DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2008
The decision not to renew the six-month "truce" which expires on Dec. 19 was taken by Hamas-Gaza and its Damascus politburo, hours after Israel's offer of a renewal. debkafile reports the offer ordered by defense minister Ehud Barak aroused angry responses in Israel. At the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, ministers reproved Barak for making the offer without waiting for a government decision in the face of frequent Palestinian violations.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 21, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that Israeli government leaders have misread the motives behind Hamas'two-week missile-rocket-mortar assault on Israel as jockeying for better terms when the six-month truce comes up for renewal next month. Their decision to mute Israel's military response to the ongoing violence stems from their misplaced expectation that the attacks will stop once the truce is in the bag.
Israeli intelligence circles challenge this perception.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 19, 2008
Thursday night, Nov. 13, the Palestinians fired five missiles, including two Grads, against Ashkelon, Sderot, Netivot and Or Haner. Suspense is building up around the Gaza Strip amid fears of a major Palestinian escalation.
debkafile's military and intelligence sources report that the foundering of the Gaza truce is the direct outcome of the Israeli government's passive military stance and over-reliance on Egypt to pull its Palestinian chestnuts out of the fire.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 19, 2008
The first salvo of seven Qassam missiles damaged buildings in the Eshkol farm district Monday, Nov. 17, followed by two in the evening that were aimed at Sderot. There were no casualties. Still, Israeli allowed 33 truckloads of supplies into Gaza following heavy international pressure and UNWRA renewed food supplies to the population. But fuel shipments are held up for as long as the Palestinians shoot.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 19, 2008
On one day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, there were 30 Palestinian attacks on Israeli soldiers and border police officers on the West Bank, leaving four injured, including two policemen and an army platoon commander, debkafile's military sources report. Since last month, Israel units have been prohibited by the prime minister and defense minister from posting snipers to defend them against Palestinian firebomb ambuscades.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 18, 2008
Sumiya Abu Ghanem, 21, a nursery school teaching aide in the Israeli town of Ramle, was charged before the Petach Tikva district court Monday. She was detained a month ago as a result of a joint Border Police-Shin Bet operation. The charges against Abu Ghanem included conspiring to aid the Palestinian Fatah terrorist group in Gaza in a scheme to kidnap an Israeli. She was also asked to help secrete a Palestinian suicide killer into a crowded place in an Israeli town.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 16, 2008
The 44 Grad rockets, Qassam missiles and mortar rounds which blasted Israel from Gaza Wednesday, Nov. 5, were fired from houses close to the border fence which Hamas had turned into fortified firing positions.
debkafile's counter-terror sources disclose that an anti-tank missile strike against an IDF patrol south of the Kissufim Gaza crossing last Friday was carried out by al Qaeda.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2008
The Israeli air force knocked out a Palestinian missile launcher primed for attack in northern Gaza Saturday night, Nov. 7-8. The Palestinians responded with more missile fire at Ashkelon on the 4th consecutive day of their Gaza missile offensive. No one was hurt. During the day an Israeli patrol near Kissufim was targeted by Palestinian anti-tank missiles and returned the fire.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2008
More than 35 missiles have been fired against all the Israeli towns and villages within range of Gaza since early Wednesday, Nov. 5. Two upgraded Qassam missiles hit Ashkelon's main street and industrial zone. Three shock victims were hospitalized.
The Palestinian barrage followed a battle Tuesday night when an Israeli armored force crossed 250 meters deep into the Gaza Strip to demolish a Hamas tunnel ready for immediate activation as a terror-cum-kidnap device. Six Israeli soldiers were wounded.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2008
Israeli towns and villages encircling the Gaza Strip went on on high missile alert from Saturday night, Oct. 18 after incoming intelligence revealed that the Palestinian Hamas' military arm and Jihad Islami were preparing to shatter the three-month old ceasefire.
debkafile's military sources report that Hamas went on the warpath after a major difference flared with Egypt.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2008
An IDF military unit blew up the first suspected bomb tunnel built by Palestinians to be discovered on the West Bank Tuesday, Oct. 14. It was located west of Hebron near an Israeli military position overlooking the Trans-Judean highway. The Hamas has used bomb tunnels frequently with deadly effect against Israeli forces in and around the Gaza Strip.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that Israel military scouts uncovered a high-powered anti-tank IED trap near Kissufim on the Israeli side of the Gaza border Sunday, Oct. 12. It was composed of four large interlinked devices rigged to blow up in sequence. A fifth bomb just inside Gaza was located to detonate when Israeli reinforcements and emergency teams came up to tend to the casualties from the first series of explosions.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 14, 2008
debkafile's Palestinian sources report that the leaders of the Iranian-backed Jihad Islami terrorist group in Gaza have warned they will go back to firing missiles at neighboring Israeli towns and villages unless the ruling Hamas stops persecuting them.
Our military sources report that Israeli forces securing the Gaza border went on missile alert Thursday, Sept 11, when Hamas heavies ignored the threat and continued their crackdown.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 8, 2008
The Cairo effort to broker a ceasefire in Gaza between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas proves now to have been no more than a cover-up for the real game afoot: a move brokered by the Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade to mend the feud between Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah and the fundamentalist Hamas.
Palestinian peace talks were secretly launched Friday, June 6 in Dakar at the end of the Organization of Islamic Conference summit for the creation of a unity government.
By taking over the Gaza administration, the PA will relieve Hamas of responsibility for wages in the public-sector (for which the Ramallah government turns over cash to Hamas anyway) and supplies of basic commodities - food, fuel and medicine. Hamas' hands will be free to fight Israel with greater energy than ever before and proceed to seize control of the West Bank to create a base for attacking Israel far more dangerous than Gaza.
Once Hamas vacates Gaza's government administration - even if this is just a formality - and PA guards man the border crossings, Israel can no longer sustain its blockade of the territory.
Neither can Israel's military hit back when Hamas and its terrorist allies shoot missiles and mortars against its population.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 4, 2008
The group of 180 was allowed to cross Israel to Ramallah through the Nahal Oz crossing Sunday, Aug. 3, at the request of the Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. They included a large group of men admitted to Israeli hospitals with injuries sustained in intense daylong mortar, rocket and machine gun battles between Hamas and the pro-Fatah Hilles clansmen in the Gaza Strip's Shijaiyeh district. At least nine people were killed and more than 100 injured in the fighting, the biggest Palestinian factional clash since Hamas seized control of Gaza a year ago. Among them was the Hilles leader Ahmed Hilles.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2008
Palestinian security forces rounded up 15 West Bank Hamas activists and associates in Tulkarm Sunday, July 27, including the local mufti. Hamas arrests of the rival Fatah's operatives in the Gaza Strip increased to 200 Sunday after a bomb explosion outside a Gaza beachside cafe killed five senior Hamas operatives and a young girl Friday night
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2008
Israeli Border Guards troops intercepted a vehicle carrying a 12-kilo explosive charge attached to a gas canister and several pipe bombs outside Kafin village east of the West Bank town of Jenin on Wednesday, July 23. The device which was detonated in a controlled explosion was rigged ready for an attack in central Israel. The three Palestinians in the car got away are being hunted. One was identified as Fadi Kathni, Jihad Islami commander in the Jenin region, who is wanted for plotting a string of terror attacks.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 17, 2008
debkafile's counter-terror sources report that Hamas media Wednesday night broadcast a call to all Palestinian organizations to enlist for an all-out terrorist offensive against Israeli military and civilian targets on the West Bank.
The immediate response was a bombing attack on an IDF vehicle on Route 60 south of the West Bank town of Hebron. No one was hurt.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that the Palestinian Hamas' armed wing, determined to keep fellow terrorist groups from violating the ceasefire with Israel, has in the last two days deployed a string of 1,000 sentries and monitors at the missile sites of the northern Gaza towns of Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahiya.
Oddly enough, Hamas has assumed the role of protector of Sderot against Palestinian missiles and mortars.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2008
The Egyptian-brokered informal truce "lull" started Thursday, June 19, at 0600 hours after the Palestinians hurled some 35 missiles and mortar rounds at Israeli locations within range of the Gaza Strip in one day, causing heavy damage. Israeli forces knocked out another Palestinian missile team, killing one member and injuring two, before the sixth-month truce kicked in. Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu called the deal a disgrace because it did not apply to the kidnapped Israel soldier, Gilead Shalit's release, and left Hamas free to rearm undisturbed.