378 articles tagged "Binyamin Netanyahu"
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New defense minister Moshe Yaalon with Binyamin Netanyahu
Netanyahu keeps hand on security, foreign relations, energy levers
DEBKAfile Special Report March 18, 2013

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slotted two Likud stalwarts, Silvan Shalom and Yuval Steinitz, into his last two vacant cabinet posts in time to present his third government to the Knesset Monday, March 18. In the final reckoning, Netanyahu retains ultimate decision-making power for security, foreign relations, national strategy, intelligence and Palestinians, along with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon. Yaalon opposes Israeli military action against Iran without US cooperation. But he and the cabinet offer short shrift for the Palestinians and sympathy for the pro-settlement lobby.

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Binyamin Netanyahu - it's a government, at last
Netanyahu signs deal for new coalition government
DEBKAfile Special Report March 15, 2013

After weeks of tough haggling, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s third government was in the bag Friday, March 15, with deals signed with two political newcomers, Yair Lapid (centrist Yesh Atid – Future) and Naftali Bennett (pro-settlement Habayit Hayehudi – Jewish Home). At their insistence, the ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties were excluded for the first time in a decade and their traditional draft exemptions and welfare subsidies ended. Netanyahu’s Likud Beitenu holds seven portfolios including Defense which former chief of staff Moshe Yaalon takes over from Ehud Barak.

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Moshe Ya’alon
Israel Gets a New Defense Minister after Obama Folds on a nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2013

Feeling betrayed by the US concessions to Iran at Kazakhstan, Binyamin Netanyahu appoints new defense minister for leading potential solo strike to preempt a nuclear Iran.

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Iran's FM Ali Akbar Salehi comes out ahead of nuclear talks with world powers
Washington sets stage for Israel’s back-off from demand to shut Fordo
DEBKAfile Special Report March 1, 2013

Grave concern was voiced in Jerusalem over the upbeat Western-Iranian accounts issuing Thursday, Feb. 28 about the “positive and “constructive” six-power talks with Iran ending in Almati, Kazakhstan Wednesday. debkafile: In contrast to Israel’s categorical resistance to the continued operation of the underground plant at Fordo, the US delegation proposed keeping it open except for suspending 20-percent uranium enrichment. Washington is seen as trying to lighten the Iranian cloud hanging over President Barack Obama’s talks in Israel on March 20.

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Yes we are close...
Obama and Netanyahu aid Khamenei’s campaign for Iran’s next president
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2013

The White House was unmoved by the IAEA finding that Iran had installed 180 advanced centrifuges at Natanz to speed enrichment and commented Thursday, Feb. 21 that “a diplomatic solution is still possible” for Iran’s nuclear program. debkafile: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is calling in a debt from the US president: He respected Barack’s Obama’s campaign for reelection and gave up Iran’s “October surprise. Now he expects the US president not to upset his push to get his handpicked choice elected as Iran’s next president.

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The Brookings Faction Running US Mid-East Policy is Feared Unsympathetic to Israel’s Interests
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 15, 2013

Jerusalem is unhappy about Obama’s new appointments to his Middle East desks. They are uniformly anti-interventionist, anti-military engagement and unsympathetic to Israel’s security concerns.

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US-Europe missile shield - flawed
US withdrawal from Europe-based missile shield will impact Israel’s defense
DEBKAfile Special Report February 11, 2013

A secret US Pentagon study “casts doubt on whether the multibillion-dollar missile defense system planned for Europe can ever protect the US from Iranian ballistic missiles...” Clearly, the missile shield against Iran, which aroused ire in Moscow, is about to fall under the axe of US defense budget cuts. debkafile: Scrapping it will leave Israel and Turkey undefended against Iranian missile attack. But if Tehran can put a satellite in orbit of 36,000 kilometers above earth, as Ahmadinejad boasts, America is just as exposed.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Obama Decides to Take on Iran’s Nuclear Program and Its Damascus-Hizballah Axis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2013

Obama’s preoccupation with Iran and Syria was signaled by his green light for Israel’s air strike in Syria and the announcement of his coming visit to Israel for consultation with Binyamin Netanyahu on those subjects, leaving the peace process with the Palestinians for a later date. This change of face was effected by the combined effort of Clinton, Kerry and Donilon.

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Khamenei rejects talks with Washington
Ali Khamenei shuts door on direct nuclear talks with US
DEBKAfile Special Report February 7, 2013

Iran’s Ali Khamenei closed the door on the direct nuclear talks offered by Vice President Joe Biden, arguing, Thursday, Feb. 7, that they “would solve nothing” because, "You are holding a gun against Iran.” debkafile: He was reacting both to the new sanctions the US imposed Wednesday and to President Barack Obama’s forthcoming visit to Israel to confer with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Iran and Syria. The US has cancelled the departure of a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf due to budget cutbacks.

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Talking at UN Headquarters last September
No new peace proposals in Obama visit to Israel – only Iran, Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report February 6, 2013

President Barack Obama is not coming to Israel to advance new proposals or break the peace talks deadlock with the Palestinians, the White House said Wednesday night, Feb. 6. US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said earlier he was coming for consultation on major issues: preventing a nuclear Iran and the collapse of the Assad regime in Syria. debkafile: The visit strengthens Netanyahu’s hand in coalition negotiations, especially after the close rapport between Washington and Jerusalem on Israel’s military action in Syria.

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The Iranian nuclear challenge is coming closer
Ahmadinejad lands in Cairo 4-6 months before Iran reaches nuclear capacity.
DEBKAfile Special Report February 5, 2013

As Israeli parties haggle over a new government coalition, Bashar Assad, backed by Iran and Moscow, sits firmly in the saddle and plays hardball with the Syrian opposition. Former military intelligence chief Asher Yadlin says Iran can “achieve nuclear breakout in four to six months.” Ahmadinejad invites Egypt to join Syria, Hizballah and a nuclear Iran for an unbeatable coalition to “solve the Palestinian question” and wipe Israel off the map so that he can pray on Temple Mount, Jerusalem.

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Free Syrian Army displays used ordnance
Iran actively weighs Syrian-Israeli clash. Iron Dome posted in N. Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2013

Tehran is looking seriously at a limited Syrian-Lebanese clash of arms with Israel – possibly using Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons as a trigger, debkafile discloses.  Israel reacted to this news by announcing Sunday, Jan. 27, the deployment of Iron Dome anti-missile batteries in northern Israel and Haifa port.  A clash would serve Tehran by sidetracking Israel from striking Iran’s nuclear facilities and help spin out its nuclear talks with the Six Powers. Israel has got plans ready for current military challenges.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Israeli Voter Sparks Political, Security, Religious Shakeup
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 25, 2013

The shakeup produced by Israel’s national elections has produced more than a new breed of political leaders and lawmakers. If the effect is sustained, it will break up traditional party frameworks and bring a new generation to power.

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Binyamin Netanyahu starts coalition talks
Lapid wants Foreign Affairs, veto for Defense appointment. Bennett – Religious Affairs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 25, 2013

One of the new arrivals to Israeli politics, Yair Lapid and his Future (Yesh Atid) party, have kicked off the bargaining for joining  Binyamin Netanyahu’s next government armed with a substantial shopping list for jobs and other demands. debkafile: He wants the foreign ministry for himself, the right to veto the prime minister’s choice of defense minister in case it is Avigdor Lieberman, and three more portfolios. Naftali Bennett wants Religious Affairs.  Both Lapid and Bennett put Netanyahu in a tough spot.

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Yair Lapid brings fresh faces to Israeli politics
Netanyahu may keep defense, name Yair Shamir minister. Lapid - Dep PM + senior cabinet post
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2013

Binyamin Netanyahu may keep responsibility for defense in his next cabinet, naming Yair Shamir (of Israel Beitenu) minister in the defense ministry, debkafile discloses. This would end outgoing Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon’s expectation of defense in the post-election lineup. As an alternative, Ehud Barak would be retained as a non-political expert. After his stunning election showing, Yair Lapid is in line for Vice Prime Minister plus a key cabinet post, possibly foreign affairs. Naftali Bennett is in line for an economic portfolio.

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Newcomer Yair Lapid: Israeli political gamechanger
To build a viable government, Netanyahu needs Lapid
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 23, 2013

Even after losing one-third of his party’s support in the Tuesday election, no figure aside from Binyamin Netanyahu can form Israel’s next government. But he cannot do this without a deal with Yair Lapid’s fledgling Future and concessions on key economic, budget, security and other policy changes. If they agree on guidelines, other parties will fall in line behind them. The newcomers lack background in government. But long experience didn’t prevent Netanyahu from making serious mistakes in the last year or two.

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Israelis go to the polls Tuesday
Netanyahu’s election letdown hinders stable government. Lapid wins big
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2013

The bloc Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud formed with Israeli Beitenu polled a disappointing 31 seats (in the 120-member Knesset) in Tuesday, Jan. 22, general election, according to 99 percent count of ballots.. The big winner is a newcomer to Israeli politics, centrist ex-journalist Yair Lapid, with 19 seats, who managed to push Shelly Yacimovich’s veteran Labor party down to third place with only 15 seats. Bennett and Shas – 11 each.  Left-of-center with Arab parties could garner a bloc of 60 if Lapid joined. 

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Obama’s Ill Will Blesses Netanyahu at the Polls
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 18, 2013

Obama’s harsh words for Netanyahu enhance his domestic popularity and the size of his victory at the polls next week. The plethora of new parties and faces challenging him suffer from lack of experience, coherence and clarity of message.

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A demonstration in Tehran
Obama prepares public to accept first Iranian nuclear test
DEBKAfile Special Report January 15, 2013

After US intelligence admitted it cannot detect or stop a Syrian chemical attack, US experts now estimate that Iran will not be able to produce enough weapon-grade uranium for one or bombs before mid-2014 “without detection by the West.”  debkafile: Barack Obama is preparing the world for the “surprise” of an Iranian nuclear test.  The new, delayed dateline, moreover, is based on a false supposition. Already today, Iran has acquired or produced enough enriched uranium to build five nuclear bombs.

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Netanyahu Harks Back to Unilateral Strike Option against Nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 11, 2013

After five months of silence, Binyamin Netanyahu is again talking to his close advisers about the urgency of a military attack to preempt a nuclear Iran, because the window of opportunity won’t stay open more than a month or two. The domestic opposition he faced last September has ebbed.

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