DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 15, 2015
The Netanyahu government, like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, can only beat their heads futilely against the iron wall Barack Obama has built for Iran with the nuclear accord the six powers signed in Vienna Tuesday, July 14. Israel has the most to lose. It has been downgraded from its favored status in Washington and replaced by Iran. By this big geopolitical step, the US President has shifted the ground in the region, not only dumping Israel but the Arab world as a whole - and, incidentally, the Palestinians as well.
DEBKAfile Special Report July 14, 2015
In broad lines, the final nuclear deal, reached between six world powers and Iran in Vienna on Tuesday, July 14 - after repeated hold-ups - grants Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. debkafile: The accord is a triumph for President Barack Obama’s policy of orienting US foreign policy on a rapprochement with Iran, while turning a cold shoulder to America’s traditional Middle East allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia. It anoints Tehran as leading regional power with its nuclear program intact – a major fiasco for Binyamin Netanyahu.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.