1426 articles tagged "Israel"
 
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.
Read debkafile Special Report below.

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Second Qassam missile round Monday prompts Israeli air strike on Palestinian truck loaded with missiles in N. Gazan town of Beit Hanoun
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 9, 2007
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Olmert Holds Army Back in Face of Imminent Hizballah, Hamas Threats and Buildup
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2007
Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and foreign minister Tzipi Livni staged a revealing scrap of asides behind open microphones and TV cameras Monday, May 8.
She said the army chiefs was complaining the politicians were holding them back from dealing with the Palestinian Qassam missiles flying daily from Gaza. He replied: Tell them to take it easy.
Less than a week after Livni told Olmert to resign over the Winograd panel's deadly criticism of his handling of last year's Lebanon War, the duo were ready to act out a piece of theater and a course of military passivity. Neither seriously wants to hear what the army has to say - and not just the chief of staff, as in last year's conflict, but the different views of commanders, as the panel advised. They are too preoccupied with personal survival maneuvers to attend to urgent security issues.
Military experts, some of them recently retired from combat duty, tirelessly warn in daily media interviews that the war build-up on three Israeli borders, Lebanon, Syria and Gaza, has reached dangerous proportions.
Confirming the generals' worst fears, Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah laid out a plan Sunday, May 6, for attacking IDF positions on Mts. Hermon and Dov from the Shebaa Farms, and Israel Navy vessels with the new long-range missiles just delivered (smuggled) by Syria, while also turning the militia's guns on the UN peacekeepers posted in south Lebanon.

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Israel's FM Tzipi Livni criticizes government decision-making modes, warns against replaying Lebanon War errors in Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2007
The day after she and prime minister Ehud Olmert met to bury the hatchet, Livni attacked his government's decision-making processes at a joint press conference in Jerusalem with visiting German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Before a decision is taken on how to cope with the spiraling missile attacks from Gaza, the army should present its plans to the government and alternatives examined.
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Non-Political Israeli Officials Take Charge of Urgent Policy Business with Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2007
debkafile's US sources reveal that, this week, Israeli military and intelligence circles informed their opposite numbers in Washington that there is no vacuum in the management of vital issues and it is ongoing despite the crisis tying the hands of Israeli government leaders, prime minister Ehud Olmert, defense minister Amir Peretz and foreign minister Tzipi Livni, in the aftermath of a critical war report.
This was the first confirmation by senior Bush administration sources that they are working with non-political Israeli circles on urgent and critical affairs and leaving the Olmert government outside policy-making in Washington.
Those Israeli circles have voiced their deep concern over the Bush administration's inclination to meet Iran halfway on the nuclear question. debkafile's sources reveal that Washington is considering a compromise that will let Iran continue uranium enrichment against guarantees never to produce weapons-grade fuel or develop a nuclear weapon.
Israel military and intelligence experts have warned the administration that Iran is up to its old tricks of handing out promises it has no intention of keeping.
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Some 150,000 Israelis rally in Tel Aviv to tell prime minister to quit over Lebanon War failings<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 6, 2007
The anti-government protesters represented the entire political spectrum plus many non-affiliated. For the first time, left and right joined hands. Politicians were barred from addressing the apolitical gathering.
debkafile: Barring the unforeseen, Olmert has bought a one-to-four month lease of life by taming the revolt in his Kadima party.
Foreign minister Tzipi Livni, the deputy prime minister who led the field of contenders to take over from Ehud Olmert, was roundly castigated for her weak stand against him. In their interview Tuesday, she politely advised him to step down, but said she would stay in government.
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<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
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 clearly defined objectives.
Full partners in these failures are defense minister Amir Peretz and former chief of staff Dan Halutz.
They are far more damning than predicted.

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<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
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 on a viable coalition, it would have to bow to the spreading political and popular demand to jettison its unpopular leader and replace him.
As the coalition unraveled, bricks were put in place by Olmert's would-be successors. Read debkafile's Special Report below.

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Hizballah is practicing the transfer of units from north of Litani to S. Lebanon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2007
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 the expanded UN force in south Lebanon.
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