1430 articles tagged "Israel"
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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."
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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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Israeli Defense Official Highlights Israel's Inadequacies in Face of Iranian Threat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 3, 2007
Ephraim Sneh handed the post of deputy defense minister to his successor, Ret. Gen. Matan Vilnai, this week with some disturbing charges against the government he was quitting.
Israel is not prepared to handle threats from Iran [missiles and potentially nuclear weapons] because the government headed by Ehud Olmert is holding back form its armed forces the requisite funding. He maintained that international economic sanctions have failed to deflect Iran from its quest for the ultimate threat - a failure which has put the military option on the table.
"We need more funds than we receive currently to deal with this threat," he said in a radio interview Monday, July 2, as he handed the post over to an appointee of new defense minister Ehud Barak.
Sneh dismissed the popular notion that Israel and the United States were closely coordinated militarily regarding Iran. "There is no coordination on an operational level between the Israel and US militaries on Iran," he said.
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Israeli forces kill 11 armed Palestinians, injure 40, in two counter-terror operations in Gaza Strip Wednesday. Two Israeli soldiers slightly injured<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 30, 2007
The Palestinians fired 6 Qassam missiles and a dozen mortar rounds into Israel during the fighting. At Sejaya near Gaza City, an Israeli tank force targeted Hamas, Jihad Islami and Fatah-al Aqsa Brigades operatives involved in the manufacture and shooting of missiles into Israel.
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Israel's president Moshe Katzav evades prison by signing plea bargain confessing to 7 indecent acts and sexual harassment<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 29, 2007
The state attorney, Menahem Mazuz, who signed the deal agreed to drop two charges of rape and authorize the prosecution to demand only a suspended sentence not time in prison.
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Former Prisoner of Zion Ida Nudel petitions high court to withdraw from Hamas, Hizballah prisoners benefits they deny Israeli captives<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2007
She bases her petition against internal security minister Avi Dichter on the right to equal treatment. Israel permits family and Red Cross visits to Hizballah and Hamas prisoners which the two groups have denied Gilead Shalit, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser in their year as captives. This situation is intolerable, says Ms Nudel, and increases the dangers they face.
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Five Qassam missiles explode Wednesday night in Sderot and Kibbutz Nir Am. Two Israelis slightly injured, 7 in shock<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2007
Jihad Islami in Gaza took responsibility for the attack, the third in a day. Earlier, a missile landed in the Ashkelon national park north of Gaza and in the morning Sderot was hit. The Israeli air force targeted the Palestinian launchers in Gaza.
Missile attacks from Gaza on Sderot and its environs slowed down last week during the fraternal fighting between Hamas and Fatah. A new law passed by the Knesset Wednesday grants the towns and villages bordering the Gaza Strip the status and benefits of front-line locations.
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Defense minister Ehud Barak orders IDF to urgently help distressed Palestinians stuck in Gaza's Erez crossing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 23, 2007
Israel is allowing some Palestinians and foreigners to leave Gaza.
Defense sources say that unless hostile elements and terrorists are weeded out from genuine refugees, Israelis helping them do so at great risk. Only a few dozens remain in the Erez terminal. Egypt has sealed its border with Gaza to bar refugees' exit.
Tuesday, four Palestinians injured by Hamas fire were evacuated to Israeli hospitals.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Damascus ordered Sunday's Katyusha attack on N. Israeli Kiryat Shemona, causing no casualties. But there is more to come
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2007
The three 107mm rockets fired against Kiryat Shemona from Wadi Taiba Sunday, June 17, by a Palestinian radical group called Ansar Allah based in the Ain Hilwa refugee camp near Sidon was ordered by Syrian military intelligence as the first in a series, debkafile's military sources report.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israeli security services, army and police on high alert for Hamas-Fatah clashes on Temple Mount at Friday worship
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2007
Our military sources report Israel brought up reinforcements to secure the Jerusalem shrine Friday, June 22, following information that the two Palestinian factions are gearing up for trouble and may try and smuggle side-arms or explosives into the mosques. It is feared that a bloody clash between the warring Palestinian factions could spread to West Bank towns and touch off fierce fighting like in the Gaza Strip last week.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israel's military command fears Hamas plans to import reinforcements from Lebanon and Syria for attack on West Bank
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2007
Gen (ret.) Giora Eiland proposes the IDF's immediate recapture of Gaza's Philadelphi strip on the Egyptian border to foil Hamas' plan for a buildup of strength in readiness for its next offensive: the takeover of the West Bank.
Read debkafile's Exclusive Analysis below on the diverse streams of thought in Israeli thinking following Hamas' military coup in Gaza.
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In two separate firefights in Gaza, 7 Palestinians killed, an Israeli soldier moderately injured Wednesday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2007
Early Wednesday, a Palestinian force, probably Hamas, attacked an Israeli tank unit which entered through Kissufim area in search of wanted terrorists and smuggling tunnels. The assailants used automatic weapons, anti-tank rockets and sniper fire. A second Israeli unit with tanks was attacked in northern Gaza. It was posted at the Erez crossing to prevent another Hamas shooting attack on refugees. Israeli troops are also present at the northern fringe of Gaza at former Dugit and Elei Sinai.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Israel's new Ofeq-7 satellite beams its first images to base Thursday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2007
With its successful launch Monday, Israel has acquired an essential intelligence asset for any war contingency.
Ofeq-7 was launched westward over the Mediterranean by the home-made Shavit three-stage solid fuel vehicle from the Palmachim aerospace base at 02:15 IT, June 11. The first images should be received by Tuesday night.
debkafile's military sources report that the launching was part of a seven-day US-Israeli air exercise taking place this week in the Negev which, though presented officially as a routine practice, reflects wide expectations of a Middle East war this summer.
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Israel resumes petrol deliveries to Gaza Strip
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2007
The Dor Alon Company which provides petrol to Gaza acted after consultation with the Israeli Army, which does not confirm the report. Fuel supplies for electricity generators are continuing for the moment.
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Hizballah denies responsibility for the sudden Katyusha rocket attack on N. Israeli town of Kiryat Shemona from Lebanon Sunday. No casualties
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2007
Three 107mm rockets were fired Sunday afternoon from a point between Al Adisa and Taiba villages inside Lebanon, apparently by a Palestinian group. Residents on the Israeli side of the border rushed for bomb shelters for the first time since the Lebanon War ended eleven months ago. An Israeli official said Israel will not succumb to provocations.
Two rockets damaged a factory and a parked vehicle in separate parts of Kiryat Shemona. A third landed near a UNIFIL position inside Lebanon. The IDF denies its artillery positions opened fire from Mt. Dov in the eastern sector. The Lebanese army reports preventing the firing of a fourth rocket.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Analysis: Labor's Ehud Barak in position for leap to premiership
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2007
Ehud Barak is a former prime minister and chief of staff who campaigned on the ticket of an experienced national leader who learned from his many mistakes in his brief term as prime minister up to 2001.
Barak maintained he is the only Labor leader capable of winning a general election against Likud's Binyamin Netanyahu. This argument prevailed with Labor voters.
His message to Kadima: I'm your ticket to survival in the next election rather than your own Ehud Olmert who boasts of his unpopularity.
Barak clearly has his sights on a new merged center-right bloc which he would head.
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Recapture of the Philadelphi Route Is Proposed to stop the Hamas Horror Show from Moving forward
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2007
More and more Israeli commentators are frankly admitting that Israel's pull-out from Gaza in the summer of 2005 was an open invitation to the forces of radical Islam to set up house in the defenseless territory. Now, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, foreign minister Tzipi Livni and the rest of their Kadima party who presided over that withdrawal are building new castles in the sky to vindicate that error.
Hamas has not triumphed, they say, but offered Israel the chance of a fresh start to separate Gaza, a mere "terrorist entity," from the West Bank. There, a Hamas-free regime led by Abbas is a fit partner for peace diplomacy.
With this fallacious thesis, Olmert is on his way to a three-day visit to the United States including talks with President George W. Bush as the White House Tuesday, June 17.
A former Israeli national security adviser Gen (ret.) Giora Eiland argues now that the influx of tons of smuggled weapons and explosives into Gaza Strip must be halted at any price. There is a real danger of Hamas importing reinforcements from Syria and Lebanon for its next offensive. Egypt will, as usual, stand aside.
Eiland was the only defense official at the time to oppose disengagement as a recipe for bringing Iran and al Qaeda to Israel's borders. Having been proved correct, he now proposes to limit the damage by recapturing the Philadelphi route and the southern outskirts of Palestinian Rafah, flatten the houses there and evict 15,000-20,000 people.

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Kadima's Shimon Peres, 84, is elected 9th President of Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2007
He was elected by the Knesset Wednesday, June 13, by 86 votes in 120-member House. Twenty three voted against him, 8 cast blank votes.
Peres ran solo in the runoff vote after his two rivals, Likud's Reuven Rivlin and Labor's Colette Avital dropped out. The presidency is an apolitical, ceremonial, representative post. The only real power this office-bearer has is after a general election to designate the candidate with the best prospects of forming a stable government.
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