614 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Binyamin Netanyahu revives military option
Israel and Saudi Arabia are coordinating policies to counter US détente with Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report October 2, 2013, 9:15 PM (GMT+02:00)

Associates of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday, Oct. 2, leaked word to the media that Israel was in contact with Saudi and Gulf representatives to align their policies for offsetting President Barack Obama’s advancing rapprochement with Iran and any US easing-up on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. These exchanges include recent visits to Israel of high-ranking Gulf officials and will extend to joint lobbying efforts in the US Congress to overrule Obama administration’s outreach to Tehran. This leak signals a widening of the breach between Israel and the US president.

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Netanyahu-Obama White House encounter
No showdown, but Obama and Netanyahu did not bridge gaps on Iran’s nuclear program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 30, 2013, 9:14 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s get-together at the White House Monday, Sept. 30 turned into an amicable joust over their differences on how to handle Iran’s nuclear program.  Obama did not endorse Netanyahu’s demands that Iran completely dismantle its military nuclear program, halt uranium enrichment and face tougher sanctions if its nuclear development continues while international negotiations are afoot. As a friendly gesture, Obama did agree not to remove any options from the table, including the military one, for preventing a nuclear Iran.

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A chemical weapons store
Russia, Iran, Damascus may crank up border tensions to weaken Netanyahu’s hand in America
DEBKAfile Special Report September 29, 2013, 9:08 AM (GMT+02:00)

Western military sources predict an upsurge of tension this week along Israel’s borders with Syria and Lebanon, timed for Binyamin Netanyahu’s White House meeting with President Barack Obama Monday, Sept. 30, and his address to the UN General Assembly the next day, Oct. 1. Moscow, Tehran and Damascus may exploit Israel’s weak moment after being pushed out in the cold by the Obama administration’s pursuit of new relations with Tehran, by provoking Israel into a military response and presenting it as the neighborhood warmonger and disrupter of US-Russian diplomacy. 

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A Saudi Quartet Pursues Pro-active Policy against Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2013, 12:36 AM (GMT+02:00)

Three royal princes and a functionary have formed a quartet to initiate a new style of government in Riyadh which is less focused on royal family interests. They espouse reform and an activist foreign policy.

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Barack Obama announces diplomacy with Iran
Obama launches diplomacy with Tehran after quietly accepting Iran’s current nuclear capabilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 25, 2013, 10:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iranian President Rouhani avoided shaking President Barack Obama's hand at the UN Tuesday, Sept. 24 – not to rebuff diplomacy with the US but to underscore Iran’s demand for respect as an equal. In secret contacts with Tehran, Obama had already agreed to Iran keeping its enriched uranium stocks. This and other concessions give US Secretary of State John Kerry a flying start for his mission to lead diplomacy with Iran, at the same time as the Israeli-Palestinian track. The US president’s linkage of the two places Israel at a disadvantage.

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Iranian president Hassan Rouhani lands in New York
Washington and Europe rush headlong towards accepting a nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report September 24, 2013, 9:49 AM (GMT+02:00)

President Obama is running eagerly toward rapprochement with a nuclear Iran notwithstanding its declared ambition to destroy Israel. Sources close to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu say he is determined when addressing the UN this month to tear the false veil off Iran’s face – even if he is a lone voice. When he exposed as fraudulent Rouhani’s claims that Iran’s nuclear program was peaceful, no one in the West was listening. And at home, people ask what happened to Netanyahu’s solemn pledge to stop Iran getting a nuclear bomb.

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Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu behind Putin's shoulder
Moscow pulls away from Kerry-Lavrov deal on Syrian chemical disarmament. Assad gets to keep his WMD
DEBKAfile Special Report September 20, 2013, 9:20 AM (GMT+02:00)

Russian leaders have picked apart the Kerry-Lavrov understanding for Syria’s chemical disarmament - less than a week after it was unveiled in Geneva. Thursday, Sept. 19, Vladimir Putin said he was not 100 percent certain the plan would succeed. His Defense minister Sergey Shoigu denied Russian plans to destroy Syria’s chemical stockpiles on its territory, while Bashar Assad mocked the option of their destruction in America. At the Security Council, Russia’s UN delegate blocked the measure for underpinning the deal, as Secretary of State John Kerry fought to retrieve it.

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Khamenei Takes Custody of Completed Nuclear Program out of Rev Guards Hands
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 19, 2013, 10:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

Khamenei practiced the old Shiite stratagem of ”heroic leniency” – entering into a pragmatic détente for maneuvering Barack Obama into a nuclear understanding.

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Obama Lets Iran Keep 20pc-Enriched Uranium Stocks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 19, 2013, 10:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

Obama leaves Iran with its 20pc enriched uranium stocks. Khamenei relents on snap nuclear watchdog inspections outside its declared facilities.

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Syria Keeps Chemicals, Iran Its Nuclear Program – under Russia’s Military Aegis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 19, 2013, 10:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

As the Kerry-Lavrov deal unravels and Obama’s Iran diplomacy progresses, Syria looks like keeping the bulk of its chemical weapons and Iran its nuclear program.

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Obama Missed the True Import of Khamenei’s “Heroic Leniency” in Relation to Their Understandings
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 19, 2013, 10:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

Khamenei’s “heroic leniency” to account for his détente with Obama is Shiite shorthand for a pragmatic, flexible, short-term dealwith a foe.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and John Kerry
Netanyahu: A Non-Player in Obama’s Mid East WMD Blitz
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.

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Omani Defense Minister M. Al Busaidiat
Obama softens on nuclear Iran: Keep components, just promise not to weaponise them
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 18, 2013, 8:55 AM (GMT+02:00)

President Barack Obama has only one demand of Tehran: “Iran would have to demonstrate its own seriousness by agreement not to weaponise nuclear power,” he said Wednesday, Sept. 18. He thus took at his word Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who declared the day before: “We are against nuclear weapons. And when we say no one should have nuclear weapons, we definitely do not pursue it ourselves either.” debkafile: This exchange was choreographed in advance, leaving Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu behind US steps and in the dark.

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Kerry briefs Netanyahu on Syria chemical deal
Obama pushes Syrian chemical diplomacy for a nuclear Iran – overriding Israel’s concerns
DEBKAfile Special Report September 15, 2013, 7:32 PM (GMT+02:00)

US President Barack Obama did not wait for the Kerry-Lavrov agreement of Saturday, Sept. 14, to demonstrate its feasibility for the eradication of Syria’s chemical weapons. He jumped in the next day to tell Tehran over ABC that “there’s the potential for diplomatic solutions to arms standoffs.” In Jerusalem, Secretary Kerry tried to defend the agreement against critics. Prime Minister Netanyahu insisted that diplomacy “must be coupled with a credible military threat." debkafile: The Obama administration won’t let Israel’s concerns slow its diplomatic momentum either on Syria or Iran.

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
The Obama-Putin Deal Saves the Assad Regime, Drops Syrian Opposition in Limbo
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2013, 11:53 PM (GMT+02:00)

DEBKA Weekly exclusively reveals the high points of the Obama-Putin-Iranian deal for Syria’s chemical weapons and its extrapolation for Iran’s nuclear program. While Obama agrees to starve the rebels of military support, he accepts massive Russian arms supplies to the Syrian army.

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Barack Obama
Was a Clandestine Foreign Hand Behind the Chemical Outrage in Damascus?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2013, 11:53 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Obama believes that the recipe for forcing Syrian ruler, Bashar Assad to relinquish his weapons of destruction will work just as well for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, compelling him to give up the enriched uranium Tehran has accumulated for building a nuclear bomb.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Standing Aside on Syria Stripped Israel of Leverage against a Nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2013, 11:53 PM (GMT+02:00)

Binyamin Netanyahu has been forced to face the fact that the new round of US-Russian-Iranian diplomacy for Syria has finally put paid to any plans he might still have after four wasted years to prevent Iran getting a nuclear weapon.

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Hassan Rouhani
Rouhani Buys from Obama an Easy Ride on Iran's Nuclear Program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2013, 11:53 PM (GMT+02:00)

Rouhani has appointed a hardliner to head of the national security council which controls Iran’s posture in nuclear negotiations with world powers.

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Syrian rebels lose heart
Western strike force for Syria disperses. Syria launches offensive near Israeli border
DEBKAfile Special Report September 12, 2013, 10:52 PM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile: The Western military armada built up opposite Syria in the past two weeks is breaking up as the US president’s resolve for military action faded under relentless pressure from Moscow. The British and French ships headed out Wednesday, Sept. 11, through the Suez Canal, and the American warships pulled back to waters between Crete and Cyprus. Obama has thus caved in on his original intention to keep the war armada in place for heat on Assad to comply with the Russian plan for the elimination of his chemical weapons.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Obama-Putin deal didn’t stop at chemical Syria: US eases sanctions on nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 11, 2013, 11:59 AM (GMT+02:00)

After Iranian president Hassan Rouhani made the UN Assembly the stage for resumed nuclear talks, the US began lifting sanctions. debkafile discloses a US-Russian-Iranian deal is already in the bag following three weeks of secret trilateral exchanges for an agreed formula for defusing the Syrian chemical weapons issue without military force to provide the key to progress in direct nuclear talks between the US and Iran. Details of the deals they struck will be revealed for the first time in the next issue of DEBKA Weekly out Friday, Sept. 13.

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