1414 articles tagged "Israel"
US and UN Secretaries get together on Gaza truce
Kerry and Ban in truce bid to save Hamas from defeat. Israel holds reply. Cairo won’t amend truce proposal
DEBKAfile Special Report July 21, 2014

Three rival groups are in a tug-o’-war over a ceasefire initiative for the Gaza conflict:  The US and UN; Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia; and Qatar, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. Monday night, July 21, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Cairo to press their case. Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi told them he would not amend his original ceasefire proposal to suit Hamas’ demands. Israel has reserved its response, needing time for the IDF to accomplish its counter-terror mission in the Gaza Strip.

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Abbas Brings the Lethal Fatah-Tanzim Back to Fight Israel on the West Bank too
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2014

Abbas orders the Tanzim militia reformed, in preparation for battles with Israel in the West Bank.

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Six Emerging “Terror States” Encircle Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2014

Islamist entities not governed by international law are redrawing the map of the Middle East, swiftly gaining territory and oil.

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Ma'an raises ISIS flag of revolt
Jordanian Bedouin hoist Al Qaeda flag in Ma’an - 104 km from Eilat. US, Israeli forces on the ready
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 29, 2014

“Ma’an is the Falluja of Jordan!” shouted thousands of Bedouin Saturday, June 28, in the southern Jordanian town of Ma’an. They held ISIS placards and flags in one hand and automatic rifles in the other. Ma’an lies104 km from the Israeli Eilat and some 60 km from the main artery linking northern Israel to the south. debkafile: In Washington, there was anxious talk Sunday about the prospect of the Islamists rocking Abdullah’s throne. This would leave the US no option but to approve American and Israeli military intervention in its defense.

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Mid East is sizzling: Armed US drones over Baghdad, Saudi, Jordanian tanks deploy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 28, 2014

Armed US drones went into operation this weekend to defend its Baghdad embassy and Iraqi strategic facilities. Iran and Hizballah are braced for the oncoming Islamist suicide bombing assault on Beirut. Jordan and Saudi Arabia have deployed tank divisions on their borders against ISIS encroachments. Their next-door neighbor, Israel is nursing the blow to its prestige from the failure of its massive, all-out military-intelligence operation to rescue three kidnapped teenagers after two weeks. The sights of the Islamist State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) also include “Palestine.”

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Yitzhak Ben-Yisrael
The Malworm Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program Was Planted by Hand
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2014

Israel ex-general reveals that Stuxnet attack on Iranian nuclear system was aided by hand-implantation of the virus.

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi
Egypt’s president punishes Hamas, Jihadi Islami in Gaza, fires up strife in Palestinian government
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2014

Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah El-Sisi, before taking the oath of office on Sunday June 8, became the first regime head to strike out at the Palestinian unity government installed in Ramallah on June 24. He has strengthened the siege on its Gaza partner, Hamas. Cairo insists that the Rafah crossing stays shut unless Hamas hands control over to the Palestinian Authority, which will never happen. debkafile: This places the reconciled Palestinian partners at odds over who calls the shots in the Gaza Strip, presenting their government with the first major test of its unity.

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Ismail Haniyeh
Creating a New Palestinian Hizballah to Take off from Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 5, 2014

The new Palestinian unity government leaves Hamas with major sources of power, including militia, weaponry, Gaza port, and civilian posts. Some worry Hamas is attempting to do what Hizballah has done in Lebanon and overtake Fatah and the PA.

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Israel army chief Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz at scene of attack.
Palestinian killed in second terrorist attack at Nablus roadblock. An Israel soldier injured
DEBKAfile Special Report June 3, 2014

A Palestinian gunman in a car opened fire on an Israeli border guard checkpoint at the Tapuach checkpoint outside Nablus before dawn Tuesday, June 3. The soldiers returned fire and killed the gunman, after one was hit in the leg. It was the second encounter in four days at the same spot between an Israeli security force and a terrorist. It occurred shortly after the US decided to work with the new Palestinian unity government, despite Israel’s concerns about the participation of the Hamas terrorist organization. This stirred "deep disappointment" in Jerusalem

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Binyamin Netanyahu weighs his Palestinian options
US accepts new Palestinian unity government, turns aside Israel’s objections
DEBKAfile Special Report June 2, 2014

The US will work with and send aid to the new Palestinian government despite Israel's concerns, US Secretary of State John Kerry informed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday, after Mahmoud Abbas sealed his partnership with Hamas by swearing in their shared government in Ramallah. The EU echoed the US decision. Both therefore brushed off Netanyahu’s call to shun the new government for co-opting a terrorist organization. Israel warned the new government would be responsible for rocket fire out of Gaza, and punitive steps were pending..

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Middle East Espionage Sensations Promised by NSA Whistleblower-cum- Journalist
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2014

Journalist Glen Gleenwald promises new revelations from Snowden documents will include information on NSA-Israel agreements, while the US and its allies engage in massive surveillance efforts worldwide.

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Miriam and Emmanuel Riva
Were the Tel Aviv Couple Victims of an Iranian, Hizballah Revenge Killing?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2014

Rumors grow that Israeli couple killed in Brussels Jewish museum attack were targeted for their alleged intelligence work, and that their death may be connected to another assassination in Israel.

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Iran's nuclear clock ticks faster than diplomacy
The big charade: Nuclear diplomacy is a flop, the finale is secretly postponed to 2015
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 24, 2014

The optimism disseminated this week by all parties to the nuclear talks with Iran masked the truth, that diplomacy is stalled with no way to meet its July deadline. debkafile: US President Barack Obama has quietly decided to shift the deadline to Jan. 2015. But this leaves Iran off the hook of its November commitment for a six-month suspension of its extra-fast centrifuges - and free to raise its enriched uranium stockpile. Barack Obama hopes congress will empower him to use military force if Iran cheats – and that this will hold Israel’s hand.

 

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US Special Ops soldier on Jordan River
Revived US military intervention in Mid East flashpoints is heralded by active steps in Syria and Libya
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly May 20, 2014

The latest DEBKA Weekly out Friday homes in on the Obama administration’s seminal Middle East policy turnabout, performed unannounced almost overnight: The quiet switch from military withdrawal to proactive military intervention – based mainly on the CIA – is already impacting the Libyan and Syrian crises. Exclusive insights and fresh data will reveal how this extraordinary change is manifested in US-UAE backing for Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s nascent operation in Libya, compared with reliance on the strong Israeli and Jordanian armies to achieve US goals in Syria.

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Iran's Shahab-3 can reach all Mid East points
US accepts Shahab-3s in Iran’s missile arsenal, but not long-range ICBMs. Deep resentment in Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Special Report May 18, 2014

Two high-ranking US officials, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, were challenged by Israeli leaders over the Obama administration’s omission of the Shahab-3 ballistic missile from its demand to restrict ICBMs that can reach Europe and the US in Iran’s arsenal. The Shahab-3’s range of 2,100km covers all of the Middle East, including Israel. Yet it was left out, although it carries warheads weighing 760 kg, to 1.1 tons, which may also be nuclear. Hagel faced the same challenge from Saudi Arabia and the GCC.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Shinzo Abe
Japan Teams up with Israel against Cyber Links between China, North Korea, Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2014

Japan and Israel ink a deal to cooperate on cyber security, as Tokyo fears the expertise passing through China, North Korea, and Iran leaves it vulnerable.

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US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel heads for Mid East
Chuck Hagel faces flat resistance to US regional policies in his coming Mid East trip
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 10, 2014

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrives in Jeddah next Monday, May 12, for a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council defense ministers, the first to be attended by an American defense chief in six years. This prolonged absence reflected the Obama administration’s military disengagement from Middle East affairs and their ensuing political estrangement. Hagel will find Gulf states bent on self-defense and ready to contend with Iran without recourse to the US. Jordan and Israel are also withdrawing from commitments to play ball with Washington.

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Israel Moves 500 Tanks to Northern Borders, Saudis Parade 130,000 Combat Troops
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2014

Large-scale military exercises in Israel and Saudi Arabia aimed at preparing for war with Iran and its proxies.

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Hassan Rouhani and Ilham Aliyev
Alyev’s Turn Away from the US over Ukraine May Deprive Israel of Vital Listening-Posts
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2014

Strategically located Azerbaijan cools longstanding economic and security ties with Jerusalem and Washington, looking to Iran for new alliance.

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 9K310 Igla-1 aka SA-16 anti-tank missile
Syrian rebels get SA-16 anti-aircraft missiles after receiving advanced anti-tank weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 22, 2014

Syrian rebels have been sighted wielding anti-aircraft weapons in various combat sectors in the last few days. Just as on April 6 debkafile was the first publication to disclose the supply of US weapons - BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles – to certain Syrian rebel militias, our military sources now reveal the delivery of Russian-made 9K310 Igla-1 aka SA-16 anti-aircraft rockets, whose operational range is 5.2 km. While the rebels can now hit Syrian assault aircraft for the first time, the new systems comes too late to turn the tide of war.

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