526 articles tagged "Binyamin Netanyahu"
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Spraying fire retardants from the air
Air offensive contains Carmel wildfire. Galilee guards catch arsonists
DEBKAfile Special Report December 4, 2010

The onslaught waged by aerial firefighters from half a dozen countries Saturday, Dec. 4, has begun to contain the calamitous Mt. Carmel wildfire raging since Thursday - although the situation remains volatile, depending on the wind during the night. The evacuees allowed to return home did not include Ein Hod or Nir Etzion, while Isfiya is still threatened. Volunteer defense teams caught six individuals trying to start fires in different parts of Galilee Saturday night.

Hard bargaining behind friendly smiles
US: Building freeze must cover Jerusalem, no F-35 warplanes for free
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 19, 2010

Obama administration officials deny Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu came away from his marathon meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Nov. 11 with a pledged package of major incentives for a 90-day settlement construction freeze, debkafile's Jerusalem and Washington sources report. The scale of US benefits as presented by the prime minister to Israel's security and foreign affairs cabinet and the full cabinet is seen in Washington as misleading.

Iron Dome - another year before it is operational
As Iran, Hizballah weigh war in months, Israel plans for next decade
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 16, 2010

Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have made a big deal about the security benefits they say Barak Obama is offering for a second, 90-day moratorium on settlement construction.  However the delivery date of the second lot of 20 F-35 stealth warplanes is 2020 – ten years from now! So how will they help Israel stand up to current security threats from Iran, Hizballah, Syria and Hamas? The Obama letter of commitment is meanwhile delayed.

Lifted only a corner of the deal
Netanyahu's concessions for talks go far beyond a building freeze
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 14, 2010

The package Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has accepted for US-sponsored talks with the Palestinians contains more substantial concessions than merely a freeze on settlement construction and goes far beyond the deal put before the security cabinet Saturday night, Nov. 13, debkafile reports from Jerusalem and Washington. The deal unveiled in Jerusalem early Sunday is only stage one of a larger secret package to which only Netanyahu and his close adviser Yithzak Molho are privy.

The map on the obstacle course to peace
Obama to present US Israel-Palestinian border map within 3 months
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 14, 2010

debkafile's Washington sources disclose that the three-month settlement construction freeze-for-incentives deal Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu discussed with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday, Nov. 12, also included a commitment to hold negotiations with the Palestinians during that period on final borders. Assuming the talks collapse, the Obama administration will itself chart those borders and present an American map to both sides before the three months are up. This map will closely adhere to Palestinian aspirations.

US sources: Netanyahu is out of sync on military buildup against Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report November 8, 2010

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates rapped Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's knuckles for his comment in New Orleans Sunday, Nov. 7, that "Iran must be made to fear a military strike against its nuclear program." Gates shot back: "I disagree that only a credible military threat can get Iran …to end its nuclear weapons program."  debkafile: The Obama administration is building up military pressure on Iran and resents the Israeli prime minister's bid to force the pace beyond its calibrated momentum.

His concession enables resumption of talks
Mid East talks resume January. Netanyahu relents on building freeze
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 2, 2010

Direct Israeli-Palestinian talks, interrupted in September after less than a week, will resume in January, 2011 following a quiet deal between the US, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, debkafile's sources disclose. Obama administration officials are upbeat after four new developments unsnarled the gridlock. Most significantly, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to a second, partial settlement building freeze and Mahmoud Abbas to drop a bid for UN recognition of unilateral statehood.

Netanyahu offers Palestinians new deal
Netanyahu's "moratorium for recognition" deal draws home fire
DEBKAfile Special Report October 12, 2010

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's offer to trade a settlement construction freeze for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish nation-state was not only rejected by the Palestinians and ruled out by Washington. It was criticized at home. Opening up the question of whether Israel is a Jewish state or a democracy unnecessarily invites challenge, said the critics. In 1947 the UN enshrined the Jews' right to self-determination. Coupling it with the settlement issue is counter-productive.

Mitchell to hand Assad Netanyahu's proposed Golan withdrawal map
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2010

After the two-day Israeli-Palestinian face-to-face supervised by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Middle East envoy George Mitchell prepared for a major breakthrough during his visit to Damascus Thursday: The possible revival of Syrian-Israeli peace talks. He carries with him for Syrian president Bashar Assad a detailed withdrawal map drawn up by Binyamin Netanyahu covering much of the Golan. This map is a DEBKA-Net-Weekly Exclusive.

Bushehr: No admission to outsiders
Iran capitalizes on Obama's silence on Bushehr
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly August 24, 2010

How did US President Barack Obama come to misjudge the cost of assenting to the start-up of Iran's first nuclear reactor? In its latest issue out Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly  disclosed how Iran swiftly cashed this blank check in terms of boosting its nuclear bomb program and regional standing whereas Binyamin Netanyahu was left watching his policies vis-à-vis Iran and the Arab go into the red.
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Whispers no cure for voluble Turkish assaults
Missteps on Turkey weaken Netanyahu before talks with Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 1, 2010

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahuhas his hands full calming the uproar in his cabinet over infrastructure minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer's failed meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu in a bid to narrow the widening rift between their governments. debkafile reports the prime minister has four days to stabilize his government before flying off to Washington.
Erdogan is exploiting the upset in Jerusalem to intensify his smear campaign against Israel.

Gaza Port prepares for end of Israeli blockade
Netanyahu yields on Gaza blockade as well as flotilla probe
DEBKAfile Special Report June 14, 2010

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, after responding to US pressure for establishing an independent public probe of the May 31 flotilla incident, is also quietly falling back under the international clamor to ease the sea and land siege of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip by installing international supervisory mechanisms in place of the Israeli military and navy.

debkafile's political sources note for the first time, Israel has exposed its military activities to a public probe in which international figures take part.

VP Joe Biden and Mubarak discuss ending Gaza siege and Netanyahu government
US twists Israel's arm to placate Erdogan, destabilize Netanyahu
DEBKAfile Special Report June 9, 2010

The US military engineers helping Egypt build a steel anti-smuggling wall along the strategic Philadelphi Route dividing Gaza from Sinai were suddenly recalled this week, debkafile's military sources report, during the talks President Joe Biden and Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak held in Sharm el-Sheikh. Anxious to placate Turkey, Washington abandoned its half-a-billion dollar investment in the steel wall and turned to reviewing the Netanyahu government's future.

The start of a new friendship?
Obama turns over a new leaf with Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2010

After more than a year, US president Barack Obama has suddenly stepped back from his icy treatment of Israel and its prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, debkafile's Washington sources report. In an effort to make amends, he sent his top advisers, including his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, with a public apology (of a kind) to leading American rabbis. George Mitchell has also been instructed not to twist Israel's arm in talks with the Palestinians.

Attending IDF's northern war game
IDF officers slam Netanyahu's lack of strategy for northern threats
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 12, 2010

High officers leading last week's big war game in northern Israel confronted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi with harsh criticism over the lack of a clear government strategy for dealing with the rising Hizballah threat of aggression and the uninterrupted flow of advanced weaponry from Syria to Hizballah. They said Syrian Scuds reached Hizballah because Israel was over-anxious to keep the borders calm at all costs.

Binyamin Netanyahu
Netanyahu gives way on Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Special Report May 10, 2010

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has given ground on Jerusalem to bribe Palestinian leaders to go back to peace talks albeit an indirect process mediated by the United States. He has agreed to freeze construction on an East Jerusalem project at Ramat Shlomo for two years. As a result, Palestinians are celebrating their success in manipulating the Obama administration into squeezing concessions out of Israel even before the talks begin - and on Jerusalem, no less.

Israel's nuclear center at Dimona
Obama reaffirms US support for Israel's nuclear ambiguity
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 6, 2010

US president Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to back up Israel's policy of
nuclear ambiguity in a 20-minute telephone conversation with prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday, May 3 in connection with the UN conference on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Ahead of the start of proximity talks with the Palestinians, Obama assured Netanyahu that the joint US-Egyptian drive for a nuclear-free Middle East would not apply to Israel before a comprehensive peace is forged with all its neighbors.

Friendly rendezvous at Sharm el-Sheikh
Mubarak and Netanyahu frame strategy for Israel-Palestinian talks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2010

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and president Hosni Mubarak agreed on a joint strategy when they talked at Sharm el-Sheikh Monday, May 3, debkafile reports.  it was to go for a partial solution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict based on setting up a Palestinian state within temporary borders, although this formula was repeatedly rejected by Washington and the Palestinians. Both also see Hamas control of the Gaza Strip slipping sharply as a result of their joint embargo on Gaza.

The breach remains
Jones denies new US ME plan after Netanyahu shuns nuclear summit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2010

US National Security Adviser James Jones denied the US had a new Middle East plan. He was replying to reporters' questions aboard Air Force One on their way back from Prague. His denial followed Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's withdrawal from the US-sponsored summit on nuclear terror opening in Washington April 11. Washington saw this as a protest against a US policy Israel considered detrimental to its security interests, such as ignoring its need for secure borders and trying to impose peace.

Put all his weight behind cowing Netanyahu
Obama is going after regime change in… Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 25, 2010

All the fine words about America's friendship and strategic support for Israel melted away in the flames of the rift between the Obama administration and Israel which burst out in the open during the Israeli prime minister's visit to Washington. President Barack Obama made it brutally clear that the Netanyahu government is an obstacle to his Mid East goals. He therefore has no qualms about seeking regime change in Jerusalem - even ahead of Tehran.


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