DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly December 10, 2013, 10:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tehran wins two key Gulf emirates away from their close alignment with Saudi Arabia by two steps: Its consent to discuss the future of three islands claimed by the UAE in the Strait of Hormuz; and the conspicuous absence of Oman’s Sultan Qaboos from the GCC summit in Kuwait this week. The Saudis were prevented from passing anti-Iranian measures, which must be unanimous under GCC rules, and were therefore isolated. The Obama administration’s silence – even when Iran posted assault aircraft on a Hormuz island – resounded across the region.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2013, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)
Shunned by the Saudis, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif made lavish officers to the Gulf Arab emirs, including mutual defense pacts with Iran, but failed to elicit a single clear yes.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2013, 11:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
Dead set against Obama’s policies for Syria and Iran, the Saudis are preparing to send heavy weapons to the Syrian rebels, making up the deficiency created by Western denial. Jordan must be persuaded to let the supply transit its territory.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 2, 2013, 9:15 PM (GMT+02:00)
Associates of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday, Oct. 2, leaked word to the media that Israel was in contact with Saudi and Gulf representatives to align their policies for offsetting President Barack Obama’s advancing rapprochement with Iran and any US easing-up on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. These exchanges include recent visits to Israel of high-ranking Gulf officials and will extend to joint lobbying efforts in the US Congress to overrule Obama administration’s outreach to Tehran. This leak signals a widening of the breach between Israel and the US president.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 7, 2013, 11:01 AM (GMT+02:00)
Army chief, Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi plans two follow-up steps for last Wednesday’s military coup - at risk of Washington’s censure: The roundup of thousands of local Muslim Brotherhood operatives across the country, and a military crackdown on the Brotherhood’s center of revolt in Sinai, which is allied with al-Qaeda-linked Salafists and supplied with weapons hoarded there in advance. In seeking Israel’s consent for their Sinai operation, under their peace treaty, Egypt’s military rulers will bring their collaboration with Israel out in the open. Egypt’s Sinai pipeline to Jordan was sabotaged Sunday.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2013, 10:33 AM (GMT+02:00)
The putsch which Wednesday, July 3, overthrew Mohamed Morsi set back the Obama administration’s sponsorship of the Muslim Brotherhood as a moderate partner for its Middle East policies. debkafile: The Egyptian military could not have managed their clockwork coup without Saudi and Dubai aid in intelligence and funding. They aimed to put a spoke in the US-sponsored Arab revolt, as well as settle long scores with Barack Obama. Morsi’s downfall has far-reaching significance for Israel, most immediately easing the security threat from the South and a disaster for Hamas.
DEBKAfile Special Report July 1, 2012, 9:58 AM (GMT+02:00)
The European oil embargo taking effect Sunday, July 1 blocks the sale to EU members of one-third of Iran’s daily output of 3.3 million barrels a day. From now on, EU insurance firms withhold cover from governments and firms operating tankers delivering Iranian oil. The embargo was clamped down after diplomatic efforts failed to halt Iran’s nuclear weapon program. Gulf armies led by Saudi Arabia are on alert for reprisals. Two oil pipelines have been activated to bypass the Strait of Hormuz if it is blocked.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2012, 12:22 AM (GMT+02:00)
To pierce the layers of armor devised by Syrian, Russian and Iranian strategists to keep Assad afloat, the Western-Arab bloc is recruiting top Syrian generals to march on Damascus and unseat the dictator.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 8, 2010, 2:30 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Obama administration's decision last week to boost its military presence in the Gulf and supply its Arab allies with tens of billions of new weapons is a bid to win the galloping arms race with Iran and mark out American spheres of influence and contain Iran's drive for regional hegemony - whether or not it attains a nuclear weapon.