93 articles tagged "Gaza War Diary"
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Israel: UN war crimes probe gives legitimacy to Hamas terror
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2009
A UN investigation led by former South African judge Richard Goldstone accused Israel of "war crimes and possible crimes against humanity" in its 33-day Gaza Strip campaign against Hamas which ended late January.
Although the panel found evidence that Palestinian armed groups, by firing rockets and mortars into Israeli civilian areas, were also guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity, the bulk of the 575-page report pointed the finger at Israel.
Jerusalem called the report "one-sided, shameful and dangerous."
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Too Soon to Celebrate End of Gaza Conflict
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2009
Israeli leaders insist that Israel's armed forces left Hamas seriously crippled. This is undeniable but still the Gaza conflict is not over yet.
The divisions in the Arab world have encouraged Tehran to persist in rearming Hamas and the Hamas-Damascus faction to maintain its intransigent posture. They are certain that high military tension against Israel in the Gaza Strip and the diplomatic pressure on Egypt will break them down.
This contest of strength crackles with inflammatory potential, exacerbated by two key dates: Israel's general election on Feb. 10 - Arab foes have traditionally sought to influence the outcome of Israel's elections; and Feb. 12, the first anniversary of the violent death in Damascus of Hizballah's military chief Imad Mughniyeh.
This simmering stew will greet the Obama administration's new Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, when he launches his mission this week.

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Meshaal Intervenes to Stop Hamas-Gaza from Succumbing to a Ceasefire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2009
Saturday, Jan. 10, Day 15 of Israel's Gaza Strip offensive against Hamas, top Palestinian leaders gathered in Cairo for ceasefire talks with Egyptian officials.
debkafile's military sources report that Jemal Abu Hashem, who rarely appears on public, Salah Bardaweel, leader of Hamas parliament faction, and Heiman Ta'a, member of the military wing's command, were allowed to exit Gaza Friday after signaling their willingness for the first time to discuss an unconditional ceasefire.
The Hamas delegates were preparing for their talks on Egypt's ceasefire proposals to begin Sunday with intelligence minister Gen. Omar Suleiman, when their Damascus leader, Khaled Meshaal, dropped his bombshell.
Speaking over Damascus TV, he declared Hamas must fight on until Israel ends its military offensive, withdraws from the Gaza Strip and opened the enclave's crossings. Egypt too must open the Rafah gate. Hamas would never accept any restrictions on its armament - a hint at Israel-Egyptian plans to block the Philadelphi route - and would treat international monitors as an "occupation" force.
debkafile's sources report that the Hamas leader's emotional tirade raised suspicions in Jerusalem that he may have obtained pledges from Tehran and Hizballah to stage a last-ditch operation to save Hamas from collapse. They also noted the widening rift between Hamas-Damascus and Hamas-Gaza, which is paying dearly for Palestinian "resistance."


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Saudi intelligence chief in Damascus for all-out bid to rescue Gaza truce
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 19, 2009
The Saudi and Egyptian intelligence chiefs launched a dramatic bid Sunday night, Feb. 15, to maneuver Hamas into accepting Egyptian-Israel terms for an extended ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, debkafile's Middle East sources disclose. In an unannounced visit to Damascus, Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the head of Saudi intelligence service, told Syrian president Bashar Assad that Riyadh and Cairo would shelve their quarrel with him if he coerced Hamas into accepting a truce.
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Israel's PM Office: No truce deal or opened Gaza crossings until Gilead Shalit is free
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2009
The Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem issued its first ever official announcement on Saturday, Feb. 14, the Jewish Sabbath, registering its exceptionally high importance.
The statement said: "No Gaza crossings will be opened unless Gilead Shalit (the Israeli soldier held captive by Hamas since his June 2006 abduction) is free" Israel's position as clarified to Egypt is that deals which fail to end Hamas attacks and release its soldier are unacceptable. This statement countered the spate of reports that a truce is imminent.
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Barak: More Iranian ships bound for Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 15, 2009
Although defense minister Ehud Barak did not confirm that the Iranian ships on their way to the Gaza Strip carry arms for Hamas - in a radio interview Thursday, Feb. 5, debkafile's military sources report that Tehran is preparing to send a number of arms vessels to break the blockade on Gaza. Barak also disclosed the Cypriot authorities report the cargo aboard the Iranian arms ship in Limassol harbor contravenes UN Security Council sanctions resolution.
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Erdogan Ruptures Turkish-Israel Relations
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 14, 2009
A deep crisis in Turkish-Israel relations appears to be the first strategic casualty of Israel's offensive to suppress Hamas' rocket campaign. debkafile's Ankara sources report that Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seriously planning to freeze the long-standing military ties between the US's foremost defense allies in the Middle East and call off forthcoming joint maneuvers. If his hostility toward Israel persists, it will have far-reaching fallout for American Middle East policies and Israel's defense position in the region.
And there is no sign of him relenting; just the reverse.
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Cyprus will not free Iranian arms shipment destined for Hamas <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 13, 2009
Saturday, Feb. 7, Cypriot divers armed with sensors and infrared gear began exploring the Cypriot-flagged Iranian arms ship docked at Limassol, on orders from the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee, debkafile's military sources report. A Cypriot source said the ship appears to be carrying banned weapon-related material from Iran prohibited under UN resolutions.
The Cypriot official said sending the shipment back is not an "available option."
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Olmert government ends term with diplomatic victory for... Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2009
Israel's military leaders point to the negotiations handled by Israel's three war leaders - prime minister Ehud Olmert, defense minister Ehud Barak and foreign minister Tzipi Livni - as an example of how to parlay a military victory into a diplomatic defeat.
When Barak and Livni, as Labor and Kadima leaders respectively, face the Israeli voter Tuesday, Feb. 10, it will be after their surrender to eight Hamas conditions for a long-term truce - as the upshot of Operation Cast Lead.
Read more about this in debkafile's Exclusive Analysis below.
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Hamas claims 181 Fatah operatives were war spies for Israel, US intelligence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2009
Disclosures appear this week in Hamas' internal publications of an alleged spy ring of 181 Fatah members said to have passed intelligence to the Israeli enemy during last month's hostilities, debkafile's exclusive sources report.
Some were said to have been executed, others shot and injured. The secrets which ended up in Israeli hands were allegedly sent to the Ramallah-based Palestinian General Intelligence Service, which functions under US supervision.
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Meshaal urges Iranian students to join Islamist liberation of all Palestine<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2009
On the third day of his talks with Iranian leaders in Tehran, Hamas' supreme leader Khaled Meshaal urged Iranian students to join his Islamist movement in helping liberate all of Palestine, secure the return of all Palestinians and retake Jerusalem so that "we can pray together."
Tehran's aggressive line ensured that the talks Hamas representatives are holding in Cairo on a long-term ceasefire will stall and the missiles will keep coming from Gaza against Israel.
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Barak loses Gaza truce gamble, Cairo decides to slam Rafah door shut
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2009
Israel's defense minister Ehud Barak held off responding to ten days of missile-mortar salvoes from Gaza in the hope of Cairo successfully negotiating a long-term truce deal with Hamas.
debkafile's military sources report that Egypt's announcement Wednesday, Feb. 4, that as of Thursday, its only border crossing with Gaza at Rafah would be closed down for all traffic,signaled the breakdown of those negotiations.
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Iranian arms ship in Cyprus carries 10 containers of rockets for Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2009
DEBKA file's military sources report that the Cypriot-flagged Monchegorsk renamed Iran Hedayt held at Limassol since last week was carrying 10 containers of Iranian rockets and other weapons for rearming Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Cyprus has reported to the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee on its findings in two inspections of the vessel but has not published them.
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Palestinian long-range Grad rocket hits Ashkelon center<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2009
Israel's low-key reprisals Saturday night and Sunday, Feb. 1-2, had little effect on the Palestinian missile and mortar fire from Gaza ongoing for the sixth straight day in violation of the ceasefire Hamas declared Jan. 19. Hamas is taking its line from Tehran where its leader Khaled Meshaal urged Iranian students to join the Palestinian Islamist movement in helping "to liberate" Jerusalem and "all of Palestine" so they can "pray together" in the holy city.
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Hamas fires first Iranian shore-to-ship C-802 missile from Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2009
debkafile's military sources reveal a formidable addition to Hamas' arsenal: The missile fired from Gaza out to the Mediterranean last week was not a Qassam as reported but a C-802, the Iranian shore-to-ship Nur C-802 missile, which is based on the Chinese "Silkworm."
It was launched by Iranian officers who are training Hamas operatives in its use before delivering a large consignment. With its 120-km range and 165-kilo warhead, the C-802's mission is to break Israel's 40 km blockade of Gaza's waters. This is now the key objective of Tehran and the Palestinian Islamists.
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Cyprus searches ship carrying banned Iranian arms destined for Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2009
Cyprus president Demetris Christofias said Friday, Jan. 30, that a ship being searched off Limassol is carrying a cargo that contravenes UN resolutions. Cyprus state radio reported the vessel was Russian-owned and may have been traveling from Iran to Syria with weapons destined for Hamas. debkafile cites UN Security Council Resolution 1747 of March 24, 2007, which toughened sanctions against Iran to include a ban on the country's arms exports, and would have provided the US Navy with authority to seize the arms. However, it was allowed to continue on it voyage.
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Iran's blocked Gaza aid ship becomes control-and-command HQ for Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2009
debkafile's military and intelligence sources report that the aid ship Iran Shahed, which the Israel embargo of the Gaza Strip forced to stay 42 km from the coast, took delivery Monday, Jan. 26 of sophisticated communications equipment from Cyprus for maintaining contact with Hamas leaders who remain in hiding. It came with a group of maintenance engineers.
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Israel air raids hit Gaza after Palestinian missile-mortar salvoes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2009
After 14 missiles and mortar rounds were fired into Israel during Sunday, Feb. 1, Israel launched air strikes against a Hamas building in central Gaza and six out of the hundreds of smuggling tunnels running under the southern Gazan border corridor with Egypt.
debkafile's military sources report that although attacks on southern Israel have been building up despite the Hamas ceasefire of Jan. 17, defense minister Ehud Barak stands out against demands for a major reprisal from prime minster Ehud Olmert and most ministers.
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Major Israeli reprisal pending against Hamas for bomb which killed soldier
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 1, 2009
The Israeli soldier was killed and three others were injured, one seriously, Tuesday, Jan. 27, when Palestinians detonated a large explosive device against a routine Israeli military patrol near the Kissufim crossing a week after Israeli troops exited the Gaza Strip. debkafile's military sources expected more military action after defense minister Ehud Barak warned that Israel would respond to the Palestinians' unacceptable breach of the ceasefire.
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US military chief confirms interception of Gaza-bound Iranian arms ship
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2009
Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen said Jan. 28 the US Navy had intercepted a Cypriot-flagged ship in the Red Sea last week and searched it with the captain's permission for Iranian arms bound for the Gaza Strip.
This Iranian arms ship was first revealed exclusively by debkafile on Jan. 20 and tracked further on Jan. 23 and Jan. 25. Click HERE.
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