1414 articles tagged "Israel"
 
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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Israel Air Force grounds its fleet of Skyhawks after one of the bomber-fighters crashed in the Mediterranean<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 1, 2007
The pilot ejected safely when an engine of the plane caught fire on a training flight over the sea close to Ashdod Thursday.

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Two Labor frontrunners in leadership primary Barak and Ayalon face off in second round June 12 <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2007
Former prime minister Ehud Barak polled 36%, comfortably ahead of former Shin Bet chief Ami Ayalon's 31% and the incumbent, outgoing defense minister Amir Peretz, who trailed them in third place with 23%. Peretz will hand the defense ministry over to the winner. Nonetheless his political clout is considerable.
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Missile count from Gaza climbs Monday to 14, one injuring an Israeli, the day after Oshri Oz was killed in his car<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2007
The last two landed north of Sderot and set a cornfield on fire, another landed near the Eretz crossing from Gaza. Monday morning, the town was hit as defense minister Amir Peretz casted his vote in the Labor leadership primary.
Oshri Oz, 35, who is survived by his pregnant wife and a two-year old daughter, provided computer services in Sderot. Another two people were injured Sunday when an upgraded Hamas missile went through the roof of the city's public leisure center.
debkafile reports that the reinforced concrete installed in some schools, homes and public buildings in the last two years cannot withstand Hamas' new missiles.
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Israel's Labor faces likely run-off for party leader in two weeks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2007
The two front-runners are Ami Ayalon, former Shin Bet chief and Navy commander, and, Ret. General Ehud Barak, former prime minister and retired general. Neither appears to have polled 40% of the vote according to a provisional count which places incumbent defense minister Amir Peretz third. Final results will be announced early Tuesday, May 29. Both leading candidates are committed to taking Labor out of Ehud Olmert's government coalition, although they may face tough resistance from serving Labor ministers. Ayalon says he will not serve under Olmert, while Barak wants to take on the defense ministry if an early election is guaranteed.
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Four Israeli security personnel injured in Palestinian shooting attack in Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2007
Israeli border police shot the two assailants dead. The attack took place Saturday night at the city's southern border near Armon Hanatziv district.
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Three Israelis injured in four-floor residential building blasted by missile Friday night in barrage of nine.<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2007
Hamas, Jihad Islami and Fatah-al Aqsa Brigades claimed the attack which also struck a storehouse in Sderot's industrial zone. The Palestinians report two dead and 8 injured in an Israeli helicopter attack on a Hamas vehicle in Gaza Strip.
Thursday night, the Israeli air force struck eight Hamas and Jihad Islami targets in Gaza after 18 missiles exploded Thursday in locations north and south of Gaza Strip. There were no casualties although the early warning alarm system failed to work in Sderot and other places.
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