DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 27, 2009
The Netanyahu government's slow-moving, lackadaisical handling of the Goldstone commission mandated for accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza, played into the hands of a coalition formed to strip the Israeli military of legitimacy as a defensive strike force against Iran's fast-moving nuclear weapons program and its Middle East allies' missile arsenals. Those missiles are poised to strike Israel's population centers if Iran is attacked.
Israel had - and still has - plenty of moral, diplomatic and strategic tools for defending itself. They were not applied and so this hostile coalition was allowed to strike Israel on three fronts in the last fortnight: Turkish prime minister Tayyep Recip Erdogan's unleashed an unbridled assault on the Jewish state; Muslim riots suddenly flared on Temple Mount; and the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas changed his mind and pushed for a special UN Human Rights Commission session Friday, Oct. 16, to endorse the Goldstone report, after first accepting its postponement to March
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 19, 2009
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad brushed off Palestinian Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal's offer to mediate an end to the bloody Yemen civil war between Saudi-backed government forces and rebels supported by Iran, debkafile's Iranian sources report.
The Hamas leader carried a Saudi proposal to the Persian Gulf regional summit taking place in Manama which focuses on the Iranian nuclear issue and the Yemen war, whereby Tehran would state it does not support the Yemeni Houthi rebels and will not furnish them with arms.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 19, 2009
After US Secretary of state Hillary Clinton warned Mahmoud Abbas on Oct. 31 that he was going against the wishes of president Barack Obama, the White House hauled out a heavy contingent of big American guns to make him see reason. They visit Ramallah Sunday, Nov. 15, to lean hard on him to back off his plan for a unilateral declaration of the Islamic Republic of Palestinian within 1967 or 1949 borders with Jerusalem as its capital, following the Kosovo example of 2008, according debkafile's Washington and Jerusalem sources.
Obama took advantage of the Sadan Forum's sixth session taking place in Jerusalem Saturday to assign key participants to this mission, including former president Bill Clinton, governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, five US congressmen and several presidential advisers including Dennis Ross.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 16, 2009
Hamas' military chief Muhammad Jabary has established a new regional West Bank command corps for a fresh terror campaign against Israel, including suicide attacks, from the territory controlled by the rival Fatah and Palestinian Authority.
Hamas plans to force Israel to give into its demands for the Israeli soldier Shalit and show Mahmoud Abbas he is helpless despite his ties with the US and Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2009
According to debkafile's military sources, a loud shouting match erupted Sunday, Dec. 6, between Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad and US Gen. Keith Dayton, who is in charge of training 2,000 Palestinian commandos as the Palestinian Authority first ever effective security force.
The quarrel is serious enough to hang a question mark over US-Palestinian-Israel cooperation in the campaign against Hamas and other terrorist organizations.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2009
Unlike Hamas' homemade primitive Qassams, the two advanced C5K anti-tank missiles fired at Israeli forces on guard duty outside Kibbutz Alumim Sunday, Dec. 6, are of foreign manufacture and must have been smuggled into the Gaza Strip very recently.
debkafile's military sources note a repetition of the history of the 2006-2009 years, when the IDF stood by as Hamas upgraded its arsenal with sophisticated new munitions, only resorting to long-delayed action in January of this year.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 2, 2009
Information reached debkafile's counter-terror sources Wednesday, Dec. 2, of the discovery by Egyptian intelligence and security units of a large cache of bomb vests and 15-kilo explosive devices - some with built-in detonators, others attached to timers - in the Gaza-Egyptian border town of Rafah. They were smuggled out of the Gaza Strip to be carried through Sinai and across the Egyptian border into Israel, for suicide bombers to pick up and launch attacks directly after the prisoner swap was completed.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 22, 2009
The Obama administration and Netanyahu government are bending over backward to dissuade Mahmoud Abbas from going through with his decision to retire from public life both as chairman of the Palestinian Authority and head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, which he now says is final, debkafile's Washington and Jerusalem sources report. His most likely successor is his deputy Abu Maher Ghneim, a died-in-the-wool rejectionist of negotiations with Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2009
On Sept. 17, a Shin Bet-undercover police unit detained three Palestinians fabricating bombs and using pipes as components for rockets in a covert workshop in the Abu Dis village of Jerusalem, debkafile's counter-terror sources report. They worked in the grocery storehouse under the direction of an engineer. The terror cell planned a rocket assault on Jerusalem and Maaleh Adummim.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 12, 2009
Israeli security forces are on high alert for a fresh round of Muslim unrest centering on Temple Mount on Friday, Oct. 9.
The arrest Tuesday night, Oct. 6, of the Israeli Islamic leader Raed Salah on charges of inciting the four-day Muslim rampage on Temple Mount - and sedition - was a point up for his partners, the Palestinian Hamas. Mahmoud Abbas hopes to catch up with the rival Hamas by cashing in on the Jerusalem unrest for political gain when he meets US envoy George Mitchell.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2009
Raed Salah, head of the Islamic movement of Israeli Arabs, was placed under arrest Tuesday, Oct. 6, on charges of incitement and sedition for launching a joint violent campaign with Hamas to exclude Jews from Temple Mount. Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch appealed to the heads of all three faiths to work together and restore sanity to Jerusalem.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 9, 2009
Hundreds of radical Muslims, Palestinian and Israeli, rioted on Jerusalem's Temple Mount Sunday, Oct. 4, for the third day in a row, forcing Israeli police, battling flying bottles and rocks, to shut the shrine down. Temple Mount remains sealed off Monday to prevent Muslims hurling rocks on the Jewish Priests Blessing ceremony taking place below at the Western Wall.
Incoming intelligence is reported by debkafile's counter-terror sources as fingering Iran and Syria as the hands behind the troubles and their likely escalation.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2009
Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a timely statement Sunday, Aug. 30, dismissing the torrent of press reports from various foreign sources claiming that a prisoner swap for the release of the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit was imminent.
debkafile's Middle East sources disclose the real object of Hamas leaders' shuttle between Gaza, Cairo and Damascus as being a desperate attempt to lift the embargo clamped down on the Gaza Strip.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2009
debkafile's Middle East sources reveal here a comprehensive scheme cooked up by the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on the advice of US and British friends for deposing the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip and drawing president Barack Obama over to his side against Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2009
debkafile's analysts note that while fervently promoting the "right of return" for the 1948 refugees, the 2,300 delegates to the Fatah conference elected only one overseas member; Fatah delegates from Jordan, Syria, the Persian Gulf, Yemen, North Africa - and even the Gaza Strip absentees - did not get a look in past the solid phalanx of West Bankers.
Ex-prime minister Ahmed Qurai, who lost his seat, charged the election was heavily rigged "worse than Iran."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 8, 2009
To meet a US demand, Israel has permitted the entire Fatah leaderships of Syria, Lebanon and Jordan - some 500 functionaries - to enter the country for the first Fatah general conference in 25 years which opens Tuesday, Aug. 4 in Bethlehem. Among them are notorious terrorists responsible for multiple-murder attacks on Israelis. Some want to stay.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 1, 2009
The Palestinian Islamist Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip have enacted a new law obliging all women to cover their hair with the Muslim hijab. Sunday, July 26, "modesty patrols" were out on the streets and beaches of the Gaza Strip enforcing the new edict.
The Gaza Strip's slide into sharia law emphasizes its separation from the West Bank where secular modes are tolerated.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 20, 2009
The conversation Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas held at Sharm e-Sheikh Tuesday July 14 was more like a shouting match, debkafile's Middle East sources disclose. Abbas refused to listen to an Egyptian plan which accepted the Palestinian schism and partition between two territories.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2009
debkafile's military sources confirm that the Army of Islam, the Palestinian al Qaeda cell in Gaza tried to assassinate former US president Jimmy Carter by planting a 200-kilo bomb in the path of his exit through the Erez crossing after he held sympathetic talks with its Hamas rulers.
Nevertheless, some reports say Carter promises to urge President Barack Obama to remove the Palestinian extremist organization from the US list of designated terrorists.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2009
Senior Palestinian officials in Ramallah, enraged by the Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's conditional offer of a Palestinian state Sunday, June 14 - and even more by what they see as US president Barack Obama's perfidious welcome - are weighing extreme options for reprisal, debkafile's military sources report.
Some advise reverting to Yasser Arafat's two-stage tactics of synchronized terror and diplomacy and resuscitating the Fatah's al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Tanzim terrorist organizations.