1577 articles tagged "Israel"
Israel Is Left with Iranian, Hizballah Forces up to Its Border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2016

Israel is left worse off by the Russian expedition to Syria and its partial termination, which leave Iranian and Hizballah forces at dangerously close quarters on its Golan border.

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Biden in Jerusalem sparks more Palestinian terror
DEBKAfile Special Report March 9, 2016

Palestinian terrorist attacks hit three Israeli towns in quick succession Tuesday, March 8, the day US Vice President Joe Biden landed in Israel. Fears were quickly borne out of a further escalation of terror Wednesday, when he arrived in Jerusalem.

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Is Biden's Israel visit opening shot for White House bid?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2016

US Vice President Joe Biden will start his five-day Middle East tour in Israel Tuesday, March 8, by presenting the multibillion financial and defense aid package promised by the Obama administration to redress the imbalance in Israeli security generated by the nuclear deal with Iran. debkafile’s sources report that Prime Minister’s Binyamin Netanyahu was quietly tipped by Biden’s close circle that he may decide to use the handover of this package as the opening shot of his run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Russia “Makes the Weather” in Syria under Deal with US
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2016

Putin’s “ceasefire” military plans bring the Syrian army and Hizballah ever closer to the Turkish border and will repeat the same exercise for asserting control of the Israeli border in the south.

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Secret Hizballah Chemical Arms, Dirty Bombs Complex in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2016

Hizballah has converted the former resort town of Zabadani into a fortified compound for the secret manufacture of chemical weapons and dirty bombs.

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In new Syrian exodus, some 50,000 refugees head to Jordanian, Israeli borders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 10, 2016

Syria’s refugee crisis in the north is now repeating itself in the south, with tens of thousands of destitute women, children and elderly people fleeing their homes – not this time from beleaguered Aleppo to the Turkish border, but from the southern region of Daraa towards the Jordanian and Israeli borders. Unlike the broad coverage of the refugee crisis on the Syrian-Turkish border, the refugee exodus from the south has received scant media attention – even from Israeli correspondents – and no statements of policy have been issued by the Israeli government.
 

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Some Israeli Generals Are Strangely Prone to “Russification”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016

The controversy in top Israel military and defense circles centers on the advantages and dangers of Russia’s military intervention in Syria.

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Big Powers Share out Their Military Lead-Roles: US in Libya – Russia in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016

America and Russia have shared out their military roles in two hotspots – the US leads a new coalition for defeating ISIS in Libya, Russia is taking charge of leading the Syrian army to victory and vanquishing the rebel movement.

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Iran Extracts Last-Minute US Concessions on Nuclear Accord Deadline Day
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016

Zarif extracted concessions on centrifuges from Kerry as the six foreign ministers waited ready in Vienna, hour after hour, to declare the nuclear accord in force and start lifting sanctions.

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El-Sisi in Athens to press forward on big Egyptian-Greek-Israeli gas deal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 9, 2015

As a debate on Israel’s gas development plan raged in a Knesset panel on Dec. 8, with opponents hurling at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu the unfounded claim that Egypt had dropped out of the gas deal with Israel, President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi arrived in Athens. debkafile  reports exclusively he had come to discuss the first Middle Eastern consortium for consolidating the Egyptian, Israeli and Cypriot gas resources, with two goals: To satisfy the gas requirements of Israel, Greece, Egypt, Cyprus, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority; and export the remainder to Europe. 

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Israel extremely nervous over Russian operations on its Golan border
DEBKAfile Special Report December 2, 2015

Israel must decide whether its understandings with Putin are worth preserving when Russia provided air cover for Hizballah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards to fight their way up to positions within sight of Israel’s Golan border defenses. This dilemma arose when Tuesday, Dec. 1,  the day after the Putin-Netanyahu meeting in Paris, Syrian, Hizballah and Iranian forces advanced from the southern Syrian town of Deraa toward the
Syrian Golan town of Quneitra. Israel's Golan forces went on high aliert Wednesday.

 

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Consistent Misreading of the Syrian Conflict Leaves Israel Sidelined by Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

Based on wrong intelligence analyses of the Syrian conflict, the Israeli government is at a loss for a Syrian policy, giving the advantage of Iran. Against all predictions, Hizballah has shaped up from a militia to a proper army.

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Lack of Palestinian Leadership Exacerbates Internal Strife and anti-Israel Violence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2015

The elusiveness of an identifiable terrorist leader is further splintering Palestinian communities:
The security forces of Abbas on the West Bank and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in the Gaza Strip are at a loss on how to keep their streets from veering out of control.

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Russia Boosts Syria Buildup with Flying Intelligence Platform, the IL-20 Coot
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015

The IL-20 Coot spy plane moved into Syria is an intelligence pot of gold for Syrian and Hizballah forces and is intrusive enough to blanket Israel as well.

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Air Collisions Are Unavoidable in Overcrowded Syrian Airspace
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015

Russia evades coordination with the US and Israel for its operations in Syria, spelling chaos in the overcrowded Syrian sky.

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Refugees flooding into Europe
Four parties caused Syria’s genocidal calamity. Should Israel get involved?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 6, 2015

Three agents bear direct responsibility for the genocidal Syrian war – and the refugee crisis: Bashad Assad, Iran and Russia; and the fourth, the US, by dereliction. Israel stayed out of it, except for supporting a rebel-held strip of southern Syria as a buffer against Iranian, Hizballah or Syrian army encroachment on its northern borders. More than 1,000 wounded Syrian rebels and civilians were treated in Israeli hospitals. Now, too, the Netanyahu government has determined to stay clear of the Syrian refugee crisis. for a number of reasons.

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Russian Gazprom Nears Takeover of Mediterranean Gas Pipeline Project
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2015

A new consortium is taking shape for building a Mediterranean gas pipeline linking Israel, Turkey Cyprus and possibly Italy. Gazprom has a good chance to take over investment and security.

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The US-MFO Exit from Sinai will Expose a Widening Circle of Mid East Waterways
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2015

Washington prepares to pull its troops out of the MFO Sinai force to escape Islamist threats, but also Tiran island which will leave vital sea passages unguarded and open to being seized by ISIS.

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SCF Byrranga tank carries Kurdish oil
Kurdish oil is another Netanyahu-Obama head-to-head front
DEBKAfile Special Report August 24, 2015

Israel began importing Iraqi Kurdish oil exactly a year ago, at odds with the Obama administration, as debkafile reported at the time. Binyamin Netanyahu and the Barack Obama don’t see to eye to eye - not just on nuclear Iran, but on Middle East policy in general and the autonomous Kurdish republic, in particular. Israel decided to import Kurdish oil - first, because it was cheap at a time of soaring world prices and, second, to provide Kurdistan with revenue to buy the arms withheld by the US for repelling the ISIS advance on Irbil. 

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Israel leaders at Northern Command HQ this week
The four rockets fired on Galilee came from the new Iranian terror front on the Golan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2015

Israel’s top government and military went on a high level of preparedness Tuesday, Aug. 18 in expectation of the first terrorist attack to be orchestrated by Iran from Syrian or Lebanese borders. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared from the Golan: “We will harm anyone trying to harm us.” It was the new Iranian-backed network which Thursday, Aug. 20, fired a salvo for four rockets from the Golan into upper Galilee and the Golan. The impact set off brush fires but caused no casualties. A red alert had sent people running to shelters.

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