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Washington infighting mutes Netanyahu-Obama differences
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2009
In less than a month, aides in Washington and Jerusalem have transmuted the head-on clash forecast for the first meeting between Binyamin Netanyahu has Israel's prime minister and US president Barack Obama Monday, May 18, into a warm, amicable encounter, debkafile's political analysts say.
This is less thanks to the Likud prime minister having softened his positions on Iran and the Palestinian issue, more to the political furor gripping Democratic Washington and the fraying of the president's key Middle East policies: Expectations of constructive dialogue with Tehran have receded, the Turkish-Syrian get-together Obama fostered has turned its back on Washington and the Palestinians are incapable of uniting on power-sharing or representation.
Options for curtailing Iran's nuclear program will be tossed back and forth at length, according to Netanyahu's national security adviser Uzi Arad. He has said that so long as the Islamic Republic never gets its hands on a bomb, it is immaterial how this objective is achieved.

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Tehran takes note of Israel's non-interference in its domestic turmoil
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 26, 2009
Ruling circles in Tehran have interpreted a remark by Israel's Mossad director Meir Dagan as signifying Jerusalem's non-interference in the domestic turmoil besetting the regime over the disputed presidential election, debkafile's Iranian sources report. They see Israel lining up with the mainstream Arab governments such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which have watched Iranian unrest for ten days with hardly a word.
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Iran crisis tightens top-level Israel-Egyptian-Saudi strategic interaction
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 26, 2009
Israel's defense minister Ehud Barak said his talks in Cairo Sunday, June 21, with President Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian defense minister Gen. Tantawi and intelligence minister Gen. Omar Suleiman were interesting and wide-ranging.
Iran obviously figured high on their agenda with both sides trading views, intelligence input and evaluations.
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Netanyahu's speech - more political than statesmanlike
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 20, 2009
Israel's prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech at the Bar-Ilan University's Begin-Sadat Hall Sunday, June 14, failed to offer a new diplomatic beginning for approaching the intractable conflict with the Palestinians, according to debkafile's analysts. He finally accepted the two-state solution promoted by US president Barak Obama but tagged on some tough consensual conditions which none of his predecessors had the courage to put squarely on the table.

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White House welcomes Netanyahu's endorsement of Palestinian state <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 19, 2009
Israeli prime minister Binyamin for the first time spoke in favor of a Palestinian state alongside Israel in his speech at Bar Ilan University Sunday, June 14. But only on condition that the Palestinian state is demilitarized, does not control its air space, accepts effective security arrangements against arms smuggling, may not sign military treaties and finally recognizes Israel as a Jewish state.
The White House says this endorsement is a step forward. The Palestinians call it sabotage.
On Iran, he reiterated the danger to the world of extremist Islam meeting nuclear weapons.
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Netanyahu-Mubarak Talks Aim to produce Arab-Israeli Front versus Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2009
If successful, Binyamin Netanyahu's first meeting as Israeli prime minister with Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak at Sharm el Sheikh Monday, May 11, may well mark an epic turning-point in Middle East history recalling the 1979 peace breakthrough with Egypt. Their common goals - and Mubarak speaks for the Saudi king Abdullah on this issue - are the formation of an Arab-Israeli front against Iran and putting a spoke in US president Barack Obama's planned detente with Tehran.
Most of all, the Netanyahu government utterly rejects the Palestinian-Iran tradeoff proposed by the Obama administration - and reaffirmed by US National adviser Gen. James Jones Sunday - that a two state-solution would diminish Iran's existential threat to Israel.
Israel points out that no guarantees are offered for the latter. Therefore, Netanyahu prefers to put the Iranian menace on a different, regional footing.
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Netanyahu heads for collision with Obama administration
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 9, 2009
Israeli president Shimon Peres' task in Washington on May 4-5 is to blunt the sharp edge the White House is honing to force Israel to toe the new Washington line on the Palestinians, Syria and Iran.
Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu can expect the full force of a bludgeon to be wielded in his White House talks on May 18.
debkafile's Washington sources report that their host is fired up to be the first US president in decades of close friendship and cooperation to clash openly with Israel and the bulk of US Jewry. Oblivious to Israel's claim of US support for its security in a hostile regional environment, Barack Obama is expected to squeeze the Netanyahu government hard for immediate engagement on the Middle East conflict without further delay.
Peres and Netanyahu will be informed that Washington is setting up two trilateral peace commissions to hammer out peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians and Israel with the Syrians.
US officials in both chairs will intercede with their own ideas to prevent them running into deadlock on disputed issues.
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Enough fissile material for Iranian nuke by year's end - AMAN officer
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 8, 2009
Brig. Gen. Yossi Baidatz, director of Israeli military intelligence (AMAN) research division, estimates that Iran will have accumulated enough fissile material to build its first nuclear bomb by the end of this year. Iran's nuclear clock is ticking away faster than international diplomacy.
The US demand not to provide for natural growth is not reasonable, said prime minister Netanyahu.

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Jerusalem man kills Arab, badly injures Jew in shooting rampage
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 3, 2009
debkafile reports the apparently deranged shooter, Yoel Almog Danashvili, 48, told police he felt threatened by an Arab who approached him while he was meditating on a busy Jerusalem intersection early Tuesday, June 2, and shot him dead. Again fearing attack, he later shot two Jews, injuring one badly. When questioned by the police, he said he was the Messiah. Danashvili was licensed to carry a firearm from his former job as a security guard in Ashdod. A Jerusalem court remanded him for eight days.

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Israel's Air & Missile Forces Could Wipe out Iran's Nuclear Sites<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2009
The detailed report compiled by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington last month, complete with graphs and diagrams, has been reprinted in thousands of copies in Tehran. It is compulsory reading for its intelligence and Revolutionary Guards personnel because the Study on a Possible Israeli Strike on Iran's Nuclear Development Facilities concludes that the Jewish state has all the resources necessary for a successful strike.
The CSIS paper maintains there is no need to destroy dozens or hundreds of sites; the destruction of seven to nine targets would be enough to cripple the Iranian program.
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Israel to drill missile attack from many directions<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 27, 2009
Deputy defense minister Matan Vilnai outlined the nationwide civil defense exercise to be staged next week in a briefing to the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee Monday, May 25. Next Tuesday, he said, sirens would send the entire population heading for the nearest shelters or protected sites.
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Israeli ministers use Der Spiegel's Hariri story to knock Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 27, 2009
A senior Israel intelligence official criticized Israel ministers for jumping on the German "Der Spiegel" report which claimed that the UN tribunal on the case of the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese PM Hariri had new evidence implicating Hizballah leader Nasrallah rather than Syria.
Absolving Syria of complicity in the crime suggests that the sources of the leak to the German newspaper had their own political agenda.

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Netanyahu's backing for outpost removals unrelated to his Iran deal with Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2009
debkafile: However many outposts are evacuated, the Obama administration will object strenuously to an Israeli strike against Iran. This is clear to prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and is unlikely to change in defense minister Ehud Barak's talks in Washington next week.
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Diskin: Hamas won't give Mid East peace a chance, can be toppled
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2009
US president Barack Obama's plan to launch a fresh Middle East initiative is a non-starter as long as the extremist Hamas rules the Gaza Strip, said Shin Bet (internal security agency) director Yuval Diskin Tuesday, May 19. He was commenting on the extensive talks the US president held with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday.
In Gaza, the Hamas spokesman denounced the US president and forbade the Palestinian Authority to engage in peace talks.
Israel's policy-makers must decide once and for all whether to topple the Hamas regime which in his view can be done without reoccupying the Gaza Strip.

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Israeli air force hits Hamas-Gaza hard amid Lebanon border tensions<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2009
In response to twin Qassam missile attack on Sderot from Gaza Tuesday, May 19, the Israeli Air Force went into action early Wednesday against a range of Hamas positions in Rafah, Khan Younes, Zeitun and Tufah suburbs of Gaza city and, Deir Balakh. debkafile's military sources report that several Sinai-Gaza smuggling tunnels, missile foundries and three Hamas command posts in Gaza City were struck in Israel's most extensive Gaza raid since its major offensive ended in January. The Palestinians reported casualties.
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Obama's charm offensive for radical rulers abandons Israel to Iranian threat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 23, 2009
The new US president's dramatic global policy shifts have easily dwarfed the knotty Israeli-Palestinian peace issue handed down from one US president to the next over decades. Barack Obama's outstretched hand to Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, Iran's best friend in the Americas, on April 17, at the summit of American leaders in Port of Prince, made the talk surrounding Special Middle East Envoy George Mitchell's mission to Jerusalem and Ramallah this week sound eerily like voices from the past.
Barack Obama has set his sights and heart on friendship with the rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran and their radical allies. The name and policies of the occupant of the prime minister's office in Jerusalem do not matter - any more than Tehran's determination to complete its nuclear weapons program in defiance of the world, or even its first A-bomb test in a year or two, for which intelligence sources report Tehran is already getting set.
Washington may believe it can live with a nuclear-armed Iran - a decision probably taken first under the Bush presidency. But Israel cannot.
Binyamin Netanyahu can either follow in the steps of Menahim Begin who bombed Iraq's nuclear reactor, or bow in the wind until the Obama tempest blows over.
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Netanyahu names professionals to his new inner military-security cabinet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 23, 2009
Preparing to take over as Israel's 32nd prime minister this week, Binyamin Netanyahu bound 7-8 ministers and senior officials into a powerful new body to assist him in top-level decision-making on military, diplomatic, security and intelligence policy-making and actions.
Its members fall into two main groups, military and strategic-intelligence. Their input will guide Netanyahu's steps on such critical matters as whether to strike Iran's nuclear facilities or the tenor of his government's relations with the Obama administration.
It will be up to him as prime minister to pick his way among the divergent views offered him, because the members of the two teams, far from being yes-men, are individualists on the security issues in their fields of expertise
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US Awards Iran Role as Military Partner, Sells Israel Short
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 17, 2009
Only two weeks ago, Israel's chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi, then visiting Washington, was denied interviews with US defense secretary Robert Gates and the chairman of the US chiefs of staff Adm. Mike Mullen. He cut short his visit after seeing national security adviser Gen. James Jones and Iran envoy Dennis Ross, lesser lights in terms of their direct influence on President Barack Obama.
Since then, the US president has decided the snub was ill-judged.
The Obama administration has a bitter pill for Israel to swallow for the sake of progress toward a strategic collaboration with Tehran on Afghanistan and Pakistan. It cuts close to the bone in terms of Israel's security and international standing:
Washington will not brook any unilateral Israeli military action that might upset US-Iranian moves towards cooperation in the Afgpak Arena and will squeeze Israel hard for sweeping concessions to Syria and the Palestinians.

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Netanyahu, Mubarak, Abbas see Obama in Washington this month
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2009
The White House has set dates for president Hosni Mubarak to hold talks with US President Barack Obama on May 26, eight days after the Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's May 18 visit. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will round out the Middle East cycle on May 28.
Spokesman Robert Gibbs said Tuesday, May 12, that the president will discuss "the steps all parties should take to help achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians and between Israel and the Arab states." However, debkafile reports that Iran has takes the lead in the Israeli-Egyptian agenda.

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Netanyahu-Mubarak talks aim to produce Arab-Israel front vs Iran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2009
If successful, Binyamin Netanyahu's first talks as Israeli prime minister with Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak at Sharm el Sheikh Monday, May 11, could mark the epic birth of Israel's first alliance with two key Arab nations, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, in order to stop Iran - possibly for concessions on the Palestinian issue to them rather than Washington.
Israel rejects the US proposition to trade off a two state-solution against a diminished Iran's existential threat to Israel.
Read debkafile's exclusive background analysis below.
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