<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: The Lebanon War inquiry commission hands down the equivalent of a death warrant against Olmert government for its "grave failures" <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2007, 7:25 PM (GMT+02:00)
Prime minister Ehud Olmert is accused of grave failures of judgment, responsibility and due caution in his decisions to go to war in Lebanon last summer and its management. His decision was hasty and undertaken without in-depth study of the circumstances in the arena, a proper plan of action and ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: For Ehud Olmert it is over. His party is now fighting to survive him
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2007, 8:51 AM (GMT+02:00)
Tuesday night, 30 hours after the scathing condemnation delivered on his management of the Lebanon War by the Winograd inquiry commission, the Israeli prime minister was fighting a rearguard action against the odds. Kadima had quickly grasped that if the party wanted to stay in power and retain its grip ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2007, 10:09 PM (GMT+02:00)
This was reported to the Israeli cabinet Sunday, April 29, by chief of staff Lt. Gen Gaby Ashkenazi. The smuggling of quantities of weapons from Syria and Iran is still going on, the general added. debkafile adds: In both cases, Hizballah is not disturbed by the presence of ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Embattled Olmert may buy a further lease of life by meeting party and public demands for his resignation - on his terms<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2007, 5:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
Members of the ruling Kadima faction, which plans his ouster Wednesday night over the harsh criticism of his management of the Lebanon War, fear the prime minister may pre-empt their move and get in first: He could do this by submitting his resignation to the acting president, thus bringing the ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2007, 11:05 PM (GMT+02:00)
The resignation on live television of minister of trade and commerce, Eytan Cabel, Labor, declaring Ehud Olmert must go as he had lost the country's confidence, was the first open crack in the government coalition. It occurred Tuesday morning, May 1, less than 24 hours after the Winograd commission handed ...
Huge storm breaks over Israeli PM Ehud Olmert following damaging leaks from Lebanon War report on his handling of the conflict<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2007, 5:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
Olmert calls a meeting of his Kadima ministers for Monday night.
The interim report covering the run-up to the war which erupted on July 12 and its first five days will be released by an inquiry panel headed by Justice Eliahu Winograd Monday afternoon, April 30. According to the leaks, the ...
PM Olmert may not stand in for finance minister in view of new allegations against him - State Attorney
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 29, 2007, 10:13 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been deputizing for Avraham Hirchson who suspended himself for three months to face the police probe into charges of theft and embezzlement as head of a sick fund in the 90s. The state attorney Menahem Mazuz informed the prime minister Thursday that it would ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 28, 2007, 12:49 PM (GMT+02:00)
The CIA's capture of one of Osama bin Laden's most talented operations officers, Abd al Hadi al-Iraq, Abu Abdullah, 45, is a major American counter-terror coup which turns some hidden pages in al Qaeda's arcane, bloodstained record.
Al Hadi is now credited with plotting the first direct al Qaeda suicide ...
Fugitive Israel-Arab lawmaker Beshara will be arrested for aiding the enemy in wartime if he sets foot in Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 27, 2007, 12:36 AM (GMT+02:00)
The state prosecution reports proof that the ex-lawmaker was not motivated by ideology as he claims, or alternatively, just chatting with friends across the border, but by monetary gain. Beshara is alleged to have received large sums of, which he illegally transferred to overseas accounts, from a foreign agent for ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2007, 7:57 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tens of thousands of bereaved families flocked Monday to graveyards up and down Israel. At one of the many state ceremonies, prime minister Ehud Olmert promised he would consider their grief in a potential release of Arab terrorist prisoners for kidnapped Israeli soldiers.
Defense minister Amir Peretz said: "We will never ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2007, 1:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Israeli prime minister was briefing the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee Wednesday. He criticized the Palestinians for submitting a list of prisoners to trade of Gileat Shalit knowing that Israel cannot possibly release them. His report was attacked from two ends of the opposition:
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Israeli government split on talks with Arab League members. All sides agree Olmert-Abbas dialogue has nowhere to go<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2007, 8:50 AM (GMT+02:00)
In the face of negative Arab responses, prime minister Ehud Olmert again proposed at the weekly cabinet session in Jerusalem Sunday, April 15, that Israel enter into talks with any available combination of Arab governments. That same morning, Dep. PM Shimon Peres said he objects to contacts with any of ...
Fugitive Israel-Arab lawmaker Azmi Beshara admits police questioning on charge of passing information to enemy in wartime <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 17, 2007, 9:23 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile reports: In a 50-minute interview over Arabic TV Al Jazeera channel, Sunday night, April 15, Beshara said he had been questioned twice on the following charges:
1. Transferring classified information to the enemy. He did not name the enemy but hinted at the Lebanese Hizballah.
2. Receipt of ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 17, 2007, 9:19 PM (GMT+02:00)
On Tuesday, April 17, the Shin Bet intelligence service reported Iranian intelligence had intensified its efforts to recruit Israelis as spies, targeting former Iranians applying for visas to visit their families. One young man had been snared and paid "expenses" for enlisting a friend in security and collecting information.
Two hours ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 17, 2007, 12:13 PM (GMT+02:00)
According to official figures, 180,000 individuals, namely 70% percent of all survivors living in Israel, receive no state assistance or German stipends. Many migrated from the former Soviet Union in recent years. Official Israeli red tape and inattention to their needs and rights was widely condemned in all the ceremonies ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 15, 2007, 1:58 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile: He thus questions the verbal initiatives led by prime minister Ehud Olmert and foreign minister Tzipi Livni for negotiations with Arab League members based on the Saudi "peace plan."
debkafile: In any case, these initiatives have nowhere to go. The Saudi and Egyptian foreign ministers ...
Balad lawmaker claims fugitive MK Azmi Beshara is suspected of spying for Syria and Hizballah during 2006 Lebanon War<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 15, 2007, 9:15 AM (GMT+02:00)
MK Awad Abd al-Fatah, secretary-general of Beshara's faction, Balad, the Arab National Party, claimed in an interview to Quds Press that the Shin Bet is building a dossier against Beshara accusing him of spying for Syria and Hizballah in the 2006 Lebanon War.
Azmi Beshara has caused more harm to Jewish-Arab ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2007, 8:55 PM (GMT+02:00)
The decision taken by prime minister Ehud Olmert in consultation with security chiefs leaves the door open for further negotiations but voices extreme disappointment with the demand to free arch-terrorists convicted for multiple murder.
Palestinian stabbing attack injures two Israeli border guards, one critically, at Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2007, 1:24 PM (GMT+02:00)
The assailant was wounded in return fire. The Hebron shrine is sacred to both Jews and Muslims and is heavily guarded to prevent clashes.
Defense minister Amir Peretz gives Israeli community two weeks to evacuate newly-inhabited Hebron building
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2007, 10:55 AM (GMT+02:00)
Peretz affirms the building's purchase from its Palesitnian owners was legal and above board, but asserts that it should not have been occupied without his permission. The Israeli householders are expected to appeal against the defense minister before the high court of justice.
The building, located on the main road leading ...