassam missiles fired at Sderot Tuesday badly damaged an empty nursery school
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 22, 2007
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 begins. The ruling applied to the thousands of pupils of Sderot and 10 smaller Negev communities.
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Israel reopens two Gaza crossings for fuel, food and school gear Sunday under Palestinian fire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2007
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 refusal to put up funds. The crossing had been closed by a terror alert for four days.
debkafile reports that all the crossings into Gaza are constantly battered by Palestinian missiles and mortars.
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Israel's Armed Forces Undermanned, Under-equipped for War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2007
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 news conference in Tel Aviv Monday, Aug. 21 in advance of the ministry's presentation of its budget requirements.
They have left Israel's armed forces deprived of the three security capabilities which Barak deems essential to Israel's survival in a hostile environment: deterrence, early warning and victory.
To restore these capabilities, Barak outlined a program, the highlights of which are to reconstitute two disbanded reservist divisions, improve tank armor to withstand armor-piercing missiles and effective, active interception measures to protect the population against enemy rocket fire.
debkafile's analysts note that, for the present, the IDF offers early warning - but not deterrence.
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Netanyahu is re-elected leader of Israeli opposition Likud. His first actions as victor provoke sharp criticism <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2007
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 - "The Likud's journey back to the Prime Minister's Office has begun -" it transpired that the venue had been shifted and bouncers instructed to keep Feiglin and his supporters out of the hall.
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Israeli PM Olmert's approval rating falls again, according to new opinion poll
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2007
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.
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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
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 IDF preparations on the northern front Wednesday the day after he escorted prime minister Ehud Olmert on a visit to the northern command. Both stressed that Israel does not seek war,and were echoed by Syria's vice president Farouk a- Shara.
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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
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, backed by helicopters and tanks. Overnight, the Israeli Air Force carried out three air strikes on armed Palestinians, killing at least one member of Hamas military wing.

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The IDF Special MIA Recovery Unit has located five fallen men missing for 60 years
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 14, 2007
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.
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Gunman killed after attacking an Israeli security guard in Jerusalem Friday was Israeli Arab Ahmad Hatib from Galilee<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2007
Hatib died in an exchange of fire after he shot and grabbed the sidearm of an Israeli guard who was seriously wounded. Ten people were injured in an exchange of fire as the second guard chased him through the crowded Street of the Christians. Hatib arrived in Jerusalem by a bus the Israeli Islamic Movement chartered for Friday worship on Temple Mount.

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Controversial evacuation of Jewish occupants of two Hebron stores carried out early Tuesday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2007
Five youngsters were detained, 27 people were injured, after hundreds threw stones and oil at the thousands of police, border guards and soldiers mobilized for the evacuation. The occupants, two families who claimed the two stores were formerly Jewish property, did not resist eviction.
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IDF to honor for bravery 142 soldiers who fought in 2006 Lebanon war at ceremony on Sept. 2 in Tel Aviv<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2007
Four medals will be awarded posthumously. Thirty-four citations will be conferred by the chief of staff, including 12 Medals for Distinguished Service and 6 Medals of Valor. One posthumous Medal of Valor for exceptional courage will be handed to the family of the late Maj. Roi Klein, 31, from the West Bank Eli community. In command of the 51st Golani battalion, he saved the lives of members of his unit by throwing himself on a live grenade. The remaining citations will be conferred in ceremonies in the various combat units.
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