638 articles tagged "Palestinians"
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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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More Palestinian disturbances in Jerusalem Tuesday night
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 6, 2008
Seven bottle-bombs were lobbed at a border police jeep near Kalandia. Palestinians also hurled rocks at Israeli cars in a second northern district, Pisgat Zeev, and the Malcha-Gilo road in the south.
Sunday, two Jerusalem municipal inspectors were rescued from a lynch mob on an East Jerusalem street and a group of Jewish worshippers attacked at the Rabbi Shimon Hatzakid tomb.
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Israeli Government Stalls While Hamas Escalates<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2008
Vacillation or dithering was the original sin committed by the Olmert government in the Lebanon War and the primary cause of its inconclusive outcome, according to the panel set up to examine what went wrong.
The same deficiency dogs the government's handling of Hamas in Gaza, despite prime minister Ehud Olmert's pledge to correct his act. The belligerence of Hamas and its terrorist allies' escalates unchallenged and the fundamentalist Palestinian rulers of Gaza go from strength to strength, while the dithering goes on.
Shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, they have decided a barrier along the border with Egypt is the answer, although it would take at least a year to build and would not be proof against Palestinian missiles against Eilat, for example.
Whether Olmert and Barak stay in power or make way for opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu is a petty irrelevance compared with the question of who will lead Israel and its army against a proactive enemy which presents the country with an existential peril in the present. Neither of the incumbents has so far come up to scratch.
debkafile's Middle East military sources maintain that the here and now are very much a part of the strategy developed by Iran and Syria for defeating - and if possible destroying -the Jewish state.
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Palestinian negotiator Qureia suspends talks with Israel over Israeli attacks in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2008
Ahmed Qureia announced in Ramallah Sat. March 1 that peace talks with Israel were suspended. Jerusalem: This step contradicts Palestinian and Israeli commitment to fight terror regardless peace negotiations. Israel did not break off talks over Palestinian missile offensive against civilians. It is entitled to defend itself and determine the proportionality of its response to aggression.
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Ronnie Yihya, 47, father of 4, was killed, 10 people injured, in heavy Palestinian missile-mortar barrage Wednesday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 1, 2008
Ronnie Yihya was a student at Sapir College outside Sderot. He came from Moshav Bitchah near Ofakim in southern Israel. He was killed and a second student critically injured by a direct Qassam hit to the campus, Wednesday, Feb. 27.
More than 50 missiles and dozens of mortar rounds, fired from Gaza in five hours Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 27, crashed into Sderot, Shear Hanegev, the Off Kor factory's canteen, just after 200 employees had left, and several more civilian locations bordering on the Gaza Strip. The last four exploded in Ashkelon, causing a partial electricity outage. An extended-range Grad landed behind the Barzilai regional hospital.
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Palestinian missile injures Israeli internal security minister's security guard<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 29, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that Thursday, Feb. 28, the day after 50 missiles were fired from Gaza, the internal security minister, Avi Dichter, was inspecting the damage to Sapir College, when one of his guards was hit in the leg. Both were near the spot where the student Ronnie Yihya was killed Wednesday. Dichter, a former Shin Bet director, was hurried into a nearby building.
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Palestinian scheme for mass charge on Gaza-Israel border collapses
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 27, 2008
debkafile reports: The Palestinian masses did not rise to the summons for 40,000 individuals to turn out Monday, Feb. 25 and draw a human chain along the 40-km border Gazan-Israel to protest the Israeli blockade. Deterred by determined Israeli military preparations to halt their approach to the border and Israeli ministers' threats to shoot them in the legs if necessary," only a few demonstrators obeyed the summons.A disturbance by few dozen Palestinians was put down by Israeli border guards, one of whom was slightly injured. The large numbers stayed away when they realized Israel was resolved to forcibly thwart a repeat of Hamas' success a month ago when they knocked over the Egyptian border to open the gate for a massed Palestinian surge into Sinai.
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