DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 21, 2016
The unprecedented political and personal attacks on Friday night by opponents and former allies of Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister-designate Avigdor Lieberman, who used every possible media platform to warn that “the fascists are coming,” is more indicative of their personal and political situation than of the domestic political reality of the State of Israel.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 19, 2016
Wednesday, May 18 was one of the most intense days in Israeli politics in recent years, with countless strange headlines that Zionist Camp party chairman Yitzhak Herzog was about to become foreign minister. It became clear that Prime Minister Netanyahu decided to appoint the head of the “Yisrael Beitenu” party as defense minister instead of Moshe Ya’alon, in exchange for the party’s support for his coalition.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2016
debkafile has discovered a group coming together to counter the opposition to defense minister’s handling of the Hebron soldier affair and using it as a fulcrum for overturning the Netanyahu’s government. The plan calls for a no-confidence vote, followed by a general election. Moshe Ya’alon would head a new right-of-center party as its leader and candidate for next prime minister. The defense minister has not made any commitments to this initiative.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2016
It suited Washington and others to pretend to be surprised by Putin’s pullout order for Russian forces in Syria, when in fact he gave them due notice.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2016
Few Israelis, including the people who wake up at night to the clatter of Gaza Palestinians digging tunnels, have never heard of Mohammed Al-Emadi. But his importance cannot be overestimated, because, as debkafile reveals here, he is the Persian Gulf Emirate of Qatar’s de facto ambassador to the Gaza Strip and to Israel. He is moreover Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s secret weapon against Hamas’s terror tunnels. The impression gaining ground is that Yaalon has no answer to Israel’s security problems other than economic inducements to keep its enemies quiet.
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 1, 2016
Israel’s leaders are clinging to lame locutions – “good judgment and responsibility” - to avoid military action for dealing with the crisis situations fast coming to a head on three extremely dangerous fronts: armed Palestinian terrorists are now tying up traffic on a major highway to the Israeli capital; southern Syria is sliding into the control of Hizballah after this Iranian proxy was permitted to amass 100,000 missiles in S. Lebanon; and, this week, Israelis living near the Gaza Strip could hear Palestinians building terror tunnels under their homes.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 6, 2016
The mystery of how Hizballah managed to plant the bomb which blew up against an IDF patrol, without causing casualties, Tuesday, Jan. 5, in the Shebaa Farms district of Mt Hermon is perplexing Israel’s military chiefs.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2015
While the chief of staff wants to focus on fighting ISIS because he believes that the Russian presence in Syria will keep Israel safe from Iran and Hizballah, the defense minister wants to smash Assad to break the Iranian-Hizballah collaboration against Israel as the greater peril.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 26, 2015
Unless the Israeli government heads switch their anti-terror tactics from reactive to proactive, the country can expected the current wave of terror to blow up into a major assault in an Israeli city with many casualties. That is the view taking root in senior ranks of the IDF.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2015
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have been at loggerheads with Israel’s military and Shin Bet chiefs on how to grapple with the wave of Palestinian terror sweeping the country for more than two months, with knife, firebomb and vehicular attacks. The two ministers are convinced that the Palestinian terrorists will eventually succumb to attrition and throw in the sponge. Disputing this premise, Israel’s military and intelligence chiefs have put forward a 7-point plan of action for a crackdown hinging on a total lockdown of Palestinian areas:
DEBKAfile Special Report November 13, 2015
The unending Palestinian campaign to murder Israelis Friday, Nov.13, shattered another Israeli family of seven. Gunmen shot dead a father, 40, and his 18-year old son, injuring his wife and another son of 13 and traumatizing their three small daughters. They were attacked on Highway 60 on the road running between Othniel and the Palestinian village of Dura in the Mt. Hebron district. The killer or killers shot the two Israeli men a second time at close range.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015
The contest between America and Russia has begun, joined by three other combatants.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 7, 2015
After the Israeli cabinet launched measures Tuesday, Oct. 6, for “strengthening anti-terror defense” – such as cameras in the sky - and officials labored to spread word that the surge of Palestinian violence of the past week was beginning to ebb, Israel was hit that night from the offside by a vicious pro-Palestinian upheaval in the Tel Aviv suburb of Jaffa. This was part of the backlash for Netanyahu’s “calm and responsible” approach to Palestinian terror, which mutinous ministers are calling “soft” and which Palestinians regard as Israeli weakness.
DEBKAfile Special Report September 30, 2015
That Russia launched its first air strikes in Syria Wednesday, Sept. 30 was confirmed by the Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow and criticized by US officials. Moscow stressed that it acted in support of Bashar Assad’s war on the Islamic State, assisted by other foreign powers including Iran and Iraq. They were working together from an allied command center in Baghdad. The Russian communiqués did not indicate which organizations were bombed around Homs and Hama..
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 15, 2015
Three dates are landmarks of a new outbreak of armed Palestinian terror against Israel: On Aug. 30, an army-police squad rounding up terrorist suspects was waylaid in the Jenin refugee camp by fierce gangs armed with rocks, iron bars and firebombs. On Sept. 13, an Israeli car was stoned in Jerusalem, killing the driver Alexander Levlovitch, 64. The next day, Palestinian gangs fought Israeli police guards on Temple Mount with rocks, blocks of concrete and iron bars. Since Israeli troops were told to fire in the air opposite Palestinian violence, terror has escalated sharply, undeterred by legal measures.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2015
Tehran has opened talks with Syrian rebels, radical Palestinians, Druze and other extremists for launching two new terror fronts against Israel from the Golan and the West Bank.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 23, 2015
PM Binyamin Netanyahu invited Zionist Union leader Yitzhak Herzog to join him in a new unity government, but Herzog turned him down. Netanyahu invited him despite his campaign vow not to share power with the left-leading Zionist Union. He displayed a pragmatic flexibility on this question that also extended to the Palestinian issue. After telling voters that a Palestinian state would not rise on his watch, he left the door ajar. debkafile: This makes no difference because the Palestinian leader has washed his hands of Obama’s peace initiatives.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2015
Iran is putting the first interlocking pieces in place for its Shiite Crescent empire in Anbar, Iraq and the Qalamoun Mountains of western Syria. Israel is the fly in the Syrian ointment.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 8, 2014
The Netanyahu government is caught in the crossfire of two conflicts: Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh threatens to revive rocket fire on Sept. 25, the first day of the Jewish New Year Festival, unless the Gaza blockade is lifted by then. This would sorely embarrass Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who defended the ceasefire by maintaining that Hamas would never shoot another rocket after enduring 50 days of relentless Israeli assaults. Netanyahu and Ya’alon have also launched the highly-charged process of choosing the next IDF chief of staff.