Jerusalem, Riyadh stunned: Obama makes Iran 7th world power on regional issues, including Palestinians
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2013, 10:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile exclusive: President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have secretly consented to elevate Iran to the status of seventh world power, for signing the interim nuclear accord in Geneva on Nov. 24, living up to its obligations in the coming six months and then signing a comprehensive agreement. While demanding respect as a regional power, never in its wildest dreams did Tehran expect big power standing with a recognized authoritative role in the wider Middle East, including the Palestinian issue. Jerusalem and Riyadh are aghast.
US reports Israeli air strike in Latakia. Other foreign sources: Israel also struck target in Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2013, 10:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
A US official Thursday night, Oct. 31, confirmed Arab reports that Wednesday night, the Israeli Air Force attacked a consignment of Russian-made SA-8 Gecko Dgreen mobile missiles in the Syrian port of Latakia to prevent its delivery to Hizballah. Other foreign sources said Israel also struck a similar consignment in Damascus. DEBKA: The leak from Washington to US media angered Israeli officials. US sources explained that the administration, immersed in joint diplomacy on Syria with Moscow, had to demonstrate it was not involved in the Israeli operation.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 19, 2013, 10:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
Netanyahu has reduced Israel to a non-player in US Mid East policies and considerations by sticking to a policy of non-intervention in regional conflicts and shunning military initiatives.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 22, 2013, 9:53 AM (GMT+02:00)
By two comments, Israel confirmed Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 21 and 22, that the Assad regime had used chemical weapons on civilians in the region of Damascus – the first came from Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who said "The use of chemical weapons by the regime is not a first,” and the second from Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, who reported corroborative intelligence. Yet no one anywhere admits that Syria, any more than Iran, has crossed US and Israeli red lines and that this necessitates direct action.
DEBKAfile Special Report July 17, 2013, 12:40 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Golan saw a chain of unexplained incidents after midnight Tuesday, July 16: Unidentified gunmen stole into an unmanned IDF position in the demilitarized zone of the Golan to the east of the Israeli-Syrian border. An Israeli patrol came under fire near Tel Fares from Syrian soldiers when it went to investigate. Israeli helicopters were then scrambled over the scene of action. IDF officers suspect that the Syrian troops tried to use the mystery infiltrators to fire off shots at the Israeli patrol. No one was hurt.
Washington’s push against Egyptian, Israeli go-it-alone military steps. US marines deployed off Suez, Sinai
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 14, 2013, 12:51 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Obama administration is exhibiting strong disapproval of Israel’s independent military action against Syria and of the Egyptian army’s steps against the Muslim Brotherhood. debkafile: Washington is also put out by the campaign the Egyptian army has launched, with Israel’s active support, to root out the Islamist Salafist and Hamas terror blighting Sinai. US warships and marines are deployed off Egypt’s Red sea coast to warn the Egyptian generals not to go too far and also, if necessary, secure Suez Canal shipping and intervene in Sinai.
US to media: Israel struck Latakia arsenal last week. Will Putin and Assad make good on threats of reprisal?
DEBKAfile Special Report July 13, 2013, 9:00 AM (GMT+02:00)
US officials exposed Israel's challenge to Russia, Syria, Iran and Hizballah when they named the Israeli Air Force Saturday, July 13 as responsible for the air strikes against the big Syria arms depot in Latakia eight days ago. debkafile: Russian-supplied Yakhont anti-ship missiles were destroyed in the explosions, and the Syrian-Hizballah Aleppo offensive was delayed by the loss of the arsenal accumulated for the attack. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bashar Assad, Hizballah and Tehran had all earlier threatened reprisals if Israel attacked Syria again.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2013, 1:50 AM (GMT+02:00)
Obama has revamped the alliance to fully utilize what he calls Israel’s high-tech innovativeness as more important to the United States even than their security ties. He has even promised Israel a defensive shield in its hostile neighborhood so long as it keeps working.
Israel Said No to Putin, Exposing Its Gas Fields to Syria’s Yakhont Cruise Missiles – But Gaining US Missile Shield
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2012, 10:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
Vladimir Putin’s push for a stake of Gazprom in Israel’s offshore Leviathan, one of the world’s largest gas finds in the last decade, was cut short by Washington which brought in an Australian partner and promised the gas field protection under the US missile shield.
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly October 10, 2012, 11:35 AM (GMT+02:00)
The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly, out last Friday, reveals the unique features of the unmanned Iranian stealth flying vehicle which Israel shot down last Friday. Learn about the haste of US drone, electronic and cyber engineers to find out what secrets the Iranians pirated from the US RQ-170 captured last year and how they were applied.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 9, 2012, 1:53 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli Patriots were not deployed against further Iranian drone incursions but potential Iranian/Hizballah missile attacks from Lebanon or Syria. debkafile: US intelligence now warns President Obama that Iran’s nuclear breakthrough will be much earlier than predicted - late November, only seven weeks off. A Congressional Research Dept. report concludes Israel has sufficient air force and refueling capacities to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, including Fordo, alone. The two findings led to the new Foreign Policy proposal of a joint US-Israeli “October surprise.”
DEBKAfile Special Report August 9, 2012, 2:15 PM (GMT+02:00)
In a radio interview Thursday, Aug. 9, Defense Minister Ehud Barak stoutly refuted reported disagreements between the US and Israel, and himself and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over a military attack on Iran’s nuclear program. Both see eye to eye on the matter, he said, as do US and Israeli intelligence evaluations. “A nuclear Iran is taking shape before our eyes” Barak stressed, and new US intelligence findings make a decision on a possible attack “extremely urgent."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 5, 2012, 1:38 PM (GMT+02:00)
An authoritative US military source told debkafile Sunday, Aug. 5 that US armed forces stand ready for war with Iran. Without going into who would lead the operation to dismantle Iran’s nuclear program, the US or Israel, the US Air Force will undertake to destroy Iran’s Shehab-3 ballistic missile batteries aimed at Israel and Saudi Arabia. The Israeli Air Force would then be left free to tackle the huge rocket arsenals of Syria, the Lebanese Hizballah and the Palestinian Hamas and Jihad Islami.
DEBKAfile Special Report July 29, 2012, 11:44 AM (GMT+02:00)
President Barack Obama can’t be sure the Netanyahu government won’t spring on him a surprise attack on Iran’s nuclear sites earlier than the date under discussion between them. October is now widely cited. debkafile: To forestall Israel, the CIA has spread a broad undercover network of agents across the country to pick up any clue of the IDF switching to operational mode for a strike on Iran. The US agency also leaked to AP a detailed article defaming Israel as its “No.1 counterintelligence threat” in the Middle East.
DEBKAfile Special Report July 19, 2012, 9:54 AM (GMT+02:00)
Iran, Syria and Hizballah resolve to up their terror assaults on “strategic” Israeli targets in step with the worsening war situation in Syria and a looming attack on Iran’s nuclear program, debkafile reports.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2012, 9:59 AM (GMT+02:00)
Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak arrived in Washington Thursday, April 19 with tough questions for US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta about the administration’s dialogue with Iran, on the lines of, “What’s going on? Is there a deal? Don’t tell me what you have settled with the Iranians, just your minimal demands, your bottom line.” Because Israel was in the dark about the dialogue, Barak sought the truth about Obama’s concessions, especially on IAEA inspections, directly from Panetta.
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 April 9, 2012, 7:37 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile’s Washington sources disclose exclusively that the Obama administration and Netanyahu government have secretly agreed on “Formula of 1,000” ending the forthcoming Six Power nuclear talks with Iran. It would let Iran keep 1,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium up to 3.5 percent and stock 1,000 kilograms of the same grade uranium, while giving up except for medical research its store of 20-percent grade uranium which can be jumped quickly to weapon quality.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2012, 10:46 AM (GMT+02:00)
US and Israeli government officials joined forces in their recent talks in their two capitals for a reevaluation of their pooled intelligence on the state of the Iranian nuclear weapon program. Their conclusions will be presented to President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at their White House meeting March 5. In Tehran, reports like the AP claim that Israel might be allowed to use US bases in the region from which to attack Iran are treated as part of the US-Israeli campaign of deception.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2012, 9:24 PM (GMT+02:00)
Jerusalem suspects Washington of planting undercover informants for advance warning of an Israeli strike against Iran. The mutuall distrust is traced to an encounter six months ago when Barack Obama turned Binyamin Netanyahu down on a secret plan for Israel to refrain from attacking Iran’s nuclear sites and follow his lead ...