DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 20, 2001
Israel did not dawdle after the Palestinians rejected its ultimatum. Thursday morning, October 18, one day after a Palestinian Popular Front hit team assassinated Cabinet Minister Rehavam Zeevi, Israel tanks, helicopters and ground troops were at the doors of the Palestinian West Bank towns of Jenin and Ramallah. They had embarked on a major operation to round up wanted terrorist activists and eradicate the Palestinians' physical terror infrastructure.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2001
On the day the late Yitzhak Rabin's daughter was named deputy defense minister, a Jerusalem magistrate issued a 103-page decision that gave weight to some of the wildest conspiracy theories surrounding the late prime minister's assassination on Nov. 4, 1995. Justice Shulamit Dotan partially acceded to a request from Shin Bet agent Avishai Raviv, who is on trial for neglecting to alert his superiors to the right-wing extremist Yigael Amir's assassination plot.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
On June 26, Syria opened the Damascus-Golan road to Quneitra to civilian traffic for the first time since the Six-Day War of 1967. No announcement was made. The dozens of military roadblocks studding the 60 km high road connecting the capital with the Syrian part of Golan for 40 years were removed, except for two - one at the entrance to Qunetra from the Syrian end and one at the town's exit to Israeli Golan. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's military sources report that this measure went mostly unnoticed, although it made Israeli military intelligence sit up.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly's intelligence sources disclose that a year ago, in June 2006, Syrian military intelligence recruited several hundred Golan refugees for a new framework called the Front for the Liberation of the Golan Heights. They were trained for terror operations, blowing up roads and bridges, attacks on military camps and convoys and hostage-taking.