1588 articles tagged "Israel"
Turkish injured taken to hospital in Israel
Secret Israeli emissary fails to cool Turkey's animosity
DEBKAfile Special Report June 30, 2010

Israel's infrastructure  minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer met Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu secretly in Zurich Wednesday, June 30 in an effort to alleviate the crisis in relations.  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu knew about the encounter, but not Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who accused the prime minister of a betrayal of trust. debkafile reports that Ankara, whose anti-Israel campaign is in full flight, saw in the initiative a mark of Israeli government weakness.

Dubai hostage plan aborted
Hamas leader in Dubai tagged as hostage for Gilead Shalit - new US intel theory
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2010

Some US intelligence circles are now suggesting that the high-ranking Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh who died by an unknown hand in Dubai last January was not targeted for death but capture as a live hostage against the release of Gilead Shalit - along with half a dozen high-value Hamas operatives. The hostage plan was aborted when Al-Mahbouh died of the drug supposed to have doped him enough to bundle him out of the Dubai hotel.

Realism from CIA director Leon Panetta
Panetta: Iran can build two nukes within two years - sanctions unavailing
DEBKAfile Special Report June 27, 2010

CIA director Leon Panetta admits Iran has enough low-enriched uranium for two nuclear bombs that could be built in two years. In an interview Sunday, June 27, he virtually admitted that every effort to halt Iran's drive for a nuclear bomb had failed. Asked whether sanctions would work, he said: "Probably not." debkafile's military sources: Iran has reached this advanced stage largely because Israel's leaders have allowed Washington to hold them back from military action.

Netanyahu Adjusts to the Fred Hof Roadmap
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2010

In his bid to sell the Syrian track to Obama, Netanyahu has adopted the main lines of a roadmap designed by the most pro-Syrian American diplomat, Fred Hof, which entails ceding most of Golan to Syria for an interim peace - though not its sources of water.

Ballistic Missiles, Anti-Tank Divisions, Chemical Weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2010

Israel war planners aim for tanks to stand at Damascus' gates within five days. Syria is preparing a missile assault to smash Israel's infrastructure coupled with chemical weapons.

Netanyahu Ready to Cede Most of Golan to Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2010

At his meeting with President Barack Obama on July 6, Israeli prime minister will propose trading in the stalled Palestinian track for a new peace initiative with Syria based on withdrawal from the bulk of the Golan Heights.

The Juliais is stalled at Beirut port
Gaza sea blockade upheld by US, EU as Israel eases land siege
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 20, 2010

Barring surprises, the sea campaign against Israel's naval blockade of Gaza spearheaded by Turkey may have run its course, debkafile's Middle East sources report. Beirut is close to abandoning the Lebanese convoy, Damascus has turned away requests to use its ports, Cyprus is negative and even the Iranian expedition appears snarled. In the last 24 hours, Israel won US, European and Mahmoud Abbas' support for its sea blockade after its cabinet approved the delivery of all civilian goods to Gaza over land.

Iran's Shahab-3
Gates: Iran could attack Europe with scores or hundreds of missiles
DEBKAfile Special Report June 18, 2010

US defense secretary Robert Gates reported Thursday, June 17 that the US had overhauled its missile defense plans following intelligence that Iran could fire "scores or hundreds" of short- and medium-range missiles against Europe -in salvoes rather than one or two at a time. The new US program, designed to protect NATO allies, uses sea and land-based interceptors. He did not mention Israel, but these figures mean it has fallen back sharply in the regional balance of strength, even before adding on the thousands of Hizballah rockets.

Binyamin Netanyahu
He Operates in Limbo as Israel Hemorrhages Internationally
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2010

Netanyahu's peace initiative is irrelevant to the deepening Middle East crisis stemming from Turkey's eastward turn and ineffective for stemming the international onslaught Israel faces. But Netanyahu and Barak are sticking to Obama's course of inaction.

Turkish PM Recept Tayyip Erdogan, aspiring leader of all Muslims
Turkey and Israel in overt-covert fight to the finish
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly June 17, 2010

Ankara is leading a Muslim campaign for a worldwide boycott to strangle Israel. Jerusalem declares the Turkish IHH, a vital prop of its Islamic regime, a terrorist organization as dangerous as al Qaeda.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly, in its latest issue out Friday, looks at the overt battle of wills, watched helplessly from Washington - but also into the shadows, where NATO's only Muslim member is locked in clandestine combat with the Jewish state.
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Saudi air corridor to Iran is unused. Israeli bombers are grounded
Saudis air corridor is open, US, Israel self-immobilized on Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 12, 2010

Riyadh re-ran its offer of an air corridor for an Israel strike on Iran's nuclear facilities (London Times), hoping to egg the US and Israel on to use it and recover their diminishing weight in the Middle East. Arab capitals are badly rattled by the thrusting partnership of the non-Arab Iran and Turkey and want to prod Washington and Jerusalem into action and out of their preoccupation with probing the flotilla incident. Jerusalem spurns the US demand to question Israeli servicemen as fueling the drive against Israel's legitimacy.

Refused to be deflected from challenging blockade
Israeli troops board Rachel Corrie after 4 calls ignored
DEBKAfile Special Report June 5, 2010

After four calls to change course from Gaza to Ashdod were ignored, Israeli troops boarded the Irish-flagged Rachel Corrie some 28 miles out to sea and sailed it to the Israeli port of Ashdod. The ship's pro-Hamas activists were determined to break the Israeli blockade. No violence or injuries were reported.
The US said the siege was unsustainable but urged Rachel Corrie to put in at Ashdod.

Binyamin Netanyahu
Political Lynch in Broad Daylight, While Washington Stands by
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2010

Amid his charm offensive for American Jewry, Obama lets Israel down in the international arena - especially in its war on terror, the menace of Iran's nuclear weapons and the international fallout from the Turkish flotilla episode.

Turkish prime minister squares off against Israel
Turkey and Israel close to brink
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly June 2, 2010

The war projected between Israel and the Iran-led bloc of Syria, Hizballah and Hamas is suddenly overshadowed by Turkish-Israeli hostilities over a deadly Israeli commando raid on an aid flotilla from Istanbul. Against the US president Barack Obama's bid to bridge the rift, Turkish generals are drawing up plans to break Israel's Gaza blockade and avenge 9 deaths, while Israel is bound by its war on terror to thwart them. DEBKA-Net-Weekly offers details of their preparations on the brink. To subscribe to DEBKA-Net-Weekly, click here


Turkish terrorists beat up Israel troops
Turkey, Israel near clash after terror cell exposed on flotilla. Israel flies embassy families out
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2010

To stop the flotilla crisis from spinning out of control, US president Barack Obama asked Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu to release all the remaining passengers without delay. His bid for Turkish restraint drew from PM Recep Erdogan the threat that if America did not punish Israel, Turkey would. Israel began evacuating diplomats' families from Turkey. Passengers said an al Qaeda-linked cell had imposed a quasi-military regimen aboard the Turkish Marmora.

Flotilla activists released white doves of peace when they set out from Istanbul.
Two more boats head for Gaza as Israel vows to stop them
DEBKAfile Special Report June 1, 2010

With two more vessels due to sail within 48 hours to continue the challenge to Israel's Gaza blockade, Israel's deputy defence minister Mattan Vilnai stressed the Israeli commando raid on the pro-Palestinian flotilla succeeded in its mission - although the loss of life was regrettable. Mistakes were made but the IDF would learn from them and defend the blockade in other ways, he said.

He dismissed rising demands at home for the defence minister Ehud Barak to step down.

Israel commandos board boat in pro-Palestinian flotilla
Nine activists killed in flotilla raid, ten Israeli soldiers injured
DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2010

Turkey threatens reprisals, Greece halts joint maneuver with Israel over Israeli naval commando action which killed 9 activists aboard the pro-Palestinian flotilla lead boat  80 miles out at sea. Casualty figures still not confirmed. Passengers attacked the soldiers, opened fire with gun snatched from a soldier and wielded knives and iron bars. The soldiers shot back after 10 were injured. Helicopters ferried all the casualties to Israeli hospitals. Nationwide alert for disturbances declared in Israel and around its borders. 

NSA James Jones stands up for Israel at NPT parley
Israel condemns "distorted" Nuclear Non-Proliferation Conference motion
DEBKAfile Special Report May 30, 2010

Israel will not heed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review conference resolution due to its "flawed, hypocritical and distorted nature," according to a government statement. Earlier, President Barack Obama deplored Israel's mention in the resolution, which called for a Middle East nuclear-free conference in two years. "We strongly oppose efforts to single out Israel," said Obama, "and US delegation leader NSA James Jones said this placed the 2012 conference prospects in doubt and called Iran the greatest nuclear proliferation threat in the region.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Rahm Emanuel
Middle East Time Bomb Ticks Faster as Syrian Missiles Placed in Firing Position
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2010

Obama's dual track: He is preparing another round of talks with Iran, while massing US naval and air forces in the Persian Gulf. All Middle East parties maneuver around Assad's placement of places ballistic missiles on the ready.

Gabi Ashkenazi
End Restraint, Stop the 800 Scud D Missiles Reaching Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2010

Israel's generals and security chiefs are up in arms over the US-fostered military restraint policy pursued by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

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