DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016
Israeli and Palestinian security officers are discussing the formation of a new Palestinian militia to take charge of enforcing law and order in the Arab districts of Jerusalem and halting the terrorist campaign emanating from there. debkafile: The dialogue is led by senior Shin Bet and police officials and the Palestinian General Intelligence (Mukhabarat) chief Maj. Gen. Majid Faraj. Concern about the fast-spreading ISIS influence in Palestinian communities has given the project an extra spurt. There is no confirmation that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is in the picture.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 14, 2015
For months, Palestinian terrorists have been using their cars to run down Jerusalem bus commuters as easy victims. Monday, Dec. 14, a Palestinian from Beit Hanina, Jerusalem, crashed his Mazda into a crowd at a bus stop at the northern entrance to Jerusalem and injured 14 people. Doctors are trying to save the crushed foot of an infant of one year and four months. Four others were seriously hurt. The terrorist had an axe ready to slaughter his victims, when a passing civilian shot him dead and averted a massacre.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 14, 2015
Israelis have absorbed the first shock of the wave of Palestinian terror unleashed in the last two weeks. The Palestinians are likely absorbing the package of tough penalties for terror and deterrents the Netanyahu government began putting together Tuesday night. Wednesday, Oct. 14, saw relative calm after the deadly violence reached a new peak Tuesday. The 500 young soldiers mobilized to ramp up Jerusalem security will have to take their cues from a police force under-manned but well-seasoned in handling multiple terror
DEBKAfile Special Report October 13, 2015
After the first shooting in the current wave of Palestinian terror, three deaths and 27 injured victims in one day, Israeli hospitals were put on emergency footing Tuesday, Oct. 13, for the potential contingency of multiple casualties. Medical and auxiliary staff and supply centers were ordered to prepare for this contingency. Hospitals, especially in Jerusalem, are already facing a rise in emergency admissions as a result of terrorist attacks. The government introduced new anti-terror measures.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 10, 2015
Early Sunday morning, Oct. 11, the Palestinian campaign of terror took a sharp, dangerous turn: A young female suicide bomber was stopped on her way to Jerusalem driving a vehicle packed with explosive devices. When a police van on the Maaleh Adummim road to Jerusalem ordered her to pull over for an inspection, she threw an explosive device shouting Allah Akhbar! The policeman was hurt and she was badly injured.
The woman turned out to have been a suicide bomber on her way to carry out a multiple-casualty suicide attack in Jerusalem.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 3, 2015
Amid a wave of terror that has hit Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria,which has already resulted in the murder of four Israelis, it is necessary to point a finger at some senior IDF officers and members of the Israeli security establishment as partially responsible. The decision by IDF Chief of Staff Gady Eisenkot to reduce the number of IDF forces in Judea and Samaria so as to detach them for other missions was a serious error, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon mistakenly approved.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 20, 2015
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has approved tougher rules of engagement for security forces grappling with the latest surge of Palestinian terror, ready for the security cabinet’s endorsement Sunday, Sept. 20. First cleared with the State Attorney was the use of the Ruger rifle by Jerusalem police. This weapon fires light 0.22 (5.59mm) bullets packed with a small amount of explosive which can cause injury within a 100m radius. It may used only in life-threatening situations, such as stoning and firebomb attacks. The new rules are effective for all parts of Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 15, 2015
Three dates are landmarks of a new outbreak of armed Palestinian terror against Israel: On Aug. 30, an army-police squad rounding up terrorist suspects was waylaid in the Jenin refugee camp by fierce gangs armed with rocks, iron bars and firebombs. On Sept. 13, an Israeli car was stoned in Jerusalem, killing the driver Alexander Levlovitch, 64. The next day, Palestinian gangs fought Israeli police guards on Temple Mount with rocks, blocks of concrete and iron bars. Since Israeli troops were told to fire in the air opposite Palestinian violence, terror has escalated sharply, undeterred by legal measures.
DEBKAfile Special Report September 14, 2015
Jewish New Year’s Eve saw a sharp upsurge of Palestinian violence in Jerusalem, culminating in the death Sunday night, Sept. 13, of an Israeli motorist whose car attacked with flying rocks crashed into a pole. That morning, a large Israeli police and security force seized eight large pipe bombs in an Old City apartment ready to be smuggled to Temple Mt. for use for the first time against police guards or Jewish New Year worshippers at the Western Wall below. Police the clashed with Palestinian assailants on Temple Mt. and Al Aqsa Mosque.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 6, 2015
A Palestinian terrorist at the wheel of a car crashed Friday, March 6, into a group of female police officers, injuring five. They were on duty on northern Jerusalem’s Route One near Border Guard and National Police headquarters. The car then hit a cyclist and injured bystanders. Police patrols were beefed up for the Purim festival when thousands of Israelis, many of them children, traditional parade through the streets in costume. A guard at the nearby light train station fired on the driver. He was detained in serious condition.
Two terrorist attacks in Jerusalem. An Israeli killed, a soldier injured. Security forces beefed up in capital
DEBKAfile Special Report August 4, 2014
Police are hunting for the motorcyclist who shot and injured an Israeli soldier near Mt. Scopus, Monday, Aug. 4 after 4 p.m. - three hours after another Palestinian rammed his heavy excavator into a bus, tipping it over, on the main road linking west and east Jerusalem. An Israeli man was crushed to death in the first attack, which the assailant did not survive. Six others were injured. A police officer shot him dead before he used his heavy vehicle to continue the violent rampage. The Jerusalem police have been reinforced.
More than half of Israel under Hamas rocket attack - from Beersheba up to Greater Tel Aviv. No casualties. Hamas tries smuggling terrorists in by tunnels and sea
DEBKAfile Special Report July 8, 2014
First Hamas rockets were fired or intercepted Tuesday night, July 8, over Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Rishon Lezion, Givatayim, Raanana, Caesarea and Yavne. No casualties were reported, but a house was hit in N. Jerusalem. Hamas also made several attempts to smuggle terrorists into Israel for attacks: The IDF repelled a Hamas naval commando landing on Ashkelon’s Zikkim beach. Another group of terrorists tried to creep into Israel through a tunnel under the Kerem Shalom crossing. It was discovered when the tunnel blew up under an IDF post.
DEBKAfile Special Report July 6, 2014
Israeli Police Sunday, July 6, arrested six Jewish males from Beit Shemesh and Adam near Jerusalem and from the city itself in connection with the murder of the 16-year old Palestinian Muhammad Abu Khdeir, whose charred body was found on July 2. The motive is believed to be “nationalistic revenge” for the three Israel teenage boys earlier kidnapped and slain by Hamas. Police have also found the car used by the suspects. They admit they were in the vicinity of the crime, but deny having committed the murder.
DEBKAfile Special Report July 5, 2014
In less than a week, Israel is trapped in a maelstrom of violence arising from the Netanyahu government laxness after the traumatic discovery on July 30 of the bodies of the Israeli teenagers, Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach, kidnapped and slain by Hamas. Two days later, a Palestinian boy, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, was found murdered in Jerusalem, sparking Arab riots amid scores of rockets from Gaza. “Quiet will be met with quiet,” was Israel’s feeble message to Hamas as the IDF, a highly competent counter-terror force, stood idly by.
DEBKAfile Special Report July 2, 2014
Israel’s security cabinet still looked undecided on July 2 after its third special session in two days to map out a response to the kidnapping-murder of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel. But debkafile’s sources report a decision was in fact reached: to hold back from a major military operation in the Gaza Strip, while continuing the IDF’s anti-Hamas campaign on the West Bank - a course strongly urged by Egypt, Qatar and Jordan. The result: unbridled violence in Jerusalem after a Palestinian boy was murdered and 30 rockets launched from Gaza.
Jordan invokes 1994 peace treaty with Israel for a say in Kerry’s Jordan Valley security and Jerusalem plans
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry has ordered a reassessment of Gen. John Allen’s Israeli-Palestinian security plan - especially the replacement of Israeli units along the Jordan Valley border shared between Israel, Jordan and a future Palestinian state, with US electronic surveillance devices. debkafile: Not only is Israel emphatically opposed to this, so too is the Jordan's King Abdullah, who won't hear of his kingdom’s exposure to US electronic devices or a Palestinian presence. He also wants Jordan’s special status in Jerusalem’s holy places incorporated in Kerry’s documentation for the peace process.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 29, 2014
Binyamin Netanyahu reasserted his authority Wednesday, Jan. 29 by forcing pro-settlement Jewish Home party leader and minister to apologize for offending him under threat of dismissal. But Bennett did not back down on the issue itself. In another setback to the prime minister's credibility, US Ambassador Dan Shapiro denied that the framework document Secretary John Kerry was about to present was an “American document” as Netanyahu claimed, but reflected Israeli-Palestinian points of agreement. The Military Intelligence chief then revealed “170,000 rockets are threatening Israel”.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014
As the Mid East peace talks turn to Jerusalem, Netanyahu offers to give up to the Palestinians the Arab suburbs of Jerusalem. Abbas refuses and instead plots a broad-based international boycott against Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2014
While Netanyahu has been won round to Kerry’s framework, Abu Mazen faces a chorus of opposition from the Palestinian leadership condemning the US secretary’s document as pro-Israeli and selling the Palestinians short.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 7, 2014
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu plans to hold the first popular referendum in Israel’s history for ratifying the amended peace framework proposal which US Secretary of State John Kerry is drafting for presentation in the coming weeks, debkafile reveals. The prime minister is now in favor of accepting the Kerry framework and, although they don’t see eye to eye on many of the issues, he believes the gaps between them can be bridged.