1394 articles tagged "Israel"
South Sudanese soldiers loyal to president in Juba
Obama threatens to cut off US support to South Sudan if violence continues, sends special envoy to Juba
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2013, 1:06 AM (GMT+02:00)

From his holiday in Hawaii Saturday, Dec. 21, President Barack Obama threatened to withdraw the support of the US and other nations from South Sudan if the violence continued, after three US military planes were hit by ground fire on an evacuation mission over rebel-held Bor. Four Americans were injured, one critically. Obama held South Sudanese leaders responsible for protecting Americans. debkafile: The US warning applied also to the Israelis aiding South Sudan and trying to resolve the differences between the feuding President Saval Kiira and his ousted deputy Riek Machar.

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Israel’s Destruction Will Come from the East, Says a New Al Qaeda Pamphlet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2013, 1:06 AM (GMT+02:00)

Al Qaeda pens its first operational blueprint for Israel’s destruction, planning to use its lack of strategic depth to attack the Jewish state from Syria and Iraq.

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US Special Forces ready to go into Syria
US switches military aid from rebels in the north to new pro-US security zone against Al Qaeda
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 11, 2013, 10:36 PM (GMT+02:00)

The suspension of US-UK non-lethal military aid to the Syrian opposition in the north – ostensibly to keep it out of Islamist hands – is only part of the story. The aid will be put in the hands of the pro-American rebel forces deployed to man a new security zone the two powers are carving out in the south, as a barrier against al Qaeda’s encroachments on the Jordanian, Israeli, and Lebanese borders, as well as Damascus. Two war rooms in Irbid, Jordan will run the operation under a US general.

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Barack Obama and Adm. McRaven
US Moves in on South Syria from Two War Rooms in Irbid, Jordan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2013, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)

Two US war rooms were necessary in view of various Obama commitments to different Middle East allies. The area marked out as US area of influence is designed also to impede al Qaeda’s advance.

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Michael Hayden
Will Netanyahu Go for a Military Strike Now that Iran Is a Nuclear Threshold State?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2013, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)

After failing to prevent Iran becoming a nuclear threshold state, Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu has practically run out of options.

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Super-Stuxnet in the making
Tehran: Mossad and Saudi intelligence are designing super-Stuxnet to destroy Iran’s nuclear program
DEBKAfile Special Report December 3, 2013, 9:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency “reveals” that Saudi Arabia and Israel’s Mossad are “co-conspiring to produce a computer worm more destructive than the Stuxnet malware to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program.” It claims that Saudi intelligence director Prince Bandar Bin Sultan and Israel’s Mossad chief Tamir Pardo met in Vienna to decide on the virus attack on Nov. 24, shortly after the six world powers signed their first interim nuclear agreement with Iran in Geneva, and that a week earlier, Prince Bandar visited Israel secretly with French President Francois Hollande.  

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Binyamin Netanyahu's nuclear depiction caricatured
Former CIA, AMAN chiefs: Iran is a nuclear threshold state and can no longer be stopped
DEBKAfile Special Report December 2, 2013, 10:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

In New York and Tel Aviv, former CIA director Gen. Michael Haden and ex-chief of AMAN, Gen. (ret) Amos Yadlin, offered the same opinion.  Both said Sunday, Dec. 1, that Iran has attained the status of a nuclear threshold state, able to build several nuclear bombs in a matter of weeks. By this diagnosis, they indicted their respective governments for failing to stop this happening. Hayden on the Geneva accord: “We need to negotiate hitting the delete button.” Yadlin: "Iran is a step before breakout to a bomb. This is unfortunate but true.”

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
US Makes Iran Strategic Partner in Six World Zones – from Indian Ocean to Palestine
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2013, 11:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

The US is showering Iran with perks even before it takes the first step toward implementing its interim nuclear deal with the six powers.

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Al Qaeda jihadis in Syria
First Sinai-based Al Qaeda cell to infiltrate the West Bank eliminated in Hebron hills
DEBKAfile Special Report November 28, 2013, 9:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

The three terrorists killed by Israeli forces in the south Hebron village Yata Tuesday, Nov. 26, belonged to the first al Qaeda cell to infiltrate the West Bank from Sinai, most likely through Jordan, debkafile reports. They came to establish a major new network for attacking Israel and the Palestinian Authority - hence the combined army, Shin Bet and special anti-terror force’s expeditious action to terminate the cell. It is feared they were the harbinger of more infiltrations by al Qaide forces embedded around Israel’s borders in Sinai, Gaza, Syria and Lebanon.

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Washington Acts to Avert Israeli Strike and Transfer of Pakistani Nukes to Saudi Arabia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2013, 12:19 AM (GMT+02:00)

Washington hopes by clinching a fast deal with Iran, albeit a partial and first step, to avert an Israeli strike and delay the transfer of Pakistani nukes paid for by Riyadh to Saudi Arabia.

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Ankara and Tehran Set up Profitable Ties behind America’s Back
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2013, 12:19 AM (GMT+02:00)

Turkish-Iranian intelligence cooperation has produced an operation against Syria rebel supplies through Turkey. Tehran wants to redirect Turkish exports from its Israeli route back to Syria, and use the Turkish route to promote Iranian products in Europe.

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Israel rejects US proposal for nuclear Iran
Major Israel-US rift over Washington plan to let Tehran continue enriching uranium with sanctions relief
DEBKAfile Special Report November 7, 2013, 10:12 AM (GMT+02:00)

Israel voiced early Thursday, Nov. 7, its utter opposition to the new proposal the US plans to put before the two-day Geneva conference opening later in the day on Iran’s nuclear program. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, when he met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jerusalem Wednesday, bitterly accused the Obama administration of yielding to the Russian-backed Iranian position. Should Tehran renege on the deal, the US proposal leaves it with the capacity for enriching enough weapons-grade uranium in 10 days to build several nuclear weapons.

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With prisoners’ release, Palestinians demand Israel withdraw to 1949 lines, renounce E. Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2013, 11:01 PM (GMT+02:00)

It is hard to see why Israel is going through with the release of 26 Palestinian terrorists convicted for murder when the Palestinians have slapped down on the negotiating table 16 harsh terms - first revealed here by debkafile - that will defy even US Secretary of State John Kerry’s bridging skills. Each of those demands, such as Israel’s withdrawal to the 1949 armistice lines, forgo E. Jerusalem and accept 1948 refugees, is calculated to finally stall any diplomatic solution of the Middle East dispute.

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Iran's US gift to Russian General
The Big Fraud: Tehran’s ScanEagle gift to Russia covered handover of secret US RQ-170 drone technology
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 25, 2013, 10:19 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iranian video cameras homed in on the presentation of a replica of the US-made ScanEagle drone by Iran’s air force chief Farzad Esmayeeli to Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev,  visiting Russian air force chief, on Tuesday, Oct. 22.  debkafile: This incident, an affront to the US, will also go down as a major military intelligence fraud, because it provided cover for the discreet handover to the Russian general of a replica complete with technology of America’s most secret drone, the sophisticated RQ-170 Sentinel, a prize long coveted by Moscow.

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Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani
Obama plans to Spring His Nuclear Accord with Iran as a Surprise
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2013, 11:31 PM (GMT+02:00)

Obama, while pretending to be dissatisfied with Iran’s nuclear concessions, accelerates the wording of a draft nuclear deal with Iran via Russia and prepares to spring it on the world as a big surprise.

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Syrian tanks blast key town of Khan Arnabeh
Syrian tanks lay siege to key rebel-held town athwart Damascus-Golan highway
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2013, 11:02 PM (GMT+02:00)

Large Syrian forces through Tuesday night, Oct. 8, tightened the siege on the rebel-held town of Khan Arnabeh which is the key to controlling the main highway from the capital, Damascus, to the Syrian Golan. The town is expected to fall quite soon. Its capture also provides the key to the central crossroads around the Golan town of Quneitra and will enable the Syria army to return to the UN-policed disengagement zone dividing the enclave between Syria and Israel. debkafile: The rebels are putting up no more than token resistance.

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Hizballah forces parade their prowess
Hizballah is secretly pulling its fighting men out of Syria, elated by victory
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 7, 2013, 10:20 AM (GMT+02:00)

Hizballah is surreptitiously withdrawing thousands of fighting men from Syria after an intervention for saving the Assad regime. debkafile: This withdrawal closes Tehran’s first successful experiment in fielding a surrogate force for determining the outcome of a war in an important strategic arena. Despite heavy losses, Hizballah comes out toughened by combat experience and seasoned in running regular military units in battle under combined Iranian-Syrian command. The Lebanese Shiites have won a tactical advantage over the IDF which has not faced real combat since 2006.

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John Kerry and Mohamed Zarif at the UN
US appeasement of Iran drowns Israel’s military option against nuclear Iran or chemical Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report September 27, 2013, 11:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Thursday, Sept.26, was the day Israeli lost its freedom to use force either against the Iranian nuclear threat hanging over its head or Syria’s chemical capacity – at least, so long as Barack Obama is US president. The Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah axis is safe. The US also promises to start lifting sanctions in December if Iran admits inspectors to the Fordo enrichment plant. At the Security Council, the US finally buried the use of force against Syria’s use of chemical weapons by acceding to Russia’s demand to drop the penalty clause.

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Chemical shell shrapnel in Saraqeb, Idlib
Assad is off the US military hook and keeps his chemical weapons. Israel is the loser of this round
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 10, 2013, 12:38 PM (GMT+02:00)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have patted themselves on the back for a balanced and cautious stance that kept Israel secure during the Syrian conflict. However, President Barack Obama’s decision Tuesday, Sept. 10 to put US military action on hold leaves Israel exposed to a second major WMD threat: Bashar Assad keeps his chemical capability intact.  An international control mechanism would take a year or more to put in place and meanwhile, Assad is off the hook for a crushing assault on Aleppo.

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First Iron Dome for Jerusalem
Syrian, Hizballah rockets for Palestinian anti-Israel proxy-reprisals. Syrian Sukhoi bombers over Cyprus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 9, 2013, 10:08 AM (GMT+02:00)

Syria and Hizballah Sunday, Sept. 8, finished supplying rockets to dozens of Palestinian groups, some ad hoc inventions, and deploying them on the Syrian and Lebanese borders facing Israel, debkafile discloses. An array of Katyushas, Grads and Fajr-5s, with ranges of up to 70 kilometers, is now in place. That night, an Israeli anti-missile Iron Dome battery was deployed in the Jerusalem region for the first time. Also Sunday, two Sukhoi (Su-24) bombers flew over the British Cypriot air base of Akrotiri, the second Syrian over-flight in a week.

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