480 articles tagged "Iran nuclear"
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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.

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Yuval Diskin ex-Shin Bet director
Ex-Shin Bet chief runs down Netanyahu and Barak as war leaders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 28, 2012

Yuval Diskin has a point about an Israeli attack’s potential for halting Iran’s race for a nuclear bomb – but not when he argues it would accelerate that race. Without an Israeli attack Tehran doubled the pace of its nuclear development in the past year. It is important to examine the ex-Shin Bet’s motives for echoing left-wing rhetoric against current Israeli leaders - especially as most Israeli left-of-center parties and protest groups are funded by foreign political interests.

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USAF F-22s deployed to Persian Gulf
US military drills Day One after strike on Iran, deploys F-22s to Gulf
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 28, 2012

US Navy, Air Force, ground, intelligence and special forces units based at home, in Europe and the Middle East, took part this week in a special exercise ordered by President Barack Obama to simulate reactions to a potential US/Israel strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, debkafile reports. Advanced US stealth F-22 fighter bombers were also transferred to the Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE. Washington is thinking of attacking core elements of Iran’s nuclear program to weaken its hand in negotiations. 

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Benjamin Netanyahu
The War Operation against Iran May Be Just Weeks off
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2012

 

Because Israel received no answers from Washington about concessions Obama had made to Tehran in secret talks, and because Israel believes that Iran’s bomb-building capability will outrun progress in negotiations, Israel intelligence advise bringing forward the date for a military strike to stop Iran in its nuclear tracks.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iran Plots a Low-Grade Nuclear Attack Which Israel Must Forestall
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2012

Israel’s war preparations are based on the estimate that by the end of 2012, Iran will be able to produce a crude nuclear device as well as a dirty bomb. It calculates as high the risk that Tehran will decide to use those devices for war against Israel in the short term and not wait until it has complete nuclear warhead ready for a ballistic missile.

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Nouri al-Maliki and Ayatollah Al Khamenei
Iran to US: You Went along with Our Nuclear Program. How about Our N-Bomb too?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2012

 

By dragging the Iranian nuclear issues onto the hazardous ground of theological polemic on the value of Shiite fatwas, Obama has added to Israel’s mistrust and appalled the Arab world’s Sunni rulers and peoples, especially in the Gulf and Egypt, who accuse him of pro-Shiite bias which is also reflected in Syria and other places. Iran’s appetite for concessions remains insatiable.

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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.”

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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.
 

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Binyamin Netanyahu's toughest decision ever
Israel races against time on decision to strike Iran
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly April 23, 2012

Until now, Israeli leaders talked about a final decision to go to war on Iran’s nuclear bomb program in terms of months. This timeline is suddenly shrinking.  DEBKA-Net-Weekly in its latest issue this week explains what is behind this change and what drove Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz to state: "In principle, we are ready to act," when asked if the IDF was ready to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. Don’t miss these insights into Israel’s pressing calculus on Iran.

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Obama trusts an elusive Khamenei fatwa
Iran rides high on nuclear concessions, demands end to sanctions
DEBKAfile Special Report April 21, 2012

After the “achievements” gained for its nuclear program from diplomacy with the West, Iran now wants sanctions lifted. European sources expect the Obama administration to soon start ending sanctions in stages. Israel’s drive against a nuclear Iran is assuming personal overtones: Three Israeli researchers question the evidence of a 2005 fatwa supposedly issued by Supreme Ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei prohibiting Muslims from building a nuclear weapon. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has held it up as “an entryway into negotiations.”

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Ehud Barak meets Leon Panetta in Washington
Barak to Panetta: What is your bottom line for Iran?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2012

Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak arrived in Washington Thursday, April 19 with tough questions for US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta about the administration’s dialogue with Iran, on the lines of, “What’s going on? Is there a deal? Don’t tell me what you have settled with the Iranians, just your minimal demands, your bottom line.”  Because Israel was in the dark about the dialogue, Barak sought the truth about Obama’s concessions, especially on IAEA inspections, directly from Panetta.

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President Barack Obama and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Obama’s Proposals Are Primed to Pre-empt War – Not a Nuclear-Armed Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2012

President Barack Obama's proposals are primed to pre-empt war as his first priority before even pre-empting a nuclear Iran. The deal he is offering Tehran will be hard to refuse because it virtually relieves its nuclear program of effective international oversight. Tehran is nonetheless holding out for an end to sanctions.

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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.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: A nuclear weapon is a sin...
Obama ready to yield on Iran's nuclear transparency. Israel:Tehran will cheat
DEBKAfile Special Report April 18, 2012

In the direct, secret exchanges between the US and Iran which led up to the Istanbul talks of Saturday, April 14, President Barack Obama quietly backed off from his demand that Iran “come clean” on its nuclear activities and open up to international inspection, debkafile reports. The Iranians may find it worth their while to accept his other proposals, although no word of this deal has reached Israel.  Freed of sanctions and international oversight, the Iranians can build a nuclear weapon undisturbed.

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Wendy Sherman leads US delegation at Istanbul
Iran snubs US delegate in cat-and-mouse game in Istanbul
DEBKAfile Special Report April 14, 2012

The only real action at the resumed nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six world powers in Istanbul Saturday, April 14, was played out on the sidelines. The Obama administration’s intense effort to put relations with Tehran on a new, more amicable footing was thrown back in its face by the head of the Iranian delegation, Saeed Jalili, who spurned an invitation from senior US delegate, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, to a bilateral meeting - after a humiliating runaround.

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Watching the North Korean missile launch
Obama’s election politics empowers Iran, North Korea, Syria before Istanbul talks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 13, 2012

In their different ways, the rulers of Iran, North Korea and Syria this week tried to throw US President Barack Obama off balance by exploiting the foreign policy balls he is juggling to win the November election – a combination of tough talk and maneuvers for staying clear of military confrontation. They will continue to try and throw the US off-balance by extreme provocations, especially at the nuclear talks starting in Istanbul Saturday, April 14, between Iran and six world powers.

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Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili
Exclusive: Iran’s “new initiatives” place Israel at center of nuclear talks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 11, 2012

The head of Iran’s National Security Council Saeed Jalili suggested enigmatically Wednesday, April 11, that Tehran would present “new initiatives” at the negotiations with six world powers starting in Istanbul next Saturday. debkafile: The “Israeli dossier” tops the tactical agenda set out by Iran’s top strategic team for the negotiations ahead. Every demand the world powers make of Tehran will be twisted around and pointed at Israel’s alleged nuclear program. The Iranians are counting on this maneuver to keep their nuclear program intact.

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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.

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With empty hands against Syrian heavy armor
Syria launches its heaviest air-ground assault yet against the opposition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2012

Certain he is safe from Western-Arab intervention, Bashar Assad Sunday, April 8 unleashed an across-the board offensive against the last surviving rebel locations in 30 towns and villages.  debkafile reports that for the first time, heavy long-range artillery as well as air force helicopters pounded the last rebel positions in the northern mountains of Idlib, attesting to Assad’s determination to finish his opponents once and for all with no holds barred and backing to the hilt from Tehran and Moscow.

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Russia's S-400 Triumf missiles posted in Kaliningrad
Russian radar in Armenia to block an US/Israeli strike on Iran from the north
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 8, 2012

Moscow has stepped into the vacuum created by US President Barack Obama’s decision to stay out of Middle East troubles while campaigning for a second term. After blocking the way to direct Western and Arab military intervention in Syria through the Mediterranean, Russia sent its Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last week to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan – to secure Iran against a potential US/Israeli attack via its northern and eastern neighbors, debkafile reports. Armenia is to host a Russian radar station.

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