DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2013
For lack of a credible US military presence in the Middle East, Moscow and Tehran feel free to impede the progress of Kerry’s plan to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks.
DEBKAfile: Kerry obtains Israeli, Palestinian consent to negotiate interim accord, without borders issue
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013
US Secretary John Kerry announced Friday July 19 the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian talks in Washington as soon as next week. In this exclusive report, debkafile discloses for the first time that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas agreed the talks would seek an interim peace accord, creating a Palestinian state on broad areas of the West Bank from which Israeli would withdraw, subject to security arrangements. Israel accepted a partial settlement freeze. The Palestinians dropped their 1967 borders pre-condition for the talks.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 17, 2013
To avoid a head-on clash with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama set loose the Europeans in full cry against Jerusalem and its policies, by timing their new guidelines with John Kerry’s arrival in Amman. EU foreign affairs executive Catherine Ashton chairs the international negotiating forum with Iran. And so, the EU, with backing from Washington, gives Tehran a broad wink that a fresh round of nuclear diplomacy is worth their while now that Israel is on the run in the settlements-cum-borders dispute.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2013
debkafile’s exclusive sources reveal that Secretary of State John Kerry wants Israel to make strategic and national concessions for buying Palestinian consent to sit down and talk – such as a Palestinian international airport in Jericho and withdrawal from the Dead Sea’s northern coast. Mahmoud Abbas is off the hook.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry has a novel plan for peace talks on two simultaneous tracks – Israel versus the Palestinians and, for the first time in its history, Israel facing the Arab League, debkafile reports exclusively. After obtaining Arab approval for “minor border amendments,” Kerry says more work remains to be done before talks.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 12, 2013
John Kerry faces more obstacles than realistic prospects for his many small steps toward reviving the Middle East peace process and bring Hamas as well as Abu Mazen to the negotiating table. For this he is counting on help from the Turkish prime minister and Qatari emir.
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.
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.”
DEBKAfile Special Report March 20, 2013
On Day One of his visit to Israel, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu put to rest their long dispute over an Israeli strike on Iran. In principle, Israel had the right to independently defend itself, they acknowledged, but in practice would not exercise this principle without first consulting with Washington. The president reciprocated with a pledge of expanded military aid to Israel. Both deferred military intervention in the Syrian civil conflict – even for containing its expansion into chemical warfare.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 24, 2013
The furious Palestinian protesters of Hebron, Nablus and other West Bank towns and villages are in no mood to hear Israel’s side of any dispute. Their violent protests will continue regardless of whether or not Arafat Jaradat died in jail from Israel mistreatment, as the Palestinian Authority claims, or of heart failure, as Israel replies. Mahmoud Abbas appears to count on reining in the violence whenever he decides it has exhausted its political usefulness. But most intelligence watchers think he is playing with fire.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 27, 2012
A confederation plan for a Palestinian West Bank state and Jordan was the real subject of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s recent conversation with King Abdullah in Amman, debkafile’s sources reveal – not Syria. This idea has become a focal talking point in Amman, Washington and Palestinian centers. It ties in with the report from US and Jordanian sources that Israel and the Palestinians will resume talks in the spring for a long-term interim accord, and defer the core issues indefinitely.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 24, 2012
Turkey’s resumption of strategic cooperation with Israel through NATO is a major breakthrough for Binyamin Netanyahu. He is constantly accused of bringing Israel into deep international isolation as he runs for reelection. NATO and Turkey undercut that charge. Barack Obama worked hard to heal the breach between Ankara and Jerusalem - both to strengthen his burgeoning pro-US Middle East axis and to pave the way for the resuscitation of Israel-Palestinian peace talks in March, 2013 in accord with Netanyahu.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2012
The Qatari rulers have again swung like a pendulum for and against President Obama’s Middle East goals, joined now by Egyptian President Morsi. Qatar is shifting is focus towards a radical solution of the perennial Palestinian problem, junking standing peace accords and processes.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 29, 2012
Thursday night, Nov. 29, the UN General Assembly grants Palestine non-member observer status within the 1967 borders by majority vote. But to which Palestinian rule does it apply? Abbas’s Fatah is fading, whereas the extremist Hamas in the Gaza Strip is a rising force. If it qualifies for a place in the Sunni Middle East grouping Egypt, Turkey and Qatar are building with US backing and Israeli approval, Hamas may become the beneficiary of the upgraded Palestinian status won by Abbas.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 1, 2012
The Gulf emirs are competing for the favors of Gaza’s Hamas rulers while ready to drop Mahmoud Abbas of Ramallah.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2012
Two agents of Hamas’ Ezz e-Din Qassam military arm were able to penetrate the handpicked unit guarding Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and spy on him for some years, debkafile reports exclusively. They were finally uncovered and arrested Sunday, Aug. 19. The realization that Abbas’s closest secrets had been passed to Hamas deeply shocked American and Israeli as well as Palestinian security services. They now suspect the entire Palestinian national security apparatus may be riddled with Hamas clandestine cells.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2012
Egyptian Sinai is being turned into a lawless wasteland and jihadi recruiting center by the influx of al Qaeda fighters from across the Muslim world. Al Qaeda in Sinai is preparing to open a new front for terror in the western Middle East.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 27, 2012
Israel boosted its Syrian and Lebanese border units as special flights carrying thousands of pro-Palestinian activists from Tehran touched down in Damascus for the international Global March to Jerusalem Friday, March 30. Before takeoff, they were split into small groups and tutored by Iranian Al Qods Brigades officers in tactics for breaching Israeli border barriers, bursting through and challenging the Israeli military forces defending the border. They go into action on Palestinian-backed Israel-Arab Earth Day to match disturbances in Israel and the West Bank.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 27, 2012
Despite Israeli warnings, the Palestinian Authority is for the first time making the annual Israeli-Arab Earth Day Friday, March 30 a joint Palestinian-Israel Arab event, organizing mass anti-Israel disturbances in Jerusalem, Jaffa and other places, while also instigating West Bankers to smash through Israeli border checkpoints. Syria too will bus thousands of Palestinians to storm Israel’s northern border on the Golan. Both also aim to shake up the Arab summit in Baghdad. The PA is broke after Arab aid was cut off.