541 articles tagged "Binyamin Netanyahu"
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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US GBU-31 bunker buster bomb
US bunker-busters, aerial refueling for Israel alongside diplomacy for Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report March 6, 2012

American sources disclosed Tuesday March 6, that President Barack Obama had decided to supply Israel with weapons systems suitable for long-range military operations and strikes against fortified underground targets. They include four KC-35 aerial refueling aircraft, doubling the number already in the Israeli Air Force inventory, and GBU-31 Direct Attack Munition-JDAMs, which serve US bombers especially those based on aircraft carriers. Also reported was the Six Powers offer to Tehran to resume negotiations on its nuclear program.
 

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A grim Binyamin Netanyahu on Iranian threat.
Netanyahu to Obama: We can’t wait much longer, Iran has not one but ten Fordows
DEBKAfile Special Report March 6, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu brought 14,000 pro-Israel lobby cheering delegates to their feet repeatedly when he pledged Monday night, March 5, “Never again would our people have to live in the shadow of annihilation.” debkafile: At the White House earlier, Obama admitted the Fordow underground plant could no longer be destroyed by bombs or missiles, only stifled by blocking its vents. Netanyahu: Iran already has ten Fordows. "We can’t wait much longer" to stop Iran acquiring a nuclear tool of terror.

 

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Barack Obama addresses AIPAC convention
Obama to AIPAC: Diplomatic pressure will bring Tehran to the right decision
DEBKAfile Special Report March 4, 2012

US President Barack Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres in addressing the opening of the pro-Israeli lobby AIPAC convention in Washington, Sunday, March 4, condemned a nuclear Iran as a threat to the US, Israel and the world. President Obama urged the efficacy of diplomacy backed by pressure since “Iran does not yet have a nuclear weapon” and there was still time for Iran’s leaders to make the right decision. debkafile: Iran has used this policy to accelerate its nuclear program as never before.

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Binaymin Netanyahu's dilemma
Adamant Obama confronts Netanyahu with a lone decision on Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2012

Expectations that the meeting between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday, March 5, will produce accord on how and when to stop Iran going nuclear are likely to prove unfounded, say debkafile’s sources. Obama was always dead against pursuing military action before sanctions and negotiations ran their course. Now he also wants to show Israel the limits of its influence in Washington. He will leave Netanyahu with a lone decision on how to deal with the prospect of an Iranian nuclear bomb.
 

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Obama cautions against “a premature attack” on Iran, rejects red lines
DEBKAfile Special Report March 2, 2012

In an interview to The Atlantic Friday, March 2, US President Barack Obama held to the line that “Iran does not yet have a nuclear weapon” and cautioned against a “premature attack” on the Islamic Republic. debkafile: This assessment is certainly not shared by Israel and ignored its call for red lines to warn Iran it will be attacked if it takes its nuclear weapons program beyond them. Neither did the president mention the advanced stage of the shielding of Iran’s nuclear facilities in bunkers.

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Are the Saudis Using Oil to Block Obama’s Reelection?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2012

When the Saudis discovered the US was backing off military operations against both Iran and Syria, they retaliated by letting oil prices float upward without lifting a finger. This week oil prices hit an all-time high carrying the message to Barack Obama: Either attack Iran, or we’ll let oil prices rocket up to $150 per barrel - and you won’t be re-elected in November.

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Obama Worries about a Potential Saudi-Israeli Front for Attacking Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2012

Washington suspects Saudi Arabia and Israel have revived their intelligence cooperation. The Obama administration will bend over backwards to prevent Israel using Saudi or other Gulf bases for an attack on Iran, even to providing refueling planes for Israeli bombers conducting the attack.

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Last-ditch bid fails to bridge US-Israeli differences
Pentagon prepares “aerial refueling” for Israeli planes striking Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 1, 2012

In a significant policy U-turn on Iran, anonymous Pentagon officials disclosed Thursday, March 1, that “military options being prepared start with providing refueling for Israeli planes and include attacking the pillars of the clerical regime.” This was the first Washington reference to possible joint US-Israeli military action against Iran.  Israel earlier called on the US to set red lines for Iran’s nuclear projects and to spell out military contingencies instead of the worn-out “all options are on the table” mantra.

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Different policies, same goals.
To draw Iran into nuclear talks, Obama avoids ousting Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2012

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal marched out of the Friends of Syria conference in Tunis Friday, Feb. 24, after representatives of 70 nations fell in behind US plans designed to avoid direct action against Syria’s Bashar Assad. Riyadh accuses Washington of reducing Assad’s butchery of his opponents to the level of a humanitarian issue to save his regime and keep Iran on track for nuclear negotiations. The “safe haven” plan is seen as giving the Syrian ruler international immunity. 

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barak Obama
US Undercover Effort to Stall Israeli Strike against Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2012

Jerusalem suspects Washington of planting undercover informants for advance warning of an Israeli strike against Iran. The mutuall distrust is traced to an encounter six months ago when Barack Obama turned Binyamin Netanyahu down on a secret plan for Israel to refrain from attacking Iran’s nuclear sites and follow his lead if the United States pledged a timely offensive against Iran.

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Natanz nuclear site air defenses
Obama to try and talk Netanyahu out of Iran strike after his advisers failed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2012

After a high-ranking US delegation headed by White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon failed in three days of tough talks (Feb.18-20) to dissuade Israeli leaders to back off plans for a military strike against Iran’s nuclear sites, the White House invited Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for talks with President Barak Obama on March 5. He will try and break the stalemate which ended his advisers’ talks with Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz.

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