DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2011, 1:10 AM (GMT+02:00)
Behind the obvious effects of the defense minister's parting with Labor and creation of a new party, there were two unpublished determining factors: A new opening for talks with the Palestinians and the defense minister belief that he cut short a dangerous coup against the government with military overtones.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 8, 2011, 5:26 PM (GMT+02:00)
Since Friday night, Jan. 7 - when Israeli paratrooper, Sgt. Nadav Rutenberg, 20, from Moshav Ramot Hashavim, died and four others were injured during an ambush from the Gaza Strip - Palestinian terrorists have stepped up attacks in Gaza and the West Bank, debkafile's military sources report. Saturday, a Jenin suicider armed with two pipe bombs was shot dead trying to rush an Israeli checkpoint in the Jordan Valley. Four mortar shells from Gaza injured 3 foreign workers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2010, 11:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
The US, Russia and Israel have come around to an interim accord as the only way out of the impasse in talks with the Palestinians. Obama has canvassed European leaders. If the Palestinians continue to hold out, they will feel a chill wind blowing in from Washington.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2010, 3:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Palestinians believe they can use international misfortunes to fast-forward their national goals. They watch US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu grappling with political woes and the European Union in a life-and-death struggle to save the euro and at least five economies from falling off a cliff edge. Seeing a big chance for gain, Palestinian lead negotiator Saeb Erekat has produced the astonishing new figure of 7 million refugees whom Israel must accept.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 11, 2010, 12:21 PM (GMT+02:00)
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had the thankless task of writing finis on the Obama administration's two-year effort to persuade Israelis and Palestinians to talk peace. It was time "to grapple with the core issues of this conflict" - borders, refugees, settlements, water and Jerusalem – she said, without mentioning timetables. debkafile reports the administration has now turned to a new plan for employing Turkey - first to broker a deal with Iran, then an Israeli-Syrian accord.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 2, 2010, 6:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
Saturday, Oct. 2, the PLO Executive Committee gave Mahmoud Abbas the mandate he requested for breaking off the US-sponsored "direct talks" with Israel until all Jewish construction ceases on the West Bank and Jerusalem. debkafile's Middle East sources report however that this negative is neither total nor final because it is unacceptable to Washington, Cairo and Riyadh. He has therefore left the door partly open to more diplomacy.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2010, 11:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
Using new tactics imparted by Iranian Guards and Hizballah, Hamas terrorizes West Bank highways to sabotage US Middle East diplomatic initiative and topple Mahmoud Abbas.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2010, 7:48 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile reports Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is misleading his ministers by presenting the direct talks opening with the Palestinians on Sept. 2 as a diplomatic victory. He has omitted to disclose that the Obama administration has reneged on the secret deals for paving the way to the talks. One part was US non-reaction to the Bushehr reactor start-up, another to refrain from twisting Israel's arms in negotiations with the Palestinians.The White House is standing by neither.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2010, 10:10 PM (GMT+02:00)
Obama considers personally launching direct Israeli-Palestinian talks from Cairo. Not all his advisers think it's a good idea.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2010, 12:05 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Obama-Netanyahu assurances of early direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have run into an unexpected delay: Mahmoud Abbas has succumbed to cancer and is preparing for major abdominal surgery.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 6, 2010, 10:57 AM (GMT+02:00)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was assured of a much friendlier and correct White House welcome for his fifth encounter with President Barack Obama July 6 - compared with his unmannerly reception in March. Still, five time bombs are ticking under their seats.The most combustible are Iran's drive for a nuclear weapon and the future of Israel's reputed nuclear arsenal. The US and Israel clearly do not see eye on eye on how and when to take action against Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2010, 1:10 AM (GMT+02:00)
That the proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians are bound to fail is an open secret although the West Bank is ripe for a deal. But Obama, Netanyahu and Abbas can't overcome their mutual antipathy to save the day.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2010, 1:09 AM (GMT+02:00)
Obama is persuaded by veteran presidential advisers of yore to impose an American solution on the parties to the Middle East conflict, curtail Israeli influence in Washington and "liberate" Arab support for the US. The Mitchell-Ross "incremental" approach is shelved.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2010, 1:07 AM (GMT+02:00)
Even if Israel were willing, it could not perform a massive shake-up of its defensive posture in the time allotted for handing 96 percent of the West Bank to the Palestinians, while Abbas, Fayyad and Co. bide their time for the US sledgehammer to work on Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2010, 1:04 AM (GMT+02:00)
DEBKAfile Special Report March 26, 2010, 7:23 PM (GMT+02:00)
A Hamas cross-border attack on Israeli forces outside Kissufim Friday, March 26, killed an officer, Maj. Eliraz Peretz, Dep. Commander of Golani 12 battalion, 31, from Eili, and 1st Sgt. Ilan Seviatsovsky, 21 from Rishon Lezion.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2010, 4:08 AM (GMT+02:00)
While Mahmoud Abbas sulks over peace talks, prime minister Salam Fayad wants his US military advisers out of Palestinian territory by 2013.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 16, 2010, 8:57 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Palestinian and Israeli Arab masses failed to show up in Jerusalem for the Day of Rage, called for Tuesday, March 15 in a bid to stir up a third uprising (intifada) against Israel. No more than 500 teenagers were out on the streets. Around 14 policemen and three dozen Palestinians were injured in clashes - none seriously, and 60 arrested. In case of more trouble, a high police alert will be maintained until the weekend.
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly March 5, 2010, 11:53 PM (GMT+02:00)
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is unmoved by Western media inattention to his hate campaign against Jews and Israel. He is campaigning hard to plant the poison in the Muslim mainstream. Its malevolence recalls Nazi "final solution" propaganda. DEBKA-Net-Weekly first disclosed the existence of this manifesto on March 5, 2010. debkafile now makes it available ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2010, 11:21 AM (GMT+02:00)
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has summoned allied Islamist and terrorist chiefs to