634 articles tagged "Palestinians"
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Israel Pays Cash for Palestinian Non-Violence Preparatory to Easing IDF out of West Bank<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2007
Even in Middle East terms, the turnaround which has produced a new American master plan is amazingly swift. The Bush administration, egged on by the Saudis, believes it has set in motion a complicated process for manipulating Israel into easing its forces out of the West Bank.
This is stipulated by Hamas and Jihad Islami as their condition for halting Qassam missile attacks on Israel. Above all, it will open the way for Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah and the Islamist Hamas to negotiate an end to their feud.
The Israeli government's compliance with this plan, which would ideally also halt Palestinian terrorist attacks on Israel, is behind President George W. Bush's Middle East statement Monday, and the Olmert-Abbas Jerusalem meeting midday. The US president sees his two-state vision as feasible only if Fatah-West Bank and Hamas-Gaza can come to terms since neither can form a viable Palestinian state without the other.
It also explains the incoming president Shimon Peres' apparent lapse when he said to AP Sunday, July 15, the day of his swearing-in: "We must get rid of the territories."
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Notorious Damascus-based Palestinian terror chief Nayef Hawatmeh asks Israel for permission to enter Ramallah<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 14, 2007
The ageing head of the Democratic Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian claims he is no longer an active terrorist, but debkafile reports he has sent his adherents to join the pro-Syrian Fatah al-Islam battling the Lebanese army for two months in the northern Nahr al Bared camp.
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A Palestinian bomber killed attacking an Israel West Bank roadblock Thursday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 13, 2007
The bomber opened fire on soldiers manning the roadblock on Highway 57 between Shavei Shomron and Einav in the northern district of the West Bank. He was killed by return fire. Three explosive devices were found in his vehicle.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Secret Fatah-Hamas peace talks open in Stockholm under Iranian-Saudi aegis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2007
The rival Palestinian factions began talking in the Swedish capital Sun. July 8, about burying the hatchet. This is revealed exclusively by debkafile's Iranian sources. They are discussing reconstituting their national unity government three weeks after Hamas's coup unseated the Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority government in the Gaza Strip.
If the Stockholm track works, Saudi Arabia and Iran come out on top as Palestinian sponsors and sideline Egypt.
Read more about this unforeseen development in debkafile's Exclusive Report below.
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Twenty British lawmakers want to engage Hamas after its help in freeing BBC reporter Alan Johnston in Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2007
They include MPs from all three parties including Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. Their petition said Hamas because of its pivotal role in ending the kidnap should join Palestinian reconciliation efforts. The motion was tabled by the ruling Labor's Richard Burton. Hamas is boycotted by western powers as an extremist terrorist group dedicated to destroying Israel by violence. The Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit whom Hamas-led raiders kidnapped a year ago is still in captivity.
The reporter, who was freed Tuesday night, described his ordeal as a hostage in solitary confinement for 114 days like being "buried alive."
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Abbas Double Deals on Two Tracks - Overtly with West, Covertly with Hamas<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2007
debkafile's Iran sources reveal that Fatah and Hamas representatives have launched secret talks to patch up their quarrel. Their first session took place in Stockholm Sunday, July 8, under the guiding hands of the Iranian and Saudi ambassadors.
Hamas sent operations chief Imad al Alami from Damascus to face Eugine Makhloof ,the PLO ambassador in Sweden, who is acting on behalf of Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah.
But before sitting down to the talks, the Hamas official first checked in with Iranian leaders in Tehran to make sure their agendas dovetailed.
With war clouds hanging over the region this summer, said the Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Palestinian unity is the order of the day, essential to the Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah bloc as a strategic asset in its coming conflict with the US and Israel.
The same advice came from UAE president Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan to visiting Mahmoud Abbas when they met Sunday. The Fatah leader was persuaded to lose no time in mending Palestinian factional fences.

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Israel's Security Chiefs See Olmert as Jeopardizing Prisoner Release
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2007
Last month, Ehud Olmert made a gesture of support for the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah government he installed for the West Bank in Ramallah in opposition to the Hamas government in Gaza: a pledge to release 250 terrorists of Abbas' Fatah party from Israeli jails.
But then, Saturday night, the prime minister tossed back to the Shin Bet the list of Fatah prisoners to be submitted for cabinet approval Sunday, July 8, and demanded a new list. Olmert complained most of the candidates were due for release soon anyway having served out their terms. This fact would belittle his gesture towards Abbas.
debkafile's security sources say Olmert's rejection landed on the desks of Shin Bet chiefs with a nasty thump. They accuse him of causing irreparable damage to the abducted Israeli soldiers' prospects of freedom by raising the exchange ratio to a level which is unsustainable without compromising national security.
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A top commander of Fatah's al Aqsa Brigades in Jenin camp, Mohammed Abu Heija, dies in gun battle with Israeli forces<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2007
It took place during an IDF raid of the terrorist stronghold before dawn Monday, July 2, when the soldiers came under a bomb and small arms fire. The dead terrorist leader was the deputy of the notorious Jenin Fatah chief, Zakariya Zubeidi. An M-16 assault rifle with a telescopic sight was found with Abu Heija's body.
Saturday, six Palestinians killed in two Israeli air strikes in Gaza Saturday.
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Palestinians fire mortar salvo at Gaza's Erez crossing Wednesday after planting large explosive device at Kerem Shalom
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 1, 2007
debkafile reports: Frequent mortar and bombing attacks on the Gaza crossings lead Israeli authorities to conclude that Hamas is trying to fabricate a humanitarian crisis for international consumption. The Karni crossing was shut down by Palestinian attacks and then Kerem Shalom. The Sufa terminal which is still functioning is under threat of bombing.
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Seven Israeli soldiers injured in Nablus Casbah, West Bank, overnight and Thursday morning<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 30, 2007
Explosive devices were hurled at the Israel unit during an ongoing search for wanted terrorists. One soldier was seriously wounded and three, including an officer, suffered moderate injuries.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Hamas was free to cause sensation with audio tape of Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit's voice - but not to release him without al Qaeda's a
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 29, 2007
Shalit's obviously dictated call on the Israeli government to free thousands of Palestinian prisoners was rejected by prime minister Ehud Olmert at the Sharm el-Sheikh conference Monday, June 25.
debkafile's counter-terror sources: The release of the Shalit, Alan Johnston and Ayman Zawihiri tapes within a few hours - the first two issued by Hamas - strongly indicates the timing was coordinated between Hamas and al Qaeda.

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Fatah-Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades chiefs defy Mahmoud Abbas' ban on unauthorized persons bearing arms on West Bank<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 29, 2007
Abbas gave the order in default of a pledge he gave Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert at Sharm al-Sheikh Monday, June 25. In return for Israeli immunity from arrest, Abbas promised to collect signed statements renouncing terrorism from Fatah-al Aqsa members, have them turn in their weapons to the Palestinian Authority forces for registration and join up with Palestinian security forces.
Abbas explained he needed the Brigades fighters, many of whom are wanted for orchestrating suicide attacks against Israel in the last decade, to combat Hamas on the West Bank.
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Israeli PM offers to release 250 Fatah prisoners as goodwill gesture to Mahmoud Abbas at Sharm el-Sheik conference with three Arab rulers Monday <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2007
Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak who hosted the conference Monday, June 25, pledged to work for the resumption of inter-factional dialogue between Fatah and Hamas.
debkafile notes: This was not what Ehud Olmert was aiming for. His gesture to Mahmoud Abbas favoring Fatah and rejecting a prisoner deal with Hamas indicated his disapproval of a reconciliation between the two Palestinian factions.
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The Army of Islam in Gaza threatens to "slaughter" the BBC journalist "like a lamb" unless UK and Jordan release three Muslim terrorists<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 26, 2007
In a statement emailed to AFP Tuesday, June 26, the Palestinian radicals demand that Jordan release the Iraqi woman, Sajida al-Rishawi, who was sentenced to death over triple hotel attacks in Amman that killed 60 people in 2005; Abu Mohammed al-Maqdissi, also held in Jordan since then; and the radical Palestinian-born cleric Abu Qatada, reputed former al Qaeda spiritual leader in Europe, who is held in Britain.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Hamas to release files on Palestinian intelligence collaboration with the US CIA, UK's MI5 and Shin Bet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2007
The centerpiece is evidence of the Palestinian Authority Preventive Security service's disclosure that Hamas' elite undercover Unit 102, only 25 strong, underwent lengthy training in Iran in advanced combat tactics modeled on those of the US Seals and the Israel Navy's Shayetet 13.
debkafile's military sources add: Unit 102 operated under such deep cover that even the commanders of Hamas' military wing and its Executive Force did not know it existed. Hamas is making good on its threat to use the huge archive of Palestinian Authority intelligence documents it captured in Gaza to compromise Mahmoud Abbas and members of his regime and show them up as minions of foreign powers and traitors to Palestinian national interests.

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Abbas accuses Damascus-based Hamas' Khaled Meshaal of complicity in a plot to assassinate him. Hamas hurls counter-charge
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2007
In a televised speech Wednesday, Abbas referred to the planting last month of 250 kg of explosives in a tunnel under a road traveled by his convoy. He said he had sent to every Arab government video tapes of Hamas operatives filmed in the act.
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Mahmoud Abbas orders closure of West Bank to Gaza refugees, including his own Fatah and presidential guard members
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2007
Tired of waiting to be rescued, many of the refugees stranded at the Erez crossing from Gaza to Israel since the ended of the fighting returned Wednesday to their homes in Gaza. Most of the injured and sick have been evacuated to Israeli hospitals. Egypt has augmented its security forces on Gaza's southern border to seal it against refugees.
debkafile reports: Earlier this week, Palestinian Authority VIPs and their families were evacuated from Gaza to Ramallah. The Russian embassy in Tel Aviv Wednesday organized the evacuation of 200 Russian and Ukrainian wives of Gazan men.
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Israel's Shin Bet captures a Palestinian terrorist ring plotting kidnap of Americans
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2007
Twelve members of the Palestinian Popular Front were rounded up in Hebron Tuesday, June 19. They planned to abduct American nationals on the West Bank and Jerusalem and hold them hostage against the release of the PPF leader Ahmad Saadat. He is jailed in Israel for involvement in the murder of an Israeli minister in 2002.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Hamas - and its Syrian and Iranian sponsors - capture priceless Palestinian Authority intelligence archives in Gaza putsch<br/
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2007
The Fatah-led general intelligence and security services caved in too fast to shred, wipe or burn documents, computer disks and archives. The entire collection fell into Hamas' hands when they seized Palestinian Preventive Intelligence HQ at Tel Awa (henceforth Tel al-Islam) and the Palestinian General Intelligence center near Gaza port.
debkafile's intelligence sources say: Never before has a bonanza of Western intelligence secrets on this scale ever reached an implacably hostile Islamist terrorist gang.
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Hamas steps up scale of weapons smuggling into Gaza, including Katyusha rockets<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 20, 2007
The Red Cross informs Israeli military authorities that there is no shortage of food in Gaza. Supply trucks crossed through the Karni goods crossing daily during the Hamas-Fatah fighting. Israel sent a truckload of medical supplies into Gaza Sunday.
Hamas has stepped up the scale of its smuggling activities from Egyptian Sinai, importing quantities of Katyusha rockets, guns, explosives and ammunition through the tunnels under the Philadelphi route.
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