DEBKAfile Special Report December 7, 2013, 11:09 PM (GMT+02:00)
President Barack Obama addressed the Iranian nuclear and Palestinian issues in terms sympathetic to the Israeli case at the Saban annual forum in Washington Saturday, Dec. 7. On the final accord with Iran, he spoke of constraints to ensure Iran was prevented from attaining a nuclear weapon. The Palestinians must accept that the current talks with Israel will produce, at best, a framework accord without full details. It would also omit the Gaza Strip and provide for a transition period before a final settlement.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2013, 11:31 AM (GMT+02:00)
Secretary of State John Kerry put before Israelis and Palestinians Thursday, Dec. 5, a new security plan combining the US war on al Qaeda with the security provisions promised Israel in a settlement with the Palestinians, debkafile reports exclusively. Israeli and Palestinian units would be integrated in a planned regional US-led force for securing parts of Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Palestinian territory and Israel against terror. It would consist also of US, British, French, Saudi, Jordanian and Egyptian units. Netanyahu was open to the idea; Abbas had reservations.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 25, 2013, 10:05 AM (GMT+02:00)
Iranian President Rouhani avoided shaking President Barack Obama's hand at the UN Tuesday, Sept. 24 – not to rebuff diplomacy with the US but to underscore Iran’s demand for respect as an equal. In secret contacts with Tehran, Obama had already agreed to Iran keeping its enriched uranium stocks. This and other concessions give US Secretary of State John Kerry a flying start for his mission to lead diplomacy with Iran, at the same time as the Israeli-Palestinian track. The US president’s linkage of the two places Israel at a disadvantage.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 14, 2013, 11:17 AM (GMT+02:00)
The US, Israel and the Palestinian resume talks Wednesday, Aug. 14, in deep confusion, senior Israeli officials told debkafile. The US chair “appears to be at sea on which issue for leading off.” They refer to John Kerry’s proposal for the US and Israel to determine security arrangements along the Jordan River and the West Bank without Palestinian involvement as a non-starter. It has encouraged Mahmoud Abbas to rule out any Israeli presence on the West Bank – a line even more extreme than that taken by Yasser Arafat in 2000.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 11, 2013, 12:22 PM (GMT+02:00)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, 63, is recovering from umbilical hernia surgery he underwent under general anesthetic at Hadassah Ain Karem hospital, Jerusalem Saturday night, Aug 10. He has resumed his duties which briefly passed to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon as acting prime minister during the medical procedure.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 9, 2013, 1:13 PM (GMT+02:00)
The formal Israeli-Palestinian meeting scheduled for next Wednesday, Aug. 14 is the outer shell of the secret hard-core negotiations bouncing back and forth for weeks between US Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, debkafile reports. The real talks are near a climax on the core issues of borders, Jerusalem, refugees and settlements. Kerry convened Jewish American leaders at the White House Thursday, Aug. 8, to advise them of the “strategic imperative” to arrive at a deal soon.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 31, 2013, 7:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel has twice switched its orientation toward the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip: In November 2012, Muslim Brotherhood-ruled Egypt, Qatar and Turkey, negotiated the ceasefire ending Israel’s Pillar of Defense operation against Hamas missiles. From July 2013, Israel has been cooperating with the Egyptian military and its champion, Saudi Arabia – witness permission for Egyptian Apache gun ships to fly over Gaza. So what happens when the Egyptian military launches a major operation against Hamas – in defiance of the US and Palestinian Authority, with whom Israel launched peace talks this week?
Kerry in secret final-status talks with Netanyahu and Abbas on borders, security, Jerusalem, Jordan Valley
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2013, 8:59 AM (GMT+02:00)
The ceremonial launch of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in Washington early Tuesday, July 30, made a photogenic front for the real brass-tacks bargaining on the core Middle East dispute issues which Secretary of State John Kerry has been handling discreetly with the principals, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. This was revealed exclusively in the last DEBKA Weekly issue of Friday, July 26. Kerry has been pushing quietly for answers on borders, security, the Jordan Rift Valley and Jerusalem.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 28, 2013, 8:23 AM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s willingness to “do everything” to avoid giving the Palestinians a pretext for not turning up for their first encounter with Israeli negotiators in Washington Tuesday, July 30, bodes ill for Israel’s bargaining position right from the start. So too does his proposal to include jailed Israeli Arabs among the 104 Palestinian prisoners to be released. debkafile: John Kerry is constructing a kind of US superstructure with Arab components to stand over the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators and their principals in Jerusalem and Ramallah.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2011, 2:13 PM (GMT+02:00)
The final touches on US President Barack Obama's push to revive Israel-Palestinian negotiations are being put in place by his Middle East advisers David Hale and Dennis Ross and the legal adviser to the National Security Council Jonathan Schwartz who arrived in Israel Tuesday, June 14. After tying up arrangements in Jerusalem, the group is to meet Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Thursday.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 2, 2010, 2:17 PM (GMT+02:00)
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 26, 2010, 7:45 PM (GMT+02:00)
US and Israel skirted around admitting that direct Israel-Palestinian dialogue had foundered after 26 days Sunday, Sept. 26, as Israel's settlement construction freeze expired. American spokesmen commented that with the resumption of building, a one-year clock was ticking for a peace accord. The talks have resulted for now in Hamas preparing to go to the next, expanded phase of its terror campaign, Egypt and Syria patching up their quarrel and the two terrorist organizations, Hamas and Hizballah, crowing.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 6, 2010, 10:07 AM (GMT+02:00)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was accused of breaking ranks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's drive for a peace accord after he remarked Sunday, Sept. 5, that an Israeli-Palestinian peace would not come this year or even in the next generation. debkafile's sources disclose that Lieberman's words were adjusted to his discovery that Barack Obama expected no more of direct talks than an interim, long-term framework with vague, non-binding references to the core issues.