624 articles tagged "Palestinians"
 
Exclusive: Israel opens all Gaza crossings amid official denials of indirect talks with Hamas<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 27, 2008
On Wednesday, April 23, Israel reopened all the Gaza crossings, including those attacked last week by Hamas: Kerem Shalom, Erez and the Nahal Oz fuel terminal, and restored fuel supplies to the Gaza population. debkafile reports: Four hours after the opening, Israeli forces were alerted to Palestinian gunmen threatening the Sufa crossing as the supply trucks rolled through.
Our sources disclose this step as being a unilateral Israel gesture to Hamas to encourage the Palestinian terrorist group to accept the Egyptian-brokered arrangement for Gaza.
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Exclusive: Israeli and Egyptian forces on high alert on Gaza borders over Hamas threats
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2008
Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal voiced this threat Saturday, April 12.
debkafile's military sources report that the raid by Palestinian gunmen on the Israeli-Gaza fuel terminal - and murder of two of its employees, Oleg Lipson and Lev Cerniak - were meant to set the stage for a mass Hamas assault on the Gaza-Israeli border under the pretext of a protest against fuel shortages.
Our sources report that these shortages are a myth: Hamas has tons of heavy oil and petrol in stock, but reserves it for "military use." The population is kept short and ripe for action against "the Israeli and Egyptian blockade" of the Gaza Strip.
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Palestinians break through Gaza-Israel border for third time in two weeks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that a band of terrorists broke through the border barrier to the Kerem Shalom goods terminal in the southern border sector Thursday, April 14. Israeli forces challenged them, killing one infiltrator in the ensuing firefight and injuring a second. The third fled. So too did the dozens of trucks bearing food and other items for the Gazan population, which turned tail when they came under Palestinian fire
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Exclusive: "Killing Field" was the name of Hamas assault which killed 3 Israeli soldiers, injured three Wednesday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2008
The fallen Israeli soldiers were Sgt. Mattan Ovdati, 19, from Moshav Patish, Sgt. Menhash Albaniyat, 20, from Kseife, both from the Negev region, and Sgt. David Papian, 21, from Tel Aviv. Hamas reported 5 dead.
A senior officer told debkafile that Hamas used tactics first seen practiced by Hizballah in the 2006 Lebanon War battles of Bint Jbeil and Maroun al-Ras. Both terror groups receive advanced training in Syria and Iran.
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Gaza Palestinians shell senior Israeli officers touring battered border communities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 15, 2008
debkafile's military sources report OC Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant, his aides and local security officers took cover when they came under heavy cross-border mortar fire from Gaza Sunday, April 13. None was hurt although the Palestinian aim was precise, starting as soon as the Israeli group inspecting security measures came within sight. Four shells landed 40 yards away.
This is the third time in a month that increasingly aggressive Palestinian cross-border fire has targeted a high-ranking Israeli.
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Two Palestinians sent by Hizballah to poison Tel Aviv restaurant food<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2008
The two men, Ahab Abu Riyal and Anas Salum, from the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, were arrested by Israeli security Shin Bet officers last month before they could carry out their mission on behalf of the Lebanese Hizballah. Their Fatah-al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades branch is controlled by Hizballah.
They were told to dump slow-acting poison in the food set out for customers.
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Palestinians and a Kosovo Pipe Dream<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 13, 2008
The proposal by senior Palestinian negotiator Yasser Abed Rabbo put forward Wed Feb. 20 to copy the Kosovo example if Israel continued to mark time in talks for a Palestinian state was quickly knocked down by his colleagues, but eyed with interest by Israel.
Tuesday, prime minister Ehud Olmert and foreign minister Tzipi Livni held another round of negotiations with Palestinian leaders Mahmoud Abbas and Ahmed Qureia.
debkafile's Middle East sources commented: Nothing has stopped the Palestinians from going ahead and declaring the West Bank independent, any more than Hamas was prevented from seizing control of and governing the Gaza Strip.
In fact, if the Kosovo model were seriously applicable to the Palestinians, Israel might profit in three ways.
Palestinian leaders may talk big about creating an independent state but when it comes to the point, their willingness to come out from under the American and Israeli umbrella, leave the gravy train and walk without external crutches is questionable.
Abd Rabbo's colleagues therefore lost no time in disowning his Kosovo vision in case it was accepted. They picked up the comment from some Israeli circles: Let them create another Kosovo; let's see how long they manage to survive on their own.
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Exclusive: Israel's five-day missile defense exercise exposes unready home front
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 13, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that the 19 o'clock warning siren Tuesday, April 3 - day three of the nationwide missile defense exercise - was not heard in many parts of Israel, including the Knesset - as criticism of the exercise spread.
Most people did not know where to find public shelters - none were marked - and were given no answers about protection against chemical or biological missile warfare.
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Exclusive: Fatah and Hamas reach framework accord in three weeks of secret talks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 11, 2008
debkafile's Middle East sources report that direct covert talks between Palestinian Authority Chairman, the Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas and hardline Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal have been going on for three weeks and yielded a five-part framework accord.
The two parties endeavored to keep their channel under cover after Abbas promised President George W. Bush during his first visit to the Palestinian Authority on Jan. 10 that he would not hold talks with Hamas. Abbas intends to break off peace talks with Israel when the accord is finalized.
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Hamas leader says civilians should be removed from Palestinian-Israel conflict<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 1, 2008
The Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit (taken hostage by Hamas 21 months ago) is alive and well treated, Khalad Meshal, Hamas politburo chief, told Sky interviewer Tim Marshall in Damascus Sunday. He went on to say: "We renew our offer to Israel to let the civilian people from the two sides to be free from our conflict."
He denied Hamas killed children or attacked a kindergarten. "We don't kill anyone deliberately," the Hamas leader insisted. "The suicide bombings began in response to "Israeli crimes."
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Exclusive: Top Hamas missile expert in group released by Egypt<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 30, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that a number of Hamas terror heavyweights were included in the last batch Egypt released of 124 operatives captured in Sinai after Hamas smashed through the border wall earlier this year.
Officers of Israel's southern command voiced dismay and astonishment at the government's failure to intercede and prevent the return to the fray of the hard core of Hamas' command echelon.
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New upsurge of Palestinian attacks from Gaza - 16 missiles fired Wednesday injuring 3 Israeli civilians
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2008
A heavy barrage of 7 Qassam missiles struck Sderot Wednesday night, March 26. One exploded in the old market, injuring three people and leaving 16 in shock. Of the 16 fired during the day, after a three-week slowdwon, one landed south of Ashkelon, several exploded in kibbutzim causing heavy damage to property.
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New poll shows rising Palestinian support for violence - report
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 23, 2008
Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki told the New York Times in Ramallah that 84 percent of the Palestinians polled supported the March 6 attack on the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in which 8 young students were killed,.
He reported 64 percent supported the Hamas' missile offensive against Israeli towns and 75 percent though the negotiations between Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas were without benefit and should be terminated. Shikaki said he was shocked by the survey taken last week because it showed greater Palestinian support for violence than any other he had conducted in the past 15 years.

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Exclusive: Abbas' master-plan to swamp Israel's 60th anniversary with 3 million Palestinians on its borders <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 23, 2008
debkafile publishes here for the first time details of the Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' master plan for wrecking Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations. The project is called the "2008 Return"
He has circulated directives for three million Palestinians to leave their homes on the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon on May 14 and march on Israel's borders, including the Green Line. If Israel stops them from passing through, they are to strike camp and stay in tents until Israel surrenders and lets them cross.
The master plan, circulated this week in Palestinian centers in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, sees publication for the first time in debkafile's Exclusive Report below.
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Exclusive: Hamas owns up privately to Jerusalem yeshiva murders, plots more<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2008
debkafile's military and intelligence sources report that, in private conversations, top Hamas commanders are discussing the March 8 attack on the Mercaz Harav yeshiva, which left eight students dead. They are plotting to follow it up with similar terrorist atrocities while slowing down missile and rocket attacks from Gaza.
Our sources disclose the three strategic decisions taken by Hamas leaders for the near future:
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Exclusive: Abbas threatens to quit peace talks, revive Fatah terror
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2008
debkafile's Washington sources report that Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has put President George W. Bush and secretary of state Condoleezza Rice on notice. He has sent them a warning that he means to break off peace talks with Israel unless prime minister Ehud Olmert comes through with concessions by April.
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Eight Qassam missiles fired from Gaza, two Israeli air raids and 3 armed Palestinians killed Saturday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2008
debkafile's military sources report: In the second air raid Sat., March 15, Israeli helicopters and a Shin Bet force struck and killed a three-man Jihad Islami missile team on its way to launch an attack at Israeli civilians from northern Gaza. It was the first time a Shin Bet force was mentioned in one of these anti-missile raids.
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Leads to Hamas-Damascus, Hizballah - or both - in Jerusalem students' murders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 11, 2008
debkafile reports that the line of investigation developing the day after a Palestinian terrorist murdered 8 Israeli yeshiva students in Jerusalem is that the Hamas command in Damascus, or Hizballah in Beirut activated the killer, Ala Abu Dhaim 25, a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship from Jebal Mukaber in S. Jerusalem.
Hamas-Gaza first took responsibility for the massacre, then backtracked.
The gunman sprayed automatic Kalashnikov fire on group after group of students studying Thursday night, March 6, in the library of the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Their deaths were mourned by many thousands Friday morning.
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Chemicals for explosives concealed in Palestinian food containers transiting open Israel-Gaza border crossings
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2008
Israel reopened the border crossings Tuesday, March 3, for food and other essential supplies to reach the Gaza population. Wednesday, a load of cans marked "edible oil" was found to contain a chemical substance resembling glue for the manufacture of explosives used in Palestinian missiles fired against Israel. The trucks, like the 100 which crossed into Gaza Tuesday, originated in the West Bank.
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Rice visit accompanied by renewed Hamas-IDF clashes, missile fire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 8, 2008
debkafile's military sources report a major Hamas-Israeli clash erupted opposite the Kissufim Gaza crossing after Israeli forces crossed in to investigate armed Palestinian movements close to the border fence. The Israel Hammer jeep force was greeted with fierce anti-tank and heavy machine gun fire. As the battle raged, leaving three Palestinians dead, they renewed their missile fire on Sderot. The Israeli force has withdrawn from the Gaza Strip.
Our Palestinian sources report the Hamas provocation was its rejoinder to the proposal put by visiting US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice Tuesday in Cairo and Ramallah for the Gaza crossings to be re-opened in exchange for Hamas discontinuing missile and rocket fire on Israeli civilians.

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