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.
Jerusalem, Riyadh stunned: Obama makes Iran 7th world power on regional issues, including Palestinians
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.