1426 articles tagged "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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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Hamas threatens to fight until the "last Jew is expelled from Palestine" <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2007
Hamas official Nizhar Riyan repeated Iranian president's mantra Monday, May 21, declaring "Israel must be wiped off the map" and replaced with the state of Palestine. Hamas would fight, he said, until the "last Jew was expelled" - not only from Sderot but also from Ashkelon and "all of Palestine."
To those who urge talks with Hamas, debkafile's analysts report: Their leaders are no longer seeking acceptance but have got the bit between their teeth. Gaza is today the most powerful Islamist terror base in the world. The only agenda for talks with Hamas now would be terms for Israel's capitulation prior to its demise.
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Israeli defense minister Peretz warns Javier Solana that Israel will not stop Gaza attacks until the Hamas holds its missile fire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2007
He asked the EU foreign affairs executive Tuesday, May 22, Day Seven of the Hamas missile blitz, to inform moderate Arab leaders they had better restrain Hamas before Israel is forced to use more strength.
His deputy, Ephraim Sneh, said there can be no talks with the Palestinians now except through the guns of Apaches. He told Sderot citizens: No Hamas leader, including PM Ismail Haniyeh, is immune from Israeli attack and called Hamas politicians "terrorists in suits."
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Two Hamas hard-liners, Ahmed Jabari and Abu Obeida, are running the missile offensive against Israel and the war on Fatah from G
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2007
The pair, Ahmad Jabari, commander of Hamas Executive Forces, and
Abu Obeida, spokesman of Hamas' military wing, are dictating a ruthless pace in the face of low resistance. He has taken matters in his own hands, certain he can count on political, military and financial backing from Tehran and Damascus.
Israel must decide for the second time in eleven months whether or not to go to war against an implacable foe.
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Israel took 18 Qassam missiles and several mortar rounds Tuesday as Sderot mourned first fatality - Shirel Friedman, 35, whose car was hit Monday night <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2007
One exploded outside a private home damaging property and vehicles. Fatah's al Aqsa Brigades and Hamas claimed three Qassam missiles fired at Sderot Tuesday night as the Palestinian missile offensive entered its second week. Overnight, two Israeli air raids struck Hamas missile production units in Jebaliya and Gaza City. The Palestinians report 7 casualties.


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When did Israel start arming Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 23, 2007
debkafile's military sources report Israel is already giving Fatah arms, has been for the last six months and has sent ammo this week to keep Mahmoud Abbas' men supplied in the escalating Palestinian factional violence.
A member of the Israeli cabinet told the London Daily Telegraph Friday: "Time is of the essence... when it comes to Hamas influence in the Gaza Strip - to sit and do nothing... is something we cannot afford."

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US-Israeli Anti-Missile Programs to Be Fully Integrated by 2013<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2007
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The US House of Representatives last week allocated another $25 for the Arrow's joint production and integration; and $45 m for the US-Israeli short-range David's Sling, which is under development for countering high trajectory projectiles, such as Hizballah's Katyusha rockets.
US and Israeli anti-missile systems are scheduled to be fully integrated by the year 2013. A further American investment of $1 bn in the Israeli programs will top up the $2.8 bn already spent.
Israel's defense minister Amir Peretz said on May 19 that he hopes David's Slling will be ready in two years. This leaves Israel unprotected against the Palestinian Qassam, Hizballah's Katyusha or mortar attack before 2010.
Israel will, however, be armed with the most superior shield available for fending off Iranian and Syrian ballistic missile threats: the Arrow for intercepting incoming missiles at high altitudes; the THAAD to screen broad areas such as cities, air fields, battle arenas or military installations; and the Patriots to snag the missiles which dodge the first two levels.
At the same time, Israel must consider the pros and cons for its strategic position of filling a front-line role in the American missile shield planned for the east European countries of Poland and the Czech Republic. Israel is seen to solidly side with America against Moscow.

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The Gaydamak Effect<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2007
When Ehud Olmert and his ministers visited beleaguered Sderot this week, they were heckled and cursed for failing to provide shelters and letting the town sink into poverty in seven years of relentless missile fire from neighboring Gaza.
But Arkadi Gaydamak was greeted with cheers and smiles. The free-spending ex-Russian multibillionaire turned up Friday with two fortification experts and a pledge of IS60m ($15m) of his own money for a three-month crash program to build shelters against Palestinian missiles.
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Too Late for Talks with a Hamas Bent on Helping Iran Build Gaza into an Anti-US Anti-Israel Base<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 21, 2007
As the Hamas-led multiple missile offensive against Israel marked its first week, voices were heard in Israel and overseas, well-meaning or despairing, calling for Israel to start talks with the Palestinian Islamist group's leaders.
Hamas soon knocked that notion on the head. After hurling some 150 missiles against Israel, one of its officials, Nizhar Riyah, issued a clear statement of intent Monday, May 21:
"Hamas is determined to wipe Israel off the map and replace it with the state of Palestine," he said. Hamas will fight "until the last Jew is expelled" - not only from Sderot but also from Ashkelon and "all of Palestine."
Hamas's blitz against Israel is part and parcel of a savage offensive to destroy the Palestinian Authority and oust Mahmoud Abbas, which is aligned with Tehran's overall strategy for anticipating two prospective events in 2007 and 2008:
One is the beginning of the withdrawal of the bulk of the US army from Iraq. The other is the possibility, though not certainty, of an American military strike against Iran's nuclear installations and strategic infrastructure.
To prepare for the two eventualities, Tehran is building a military and logistical base in the Gaza Strip.
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