DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 8, 2016
Initial interrogation of the five detained accomplices of Natash Melhem, the triple Tel Aviv murderer who died in a gunfight Friday, Jan 8, revealed that they were part of an Islamic State cell. The special police force which ran him to earth told him to surrender and shot him dead when he opened fire. Disabling rather than killing shots might have left a living source of information on what was clearly a meticulously planned terror attack by a gunman with a support team. So why did the Yamam marksmen choose to kill him instead of injuring him and taking him alive?
DEBKAfile Special Report January 5, 2016
The failure of a massive police-security forces manhunt to catch Nashat Melhem, five days after he murdered three people in Tel Aviv on Jan. 1 inspired a 20-year old Palestinian from the Jerusalem village of Issawiya to become the “second Melhem” – this time in Herzliya. He was quickly captured - but only after the Tel Aviv searchers were forced to detach a large team to hunt for the copycat terrorist in this upscale town before he struck. Police chief Rinnie Alsheikh broke his silence to report that the search had spread to outside Greater Tel Aviv.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 2, 2016
Saturday night Jan. 2, Israeli police and security services knew everything about the terrorist-gunman who Friday sprayed automatic bullets on passersby on Tel Aviv’s favorite recreation street, killing two people and injuring eight – except where to find him. He was identified as Nashat Melhem, 29, from the Israeli Arab village of Ar’arah in the eastern Wadi Ara district. The gag order for the investigation was extended to the evidently related murder of a tax driver near the Tel Aviv beach to hide his getaway route..
DEBKAfile Special Report January 1, 2016
Police spokesman admitted Friday night that their investigation was still wide open. debkafile: Aside from the Koran clue, there are two pointers: ISIS Thursday posted a Twitter message in fractured Hebrew warning “Tomorrow there will be an attack on Dizengoff St,” and at the Palestinian Ain Hilwa refugee camp in Lebanon, the attack had its first response in celebratory gunfire and jubilation. Jihadist organizations linked to the Islamic State have taken over much of the camp. An Israeli Arab has meanwhile identified his son as the shooter.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2015
What Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has not spelled out in his unrelenting campaign against a deal that would allow Iran nuclear threshold status is this scenario: It would leave Tehran the freedom to choose when to build a single nuclear bomb or device, that could be dropped over the Mediterranean from a civilian airliner and trigger a tsumani for wiping out the Tel Aviv conurbation. The giant wave would kill an estimated one million people and wipe out the Israeli heartland, financial and business centers, military headquarters and hi-tech industry.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2015
Binyamin Netanyahu is fighting against a nuclear-armed Iran because of its plan to desolate the Israeli heartland and drown a million Israelis by means of a tsunami triggered by a single nuclear bomb dropped in mid-Meterranean.
More than half of Israel under Hamas rocket attack - from Beersheba up to Greater Tel Aviv. No casualties. Hamas tries smuggling terrorists in by tunnels and sea
DEBKAfile Special Report July 8, 2014
First Hamas rockets were fired or intercepted Tuesday night, July 8, over Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Rishon Lezion, Givatayim, Raanana, Caesarea and Yavne. No casualties were reported, but a house was hit in N. Jerusalem. Hamas also made several attempts to smuggle terrorists into Israel for attacks: The IDF repelled a Hamas naval commando landing on Ashkelon’s Zikkim beach. Another group of terrorists tried to creep into Israel through a tunnel under the Kerem Shalom crossing. It was discovered when the tunnel blew up under an IDF post.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 22, 2013
A medium-sized bomb exploded on a Dan No. 240 bus in Bat Yam on the outskirts of Tel Aviv Monday, Dec. 22, in what the police believe is a fresh outbreak of Palestinian terrorist attacks on Israeli civilian transport. A passenger spotted an unattended bag and alerted the driver who pulled over, cleared the bus and called the police in time. A police sapper who tried to defuse the bomb slightly hurt his hand when it blew up. Police judge the incident to be terror-related for a multiple-casualty attack.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 21, 2012
Five Grads hit Beersheba and a shell explodes in Metulah on the Lebanese border minutes after
DEBKAfile Special Report November 17, 2012
Missile alert sirens sounded across Greater Tel Aviv Saturday, Nov. 17, before an explosion caused by Iron Dome’s interception of one of the two rockets incoming from the Gaza Strip against Israel’s largest conurbation for the third day in a row. The second rocket landed harmlessly on open ground.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 12, 2012
Col. Adam Zusman, Home Front Commander of Israel’s Dan region told AFP Tuesday, June 12, "In case of a missile attack on the centre of Israel, especially unconventional attacks and if buildings are destroyed, the population from Tel Aviv and other cities will be evacuated and relocated in other areas of the country." The first Israeli official to speak openly of this prospect, he did not say to where the roughly three million inhabitants of Tel Aviv and its environs would be relocated. The threat came from Iran and its allies, he said..
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2011
War tensions between Turkey, NATO and Syria shot up again Tuesday, Oct. 4, with the announcement from Ankara that Turkey embarks Wednesday on a 10-day "mobilization" exercise in the southern province of Hatay along the Syrian borderwhere 7,000 Syrian refugees are sheltering. A visit by the Turkish prime minister is also expected. Earlier, debkafile reported exclusively that Bashar Assad had been threatening for three months to destroy Tel Aviv within six hours of an attack on Syria.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 29, 2011
Eight people were injured in South Tel Aviv early Monday, Aug. 29, when a Palestinian from the West Bank town of Nablus grabbed a taxi, ran over pedestrians, jumped out outside a night club and stabbed four Border Police officers, two seriously, at a checkpoint. He shouted Allah Akhbar and verses from the Koran throughout the attack . Several hundred teen agers were milling in and out of the Hauman 17 club in South Tel Aviv for a back-to-school party. The assailant was captured after a struggle.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 14, 2011
Aviv Morag, 29, from Caesaria was killed shortly before his marriage and 17 people were injured - two in serious condition - after being run down by an Israeli Arab, 22, from Kafr Qassem in Tel Aviv, Sunday, May 15. The killer's truck swerved left and right along 2 kilometers of busy road in South Tel Aviv. After knocking over a traffic light, the driver jumped out and shouting Allah Akhbar! used the pieces to beat passers-by who eventually overpowered him.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 17, 2010
A Turkish embassy spokesman in Tel Aviv said the incident of Aug. 17 began when a man broke into the building with a knife by jumping over the outer fence. He was shot in the leg inside the building after taking two hostages and threatening to kill them and set it on fire if he was denied asylum in Turkey. He was later identified as a Palestinian called Nadiv Injessa, 32, from Ramallah. He was released from jail a few weeks ago after serving time for various offenses including breaking into the UK embassy four years ago and demanding asylum there too.
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