918 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Binyamin Netanyahu and Meir Dagan
Two Scandals Shaking Israel's Government Intersect in the Oil Emirate
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 10, 2011

Two scandals are rocking the Israeli government: One arises from the former Mossad chief Meir Dagan's deadly attacks on the Netanyahu government; the other from US sanctions suddenly landing on Israel's richest plutocrats, the Ofer Brothers. Both have their roots in the Gulf oil emirate.

Washington Chops the Ofer Brothers for Fishing in its Gulf Waters
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 10, 2011

After the Americans drove Israel security contractors and the Mossad out of Abu Dhabi, the Ofer Brothers thought their business dealings through Palestinian middlemen were safe. US sanctions opened their eyes to this miscalculation.

The Fordo installation as recorded in 2009
Enrichment transfer to Fordo: Iran's slap in the face for Obama, IAEA and Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report June 8, 2011

Iran struck another blow in its nuclear offensive against the world: Wednesday, atomic chief Fereydoon Abbasi Davani said Iran's 20-percent uranium enrichment would be transferred from Natanz to Fordo near Qom this summer. Improved centrifuges would triple purification capacity. debkafile's military sources report that this move will substantially shorten Iran's road to weapons grade uranium of 90 percent. The Fordo facility, burrowed deep in a mountainside and protected by anti-air missiles, is all but invulnerable to air attack.

Saudi King Abdullah
A Sunni Rapid Response Force Available to Muslim Regimes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2011

Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan is traveling far and wide to build an international Muslim army on call for rapid deployment to parts of the Muslim and Arab world deemed threatened by Riyadh and for containing Iranian expansion. He is buying arms in China, raising recruits in Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia and setting up training facilities in Central Asia.

Big power sorting-out of the Arab Spring
US-Russian deal for two rulers who survived the Arab revolt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2011

Bashar Assad and Muammar Qaddafi look like surviving the "Arab Spring" revolts against them. Neither is buckling under the various batteries of US and Western pressure. Assad has begun regaining control of his country, while all five of Qaddafi's brigades have survived NATO pounding intact. To break the impasse, debkafile sources reveal that on the G8 sidelines, Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev closed a secret deal: Assad would stay and Qaddafi must go.

Another Obama try to restart peace talks
White House set for Obama-Netanyahu-Abbas summit. Israel downbeat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 27, 2011

The White House is going full steam ahead with preparations for an early summit between US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to restart the peace process, debkafile's Washington sources report exclusively. While Obama is satisfied with extracting from Netanyahu three major concessions, Israeli sources call on the US president to shift ground on "land swaps" and security provisions or the peace talks will end amid an Israel-US crisis as soon as they begin.

Binyamin Netanyahu
An Israeli-Saudi Strategic Understanding
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2011

With a new strategic partner in hand after losing Turkey and Mubarak's Egypt, the Israeli prime minister was in a position to underline Israel's continued adherence to its military option against Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. Secret Saudi-Israeli intelligence parleys are now joined by Jordan.

Saudis Have Big Plans for a Divided Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2011

The Saudis plan to carve out a new Arab republic in southern Yemen under their thumb and let civil war divide the country in two. They have dumped Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and US objectives in the country.

Barack Obama and David Cameron
The US and Britain at Cross Purposes on Libya and Afghanistan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2011

During his London visit, Obama turned down British quid pro quo offer to trade stepped-up US military intervention in the Libya war in return delayed British troop drawdown in Afghanistan. US-British differences on Libya war remained unbridged.

Barack Obama clarifies
Obama: Israel's borders to differ from 1967 lines
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 22, 2011

US President Barack Obama corrected the harsh impression Israel gained from his May 19 Middle East speech in one of the most pro-Israeli addresses ever delivered by an American president. He explained to the 11,000 delegates at the AIPAC conference Sunday, May 22 that the final Israeli-Palestinian borders would differ from the 1967 lines because of the "mutually agreed swaps" he had also advocated.  The US president thus addressed the cardinal objection raised insistently by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Binyamin Netanyahu locks horns with Barack Obama
Netanyahu is one of 12 Mid East leaders saying no to Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 20, 2011

By rejecting US President Barack Obama's proposal for Israel and its troops to pull back from the West Bank to behind the indefensible 1967 lines, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lands in the company of eleven Middle East and North African rulers who spurned Washington's Middle East policy in the six months of the unfolding Arab uprising.
In his speech Thursday, May 19, Obama strengthened those Arab rulers' determination to oppose his policy and increased the prospects of an Israel-Arab war.

Muammar Qaddafi
Libyan Rebel Chiefs near Deal with Qaddafi behind NATO's Back
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2011

Despite Obama saying "Time is against Qaddafi" the reality is that time is against NATO as rebel commanders come close to a deal with Qaddafi on ending the war and a nice slice of oil revenue.

The Military Council Falls Apart in the Face of Rising Disorder
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2011

Instead of democracy, Egypt is sinking into violence, widespread disorder, sectarian clashes and crime as the military rulers stand aside and wait for a new ruler to take over.

Barack Obama lays down controversial Middle East policy
Obama's first speech stuns Israelis. Netanyahu rejects 1967 lines
DEBKAfile Special Report May 19, 2011

US President Barack Obama's declaration in his policy speech Thursday, May 19, that Israel should withdraw to the 1967 lines with mutually agreed territorial swaps drew forth a sharp rejection from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Before flying to Washington, he stated: The 1967 lines are indefensible. Israeli security demands an IDF presence on the Jordan River. Israel appreciates the US president's commitment to peace but a Palestinian state cannot rise at the expense of Israel's existence.

US Ambassador Robert Ford recalled before warming his seat
Obama to get tough with Assad. Syrian-Israeli flare-up expected
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 17, 2011

debkafile reports exclusively that President Barack Obama is ready to stamp down hard on Syrian President Bashar Assad in person for his inhuman crackdown on protest and the massacre of hundreds of dissenters. After five mass graves were found near Deraa, Obama may announce sanctions against the Syrian president even before his May 19 speech on US relations with Middle East Muslim nations, as well as recalling Ambassador Robert Ford from Damascus. Syria has threatened to hit back at Israel.

Barack Obama
A Last Chance to Snatch Almost Certain Success from the Syrian Ruler
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 13, 2011

Assad's harsh crackdown appears to be working. Unless he is explicitly condemned by the US president, the main cities of Damascus and Aleppo will continue to hold back from the popular anti-regime uprising. Syrian security chiefs have begun celebrating victory and preparing a massive purge of the opposition.

Osama bin Laden
Hunt on for Osama bin Laden's 10 Would-be Lone Avengers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 13, 2011

Osama bin Laden's shoes are likely to stay empty for some time. Al Qaeda is not structured for a large-scale terror attack as an organization to avenge his death. Some ten top-notch operatives listed here have the will or ability - or both - for a lone wolf operation.

Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, al Qaeda's dirty bomb ace
The 10 high-profile al Qaeda terrorists at large
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly May 11, 2011

The US administration planned Osama bin Laden's death as a lever for al Qaeda's destruction. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's latest issue out  Friday tabs the ten master-terrorists still at large, including one who holds the key to a dirty bomb attack, and capable of masterminding revenge attacks.
This issue also assessed the prospects of Syrian President Assad's victory against his opposition.

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The next meeting may mark parting of the ways
Israel's next challenge: Obama's outreach to Muslim Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 9, 2011

Israel celebrates the 63rd anniversary of its independence in good cheer. Neither by word nor hint have its leaders referred to the next challenge facing the country:  Barack Obama, president of Israel's best friend and ally, has picked the Muslim Brotherhood as his chosen partner for promoting American interests in the Arab world. His courtship of this organization, which he regards as moderate, was the rationale, say debkafile's sources, behind his bold decision to get rid of Osama bin Laden.

Osama bin Laden's Death as Obama's Lever for Muslim Brotherhood Rule
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 6, 2011

For President Barack Obama, removing the al Qaeda leader was part of his master plan for replacing the long-ruling Arab autocrats by new regimes with a place for the Muslim Brotherhood in government as counterweights to Muslim extremists. That is the incumbent's top goal compared with Bush who targeted Zarqawi in Iraq and Clinton who prioritized Palestinian-Israel peace.

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