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Establishing Israel-Controlled Buffer Zones in Southern Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2013

Under the plan, which Barack Obama has approved, Israeli military and intelligence officers will establish, arm, fund and train local militias to police the two enclaves under their command

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Israeli-Turkish Military Intelligence Cooperation on Syria Is up and Running
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2013

Pushed hard by the US, Turkish officials opened discussions with Israel on the revival of their former military and intelligence collaboration, especially in relation to the Syrian conflict on which they agreed to pool intelligence and work together in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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A New IDF Military Framework to Guard borders and Fight Al Qaeda
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2013

Al Qaeda’s rocket attack on Eilat from Sinai caught Israeli, US and Egyptian intelligence nappy. Israel is getting its act together with new units to man the three borders facing the new al Qaeda presence in Sinai, Syria and Iraq.

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Israeli tanks on Golan border with Syria
Chemical warfare looms over Syria. Israel passes atropine to rebels
DEBKAfile Special Report April 13, 2013

After the Damascus units, the Syrian army has distributed protective suits to units in southern Syria and the Golan, amid evidence that chemical weapons have already been used in the Damascus region. As signs abound of both sides’ readiness for chemical warfare, Israeli troops have started handing out atropine injections and IVs against sarin and VX nerve agents to rebels fighting Syrian troops on the Golan and along the Israel-Syrian border - Israel’s first intervention in the Syrian conflict to date.

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North Korean soldiers out with trained dogs
North Korea to fire ballistic missile to Pacific. Iran unveils new uranium-processing facilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2013

Korean tensions again shot up Tuesday, April 9, with Pyongyang’s warning of a ballistic missile launch Wednesday at the Pacific and advice to foreigners to leave the South in case of war. In Tehran, the president unveiled two additional uranium-processing facilities at the central town of Ardakan, 120 km from large uranium mines in Saghand. Iran now threatens to quit the Non-Proliferation Treaty and so, debkafile reports, carry on developing nuclear weapons away from international oversight like its North Korean partner.

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A "nonviolent" Palestinian demo
Abbas schedules Palestinian "civil intifada” for April 15, to peak during peace talks
DEBKAfile Special Report April 7, 2013

When he visits Ramallah Monday, April 8, US Secretary of State John Kerry will try and talk Mahmoud Abbas) out of launching his “civil intifada (uprising)” against Israel without guns on April 15,  the eve of Israel’s national Day of Remembrance for its War Dead and Independence celebrations. debkafile:  Taking a leaf out of Yasser Arafat’s textbook,  Abbas plans to accompany the peace talks Kerry is trying to set up next month with Palestinian unrest.  But there is no guarantee that his intifada won't explode into violence.

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The Most Coveted Spoils in the Middle East: Gas Pipelines
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2013

As Israeli offshore gas came on stream, the jockeying for a stake was in full spate. Netanyahu is believed to have been hustled by Washington into picking Turkey as Israel’s energy partner rather than Russia.

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John Kerry and Mahmoud Abbas
Abbas Plans “Civil Intifada” to Coincide with Mid-May Peace Talks with Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2013

Borrowing from Yasser Arafat’s textbook, Mahmoud Abbas plans to stage the third intifada – he promises the Americans a civil campaign without guns – to precede and accompany his first talks with Israel in two years to take place in mid-May under the US aegis.

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Who's (the new) boss?
Palestinians kick off Jerusalem bid by ceding Holy Sites Custodianship to Jordan’s king
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 1, 2013

A historic agreement signed in Amman Sunday, March 31, between Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II takes a new stand on Jerusalem by accepting the king as Custodian of the Holy Sites, with authority over the Waqf. He will also represent the interests of the Holy Sites “in relevant international forums…” By laying the foundation for internationalizing the oversight of Jerusalem’s holy sites, the document faces trouble in Israel and also among Palestinians.  The two parties’ communiqués differ in defining “Palestinian sovereignty.”

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Israeli military field hospital springs up on Golan
West embargoes arms to Syrian rebels over their resale to al Qaeda
DEBKAfile Special Report March 30, 2013

The West has initiated an arms embargo against the Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad since discovering that some of the weapons are being resold to al Qaeda for its conquest of southern Syrian and takeover of positions on the Jordanian and Israel borders and Yarmuk River. This policy reversal was disclosed by French President Francois Hollande Friday, March 29. debkafile: Alarm over the Nusra Front’s territorial gains now tops concerns over chemical warfare in the deliberations of the joint US-Israeli, US-Jordanian and US-Turkish command centers. 

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Iran and Russia Double Their Arms Airlifts for Syrian Army
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2013

Iran and Russian step up their cooperation for boosting Assad’s army with continuous airlifts of war materiel, landed close to the war arenas against a prospective Western invasion of Syria. This could bring US and Israeli troops into direct confrontation with Iranian combatants.

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Will Hizballah Fight for Assad or Fend off an Israeli attack?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2013

After sustaining a succession of setbacks and rejections in the Arab Revolt, Hizballah faces its most agonizing debacle at the hands of its sworn enemies, Israel and the United States, if they go ahead with an operation against Assad’s chemical weapons.

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US President Barack Obama starts 50-hour visit to Israel
Obama, Netanyahu face wide differences on nuclear Iran, chemical Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report March 20, 2013

President Barack Obama was greeted on his arrival in Israel midday Wednesday, March 20 with unprecedented ceremonial honors and fanfare. However, the omens augured major differences with his hosts. In the 48 hours before his arrival, Syria for the first time bombed targets inside Lebanon and fired a chemical warhead at Aleppo. While Israel is acutely concerned by this escalation just across its frontiers, the Obama administration withheld a practical response. The two governments are also divided on the handling of Iran’s nuclear program.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei flanked by Rev Guards chiefs
Tehran: Our commanders now authorized to open fire. Go home, Obama!
DEBKAfile Special Report March 17, 2013

Iran had two bellicose messages for President Barack Obama, The were offered by Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Massoud Jazayeri: 1 “Our commanders have been authorized to respond to any kind of hostile move by the enemy.” debkafile notes that Iranian officers are also deployed in Syria and Lebanon. 2. A mocking “Mr Obama, make no mistake. We too have all our options on the table. Before you get deeper in the region’s quagmire, go back home!”

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Tehran Wonders: Does the Removal of US Carriers Portend Israel’s “One-Night Operation?”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2013

The departure of the last US aircraft carrier has vanished from the Persian Gulf leaves Tehran suspicious of a feint to cover an impending attack. A carrier would be an easier target for retaliation than a US base.

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One of Syrian military tunnels uncovered on Golan
Al Qaeda’s Nusra fights to seize Syrian Golan in time for Obama visit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2013

Al Qaeda’s Syrian wing, Jabhat al-Nusra, led a Syrian rebel operation Wednesday, March 13, to occupy Golan and cleanse it of Syrian troops, so as to be prepare for its use for cross-border attacks on Israel and Jordan – possibly during US President’ Barack Obama’s visits on March 20-22.  debkafile: An Iron Dome battery will be installed at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport to secure Obama’s arrival, making him the first US president to be guarded by Israel’s anti-missile system against possible al Qaeda attack from Syria or Sinai.

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UN observers take refuge in Israel in Golan dawn
Hundreds of UN Syrian Golan UN observers scramble to safety in Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report March 11, 2013

debkafile reports hundreds of UN Disengagement and Observers Force (UNDOF) soldiers - Indian, Austrian and Filipino - in trucks and APCs in full flight from the Syrian side of Golan into Israel early Monday, March 11. They were urged to leave by their commanders, who said “We can no longer vouch for your safety.” Syrian rebel Islamists are feared vying with Hizballah to seize control of the abandoned 8-sq.km Syrian-Israel separation zone while the IDF is massing reinforcements to keep them out.

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"We're coming" to Israel
Obama’s Israel visit is on - to sweeten pill of nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report March 9, 2013

Western optimism on Iran’s nuclear program comes from three major US concessions in Kazakhstan to which Israel strongly objects: Fordo stays open, 20-percent uranium enrichment continues and low-grade Iranian uranium stocks will not leave the country. One Israeli official summed this up for debkafile as “a huge Iranian success and total defeat for Israel.” Significantly, former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin commented that an Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities would be “a one-night operation.”

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Moshe Ya’alon
Israel Gets a New Defense Minister after Obama Folds on a nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2013

Feeling betrayed by the US concessions to Iran at Kazakhstan, Binyamin Netanyahu appoints new defense minister for leading potential solo strike to preempt a nuclear Iran.

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Ehud Barak greeted by Chuck Hagel at Pentagon
Washington: Hizballah has got hold of chemical weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 6, 2013

When Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon Tuesday, March 5, he heard for the first time in years American criticism of the Israeli army for under-reacting – in this case to the chemical weapons threat emanating from Syria. Israel was also berated for under-estimating this menace and failing to take into account the likely need to send troops into Syria. Barak received official US confirmation that chemical weapons had reached HIzballah.

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