DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2014
The collapse of peace talks and a Palestinian unity pact opened the West Bank door to Hamas and threatens Mahmoud Abbas’s rule with a coup like the one that brought Hamas to power in Gaza.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2014
The Fatah-Hamas unity pact wipes the peace process off the US and Israeli agendas. In any case, it was more dead than alive.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 13, 2014
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have decided to distance themselves for the time being from Israeli-Palestinian talks until Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas find their own way back to the table, debkafile reports exclusively. Kerry says the US will now use “a light touch,” while counting on Netanyahu and chief negotiator Justice Minister Tzipi Livni to bring Abbas around. A new Israeli proposal is ready to put before the Palestinian team. Jonathan Pollard may yet be freed.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2014
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided not to delay the launch of Israel’s improved Ofek 10 spy satellite Wednesday night April 9, hours after the six powers and Iran wound up another round of talks in Vienna on a comprehensive nuclear accord. debkafile: Israel decided to show some muscle after the Obama administration agreed to raise Iran’s weapons program in future talks, but refused to go into any detail or promise a tough US response if Tehran continued to pretend that its weapons program is non-existent and therefore not up for negotiation.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2014
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has proved time and again that he will never endorse any accord for ending the dispute with Israel. US Secretary of State John Kerry has finally accepted this. An interim deal, which he refused to consider, might buy a few years’ grace in the dispute before breaking up, because it is the conflict that keeps Abbas in power. debkafile: Some Palestinian eyes are looking at the Saudi-UAE-Egyptian bloc and its war on the Muslim Brotherhood i.e. Hamas, which the US opposes. Israel too is seriously interested.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014
Obama wants to avoid another diplomatic debacle in the Middle East, after Egypt and Syria and so he may cut short John Kerry’s bid to keep Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations going.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 1, 2014
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas did not announce his walkout from the negotiations with Israel or turn down the package of far-reaching Israeli concessions which US Secretary of State John Kerry assembled with Binyamin Netanyahu early Wednesday, April 1. He turned his back on them by sending out applications in the name of “the independent Palestinian state” for membership of 12 UN agencies - in breach of his commitment ahead of the negotiations. The Kerry-Netanyahu bid for an extension of the talks gave Abbas his chance to dump them.
To get at Obama and Kerry, Arab League summit drafts hard-line ultimatums for Israeli-Palestinian peace track
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2014
The Arab League summit opening in Kuwait Tuesday, March 25, is set to carry hard-line ultimatums as a means of derailing US-sponsored Palestinian-Israeli talks and as a red flag for President Barack Obama three days before he lands in Riyadh. debkafile: They will insist on a veto on recognizing Israel as the Jewish national state, mandating all parts of East Jerusalem, including Al Quds al Sharif (Temple Mount) and the entire Old City of Jerusalem, as the capital of a Palestinian state; and the immediate release of all Palestinians in Israeli jails.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 13, 2014
Mahmoud Abbas is maneuvering for a deal with Hamas to gain control of Gaza’s borders and send Kerry and his framework accord back to the drawing board.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2014
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has informed Washington of his acceptance in principle of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework document - subject to reservations raised with US Special Envoy Martin Indyk. A high-ranking US official told debkafile: “We all know the die is cast in Jerusalem and Netanyahu has accepted Kerry’s guidelines. They are now working on the reservations he needs to submit for his government coalition to survive the expected storm of protest and resistance and for the talks with the Palestinians to carry on” to a final accord.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 7, 2014
The give-and-take over an Israeli-Palestinian accord, doggedly kept afloat by US Secretary of State John Kerry, is evolving into a complex personal dynamic: Israel’s A-team - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon – are not of one mind on the issues; Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’s popular base is infamously narrow and flimsy. And John Kerry, too, needs to overcome reservations in President Obama’s White House team to obtain his blessing. He is not entirely sure he will get it.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2014
The White House is qualifying its support for Kerry’s diplomacy for Iran, Syria and Middle East peacemaking, finding it too decisive for Obama.
State denies Kerry admitted US Syrian failure. Israel shoots down US-led NATO force for Palestinian State
DEBKAfile Special Report February 4, 2014
January was the bloodiest month of the Syrian conflict. US Secretary John Kerry was quoted by US Senators McCain and Lindsey as admitting that administration Syrian policy had failed and a new strategy was indicated. Yet State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki accused the senators of “mischaracterizing" his remarks. NSA Susan also rose to Kerry’s defense to reprove Israelis for criticizing him. Jerusalem has meanwhile rejected as unpractical the proposal for US-led NATO forces to take over anti-terror tasks from the IDF in a Palestinian state.
Jordan invokes 1994 peace treaty with Israel for a say in Kerry’s Jordan Valley security and Jerusalem plans
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry has ordered a reassessment of Gen. John Allen’s Israeli-Palestinian security plan - especially the replacement of Israeli units along the Jordan Valley border shared between Israel, Jordan and a future Palestinian state, with US electronic surveillance devices. debkafile: Not only is Israel emphatically opposed to this, so too is the Jordan's King Abdullah, who won't hear of his kingdom’s exposure to US electronic devices or a Palestinian presence. He also wants Jordan’s special status in Jerusalem’s holy places incorporated in Kerry’s documentation for the peace process.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 29, 2014
Binyamin Netanyahu reasserted his authority Wednesday, Jan. 29 by forcing pro-settlement Jewish Home party leader and minister to apologize for offending him under threat of dismissal. But Bennett did not back down on the issue itself. In another setback to the prime minister's credibility, US Ambassador Dan Shapiro denied that the framework document Secretary John Kerry was about to present was an “American document” as Netanyahu claimed, but reflected Israeli-Palestinian points of agreement. The Military Intelligence chief then revealed “170,000 rockets are threatening Israel”.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 18, 2014
Israeli politicians, left, right and center, are resorting again to their familiar clichés in trading accusations over where ongoing negotiation with the Palestinians should or should not be going. Meanwhile, the Palestinians have other plans, the first of which is to quit peace talks with Israel. The next, come April, is to enlist 63 international organizations for a massive boycott against Israel in every sphere. This diplomatic “intifada” is expected to trigger violent Palestinian assaults from the West Bank, including possibly rockets on Israeli towns.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 15, 2014
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was forced to apologize Tuesday night, Jan. 14, for private remarks about Secretary of State John Kerry, showing how far Israel has fallen as a strategic asset for the Obama administration, compared with the new favorite. Only this week, Iran’s deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi said the US President was not telling the truth in stating that Iran would dismantle a key part of its nuclear program. The White House response: Never mind what the Iranians say; it’s what they do that matters – a freedom evidently denied Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2014
While Netanyahu has been won round to Kerry’s framework, Abu Mazen faces a chorus of opposition from the Palestinian leadership condemning the US secretary’s document as pro-Israeli and selling the Palestinians short.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 7, 2014
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu plans to hold the first popular referendum in Israel’s history for ratifying the amended peace framework proposal which US Secretary of State John Kerry is drafting for presentation in the coming weeks, debkafile reveals. The prime minister is now in favor of accepting the Kerry framework and, although they don’t see eye to eye on many of the issues, he believes the gaps between them can be bridged.
Gloom in Kerry’s party over widening Israeli-Palestinian gaps. Jordan rejects Palestinian security on its border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 5, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry returns Sunday night, Jan. 5 for another shuttle between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas after time-out for dropping in on Amman and Riyadh. debkafile: Kerry ordered his team to shelve the proposed US framework after he saw the gaps getting wider instead of narrower on the core issues of the dispute. In Amman, he found King Abdullah totally apposed to the integration of Palestinian security and intelligence bodies in security arrangements in the Jordan Valley and West Bank.