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Obama and Kerry upbeat over concessions to Iran
On eve of Iran deal, US retreats on inspections of nuclear past, speeds up sanctions relief
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 29, 2015

When Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday, June 28: “We are seeing a clear retreat from the red lines that the world powers set recently and publicly,” he meant three major US concessions approved in the days leading up to a nuclear deal with Iran: debkafile discloses The US no longer holds Iran accountable for past clandestine nuclear weapons tests; has empowered Tehran to permit or bar international inspections; and set out unconditional sanctions relief in three tight stages. Obama’s pledge to “snap back” sanctions for violations is history.

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Years of Secret Saudi-Israeli Dialogue Ripens into Common Policy Against Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 11, 2015

Saudi-Israeli meetings have been going on for at least four years in secret. They have ripened into a weighty factor in Middle East affairs, especially with regard to Iran and Syria.

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More Like President than Prime Minister, Netanyahu Takes Charge of Youthful Cabinet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2015

Netanyahu has set about cementing his authority by divide and rule to bring his new ministers in line and taming the hostile media.

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Netanyahu Needs an Innovative Foreign Minister with Moshe Dayan’s Vision
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2015

Netanyahu sets up a new government without appointing a foreign minister in the hope of finding another Moshe Dayan he negotiated the 1979 peace with Egypt.

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Barack Obama plans to punish Israel again
Exclusive: Obama to back Palestinian state at Security Council – payback for Israel’s right-wing cabinet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 6, 2015

debkafile exclusive from Washington: President Barack Obama is to give Europe a green light to file a UN Security Council motion proclaiming an independent Palestinian state. Without waiting for Binyamin Netanyahu to present his new government at midnight Wednesday, May 6, Obama decided to punish him for building a right-wing coalition, minus a moderate figure for talks with the Palestinians. French President Francois Hollande and US Secretary of State John Kerry have already briefed Saudi and Gulf rulers on Obama’s new policy. 

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We drive each other nuts...
Obama turns a smiling face to Israel. Biden: Iran has enough material for 8 nuclear bombs
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.

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Obama's selling points for Israel
Obama to Israel: Nuclear deal with Iran is “our best bet” – but “we’ve got your backs”
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.

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Israel is accused of spying on nuclear talks...
New US “allegation”: Israel spied on closed-door nuclear talks, passed secrets to Congress
DEBKAfile Special Report March 24, 2015

Yet another Obama administration thrust in its campaign to stigmatize Binyamin Netanyahu and Israel came Tuesday, March 24, as a pejorative leak to The Wall Street Journal, which reported: “Israeli intelligence was eavesdropping on closed-door nuclear negotiations between Iran and the US, then passing the classified information along to the US Congress." debkafile: The WSJ story means that the Obama administration failed to keep its promise to update Israel about the nuclear talks with Iran, and so Israel needed to activate spies to learn about US concessions.

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Binyamin Netanyahu builds new government
In new government, Erdan designated for education, Katz – Housing, Akunis – communications
DEBKAfile Special Report March 23, 2015

PM Binyamin Netanyahu invited Zionist Union leader Yitzhak Herzog to join him in a new unity government, but Herzog turned him down. Netanyahu invited him despite his campaign vow not to share power with the left-leading Zionist Union. He displayed a pragmatic flexibility on this question that also extended to the Palestinian issue. After telling voters that a Palestinian state would not rise on his watch, he left the door ajar. debkafile: This makes no difference because the Palestinian leader has washed his hands of Obama’s peace initiatives.

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Obama and Hollande fail to meet on nuclear Iran.
France balks at the US-Iranian deal on five counts – not least with an eye on its Gulf ties
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 21, 2015

President Barack Obama failed to shift French President France Hollande from his objections to the nuclear accord taking shape between the US and Iran in the call he put through to the Elysée Friday night, March 30. US Secretary of State John Kerry fared no better Saturday, when he met the British, French and German Foreign ministers in London to line the Europeans up behind the American position. Germany balked too. France wants Tehran first to account for evidence of past development work on a nuclear warhead design. Tehran will never admit this.

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Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu
The Prime Minister’s Election Win Further Stokes the Obama-Netanyahu Feud
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2015

Israel is bracing for US penalties after Netanyhau’s re-election for a fourth term and refusal to go along with Obama’s policies on Iran and the Palestinians.

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Binyamin Netanyahu celebrates a "great victory"
Why the Israeli voter reelected Binyamin Netanyahu and strengthened his Likud
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 18, 2015

Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party owed its March 17 election lead of 30 seats as much to its rivals’ myopia as to his stunning last-ditch campaign. Rivals and pollsters alike missed the writing on the wall. They ran a negative campaign, which rarely works, such as the “anyone but Bibi” slogan and charged the Likud government with running the health and education systems into the ground. Their tactics were boomerangs. The voter also credited Netanyahu with standing up to Obama in defense of national interests, rather than blaming him for souring relations with the White House.

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Netanyahu turns the tables on rivals - and the polls
Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud widens its winning margin to 7 seats as 99 pc of ballots counted
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 18, 2015

Likud leader, the outgoing prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, has won a fourth term after a last-ditch electioneering blitz. As votes of the March 17 election were counted Tuesday night, Likud’s winning margin over its rival, the Zionist Union led by Yitzhak Herzog, widened from one seat to seven. With 99 percent of the count, Likud broke away from their early deadlock to 29 seats (of the 120-member Knesset), while the Zionist Union dropped to 24 (24 to 19pc). The figures boosted Netanyahu’s leverage for swiftly negotiating a new coalition. 

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Election favorite Zionist Camp leader Yitzhak Herzog
Herzog’s four pledges for his first 100 days as prime minister are unworkable
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 14, 2015

Yitzhak Herzog, co-leader of the opposition Zionist Camp party, is tabbed by the polls as Binyamin Netanyahu’s credible successor. However, the same credibility does not extend to his four pledges to the voter ahead of the March 17 election - though sincere. If elected, Herzog vowed in his first 100 days as prime minister to lead the campaign to bring down the prohibitive cost of housing; mend Israel’s relations with the United States, i.e. Barack Obama; revive peace talks with the Palestinians; and create a “regional platform” for Israel’s foreign relations.

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Khamenei Finally Vetoes Nuclear Deal. Moscow, Berlin and Paris Also Demur
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2015

Disaffection with US-Iranian nuclear diplomacy has spilled over into the Iranian street and raised hackles too in Moscow, Berlin, Paris and Washington.

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Barring a Miracle, Netanyahu Looks Like Heading for an Election Defeat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2015

The opposition Zionist Camp led by Yitzhak Herzog is consistently ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud in opinion polls, although not by much. But Likud is in grave danger of losing the March 17 election although Netanyahu and Herzog will vie for a majority coalition government. Netanyahu’s possible fall is already gladdening hearts in the White House.

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He must run a hard race to win this election.
Netanyahu and his Likud are running out of time to survive the March 17 ballot
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 12, 2015

Five days before Israel’s voting day, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu looks weary and, behind his controlled façade, shocked to discover that his Likud may actually be thrown out of office on March 17. Yitzhak Herzog’s rival Zionist Camp is overtaking Likud in the opinion polls – not by much but consistently. When the gap reached four Knesset seats this week, Netanyahu bestirred himself to go stumping across the country. He hasn’t lost the race yet, but he will need to pull out all the stops and a rabbit out of his hat to push ahead.

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Obama Lambastes Netanyahu to Fill Time Until Khamenei Pronounces on a Nuclear Deal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2015

Obama and Netanyahu will continue to bicker amid uncertainty about whether Khamenei will actually sign the done nuclear deal between US and Iranian negotiators.

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US Congress give Binyamin Netanyahu a tumultuous welcome
In his US Congress speech, Netanyahu did not urge scrapping nuclear accord – only making it a lot tougher for Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report March 3, 2015

In the 40-minute speech Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered to a joint session of the US Congress Tuesday, May 3, he listed the iniquities of the “dark, dictatorial Islamic regime” in Tehran, and criticized the nuclear deal in negotiation as marking the “countdown to a nuclear nightmare” that would threaten not just Israel but the world. He proposed “making it better” by confronting Iran with three provisos: Give up aggression and state-sponsored terror and stop threatening Israel with annihilation. His speech to a packed chamber was interrupted by 40 standing ovations and long cheers.
 

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One dread Iranian nuclear threat postulated
A scenario Netanyahu hasn’t spelled out: One Iranian nuke could obliterate Israel’s heartland
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2015

What Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has not spelled out in his unrelenting campaign against a deal that would allow Iran nuclear threshold status is this scenario: It would leave Tehran the freedom to choose when to build a single nuclear bomb or device, that could be dropped over the Mediterranean from a civilian airliner and trigger a tsumani for wiping out the Tel Aviv conurbation. The giant wave would kill an estimated one million people and wipe out the Israeli heartland, financial and business centers, military headquarters and hi-tech industry.

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