DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2015
The well-choreographed Obama-Netanyahu summit went swimmingly. They agreed to go back to close intelligence ties and the president was receptive to Israel’s concerns regarding the threats emanating from Syria, and the complication of the Russian military presence.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 8, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu meets President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday, Nov. 9, after four grave setbacks: Deepenng Russian and Iranian military intervention in Syria inching up to Israel’s borders; Bashar Assad’s survival against all predictions; the strengthening of the Islamic State; and a deadly Palestinian terror campaign pervading the country. Even if they agree on Israel’s security needs in the coming years and the scale of US military aid, Middle East volatility may quickly obviate all forecasts.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 23, 2015
The Syrian conflict is again bringing the hostile Iran-backed Hizballah into dangerous proximity to Israel’s border. After visiting Quneitra last week, Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Russian air force chiefs in Syria concluded that Russian air strikes are necessary to break the deadlock in the Quneitra battle against rebel forces. Israel has informed Moscow and Washington that this would cross its red lines against Iranian and Hizballah forces moving in on its Golan border and Russian aerial activity over southern Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 20, 2015
Israeli leaders’ main business with visiting US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter when they meet Monday, July 20, is their concern about Tehran’s possible endgame in fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon will ask Carter if the US has any control over the Iranian command centers, and is in a position to stop Tehran harnessing Hizballah and Syrian troops to help its Shiite militias push ISIS onto the Golan and the Jordanian borders, so as to remove the threat to Tehran’s allies in Damascus and Baghdad.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2015
Israel’s National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen was invited to join two top US officials for dinner in Washington on June 15 to try and amend the disastrous nuclear accord taking shape between the six world powers and Iran, before it was too late. This meeting, arranged by CIA Director John Brennan, is revealed here for the first time by debkafile. National Security Adviser Susan Rice and senior nuclear negotiator Wendy Sherman let Cohen present Israel’s case for a better deal for Israeli and American security - and then turned him down flat.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2015
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have gone out of their way in the last fortnight to shower friendly gestures on Israel and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, devoting more time to repairing the relationship than on world crises in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Ukraine. debkafile: Instead of sparring with the Israeli leader, whose speech in Congress placed him at the forefront of international opposition to the nuclear deal, the White House decided to try and convert him – and also Congress - by meeting him on certain points.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 6, 2015
“If anyone messes with Israel, America will be there.” This conciliatory message was issued by US President Barack Obama in a New York Times interview Monday, April 6. In it, he urged Israel to accept the nuclear deal as the “best bet” and rely on America to “have its back” against Iranian or any other hostility. debkafile: This message, though important, does not cover Iranian’s ongoing aggressive drive for regional expansion by conventional military means backed by terror, or loosen the noose Iran is already tightening around Israel’s borders.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2015
Obama has reduced relations with Israel to an all-time low, a sacrifice on the alter of his deepening ties with Tehran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 13, 2015
The Islamic State’s elite unit wiped out the forward command group of the a commando force belonging to Iran’s Al Qods Brigades early Monday, Jan. 12, killing its commander, Gen. Mehdi Norouzi, at Hashimiyah north of Baghdad. debkafile exclusively reveals ISIS's new tactic of systematically taking down high Iranian officers to throw their forces into disarray. The jihadis affirm the deaths of 555 Iranian officers in four months. Israel’s deep concerns about ISIS effectiveness and close US-Iranian collaboration in Iraq were brushed aside in Washington.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 31, 2014
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ motion to dictate a timeline for Israel’s withdrawal to pre-1967 lines and a Palestinian state was defeated at the UN Security Council. Had it mustered the mandatory 9 votes, it would still have been vetoed by the US. Its re-submission next year in the hope of a more pro-Palestinian Security Council lineup will be just as problematic. So will Abbas’ threat to bring Israel before the international court for alleged war crimes. For Prime Minister Netanyahu, the vote was a campaign coup against his rivals' charge that he leads Israel into diplomatic isolation.
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly June 12, 2014
Maj. Gen. (res.) Professor Yitzhak Ben-Yisrael, a retired senior developer of combat measures for the Israeli defense establishment, was the first military official to name the exact targets chosen for the Stuxnet attack, which ravaged Iran’s nuclear program in the years 2009-2010. He also broke through the US and Israeli wall of silence, to reveal the routes available for reaching those targets, and how the virus was planted, with great success.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 3, 2014
A Palestinian gunman in a car opened fire on an Israeli border guard checkpoint at the Tapuach checkpoint outside Nablus before dawn Tuesday, June 3. The soldiers returned fire and killed the gunman, after one was hit in the leg. It was the second encounter in four days at the same spot between an Israeli security force and a terrorist. It occurred shortly after the US decided to work with the new Palestinian unity government, despite Israel’s concerns about the participation of the Hamas terrorist organization. This stirred "deep disappointment" in Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2014
Israel has become an important player in the world of cyber warfare, however its ambassador to the US is overstating its prowess by putting it on par with the US.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 8, 2014
The deep divide between the Obama administration and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on the Iranian nuclear issue resurfaced during this week’s (May 7-8) Jerusalem talks with the US National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Netanyahu rejected Rice’s advice to acept Iran as a nuclear threshold state, able to enrich uranium and build new reactors - all within strict limits and close surveillance of its facilities to prevent militarization. The Israeli Prime Minister reiterated that the only way to ensure a non-nuclear Iran is to disallow its enrichment of any uranium at all.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2014
Netanyahu hopes that in consideration of Israel’s neutrality on Ukraine, Putin will be receptive to its concerns on Iran and Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2014
The Obama administration announced Tuesday, Jan. 28, the supply to selected Syrian rebel militias of American light weapons including anti-tank – but not anti-air – rockets. And Friday, Jan. 24, an IDF intelligence officer revealed Israel was “rethinking” its Syria neutrality policy in view of the 30,000 al Qaeda fighters massed on its Syrian border. debkafile: These disclosures amount to a shift in US and Israeli non-intervention policies in Syria. The upshot: a plan for two security buffers in southern Syria to block Al Qaeda’s path to Israel and Jordan.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 15, 2014
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was forced to apologize Tuesday night, Jan. 14, for private remarks about Secretary of State John Kerry, showing how far Israel has fallen as a strategic asset for the Obama administration, compared with the new favorite. Only this week, Iran’s deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi said the US President was not telling the truth in stating that Iran would dismantle a key part of its nuclear program. The White House response: Never mind what the Iranians say; it’s what they do that matters – a freedom evidently denied Israel.
Obama withholds from Israel details of nuclear accord with Iran: Tehran denies dismantling its program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2014
US Vice President Joe Biden when he met Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday night, Jan. 13, refused to disclose details of agreements which the Americans claimed were reached by the six powers and Iran in their talks earlier this week on the implementation of their first-stage Geneva accord. This is reported by debkafile. This refusal signals a further sharp decline in US-Israeli strategic relations.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2013
Israel recently complained to Washington about the renting of hotel suites in Jerusalem for undercover agents to spy on a secret military installation used by high Israeli officials for private consultations. But other less friendly Western spy agencies caught on and took suites at the same location. To combat the exposure of its secrets, Israel introduced “sterile spaces” impenetrable to illicit penetration as well as tricks of misdirection. However, the Americans and other interested parties keep on looking for holes in these barriers - and so the contest goes on.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 17, 2013
Israeli-Hizballah tensions were heightened further this week by the deadly car bomb attack near Hizballah’s Baalbek base Tuesday, two days after a Lebanese solder murdered Israeli Master Sgt. Shlomi Cohen Monday. debkafile: Both apparently interconnected incidents occurred after Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah paid a secret visit to Tehran last week. Hizballah and Iran are actively considering reprisals against the intelligence bodies terrorizing Hizballah operatives and command posts as well as Iranian targets - clearly armed with precise information about their movements and whereabouts.