1414 articles tagged "Israel"
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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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Kibbutz Nir Yam restaurant demolished by Palestinian missile five minutes after guests left. Fires started by missiles destroyed the kibbutz's corn crops <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 21, 2007
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Israel launches big war game for top military and civil command levels - first since Lebanon War<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2007
From May 14-17 participants will practice full-scale war scenarios, including extreme contingencies such as crippling attacks on strategic centers and mass casualties, prepared by the IDF General Staff. The game will encompass all levels of command up to prime minister, defense minister and his deputy under the direction of the chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi
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Hamas Traps Israel between Two Options: War or War of Attrition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2007
On Day 6 of the brutal Palestinian factional war and Day 4 of the Hamas missile offensive against southern Israel, two ruthless figures have emerged as the dominant factors in both conflicts: Ahmad Jabari, commander of Hamas Executive Forces, and Jamal Jarah, better known as Abu Obeida, spokesman of Hamas' military wing.
They are jerking the strings which activate the Palestinian Authority, Israel and Egypt. It is they who have escalating the violence in both sectors to unprecedented levels, to the point of posing the threat of spilling out of the Gaza Strip to Israel's other borders.
A senior Israeli officer commented Thursday: "The fire burning in Sderot and Gaza could spread suddenly to Lebanon or Syria."
If Olmert holds the army back from a direct confrontation with Hamas, the missile offensive will develop into a war of attrition on Israel's southwestern border. Hamas has threatened to expand its offensive to towns which are larger and more distant from Gaza's borders than Sderot. If, on the other hand, Israel goes ahead and clobbers Hamas, it faces the multiple threats of renewed suicidal terror in its main cities and of Hizballah and Syria joining in to support Hamas.
It looks therefore as though the widely predicted Summer 2007War is already upon Israel - and it won't be an easy one.

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US ambassador joins EU envoys' boycott of Knesset celebration marking 40th anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification Wednesday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2007
They rejected Israeli foreign minister's invitation to the event.
In 1967, Jordan was defeated and historic Jerusalem, where the shrines of three faiths are located, was recovered and reunited with the rest of the city after 19 years of annexation by Jordan. The Palestinians now want it as the capital of their future state.

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Israel's state attorney turns down PM Ehud Olmert's demand for a criminal inquiry against the state controller
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2007
The prime minister has frequently accused the state watchdog, Ret. Judge Michah Lindenstrauss, of persecuting him. He claims the inquiries against his pursuits in previous public positions were improperly conducted and personally biased. This claim was rejected by the state attorney, Menahem Mazuz, after opposition leaders rapped Olmert for scheming to discredit the controller for publicly criticizing him.
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Olmert bids for reappearance before war commission to correct his compromising testimony<br/><br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2007
According to the transcript, PM Ehud Olmert said he ordered an offensive in the last three days of the Lebanon War to save Israel experiencing a sense of defeat.
"I saw the Lebanese quagmire closing in on us," he told the panel.
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A group of dozens of rabbis visited Temple Mount Sunday in a departure from the mainstream prohibition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2007
There has been a rabbinical consensus hitherto behind the Halakha (religious law) prohibiting the entry of religious Jews to Temple Mount lest they tread on the place where the Holy of Holies in the Jewish Temples was situated. The rabbis visiting Temple Mount Sunday deviated from this ban, but took care to confine themselves to areas permitted by halakha.
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Israel Plays Hi Tech War Game While Hizballah Throws Rocks for Tactical Gains
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2007
It was a typical concatenation of Middle East contrasts. Monday, May 14, Israel launched a four-day war game at civilian and military command levels. The lead actors are Chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi, the General Staff, regional commanders as well as the prime minister and defense minister. The scenarios using computers, satellites and hi-tech communications are meant to simulate crisis management in the event of a full-scale war.
On the other side of Israel's troubled northern border, Hizballah is carrying out a live exercise to chase the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon-UNIFIL peacekeepers away from the border region first, then from all parts of South Lebanon. The Lebanese militia places its trust in low-tech weaponry: rocks hurled at UN vehicles and yellow Hizballah flags planted provocatively right up against the Israeli border.

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Ongoing Qassam missile attacks from Gaza and Hamas war build-up prompt special Israeli national security cabinet Sunday <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 13, 2007
Called straight after full cabinet session, the meeting will also be attended by the chief of staff and heads of the Shin Bet, Mossad and national security council. Some of the ministers are calling for an expanded military incursion into the Gaza Strip to put an end to the daily missile attacks against Ashkelon and Sderot and threatening war build-up on Israel's southwestern border. Prime minister Ehud Olmert is expected to advise caution so as not to upset ongoing diplomatic activity including his meeting Tuesday with Jordan's king Abdullah.
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Three Qassam missiles fired from Gaza Thursday - and again Friday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 12, 2007
No casualties reported. In his annual report, published Wednesday, the Israeli state controller finds serious shortcomings in several governments' and the military's handling of the ongoing Palestinian rocket, missile and mortar fire from Gaza, of which more than 1,025 were launched in 2006.
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The newly-discovered tomb of King Herod, if the site is confirmed, is clearly visible from Jerusalem, the ancient town he rebuilt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2007
An Israeli archeologist, Hebrew University professor Ehud Netzer, is sure he has finally unearthed the 2,000-year old royal tomb at Herodium, beneath the Judean Desert palace-stronghold the Jewish king built southeast of Jerusalem.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: In "open mike" remark, Olmert tells the Israeli army to take it easy, while Nasrallah declares another war is impending<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2007
Israeli generals issue tireless warnings day after day that the build-up of hostile military strength on three Israeli borders by Hizballah, Syria and Hamas, must be cut down - especially when accompanied by blunt threats of war this coming summer, and a resumption of Palestinian missile attacks from Gaza.
In his latest report submitted Monday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon confirmed that illegal arms traffic into Lebanon across the Syrian border, mainly to Hizballah fighters, is taking place on a regular basis.
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