1420 articles tagged "Israel"
Visiting enrichment laboratory
Limp Western- Israeli response to Iran's uranium enrichment hike
DEBKAfile Special Report February 8, 2010

Tehran's decision to raise its uranium enrichment level to 20 percent - taking it weeks away from weapons-grade production - in the teeth of international objections, has raised no cries of outrage in Washington or Jerusalem. Asked Monday, Feb. 7, whether president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's announcement brought military action any closer, US defense secretary Robert Gates pinned his trust in non-existent international unity for pressure.

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Syrian missile
Iranian missile airlift stiffens Syrian war talk, tops up Hizballah, Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2010

debkafile Iranian and military sources report the new war threats from Damascus are backed by massive Iranian airlifts for boosting Syria's missile arsenal. Fresh supplies have also reached Hizballah and Hamas. Syrian war rhetoric was fanned by the delivery of 100 new medium-range surface-to-surface missiles from Iran. The Syrian foreign minister publicly confirmed debkafile's disclosure in December of a secret mutual defense pact binding Iran, Syria, Hizballah and Hamas.

 

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Italian prime minister in Jerusalem
Italian and Israeli leaders airbrush Rome's thriving trade with Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2010

 

Italian PM Berlusconi said Tuesday the state-controlled oil giant Eni SpA had withdrawn from developing  a southern Iranian oilfield (a small project) and promised to "block new investments in oil and gas."

His silence on current rather than future investments shows which way the wind is blowing. His Israeli hosts withheld comment on Rome's trade ties with Tehran.

 

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Hamas chief Muhammad al-Jabry
Hamas warns 13 top terror activists they are in Israel's cross-hairs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2010

Hamas security services Tuesday, Feb. 2, advised 13 jihad chiefs, including 2 Jihad Islamic commanders, that they are Israel's next targets for liquidation, after the death of Hamas weapons smuggler Mahmoud Makhbouh in Dubai on Jan. 19, debkafile's counter-terror sources disclose.
Disclosing the identities of their top men indicates Hamas is in a blind funk.
debkafile has obtained the full list:

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Phosphorus flares in Gaza War
Israel military faults exposure of two disciplined Gaza commanders
DEBKAfile Special Expose February 2, 2010

Israel's report to Ban Ki-Moon supposed to defend IDF conduct in the Gaza Operation adds weight to the war's critics by naming two high-ranking commanders who were disciplined for exceeding orders by allowing the UN center in Gaza to come under artillery attack. Their fellow-commanders are furious, say the two officers have been placed at risk of international prosecution.  

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Israeli robot defuses explosives container
Explosives-packed containers drift onto S. Israeli beaches
DEBKAfile Special Report February 1, 2010

The beaches of Ashkelon and Ashdown, twin Israeli ports up to 25 km north of Gaza, were evacuated Monday, Feb. 1 for fear that two large containers packed with explosives which drifted ashore were floating bombs with more on the way.  Israeli intelligence is investigating the incident to find out if the explosives were supposed to blow up against Israeli targets or Iranian deliveries to Hamas terrorists in Gaza which went astray.

 

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Iran's Shehab 3 ballistic missile
Italian-Iranian trade thrives, supports Tehran's nuclear program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2010

 "Israel has no bigger friend," said prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu of Silvio Berlusconi, who begins an official visit to Israel with half a dozen ministers Monday, Feb. 1. According to the fat trade contracts current with Tehran, Italy would be better described as "Iran's biggest friend" - at least, in Europe, and supplier of key components for its nuclear and space programs, as well tunneling equipment and army trucks.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran Has All It Needs for "Breakout" to a Bomb
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2010

 

Obama's engagement strategy against Tehran's nuclear armament has failed. From February, Tehran will be able to build a nuclear device if it so chooses. Israeli must decide by May whether or not to take up its military option for knocking out Iran's nuclear installations.

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Hamas kidnapper Mahmoud al-Mabhouh
Hamas blames Israel for death of kidnapper
DEBKAfile Special Report January 29, 2010

Senior Hamas commander, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, 50, died in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 20 and his body reached Damascus on Jan. 28, according to Izzat Rishq speaking at Hamas headquarters in the Syrian capital early Friday, Jan. 29.  He accused Israel of his assassination without specifying its circumstances.  Israeli spokesmen have not commented in the charge, which debkafile estimates may have been raised to distract from Hamas' many troubles.

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Leon Panetta
CIA chief Panetta holds talks on Yemen in Cairo and Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2010

The director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, paid secret visits to Cairo and Jerusalem Thursday, Jan. 28, to prepare the ground for expanding US military intervention in Yemen against al Qaeda strongholds, thereby opening a fresh front in the war on Islamist terror organization.
He asked for an Egyptian expeditionary force to back up US special forces and the use of Egyptian airfields as jumping off bases for US air strikes.

 

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Turkey's ruling Muslim party: Israel military planted bugs at army HQ
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2010

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan has engineered a fresh assault on the already crisis-laden relationship between Turkey and Israel by putting up members of his ruling AK Islamic party to accuse the Israel military of planting bugs at Turkish military headquarters in Ankara for covert surveillance on Iran and Syria.
Erdogan is determined to stamp out the last remnants of the once-warm ties between Turkish and Israeli generals.

 

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Iran exacts a price for this friendship
Tehran lashes back at Berlin for Merkel, Peres derogatory speeches
DEBKAfile Special Report January 27, 2010

"Two German diplomats using fictitious names were arrested" last month during clashes at the Ashura festival, an unnamed Iranian deputy intelligence minister said Wednesday, Jan. 27.

During the day, Israeli president Shimon Peres told the Reichstag he was sure Germany would come to Israel's aid if it came under attack from a nuclear-armed Iran. A day earlier, Chancellor Angela Merkel said time was up for Iran and February would see new and tougher sanctions.

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Joint German-Israeli government session
Israeli leaders ignore EU rejection of Iran sanctions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 26, 2010

Israel's president, prime minister and foreign minister are visiting Berlin, Warsaw and Budapest this week, apparently impervious to the European Union foreign ministers' decision in Brussels Monday, Jan. 25, to back away from sanctions for Iran's nuclear program outside the UN Security Council.  None have commented on the EU's abandonment of sanctions for Iran to the mercies of Russian and Chinese vetoes.

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Jordan's King Abdullah II
Jordanian king orders al Qaeda crackdown
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2010

Jordan's Abdullah II has mobilized his security services and ordered an urgent crackdown against a rising terror threat after two serious breaches caught them napping: The Jordanian triple agent Khalil Al-Balawi, who blew himself up at the CIA Forward Base Chapman in Afghanistan on Jan. 14, killing seven US agents and a Jordanian intelligence officer, and the roadside blasts which just missed Israeli diplomatic vehicles on a Jordanian road last Friday, Jan. 15

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Hizballah elite units
A Conflagration Could Erupt without an Israeli Strike, Could Involve Syria Too
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2010

Iranian Guards train 5,000 Hizballah fighters to capture and hold five Israeli towns and regions ifs nuclear sites are attacked - or some other pretext. Syria would be involved.

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Iran-Hizballah Mark out Patches of Northern Israel for Capture
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2010

If attacked, Iran will send thousands of Hizballah raiders across the border to capture and hold five sectors of northern Israel. They will be supported by missile barrages on Israeli military facilities and backed up by Syria.

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Clan-gang leader escapes assassins
Palestinian missiles fly against Israel after feuding Gaza factions try to kill clan leader
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 8, 2010

 

debkafile's military sources report that a bitter feud within the Popular Committees, climaxing in a failed attempt to murder the group's leader Zakaria Doghmush, triggered the mortar volleys against the Kerem Shalom goods crossing and missile attack on Ashkelon Thursday, Jan. 8.  It also marks weakened Hamas control.

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West Bank Cast into Ferment by Diplomatic-Security Vacuum
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 2, 2010
Matters are slipping out of hand on the West Bank. debkafile's military sources and security agencies in the region see the unrest spreading unless it is brought under control.
The Netanyahu government's construction moratorium on settlement construction has had an acutely polarizing effect on Israelis on both sides of the Green Line. Three major Palestinian terrorist attacks were foiled in the last ten days. Whoever trashed a village mosque near Nablus early Friday, Dec. 11, tossed a match onto dry firewood.
The Shin Bet director Yuval Diskin warned the security cabinet this week that Mahmoud Abbas has spearheaded a campaign in world capitals for Israel's ouster from the Middle East equation by making the Jewish state unacceptable as a negotiating partner and blackening its policies. Diskin called this tactic "a diplomatic uprising (intifada)" which could blow up at any time.
Palestinian extremists are trying to use their leader's diplomatic intifada as the starting-point for the real thing, a campaign of terror.
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Israeli forces kill 6 Palestinians: Rabbi's murderers and would-be infiltrators from Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2009
Early Saturday, Dec. 26, an Israeli special force went into the West Bank town of Nablus and killed Ghasen Abu Sharaf, Raad Sukarj and Banan Suboh, leading members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, the suicide-military wing of Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah. All three were implicated in the drive-by shooting murder of Rabbi Meir Avshalom Chai Thursday night.
Although the Brigades owned up to the murder, Mahmoud Abbas accuses Israel of "a war crime."
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Netanyahu looks again at Turkish-mediation for talks with Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 29, 2009
debkafile wonders if a new peace initiative - or two, are in the works between Paris, Damascus, Cairo and Jerusalem, as Washington looks on. This month, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu signaled Presidents Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy that he is ready to take a second look at reviving the Ankara-brokered negotiating channel with Damascus, notwithstanding Turkish prime minister Tayyep Recep Erdogan's offensive attitude toward Israel and the close ties he is building with radical Iran.
Two Jerusalem envoys will be heading out next week to test the ground.
Sunday, Nov. 22, President Shimon Peres is scheduled to sit down with Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in Cairo and toss around ideas for changing Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud's mind about resigning and persuading him to drop his precondition for going back to the negotiating table: a halt in settlement and Jerusalem construction.
Trade and industry minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer, a former defense chief, meets Turkish defense minister Vecdi Gonul in Ankara Tuesday.
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