DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 13, 2014, 8:49 PM (GMT+02:00)
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have decided to distance themselves for the time being from Israeli-Palestinian talks until Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas find their own way back to the table, debkafile reports exclusively. Kerry says the US will now use “a light touch,” while counting on Netanyahu and chief negotiator Justice Minister Tzipi Livni to bring Abbas around. A new Israeli proposal is ready to put before the Palestinian team. Jonathan Pollard may yet be freed.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2014, 7:25 PM (GMT+02:00)
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has proved time and again that he will never endorse any accord for ending the dispute with Israel. US Secretary of State John Kerry has finally accepted this. An interim deal, which he refused to consider, might buy a few years’ grace in the dispute before breaking up, because it is the conflict that keeps Abbas in power. debkafile: Some Palestinian eyes are looking at the Saudi-UAE-Egyptian bloc and its war on the Muslim Brotherhood i.e. Hamas, which the US opposes. Israel too is seriously interested.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014, 12:54 AM (GMT+02:00)
Obama wants to avoid another diplomatic debacle in the Middle East, after Egypt and Syria and so he may cut short John Kerry’s bid to keep Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations going.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 1, 2014, 11:05 PM (GMT+02:00)
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas did not announce his walkout from the negotiations with Israel or turn down the package of far-reaching Israeli concessions which US Secretary of State John Kerry assembled with Binyamin Netanyahu early Wednesday, April 1. He turned his back on them by sending out applications in the name of “the independent Palestinian state” for membership of 12 UN agencies - in breach of his commitment ahead of the negotiations. The Kerry-Netanyahu bid for an extension of the talks gave Abbas his chance to dump them.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 13, 2014, 10:20 PM (GMT+02:00)
Mahmoud Abbas is maneuvering for a deal with Hamas to gain control of Gaza’s borders and send Kerry and his framework accord back to the drawing board.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 7, 2014, 11:51 AM (GMT+02:00)
The give-and-take over an Israeli-Palestinian accord, doggedly kept afloat by US Secretary of State John Kerry, is evolving into a complex personal dynamic: Israel’s A-team - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon – are not of one mind on the issues; Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’s popular base is infamously narrow and flimsy. And John Kerry, too, needs to overcome reservations in President Obama’s White House team to obtain his blessing. He is not entirely sure he will get it.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2014, 11:07 AM (GMT+02:00)
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas launched his “diplomatic intifada” against Israel Thursday, Jan. 23, from Moscow. In his talks with Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, he marked the Palestinian breakaway from the Kerry peace process with Israel, four months before it was due to expire, and his bid for its replacement by Russian backing for a Palestinian state. Abbas’s defection caught both Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Binyamin - and their intelligence agencies – napping, busy in Switzerland far from the action.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2014, 12:13 AM (GMT+02:00)
After ditching another Mid East peace process, Abu Mazen is busy preparing his anti-Israel diplomatic intifada and grooming Palestinian Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Majid Faraj as his successor.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 18, 2014, 10:06 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli politicians, left, right and center, are resorting again to their familiar clichés in trading accusations over where ongoing negotiation with the Palestinians should or should not be going. Meanwhile, the Palestinians have other plans, the first of which is to quit peace talks with Israel. The next, come April, is to enlist 63 international organizations for a massive boycott against Israel in every sphere. This diplomatic “intifada” is expected to trigger violent Palestinian assaults from the West Bank, including possibly rockets on Israeli towns.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014, 1:09 AM (GMT+02:00)
As the Mid East peace talks turn to Jerusalem, Netanyahu offers to give up to the Palestinians the Arab suburbs of Jerusalem. Abbas refuses and instead plots a broad-based international boycott against Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2014, 12:32 AM (GMT+02:00)
While Netanyahu has been won round to Kerry’s framework, Abu Mazen faces a chorus of opposition from the Palestinian leadership condemning the US secretary’s document as pro-Israeli and selling the Palestinians short.
Heavily armed militias wrest control of West Bank Palestinian refugee camps from Palestinian Authority
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 7, 2014, 9:47 AM (GMT+02:00)
The rising level of Palestinian terrorism must be attributed largely to the 19 West Bank refugee camps falling into the hands of local armed militias run by a mix of terrorists, crime mobs and arms racketeers, who command big arsenals of illegal weapons, debkafile reports. The close to quarter of-a-million Palestinians living in those camps have veered out of the control of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas and its security services. The militias’ sway is spilling over into the big Palestinian towns and the Palestinian neighborhoods of E. Jerusalem.
Gloom in Kerry’s party over widening Israeli-Palestinian gaps. Jordan rejects Palestinian security on its border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 5, 2014, 10:19 PM (GMT+02:00)
Secretary of State John Kerry returns Sunday night, Jan. 5 for another shuttle between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas after time-out for dropping in on Amman and Riyadh. debkafile: Kerry ordered his team to shelve the proposed US framework after he saw the gaps getting wider instead of narrower on the core issues of the dispute. In Amman, he found King Abdullah totally apposed to the integration of Palestinian security and intelligence bodies in security arrangements in the Jordan Valley and West Bank.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 20, 2013, 12:40 AM (GMT+02:00)
DEBKA Weekly reveals for the first time the contents of the controversial US framework for an Israeli-Palestinian accord.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2013, 11:31 AM (GMT+02:00)
Secretary of State John Kerry put before Israelis and Palestinians Thursday, Dec. 5, a new security plan combining the US war on al Qaeda with the security provisions promised Israel in a settlement with the Palestinians, debkafile reports exclusively. Israeli and Palestinian units would be integrated in a planned regional US-led force for securing parts of Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Palestinian territory and Israel against terror. It would consist also of US, British, French, Saudi, Jordanian and Egyptian units. Netanyahu was open to the idea; Abbas had reservations.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2013, 11:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
Abbas has gone behind US and Israeli backs to set up a mass transfer of Palestinian refugees from Syria to the Gaza Strip in fulfillment of his demand to accept the Palestinian refugees’ “rights” to return to their homes in pre-1948 Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2013, 11:01 PM (GMT+02:00)
It is hard to see why Israel is going through with the release of 26 Palestinian terrorists convicted for murder when the Palestinians have slapped down on the negotiating table 16 harsh terms - first revealed here by debkafile - that will defy even US Secretary of State John Kerry’s bridging skills. Each of those demands, such as Israel’s withdrawal to the 1949 armistice lines, forgo E. Jerusalem and accept 1948 refugees, is calculated to finally stall any diplomatic solution of the Middle East dispute.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2013, 11:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
In the secret cooperation pact forged between Mahmoud Abbas and Bashar Assad, Syria’s Palestinian have-seekers gain repatriation and protection for opting out of the war.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 23, 2013, 9:19 PM (GMT+02:00)
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas this week signed a secret cooperation agreement with President Bashar Assad, debkafile reveals here for the first time. They concluded the deal unbeknownst to US Secretary of State John Kerry, shortly before he sat down in Rome Wednesday, Oct. 23, with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. Abbas is the first Arab leader to break ranks with the united Arab front against Assad. He acted on behalf of an anti-regime minority, i.e. the Palestinians.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 22, 2013, 9:25 PM (GMT+02:00)
Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas plans to derail talks with Israel straight after the second batch of jailed Palestinians are freed next week. He is also unraveling longstanding counter-terrorism security cooperation with Israel by reviving the “revolving door” for detainees. Secretary of State John Kerry hopes to head off the crisis by cajoling Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, when they meet in Rome Wednesday, Oct. 23, to make Abbas an offer he can’t refuse of sovereign Israel land, namely one-third of Dead Sea territory. .