Israel denies negotiating for US permission to fly over Iraq for an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2007, 10:05 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli Dep. Defense minister Moshe Sneh attributed the Daily Telegraph report to sources "unwilling to accept responsibility for diplomatic inaction on Iran's weapons program. They find it convenient to roll the ball into Israel's court," he said.
The British paper's Tel Aviv correspondent Con Coughlin quoted a senior Israeli defense ...
Israeli undercover troops target and kill Jihad Islami mastermind of foiled Palestinian suicide bombing in Tel Aviv early Wednesday <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2007, 8:02 AM (GMT+02:00)
Mahmoud Abu Obeid, 24 assigned the bomber with blowing up the crowded Tel Aviv New Bus Depot Tuesday night and gave him the bomb. He was taken by surprise a few hours later when the Israeli unit sprayed his car with bullets in the center of the West Bank town ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 24, 2007, 9:43 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Ometz association questioned Yaacov Ganot's fitness for the job because of a 13-year old corruption charge of which he was acquitted by the district and high courts. The High Court promises a ruling by Wednesday or Thursday.
Internal security minister Avi Dichter named Ganot, director of prisons as next ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Uproar over statement by head of Israeli state probe: Mafia penetration is the symptom of a "very corrupt police force"<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2007, 1:30 PM (GMT+02:00)
Retired Judge Vardi Zeiler, who led the state probe into a failed gangland case, told the media after submitting his report that corruption of the kind he found can undermine and destroy a police force and a regime. In this force, he said "they do whatever they like; couldn't care ...
The body of an Israeli, Oded Laniadio, 56, from Shearei Tikvah, was found outside Palestinian village of Shubaqa near Ramallah Monday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2007, 9:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
Early reports that he was stabbed to death after driving his tow truck into the village are under investigation.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2007, 10:15 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Ometz association questioned Yaacov Genot's fitness for the job because of a 13-year old corruption charge of which he was acquitted by the district and high courts. The High Court promises a ruling by Wednesday.
Police commissioner Moshe Karadi steps down after a state inquiry commission slams Israel's top police brass
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 19, 2007, 6:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
He will leave at a time set by government.
The panel recommended ending Karadi's tenure when it ran out next August. Two senior officers, Commander Yoram Levy and Chief Inspector Rubi Gilboa, are to be fired and demoted. Jerusalem police chief Ilan Franco is barred from running for commissioner.
The commission ...
Rising demands to prosecute extremist Israeli Muslim leader for sedition and incitement to violence<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2007, 9:16 PM (GMT+02:00)
After calling repeatedly for a new uprising against Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the northern branch of Israel's Islamic movement, accused the Jewish state of seeking to rebuild the Temple "drenched in Arab blood."
Salah delivered a ferocious harangue in Jerusalem's Wadi Joz Friday. His Palestinian audience thereupon went ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2007, 11:39 AM (GMT+02:00)
The two Arrow missile radar systems homed in on a mock target dropped by the Israeli Air Force. debkafile's military sources add: Israeli military planners are working on the unproven assumption that Iran has developed a multiple warhead for its Shehab-3 medium-range missile, which can reach Israel.
Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi takes over as new Israeli chiefs of staff in handover ceremony at prime minister's office in Jerusalem Wednesday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 15, 2007, 1:48 PM (GMT+02:00)
Indicating his first priorities, Gen. Ashkenazi said: We must improve the IDF's professional standards and upgrade its operational capabilities. The lessons of the Lebanon War will be drawn. There is hard work ahead, he said; there are no magic recipes.
Gen.(ret) Uri Saguy, a former Military Intelligence-AMAN chief, foresaw Israel embroiled ...
Left-wing politicians and leading writers petition government for urgent action to end dereliction of the Jewish evacuees of Gaza and N. West Bank<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 15, 2007, 11:22 AM (GMT+02:00)
A year and five months after their communities were uprooted in Gaza and the West Bank, most of the 10,000 evacuees are still homeless, jobless, lacking means of livelihood and a permanent place to live, their communities scattered.
The terrible neglect they are suffering, say the petitioners, may undermine the legitimacy ...
Court order removes radical Israeli Islamic leader Raed Saleh and six associates from Jerusalem Wednesday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2007, 11:05 PM (GMT+02:00)
Striking policemen, they attempted to force their way up to Temple Mount to protest an archeological dig at Moghrabi Gate outside the shrines preparatory to repairs on the gate. Saudi and Jordanian monarchs joined radical Muslim leaders' charge that al Aqsa mosque is threatened, although the dig started Tuesday is ...
Diskin: A Palestinian unity government is not in Israel's best interest, says Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin Monday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2007, 12:33 PM (GMT+02:00)
Speaking to reporters before the Palestinian Mecca summit of Feb. 6, Diskin said Hamas stood to gain most because, incorporated in a coalition with Fatah, it would win international acceptance and economic assistance.
The Shin Bet chief said Israel must be disturbed by the presence of at least 10 Palestinian cross-border ...
Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi is unanimously endorsed by cabinet as Israel's first chief of staff appointed for four full years<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2007, 8:42 AM (GMT+02:00)
He assumes office Wednesday, Feb. 14 at a time that the Gaza Strip is caught up in the flames of a Palestinian civil war.
Israeli ministers Shimon Peres and Amir Peretz say the Gaza infighting is no business of Israel's. However, debkafile's military sources report that Israel not ...
Jerusalem police on high alert Sunday after radical Muslim leaders call for mass protest on Temple Mount<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2007, 10:29 PM (GMT+02:00)
Sheikh Raed Saleh, leader of the Israeli Islamic Movement's northern branch, and head of the Jerusalem Supreme Council, Sheik Ikrama Sabir claims Israel is planning to knock down the Moghrabi Gate leading up to the mosques standing on Temple Mount and build a new gate structure and bridge for visitors. ...
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg tells Sderot citizens they have the right to live in peace, hours after two Qassam missiles fired from Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2007, 9:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
No one was hurt. "Unfortunately," said Bloomberg, during a visit to the missile-battered Israeli town Friday, "on the other side of the border people are firing rockets and these rockets kill." He stressed that Israel should not negotiate with Palestinian organizations who do not abide by the three conditions set ...
Olmert decides no Israeli response needed to Monday's Eilat bombing which killed three Israelis <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2007, 9:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
After listening to military and security leaders Tuesday, he rejected all their proposals for military action against the perpetrators.
The bomber, Mohamed Faisal al-Siksik, 21, from Gaza, blew himself up in a bakery in the Red Sea resort of Eilat Monday, Jan. 29, killing the two proprietors, Michael Ben Sadon, ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2007, 4:46 PM (GMT+02:00)
The incoming chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi, won a full four-year term when the cabinet unanimously endorsed him Sunday, Feb 4, instead of the standard 3 years and an optional fourth. He takes the reins from Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz on Feb. 14. Ashkenazi faces some hard choices ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2007, 6:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
Wednesday, the three Tel Aviv magistrates unanimously found the former minister, 56, guilty of forcibly kissing a 20-year old girl officer, who brought the complaint. The maximum penalty for this crime is three years in prison. Sentencing will be announced on Feb. 21. He is therefore barred from returning to ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 30, 2007, 10:46 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel Samoliya, 26, who immigrated to Israel from Miami, Florida, and two local residents, Michael Ben Sadon, 27 and Emil Almaliach, 32, proprietors of the bombed bakery. The late Ben Sadon and Almaliach each left a wife and a small child.