1420 articles tagged "Israel"
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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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Israel decides to stay out of the Palestinian internecine war in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2007
Prime minister Ehud Olmert led the cabinet in a decision Tuesday night to avoid "fighting on the side of the pragmatists against the extremists." Olmert said an international force is worth considering for securing the Philadelphi border enclave of the Gaza Strip against further arms smuggling. debkafile: This would replicate the situation in South Lebanon where UNIFIL troops have been helpless to halt illegal gunrunning to the Hizballah from Syria. The UN Security voiced concern over this traffic only Tuesday, June 12.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reveals: The Gaza border fence was recently strengthened by the novel Israeli "See-Shoot" automatic defense system<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 14, 2007
The brainchild of chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi and his predecessor Dan Halutz, the system is designed to stop would-be Palestinian raiders in their tracks before they reach the Gaza-Israel border fence.
Nonetheless, Saturday, heavily armed Palestinian terrorists broke through the fortified fence, threatening this would not be the last time.
In an article below, debkafile's military analysts examine the tactical inferences of this event for Israel's defensive posture against Palestinian incursions.
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IDF intelligence research chief confirms Hizballah is rebuilding strongholds south of Litani and preparing for a summer war<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 12, 2007
debkafile reports: Brig. Gen. Yosi Baidatz reported Monday, June 4, that Hizballah is busy restoring its fortified positions south of the Litani in villages and open ground under the very noses of UNIFIL international observers.
Gen. Baidatz reported that Hamas, which heads the Palestinian government, is satisfied with the results of its missile offensive: no major IDF ground incursion is in sight.
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Hamas switches to mortars, mounts four attacks in four days, as Olmert-Abbas Thursday meeting is called off<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 10, 2007
They have been invited to a Middle East Quartet meeting on June 25.
Eight mortar rounds were fired Wednesday at the Erez crossing manned by Israeli troops shortly after a visit by deputy defense minister Ephraim Sneh. Hamas took responsibility for the attack, announcing the "blows against the enemy" would continue.
debkafile: The meeting between Mahmoud Abbas and prime minister Ehud Olmert meeting arranged for Thursday, June 7, was pretty pointless because Hamas had rejected in advance the ceasefire plan which Abbas proposed to put before Israel.
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Israel's Novel "See-Shoot" Electronic Device Is No Substitute for Human Deterrence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 9, 2007
It was not supposed to happen. Three Palestinian terrorist groups broke through Israeli border fortifications from Gaza in broad daylight and raided an Israeli military position near the key Kissufim crossing Saturday, June 9. Their mission: to kill and kidnap Israeli troops.
Their mission failed. The IDF claims the position was unmanned and only a decoy. And troops on the spot quickly fought back and drove the invaders off.
Produced by the Israel Armament Development Authority Rafael as a defensive system, See-Shoot uses sensors, aerial drones and surveillance aircraft to feed data to fortified command centers which transmit them to towers from which weapons automatically open fire on approaching targets.
The system is the brainchild of chief of staff Lt. Gen Gaby Ashkenazi and his predecessor Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz.
Three weeks ago, Ashkenazi requested and was authorized to install the new system after receiving a warning from military intelligence that a Palestinian kill-and-kidnap assault like the one attempted Saturday, June 9, was plotted.
See-Shoot was designed to stop a raid of this kind in its tracks.
It did not.
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World War Jewish mass grave found in S. Ukraine<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 8, 2007
Jewish community members plan a project to identify the victims and fence the site.
Yitzhak Arad from the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem said some 28,000 Jews were brought to the village from surrounding towns.
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Hamas repeats mortar barrage of Gaza's Erez crossing and Netiv Ha'asara Monday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 5, 2007
Sunday, up to 10 Israeli soldiers were slightly injured in a similar attack from northern Gaza on the two locations. It was launched minutes after Israeli PM Ehud Olmert told the weekly cabinet meeting that Israeli operations in Gaza had reduced Hamas missile strikes and would continue and there would be no ceasefire.
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Sderot takes 310 Qassam missiles from Gaza 16 days in a row as cabinet decides to stick to current military tactics<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2007
The sixth Qassam missile Wednesday knocked out the electric current in Sderot. The third demolished an apartment ten minutes after its owners went out.
Thousands have fled the daily barrage battering the town of 23,000. The effectiveness of air raids against Hamas operatives running the missile campaign is diminishing. Yet the Olmert government refuses to authorize a substantial ground action which is demanded by the IDF command to root out the menace which is destroying Sderot and traumatizing is citizens.

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Hizballah are very much present on Israel's border, says transport minister Shaul Mofaz, contradicting PM Olmert<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2007
The former defense minister warned against harboring illusions that the Lebanese terrorists had been chased away from from northern border area. They are not visible, said Mofaz, because they are dug in very deep. The prime minister claims constantly that pushing Hizballah out of south Lebanon was one of the achievements of last year's Lebanon war.
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Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu promises to step up efforts to bring down government<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2007
He accused Ehud Olmert's administration of failures in the wars against Hizballah and the Palestinians and idleness in the last year, when the stockpiling of weapons in S. Lebanon and Gaza should have been cut down. If he succeeds, the Likud leader said Wednesday, he will set up a national unity government to deal with the national security emergency.
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