DEBKAfile Special Report May 22, 2013, 12:50 PM (GMT+02:00)
Some Israeli defense strategists still refuse to admit that Bashar Assad, Hassan Nasrallah and Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei are pulling ahead in the Syrian war - contrary to their hopes that defeat would snap their bonds.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 21, 2013, 6:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tuesday, May 21, after an exchange of fire on the Golan, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said: “Last night we destroyed a Syrian army position which fired on an Israeli patrol.” Damascus earlier took responsibility for the attack and threatened to strike back for Israeli reprisals. IDF chief Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz ordered Golan positions to return any fire coming from the Syrian side. debkafile: Bashar Assad is signaling readiness for a war of attrition on Israel from the Golan border, first predicted by our sources on May 15.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2013, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)
The thousands of Israeli military reservists rushed to the Syrian and Lebanese borders this week were told they would take part in a drill starting next Sunday. In fact, they opened up the border outposts and other facilities which had been shuttered for years and reactivated them as backing for ...
DEBKAfile Special Report April 30, 2013, 10:37 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Israeli reserves call-up for the Syrian and Lebanese borders will continue until the end of the week, ready for a "military maneuver" next Sunday, May 5, debkafile reports.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 23, 2013, 9:04 AM (GMT+02:00)
Israel’s chief of staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz warned Monday, April 22, that tribal and ethnic warfare on the scale of Afghanistan awaited Syria. debkafile: Two heavily armed Hizballah combat brigades are fighting for Bashar Assad south of Homs.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2013, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel’s leaders are again talking about a unilateral strike on Iran after discovering that contrary to US reports, its nuclear program has picked up speed and after watching the tame US handling of the Korean crisis.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2013, 6:58 PM (GMT+02:00)
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon wants America as partner if at all possible for attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities. But if Washington declines and Iran is on the verge of acquiring an operational nuclear arsenal – most probably this year - Israel must go it alone. He plans to do away with the classical divisions, brigades and professional corps like artillery and tanks which characterize a conventional army, and replace them with small, self-contained, armies capable of operating independently under their own air and artillery cover.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 3, 2013, 8:08 AM (GMT+02:00)
In fierce battles with Syrian troops, Al Qaeda’s al-Nusra front is spearheading the rebels’ advance on two Syrian army chemical weapons depots - at the Al-Safira base in the north and the Dumeir facility 40 km northeast of Damascus. Tuesday, April 2, Israel’s top security officials were on the Golan to inspect the IDF Golan border units’ state of readiness. On his first visit to the territory as defense minister, Moshe Yaalon said Israel would prevent the proliferation of weapons that “could threaten us.”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2013, 1:50 AM (GMT+02:00)
New Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon plans to downsize the restructure the IDF, turning it into a collection of small, self-contained forces, downsizing ground and tank forces, expanding the Navy and Air Force and establishing a Cyber Command.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 18, 2013, 10:22 AM (GMT+02:00)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slotted two Likud stalwarts, Silvan Shalom and Yuval Steinitz, into his last two vacant cabinet posts in time to present his third government to the Knesset Monday, March 18. In the final reckoning, Netanyahu retains ultimate decision-making power for security, foreign relations, national strategy, intelligence and Palestinians, along with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon. Yaalon opposes Israeli military action against Iran without US cooperation. But he and the cabinet offer short shrift for the Palestinians and sympathy for the pro-settlement lobby.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2013, 9:57 PM (GMT+02:00)
For the first time, two terrorist organizations, al Qaeda and Hizballah, have acquired unconventional arms. Al Qaeda and affiliates are in position for bio-chemical strikes from Syria on five Middle East countries.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2013, 9:57 PM (GMT+02:00)
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2012, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)
Israel is fed up with being kept in the dark, doesn’t trust American diplomatic maneuvers to stop a nuclear Iran and is getting ready to make its own decisions after the May 23 Baghdad talks between the P5-1 and Iran. That is the message coming from Binyamin ...
DEBKAfile Special Report April 18, 2012, 9:23 PM (GMT+02:00)
In the direct, secret exchanges between the US and Iran which led up to the Istanbul talks of Saturday, April 14, President Barack Obama quietly backed off from his demand that Iran “come clean” on its nuclear activities and open up to international inspection, debkafile reports. The Iranians may find it worth their while to accept his other proposals, although no word of this deal has reached Israel. Freed of sanctions and international oversight, the Iranians can build a nuclear weapon undisturbed.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2012, 11:02 PM (GMT+02:00)
A chance comment by Israeli Vice Premier Moshe Yaalon suggested that a full-blown cyber attack by a mutated form of Stuxnet was at work again in Iran – this time deep underground in the uranium enrichment plant buried in a Fordow bunker near Qom.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 15, 2012, 3:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
US-Israeli discord over Iran went into overdrive Sunday, Jan. 15 when the White House called off Austere Challenge 12, the biggest joint war game the US and Israel have every staged, in reprisal for a comment by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon in an early morning radio interview. He said the United States was hesitant over sanctions against Iran's central bank and oil for fear of a spike in oil prices and Israel must be ready to defend itself. Yaalon exacerbated the row over US objections to any Israeli role in military action against Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2010, 11:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel chalks up a victory in its secret war for delaying Iran's attainment of a nuclear bomb. Minister for Strategic affairs Moshe Yaalon noted: Iran is not currently able to make a nuclear bomb on its own - an oblique reference to the Stuxnet virus reportedly developed jointly with ...