1394 articles tagged "Israel"
Obama and Netanyahu
Israel gives qualified okay to Obama’s interim deal with Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2012, 12:24 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak have decided to stand back for Barack Obama to put his interim deal with Iran to the test, debkafile’s sources report. They are going along with it despite reservations after receiving assurances from the White House that Iranian violations would result in the immediate termination of negotiations and bring military action forward as the sole remaining option for stopping a nuclear Iran. Saturday, debkafile exclusively revealed the eight-point interim deal the US put before Iran.

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Qassem Soleimani
Hizballah Is Now in Line to Attack Israel and So Thwart a Strike on Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2012, 12:47 AM (GMT+02:00)

 

The Iranian leadership is torn by a serious debate over a preemptive strike on Israel. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei fears it will jeopardize his credibility and upend his direct confidential dialogue with Barack Obama. He faces tough opposition from Iran’s war faction.

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Clashing UAE, Israeli and Iranian Military Maneuvers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2012, 12:46 AM (GMT+02:00)

 

Iran was rattled by the United Arab Emirates air force war games over the Strait of Hormuz in conjunction with the US and France and Israel’s maneuvers in the Mediterranean. Its rejoinder was a maneuver of its own to practice offensive special operations raids for the first ...

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Malek Ashtar University: Nuclear bomb project HQ
More than 60 nuclear experts at work building Iranian nuclear bomb
DEBKAfile Special Report May 13, 2012, 9:00 AM (GMT+02:00)

The 60 Iranian experts employed by 11 different Iranian agencies controlled by the Iranian Defense Ministry (under the IRGC) were revealed by names and addresses Saturday, May 12, by the opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) in the first ever detailed exposure of a highly secret, central Iranian organization working on building a nuclear weapon. debkafile: Through the secret US-Iranian track, Khamenei told Barack Obama that Fordow will not be shut down. Jerusalem: The evolving US-Iran deal is “bad for Israel.”

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North Korean nuclear-capable BM-25 missiles sold to Iran
Iran readies secret salt desert bunkers for clandestine nuclear facilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 5, 2012, 1:16 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran has transferred nuclear weapon-making installations to secret Dasht e-Kavir (Great Salt Desert) sites, including nuclear-capable ballistic missile plants, debkafile reports. This prompted Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s prediction that Iran is on the way to a capability for building a nuclear bomb in 60 days. To keep the desert installations out of sight, Tehran is bidding to stop IAEA inspections altogether after Parchin. Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak are fighting to keep Israel’s military option on the table against political rivals at home.

 

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Prof. Benzion Netanyahu
Benzion Netanyahu, scholar, uncompromising Zionist, dies at 102
DEBKAfile Special Report April 30, 2012, 11:33 AM (GMT+02:00)

His death aged 102 was announced by the office of his son, prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, early Monday, April 30.  Prof. Benzion Netanyahu was a historian of note, editor of the Hebrew encyclopedia, professor and lifelong Zionist who believed that Jews would never be free of discrimination and that efforts to compromise with Arabs were bound to fail. Until a year ago, Prof. Netanyahu was academically active and had begun working on his memoirs.  He is survived by two sons, Binyamin and Iddo.
 

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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, 11:12 AM (GMT+02:00)

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, 11:36 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

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 ...

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iran Plots a Low-Grade Nuclear Attack Which Israel Must Forestall
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2012, 11:36 PM (GMT+02:00)

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 ...

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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, 11:36 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

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 ...

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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, 1:53 PM (GMT+02:00)

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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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, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)

 

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 ...

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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, 10:20 PM (GMT+02:00)

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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Why Is the Mediterranean Suddenly Chock-a-Block with Military Exercises?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2012, 10:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran, Moscow and Ankara are deeply concerned by the joint US-Israeli-Greek naval exercise this week. They are also troubled by the just signed secret Israeli-Cypriot-Greek Mediterranean energy cooperation pact, for control of which the US has beaten Russia to the draw. Russia and Turkey have staged their own naval ...

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Georgos Papkonstantinou
A Plan to Feed Europe Israeli-Cypriot-Greek Electricity by Cable
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2012, 10:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

The energy accords secretly signed by Israel, Cyprus and Greece for cooperation in Mediterranean energy exploration and production target a new offshore field opposite Crete. This bloc envisions becoming the continent's main energy supplier with a big difference: They are examining plans to export electric power to Europe instead of ...

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Tayyip Erdogan and Barack Obama
Obama Made Turkey His Mid East Linchpin on US Intelligence Advice
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2012, 10:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

A new US intelligence position paper addressed to the Oval Office makes Tayyip Erdogan the linchpin of Obama’s Middle East and Iran policies after he showed the flag by accepting a US radar station, part of NATO’s anti-Iran missile shield. This won him a harsh dressing-down by ...

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Khairat El-Shater
Islamist Presidential Contenders Fight It out on the Egyptian Street
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2012, 10:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

Omar Suleiman’s retirement from Egypt’s presidential race leaves the stage open to the Muslim Brotherhood and possible one other Islamist contender. Frontrunner Khairat El-Shater is offering his Salafist rivals perks for standing down. The Egyptian street will pick the winner.

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Muslim Brotherhood's Khairat El-Shater
Suleiman gives up presidential bid over Islamist foothold in young army elite
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2012, 12:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

Former Egyptian intelligence strongman Gen. Omar Suleiman’s decision Thursday, April 5 to drop out of the race for president in the June election shocked Washington and Jerusalem and dashed their hopes of a figure capable of challenging Khairat El-Shater and halting or at least offsetting the Muslim Brotherhood’s monopoly of power in post-Mubarak Egypt. The Supreme Military Council ruling Egypt was told that Islamist power had become unstoppable after starting to penetrate the young army elite taking over in July, debkafile reports.

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Mohsen Rezaie, his master's voice
Iran ducks away from nuclear talks. Moscow: Mid East at boiling point
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2012, 9:13 AM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran is seeking a postponement of the nuclear negotiations with world powers set for April 13-14 in Istanbul, debkafile’s Iranian sources report. Washington and Jerusalem see Iran’s maneuvers as guided by two objectives: Having the venue removed from Istanbul and buying a couple more months before the diplomatic crunch - and so delaying any military option that Israel or possibly America may choose to exercise if last-chance diplomacy fails.  Russian rhetoric targets the US military and naval buildup around Iran.

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On guard at the Russian missile destroyer Smetliviy
Russian warships launch drill from Tartus versus US-Israeli-Greek naval exercise
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 3, 2012, 10:09 AM (GMT+02:00)

Not 24 hours after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that a pre-emptive strike (by the US and/or Israel) would violate international law, Moscow put muscle into his warning: Tuesday, April 3, the Russian guided missile destroyer Smetliviy arrived in the Syrian port of Tartus for a naval exercise. The ship, which carries anti-air, anti-ship and anti-submarine missiles, will hold drills with its support vessels in the same expanse of E. Mediterranean as the US-Israeli-Greek “Noble Dina” exercise.

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