Saudi spy chief visits Israel, Ramallah
Exclusive DEBKAfile background to Khalid Bin Ali Al Humaidan’s surprise visit: Iran is extending the range of its Scuds for attacking Riyadh from Yemen.
Feb 22, 2017, 6:42 PM (IDT)
Assad Will Let Hizballah Fire Rockets against Israel from Syria
He promised Tehran the use of Syrian soil in a Hizballah war against Israel.
Even If Large-Scale US Forces Beat ISIS – It Won’t Be Swift
Along with the deployment of US troops, Trump needs to establish a Sunni Arab front.
Saudis, Israelis Coordinate Military Steps to Face Iran
The two governments are now working on practical, operational steps.
DEBKAfile Special Report Feb 21, 2017, 2:16 PM (IDT)

The military court headed by Col. Maya Heller, handed down an 18-month jail sentence for Elor Azaria after convicting him of manslaughter for shooting dead a Palestinian terrorist he was wounded during a stabbing attack in Hebron. This was the most lenient possible sentence, starting in 12 days. It was clearly the outcome of mitigating factors, the clamorous controversy raised by his case, and the improper intervention of high officers and the defense minister.

DEBKAfile Special Report Feb 19, 2017, 10:04 PM (IDT)

Donald Trump marked his first month as US President with two major military gambits in the Middle East, Asia and the South China Sea. Sunday, Feb. 19, the US Navy said that the Nimitz-class USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and strike group had begun patrols in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. The US Navy also expanded its presence in the Red Sea, especially around the Strait of Bab El-Mandeb with the  large 11th Marine Expeditionary Combat Unit.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Feb 17, 2017, 6:34 PM (IDT)

Overlaying US President Donald Trump’s extraordinary, hour-long skirmish with reporters Thursday, Feb. 16, was bitter frustration over the domestic obstacles locking him out from his top security and foreign policy goals. DEBKAfile’s sources report that his relations with Putin will quickly roll downhill without a strong hand to haul them back and Trump will miss the chance of a joint war on ISIS and getting Iran thrown out of Syria.

DEBKAfile Special Report Feb 15, 2017, 9:30 PM (IDT)

Trump reacted positively to Netanyahu’s proposal to broaden the Israeli-Palestinian peace process into a regional effort as a “very important” new idea “on a broader canvas” which he believed could succeed. “I believe we will have a deal that is better than many Israelis think.” DEBKAfile reports their agreement in principle to seek an Israeli peace accord with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf emirates as the lead-in to talks with the Palestinians



DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Feb 14, 2017

Michael Flynn’s resignation as National Security Adviser Monday night, Feb. 13, was a crippling blow to Donald Trump’s foreign policy strategy. As architect and prime mover of the president’s plans for close cooperation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his exit causes havoc in the Trump administration. But for the Middle East, it is a catastrophe, because a core objective of the US-Russian partnership was to clip Iran’s wings as premier Middle East power conferred by Barack Obama. More on the fallout from the Flynn exit in the coming DEBKA Weekly.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Feb 13, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas pivots towards Iran in a move to pre-empt a US embassy move to Jerusalem, and the friendly talks between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Feb 11, 2017

Trump is determined to knock Iran off its pedestal, but will tax the Israeli prime minister with a demand for the IDF to take part in the war on ISIS, alongside Arab armies, as an opening for peace diplomacy.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Feb 8, 2017
Russian "loitering bomb"

Israeli officials and military chiefs, taken by surprise, are seriously concerned that some of this high sophisticated hardware will fall into Iranian and Hizballah’s hands.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Feb 6, 2017

Since Netanyahu's rhetoric is not backed by military action, Israel has little say in what happens next in Syria, and little clout for keeping Iran and Hizballah out of the Golan.

US special operations forces in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Feb 5, 2017

Eight armies are fighting for dominance in Yemen. Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) elements, most acting as advisers to the Houthi rebels, intervene actively from time to time. A US special forces intervention cannot be ruled out.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Feb 3, 2017

A fresh round of sanctions was followed by the posting of the USS Cole to the Red Sea. Tehran or its Middle East proxies, such as the Lebanese Hizballah, may well hit back in Syria or by limited military strikes against US allies, Riyadh and Tel Aviv.

DEBKAfile Special Report Feb 1, 2017

The 3,000 Israeli cops dragging people out of 42 family homes in Amona was an agonizing sight for every Israeli who awarded a failed grade to the country’s ruling institutions, without contributing an iota toward solving the dispute with the Palestinians.


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