633 articles tagged "Palestinians"
 
Incoming Palestinian PM Haniyeh vows to uphold "all forms of resistance" to Israel as he presents new Hamas-Fatah government
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2007
Mahmoud Abbas urged an end of the world boycott against the Palestinian government although Middle East Quartet conditions are ignored in its platform.
The unity government he has launched with Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh won a vote of confidence at the Palestinian legislative council Saturday, March 17. The US and European governments have already set up contacts. Norway was the first Western goernment to re-establish political and economic ties.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: The shooting attack in Gaza from which UN official John Ging escaped unharmed Friday was work of al Qaeda-Palestine<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2007
No one was injured. John Ging, director of the UN Relief and Works Agency in Gaza had just crossed the border from Israel when his convoy was blocked by some 50 armed gunmen. They failed to open the door of his armored car. As it escaped, they riddled the vehicle with fourteen bullets. debkafile's counter-terror sources report this was a failed attempt by Qaeda-Palestine to take the UN official hostage.
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New Palestinian government marks collapse of Israel's Middle East positions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2007
The Hamas-Fatah government taking office Sunday, March 18, is more than a policy failure by prime minister Ehud Olmert and foreign minister Tzipi Livni; it is another milestone on the road to the collapse of Israel's Middle East positions at large, on a scale comparable to the setback to its deterrence from the mismanaged war against Hizballah last summer.
This fiasco is reflected in the horrified outcry across the board, from members of the Olmert government coalition and the opposition alike, as Israelis woke up Sunday, March 18, to face a hostile Palestinian government led by a terrorist organization, godfathered by Saudi Arabia, armed by Iran, and blessed by Western powers.
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Fatah-Hamas clashes in Gaza mar Palestinian unity government accord due for legislature's approval Saturday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2007
debkafile notes: One putative "independent," the designated foreign minister Ziyad Amar, is a known Hamas adherent. Pro-American Salam Fayed is retained as finance minister as bait to draw US recognition and international assistance.
Israel has announced it will boycott all the new ministers, including the new Fatah office-holders.
The fragility of the deal was apparent on the day of its signing: Wednesday, March 14, internecine gunfights were sparked by the assassination of Hamas' Gaza commander Ala Haddad.
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Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin: Hamas operatives are taking long military courses in Iran and returning to Gaza ready for combat<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2007
He also confirms that the Palestinians continue wholesale weapons smuggling into the Gaza Strip.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Hamas recycles Gush Katif rubble to fortify 50 sq. km of war bunkers on Gaza Strip-Egyptian border<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 15, 2007
Beneath the Rafah-Philadelphi border region between Gaza and Egyptian Sinai, the Palestinian Hamas has built a vast underground stronghold. A separate series of secret tunnels snakes under another Gaza border into western Israel.
"They should never have been allowed to build this fortress. We should have stopped it long ago," said a high Israeli officer.
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Six Qassam missiles from Gaza fired against Israel Wednesday after Russian foreign minister reported Hamas promise to end violence including missile attacks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2007
Sergey Lavrov claimed Tuesday, Feb. 27, that Damascus-based Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal had personally given him this promise at their meeting in Moscow.
Lavrov said Russia favors the power-sharing agreement between Hamas and Fatah and supports efforts to lift the international blockade.
At a separate news conference, Meshaal did not repeat the promise cited by the Russian foreign minister. He did make it clear that Hamas is not ready to recognize Israel.

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An undercover Israeli police force kills new Palestinian Jihad Islami Jenin commander Ashraf Saadi and 2 accomplices a week after his predecessor
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2007
Two Israeli soldiers were slightly injured in the exchange of fire. The Jenin cell dispatched the suicide bomber who was captured in Bat Yam a week ago before he could do any harm. Next day, an Israeli unit shot his controller Mahmoud Abu Abid dead.
Israeli troops rounded up 20 suspected terrorists Tuesday night.

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Israeli counter-terror operation winds down Tuesday in West Bank town of Nablus after third bomb-making facility found<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 27, 2007
One Palestinian was killed, one injured MOnday. Several Israeli units conducted house to house searches for suspects and bomb-making laboratories in Palestinian terrorist strongholds in the Nablus Casbah, whose 50,000 inhabitants remained under curfew for three days.
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Israeli travelers warned to leave Sinai without delay by Jerusalem counter-terror authorities<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2007
Hundreds of Egyptian security and counter-terror troops were scouring northern Sinai Thursday for a group of Palestinians armed with bomb vests known to be preparing suicide attacks on Israeli tourists. Special security measures are in force to seal the Israeli-Egyptian border against their infiltration of southern Israel.
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Egypt captures a Palestinian with bomb vest creeping through a tunnel from Gaza into Sinai <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2007
Captured in Egyptian Rafah, he told interrogators he was joining a larger Palestinian group heading for a suicide attack on Israel tourists at a Sinai resort. Feb. 19, debkafile exclusively disclosed an Egyptian security buildup following an intelligence report that a large group of armed Palestinians had crossed in from Gaza on their way to terrorist attacks.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Riyadh informs Washington a Palestinian unity government will not uphold previous agreements with Israel<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 13, 2007
The Saudis notified the Bush administration ahead of the Mecca reconciliation summit Tuesday, Feb. 6, that the Palestinian accord for a coalition government sponsored by Riyadh will not meet a key Middle East Quartet condition for its recognition.
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Riyadh's Aim in Mecca: to Replace Tehran as Palestinian Hamas Backer
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2007
It is no wonder that Israeli policy-makers have had little to say to the Palestinian reconciliation accord which Saudi king Abdullah brokered in Mecca last week. Israel was shouldered off the stage as a player in Palestinian politics, as was any hope of moderating the Palestinian anti-Israel war, a breakthrough to peace talks - or even a form of long-term coexistence.
Its main outcome was the anointing of Hamas as unconditional king of the Palestinian domain.
The Damascus-based hard-line Khaled Meshaal, who had signed a pact with Tehran, was demoted, as was the second signatory of the Palestinian reconciliation package, the moderate, pro-Western Mahmoud Abbas. Raised in their place was prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, leader of Hamas' political wing. Abbas' ally, Gaza Strip Fatah commander Muhammad Dahlan, can expect a senior post in the Hamas-led government. Another winner is his business partner, the Palestinian-Kurdish tycoon Muhammad Rashid, who has turned his coat at least twice in two weeks while jostling to regain the influence he enjoyed behind the shoulder of the late Yasser Arafat who died in 2004.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Hamas' hard-line Khaled Meshaal, armed with 5-point compromise plan, promises a reconciliation summit in Mecca<br/><br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2007
1. Hamas will refrain from reacting to Israel's counter-terror forays against its operatives on the West Bank as well as from mounting attacks on Israel from that territory. 2. Hamas will not fight Fatah to the finish in the current round of factional war in the Gaza Strip, although a victory is within its reach. 3. Hamas renounces any intention of displacing Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).
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Undeterred by agreed ceasefire, Fatah-Hamas gunfights injure 8 Palestinians Saturday and Sunday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2007
The truce declared Friday night after rival Palestinian leaders Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas' Khaled Meshaal spoke by phone broke down before it began.
At least 29 Palestinians have died, 250 injured in three days of escalating street battles in Gaza. Two more were killed after the Abbas-Meshaal conversation. The two leaders are to meet in Mecca next Tuesday for an attempted reconciliation brokered by Saudi King Abdullah.
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The Middle East Quartet meeting in Washington voices deep concern at escalating Palestinian violence<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2007
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice argued at the Friday meeting that the violence should not delay work towards an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal that would lead to a Palestinian state. This initiative she hopes to bring forward in another Middle East visit later this month.
debkafile, in an Exclusive Analysis below, examines the situation the US secretary of state can expect to find: an irreconcilable Palestinian civil war tearing the Gaza Strip apart and which Washington's men on the ground lack the leadership to resolve.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Fingerprints of Palestinian Jihad Islami terrorist ace Muhamed al Hindi on Eilat suicide bombing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2007
debkafile's military sources disclose that the Jihad Islami leader returned to the Gaza Strip on Jan 19 after a six-month absence in Damascus, Beirut and Tehran, during which his Syrian and Iranian masters appointed him chief of the organization in place of Abdallah Ramadan Shelah.
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Hamas Pulls Ahead of Dahlan's Forces in Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2007
The latest truce in the escalating Palestinian warfare broke down almost as soon as it was declared Friday night, Feb. 2. The Fatah delegation to talks with Hamas in Gaza City on a mechanism for enforcing the ceasefire came under attack as its convoy drove away from the meeting. Earlier, two Palestinians were killed shortly after Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) agreed on a ceasefire with his rival, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal.
At this point, Hamas has the upper hand against a foe led by the former Gaza Strip strongman, ex-Palestinian minister and Abbas ally, Muhammad Dahlan. He has pretty well commandeered the Fatah side of the conflict, turning it into a personal crusade to recover his private power base in the territory. If he attains that objective, which is doubtful at the moment, his next allegiance is anyone's guess.
Even now, he is not choosy about the gangs in his pay, who tend to be easily bought and sold.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: First Eilat suicide bombing killing 3 Israelis feared start of deadly wave funded from Tehran and Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2007
The bomber, Mohamed Faisal al-Siksik, 21, from Gaza, blew himself up in a bakery in the Red Sea resort of Eilat Monday, Jan. 29, killing the two proprietors and a worker.This was the first such attack the holiday paradise has ever experienced. debkafile's counter-terror sources report that the next wave of suicide attacks is expected to be mounted from Gaza and Sinai by the Palestinian Jihad Islami in conjunction with local al Qaeda cells with funding from Tehran and Damascus.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>'s sources: Without co-opting Iran and Damascus, Saudi King Abdullah's mediation of violent Fatah-Hamas feud unlikely to succeed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 30, 2007
Monday, three Palestinians were killed in the S. Gazan town of Khan Younes and reciprocal abductions continued. The death toll in four days of infighting has risen to 33.
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