532 articles tagged "Binyamin Netanyahu"
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Ehud Barak: first to campaign for election.
Israeli politicians scramble for posts ahead of an election date
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2012

The government has tabled a bill for dissolving the Knesset. The date is still not confirmed, but would-be candidates for seats at the post-election cabinet table are lining up.  Defense Minister Ehud Barak launched his bid to carry on in defense at a news conference Wednesday, May 2. Other bidders, on the assumption that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will head the next government, aim to cut Likud’s current right-wing and religious partners out of his coalition and push Likud into a centrist role.

Prof. Benzion Netanyahu
Benzion Netanyahu, scholar, uncompromising Zionist, dies at 102
DEBKAfile Special Report April 30, 2012

His death aged 102 was announced by the office of his son, prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, early Monday, April 30.  Prof. Benzion Netanyahu was a historian of note, editor of the Hebrew encyclopedia, professor and lifelong Zionist who believed that Jews would never be free of discrimination and that efforts to compromise with Arabs were bound to fail. Until a year ago, Prof. Netanyahu was academically active and had begun working on his memoirs.  He is survived by two sons, Binyamin and Iddo.

Will Netanyahu face an election before Obama?
Netanyahu’s choices: Strike Iran before or after Israeli elections
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 29, 2012

Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak are facing another of the periodic opposition campaigns to unseat them. New faces have joined the opposition lineup, including a fledgling party, “There is a Future.” They are campaigning against an Israeli attack to preempt a nuclear Iran, questioning both leaders’ credentials for leading one and calling for an early election. However, before peaking, the opposition campaign is starting to backfire, debkafile reports. Netanyahu may count on a successful operation against Iran boosting him at the polls.

Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz meets top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey in Washington
Gantz: IDF and other armies ready to strike Iran’s nuclear capabilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2012

Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu acted Thursday, April 26, to correct the damaging impression of divided and conflicting perceptions of the Iranian nuclear threat left by statements delivered in the last two days by himself and Defense Minster Ehud Barak. Israel’s chief of staff Gen. Benny Gantz rallied to the task. He commented Thursday that “other countries have readied their armed forces for a potential strike against Iran’s nuclear sites to keep Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”

Some fear they've missed the boat.
As Israeli leaders wrangle over Iran, a new US spy agency will deal with Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2012

Israel’s prime minister and defense minister were harshly criticized on the eve of Israel’s 64th Independence Day for too much speechifying and no real action against a nuclear Iran. In contrast, the US finally acted, creating a new Pentagon spy agency against the Islamic Republic. The Israeli street has stopped listening to its leaders intoning that Iran will not be permitted to acquire a nuclear weapon. Some military and intelligence sources believe Israel and the US have missed the boat for stopping it, especially concerning a dirty bomb.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama
Israel Loses Patience with Obama, Starts Countdown to Unilateral Decision on Nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2012


Israel is fed up with being kept in the dark, doesn’t trust American diplomatic maneuvers to stop a nuclear Iran and is getting ready to make its own decisions after the May 23 Baghdad talks between the P5-1 and Iran. That is the message coming from Binyamin Netanyahu and top Israeli figures.

Barack Obama and his double diplomatic track
Israel: Obama’s secret dealings with Iran conflict with US-Israeli understandings
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2012

The rift over Iran between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu burst into the open Monday, April 16 when high-ranking Israeli officials close to Netanyahu directly accused the president of reneging on the US-Israeli understandings reached ahead of the Istanbul talks on April 14 between the six powers and Iran. The show biz in Istanbul and Baghdad on May 23, they charged, screened the real nuclear business the US and Iran were contracting in secret contacts through Paris and Vienna.

Ahmadinejad celebrates Nuclear Day
Exclusive: Secret US-Israeli accord lets Iran keep low 3.5 enriched uranium
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2012

debkafile’s Washington sources disclose exclusively that the Obama administration and Netanyahu government have secretly agreed on “Formula of 1,000” ending the forthcoming Six Power nuclear talks with Iran. It would let Iran keep 1,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium up to 3.5 percent and stock 1,000 kilograms of the same grade uranium, while giving up except for medical research its store of 20-percent grade uranium which can be jumped quickly to weapon quality.

No comment from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Wikileaks claims Netanyahu was a Stratfor source, disclosed 2 Iranian nukes on missiles in 2009
DEBKAfile Special Report March 28, 2012

Wikileaks Wednesday, March 28 published mails indicating that Binyamin Netanyahu may have been a source ol the US Stratfor research site. Its Vice President for intelligence Fred Burton claimed in e-mails he was in contact with Netanyahu from May 2007 up until 2010 after he became Prime Minister. One e-mail said that in Dec. 2009, “BB” told him Iran has “two nukes on missiles ready to go.” The Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem has not commented on the publication.

Barack Obama and Tayyip Erdogan get together
Obama’s back-channel to Tehran bypasses allies Erdogan and Netanyahu
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 24, 2012

US President Barack Obama sits down with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in Seoul, South Korea Sunday, March 25. Earlier, Obama gave the Turkish leader - and Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu too - a lesson in political expediency: March 20, Washington awarded 11 nations exemptions from new US financial sanctions against Iran. The downscaling of sanctions caught Israel by surprise and angered Turkey, most of all as the outcome of unknown secret US-Iranian talks.

Zuheir al-Qaisi
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in Secret Fence-Mending with Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 16, 2012

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood secretly turned to mending its fences with Iran on the back of the Israeli-Palestinian clash over the Gaza Strip using Hamas as go-between. The Sunni Brotherhood, the dominant political force in post-Mubarak Egypt, decided two weeks ago to forge ties with Shiite Iran, causing a major upset for United States and Israeli policies.

Netanyahu Uses Gaza Operation as Rehearsal for the Big Show in Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 16, 2012


Netanyahu did not intend the targeted assassination of a high-profile terrorist to ignite a four-day missile barrage from the Gaza Strip against southwestern Israel. But since it did, he took advantage of the opportunity for practicing defensive procedures for the expected major showdown with Iran.

Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Ahmadinejad's spokesman
Iran threatens N. Israel with bombardment from Lebanon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2012

Tehran is capitalizing on its allies’ two perceived victories: Bashar Assad’s success in seizing Idlib from rebel hands and the Palestinian Jihad Islami’s triumphal missile assault from Gaza on southern Israel. The Iranians are moving forward with plans to match that assault with a Hizballah offensive on northern Israel from Lebanon. This was the object of a rendezvous opposite Metulah Wednesday, March 14, between a high-ranking Iranian delegation headed by Ahmadinejad’s spokesman Ali Akbar Javanfekr and Hizballah intelligence officers.

Model of a nuclear bomb
Obama projects an Israel visit in July: before or after an attack on Iran?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 9, 2012

Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu gave President Obama breathing-space for a decision on the timing of an attack on Iran’s nuclear sites, debkafile reports. The US president’s possible July visit to Israel will aim to boost his bid for re-election, depending on such imponderables as whether it comes before or after this attack and who ends up staging it.  Meir Dagan, ex-Mossad chief claims there is still time for diplomacy because Tehran (whose leaders are sworn to destroy Israel and forging ahead with their nuclear program) are rational.

Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Obama Estimates July-August, Netanyahu Projects Early May
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2012

Obama and Netanyahu narrowed the gap between their timetables for attacking Iran to three months – between May and August. In July they meet again – possibly in Israel - for another shared intelligence update and reassessment.

Barack Obama
Iran Will Have to Meet 7 Provisos to Keep Nuclear Talks Afloat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2012

Obama plans to confront Iran with seven conditions for keeping nuclear negotiations with the big powers going – from the word go. One is to sign NPT protocols authorizing spot IAEA inspections of suspicious site. Since no one expects Tehran comply, the military option will soon be back on the table.

Barack Obama
Will the US and Israel Strike Iran Separately or Together?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2012


Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu have both appointed trusted commanders to take charge of preparations for their respective attacks on Iran: Adm. William McRaven, head of US Special Operations Command-SOCOM and Israel’s Air Force chief Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan. Whether they led joint operations or act separately depends on the still absent US-Israeli accord on a timetable.

Binyamin Netanyahu
A Slogan Born of Lingering Distrust of America’s Intentions on Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2012


The slogan “Israel must be master of its fate” was born of the intelligence reaching Binyamin Netanyahu that Washington had promised Tehran to restrain Israel from an attack on its nuclear sites behind his back. At that point he resolved not to give Obama a heads-up on a coming strike.

US President and Israeli Prime Minister in a lighter moment
First report: Obama, Netanyahu draw closer on Iran attack
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly March 8, 2012

Only on DEBKA-Net-Weekly: In the latest edition out Friday, find out what the US President and the Israeli Prime Minister really said to each other and the measure of understanding they reached with regard to military action against Iran this year. We can reveal in which areas they agreed on separate US and Israel steps for the common purpose of cutting down Iran’s nuclear weapon capability and in which they will work in harness. Timetables are the key.

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US Gen. James Mattis, CENTCOM Chief
Top US danger rating for Syrian chemical-biological missiles - ahead even of Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2012

US military officials said Wednesday, March 7, that President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broke away from their dispute over an attack on Iran on March 5 for a serious discussion of the Syrian crisis and Bashar Assad's, hundreds of surface-to-surface missiles armed with chemical and biological warheads. Because this peril has risen to the top of America’s chart of the threats looming over Israel and Turkey, Obama advised Netanyahu to hurry up and mend ties with Ankara.  

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