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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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Gaza Palestinians continue to attack border crossings into Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 31, 2007
Friday, they fired five mortar rounds, then laid an explosive device near Kerem Shalom in the south. IDF fire detonated the device. Two Qassam missiles exploded outside the Sufa crossing. Another two later Friday.
On the West Bank, Palestinian gunmen fired at an Israeli patrol at Beit Jala in southern Jerusalem. No one was hurt.

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Israel's Navy commander Maj. Gen David Ben Bassat resigns
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 29, 2007
His resignation tendered to the chief of staff Thursday, July 26, was formally termed a "request to terminate his term of duty." debkafile notes: Maj. Gen, Bassat never in the year since the Lebanon War assumed responsibility for attack by a Hizballah shore-to-ship C-802 missile which killed four seamen aboard the Israeli Hanit missile ship and damaged the vessel in the early days of the war. An official inquiry established that the Hanit had not been prepared for battle any more than other units of the navy.
Navy command first learned that the ship had been hit from debkafile.
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A controversial plea bargain deal that watered down sexual charges against ex-president Katzav is queried by High Court in Jerusalem<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 27, 2007
The panel of five High Court justices, headed by Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch, granted the state 21 days to explain how charges of rape included in the original indictment came to be removed from the plea bargain accord negotiated by state attorney Menahem Mazuz. Jail time for Katzav was thus reduced to a suspended sentence.
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Opposition lawmakers urges defense minister to order a military operation in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 24, 2007
Likud MK Gideon Saar criticized the silent posture of defense minister Ehud Barak Sunday. In view of the constant missile attacks from Gaza on Israeli schools, and accumulating Hamas stocks of war materiel, Saar urged swift and effective action against the Palestinian terrorist organizations operating out of Gaza. Thursday, July 19, a senior Israeli officer warned that the window of opportunity for cutting down Hamas' growing army is fast closing.
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Several civilians slightly injured when three Qassam missiles from Gaza hit Sapir College and Sderot school playground. Israeli aircraft destroy launchers, kill 2-man Jihad Islami squad<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 24, 2007
All three missiles exploded after school hours - fortunately because neither school is fortified to withstand missile attack and casualties were light although the damage was heavy. The local council head invited PM Ehud Olmert to come and see for himself why it was necessary to fortify the schools.
At the cabinet meeting in Jerusalem earlier Sunday, July 22, Olmert scathingly dismissed what he called excessive concern over the fortifying of towns targeted regularly for Palestinian missile attack from Gaza.
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Olmert: We will not tolerate a situation in Gaza recalling pre-war Lebanon last year
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2007
The Israeli prime minister said Friday that unilateral steps and the evacuation of communities are not on the agenda - only negotiations with the Palestinians on an agreed settlement. Negotiations with Arab governments, including Syria, must be direct and not subject to pre-conditions, he said. Olmert rejected the High Court's injunction to fortify Sderot schools opposite Gaza in time for the next school year as outside the court's brief.
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The 255 Palestinian prisoners released from Israeli jail bused to West Bank Betuniya checkpoint near Ramallah Friday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2007
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert freed them in a gesture of support for Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas. Most were Fatah members convicted for terrorist acts. They also included Popular Front deputy leader Abdel Rahum Maloukh, whose organization was responsible for the assassination of Israeli minister Rehavam Zeevi in 2001. One was held back for a further security check. A High Court majority of judges rejected a petition against the release filed by Almagor, an organization representing victims of Palestinian terror.
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State Controller slams Israeli prime minister, ex-defense minister and former chief of staff for flawed management of homeland security in 2006 Lebanon War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2007
The 600-page report submitted to the Knesset Speaker Wednesday, July 18, finds PM Ehud Olmert, ex-defense minister Amir Peretz, former chief of staff Dan Halutz and homeland security chief Yitzhak Gershon guilty of abandoning to their fate the population of northern Israel.
The controller, retired Judge Micha Lindenstrauss, singled out PM Ehud Olmert's decision-making processes as deficient.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israel to permit Naif Hawatme and Farouk Kaddoumi, notorious figures from the blackest days of PLO terror, enter the West Bank<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 17, 2007
On the West Bank, Israel has further agreed to suspend arrest operations against 180 wanted terrorists of the Fatah-Al Aqsa Martyrs (Suicide) Brigades and radical Fronts - provided they renounce violence. The Olmert government has approved the two steps for the sake of propping up Mahmoud Abbas and his Ramallah-based government against Hamas rule of the Gaza Strip.
debkafile reports that security circles are aghast at these decisions.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: The Muslim authorities are again digging illegally on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, again with a tractor
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 14, 2007
An inspection carried out by Israel's Antiquities Authority on July 9 discovered a 1.5 m deep trench dug near the Dome of the Rock into the original landfill of the Jewish Second Temple. Remains of an ancient wall possibly dating to Solomon's First Temple have become visible. Heavy earthmoving equipment is barred by Israeli law at the shrine.
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An Israel soldier, Staff Sergeant Arbel Reich, 21, from Yuvalim, Galilee, was killed, two others injured, during counter-terror operation in Gaza Strip. The operation continued<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 13, 2007
debkafile's military sources report that for the first time in the two years since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip, an Israeli force on a counter-terror mission was hit by a Hamas-Jihad Islami ambush using the tactics employed by Hizballah on Day One of the Lebanon War, July 12, 2006.
The Israeli advance was brought to a stop and a second Givati unit crossed into Gaza to continue the interrupted operation.
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Hizballah Has Missiles for Downing Israeli Warplanes One Year after Lebanon War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2007
One year ago to the day, the Lebanese Shiite terrorist Hizballah sent a unit across the border into Israel and ambushed an Israeli patrol, killing eight of its members and kidnapping two. The raid, followed by a Katyusha rocket attack on northern Israel sparked the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and a 34-day war.
Today, debkafile's military sources report that Hizballah is in better military shape than ever before. its sponsors, Iran and Syria, have not only replenished the rocket stocks depleted by daily barrages against Israeli towns and villages, but topped them up by 50%. Whereas Hizballah started the 2006 war with 12,000 rockets of different types, today the Lebanese Shiite terror group has accumulated 18,000 in its arsenal.
The militia's fighting manpower, including its special intelligence and security agencies, totals between 15,000 and 16,000.
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Shin Bet-Justice ministry can't recommend more than 120 Fatah prisoners for release - far short of Olmert's pledge to Abbas of 250<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 10, 2007
This is the domestic security agency's retort in its dispute with the prime minister over prisoner swaps for kidnapped Israeli soldiers. The Shin Bet reports that any number of Fatah convicts above 120 would set free hardened terrorist murderers dedicated to returning to killing Israelis. Their original list of 250 which Olmert rejected was therefore eked out with prisoners approaching the end of their jail time.
Read earlier debkafile Special report.

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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israeli armed forces are short of funds for contending with potential Iranian threat, says departing Israeli Dep. Defense Minister <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2007
"We need more funds than we receive currently to deal with this threat," said Ephraim Sneh in a radio interview Monday, July 2.
Sneh also dismissed a popular notion: "There is no coordination on an operational level between the Israel and US militaries on Iran," he said. "If sanctions had been adopted more firmly and quickly, we may not have needed to talk about other options."
More about this in debkafile Special Military Report below.
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Last Israeli troops pulling out of Gaza Friday brought with them eight Palestinian missile launchers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2007
Some of the launchers were found with timers and one complete with a Qassem missile ready for firing into Israel. In Israel's two-day air and ground operation to curb Palestinian missile attacks, 11 armed Palestinians were killed, several injured and 109 were detained for questioning. Two Israeli soldiers suffered minor-to-moderate injuries from Palestinian fire. The dead terrorists belonged to Hamas and Jihad Islami. Helicopters struck two missile teams Thursday, after being guided to target from the ground. The Israeli incursion up to the outskirts of the central Gazan al Bureij and al Maghazi camps was 1-1.5 km deep.
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Israel's Security Chiefs See Olmert as Jeopardizing Prisoner Release
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2007
Last month, Ehud Olmert made a gesture of support for the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah government he installed for the West Bank in Ramallah in opposition to the Hamas government in Gaza: a pledge to release 250 terrorists of Abbas' Fatah party from Israeli jails.
But then, Saturday night, the prime minister tossed back to the Shin Bet the list of Fatah prisoners to be submitted for cabinet approval Sunday, July 8, and demanded a new list. Olmert complained most of the candidates were due for release soon anyway having served out their terms. This fact would belittle his gesture towards Abbas.
debkafile's security sources say Olmert's rejection landed on the desks of Shin Bet chiefs with a nasty thump. They accuse him of causing irreparable damage to the abducted Israeli soldiers' prospects of freedom by raising the exchange ratio to a level which is unsustainable without compromising national security.
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Syria Winds up Planning for Campaign of Terror on Golan<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2007
On June 26, Syria opened the Damascus-Golan road to Quneitra to civilian traffic for the first time since the Six-Day War of 1967. No announcement was made. The dozens of military roadblocks studding the 60 km high road connecting the capital with the Syrian part of Golan for 40 years were removed, except for two - one at the entrance to Qunetra from the Syrian end and one at the town's exit to Israeli Golan. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's military sources report that this measure went mostly unnoticed, although it made Israeli military intelligence sit up.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly's intelligence sources disclose that a year ago, in June 2006, Syrian military intelligence recruited several hundred Golan refugees for a new framework called the Front for the Liberation of the Golan Heights. They were trained for terror operations, blowing up roads and bridges, attacks on military camps and convoys and hostage-taking.
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