DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 16, 2007, 1:50 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile: Israel's two ruling parties, PM Ehud Olmert's Kadima and defense minister Amir Peretz' Labor are reviewing their options. The commission headed by Judge Winograd Tuesday contradicted a spate of leaks and affirmed that its interim findings will include judgments on the performances in the first week of ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2007, 9:14 PM (GMT+02:00)
A 2,000-year old site spreading across 400 dunams sheds unique light on extensive Jewish life in the city after the Roman destruction of the Second Jewish Temple and Exile. Public buildings, a centrally-heated bath house and private residences were laid bare by an excavation for a new Jerusalem light railway.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Israel's Rafael wins contract to supply 60 new Golan multipurpose armored vehicles to US Marine Corps in Iraq<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2007, 9:22 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Golan, developed in partnership with US PVI and the Israeli Merkava tank program, can withstand armor-piercing machine gun and rocket fire as well as mines and medium IED bomb blasts. Designed for asymmetric (terrorist, guerrilla) warfare, the Golan was first tested in Sep. 2006, shortly after the Lebanon War.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 11, 2007, 4:34 PM (GMT+02:00)
The electorate has lost confidence in the government after its failure in the Lebanon war and wants a new leadership, he said Wednesday.
Netanyahu, a former Likud prime minister, accused prime minister Ehud Olmert of obstructing the state controller's inquiry into the conduct of the home front.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Knesset Committee hears a truncated interim report by the State Controller on home front mismanagement in Lebanon War <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2007, 12:13 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Controller Micha Lindenstrauss accepted the High Court ruling to postpone presentation of his findings and recommendations to a later date, after Attorney General Menahem Mazuz declined to represent him at the High Court hearing of the Home Front commander's petition against the Knesset session.
debkafile adds: Olmert's ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2007, 12:12 PM (GMT+02:00)
The IDF was led to their hideout at Palestinian General Intelligence headquarters in the West Bank hub town by a Shin Bet tip. The 17 suspects, found in possession of a stock of explosive vests and pipe bombs, gave themselves up to the Israel force after an hour-long siege.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2007, 12:48 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile reports from US capital: Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert is anxious to catch up with the far-reaching American-Saudi diplomatic enterprises advancing in the Middle East. They cover the key issues of Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinians. Olmert's advisers Yoram Turbovitch and Shalom Turjeman will find these ...
The Shin Bet has detained two 17-year Palestinian boys suspected of murdering Erez Levanon, 42, from Bat Ayin, Sunday night<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 27, 2007, 8:49 PM (GMT+02:00)
They live in the neighboring village of Beit Ummar, near the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Levanon, father of three, died of knife and axe wounds inflicted when he was alone in a wadi between his community and the village.
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 ...