DEBKAfile Special Report April 21, 2016
Western and Middle Eastern military sources monitoring the war in Syria, and networks monitoring Russian air force flights in the country, reported a near clash Wednesday between four Israeli F-15 fighters and two Russian Su-30 jets earlier in the day.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2016
The Israeli cabinet holds its weekly session Sunday April 17, on the Golan. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu will visit Moscow on Thursday, April 21 to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and to launch the most important battle of his political career, and one of Israel’s most decisive contests of the last 10 years: the battle over the future of the Golan Heights.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 11, 2016
Turkish president Tayyip Recep Erdogan has raised another large obstacle on the road to Turkish-Israeli reconciliation and normal ties. Saudi King Salman, who is visiting Cairo, confided to his host Egyptian president Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi that Erdogan had made it clear that he would not finally repair Ankara’s ties with Israel until Sisi came forward to shake his hand, stopped being hostile and turned a new page in their relations. This is revealed exclusively by debkafile’s Middle East and Cairo sources.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2016
debkafile has discovered a group coming together to counter the opposition to defense minister’s handling of the Hebron soldier affair and using it as a fulcrum for overturning the Netanyahu’s government. The plan calls for a no-confidence vote, followed by a general election. Moshe Ya’alon would head a new right-of-center party as its leader and candidate for next prime minister. The defense minister has not made any commitments to this initiative.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2016
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is caught on the horns of multiple dilemmas: While reluctant to respond to Ankara’s suit for warm relations with a leader, President Tayyip Erdogan, who is shunned by Obama and Putin alike, Turkey is nonetheless offering to be Israel’s best client for its offshore gas. At the same time, ties with the Kurds, with whom Turkey is at war, give Israel its first foothold in northern Syria against hostile Hizballah and Iran as the risk of a breach with Ankara.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2016
Israel is left worse off by the Russian expedition to Syria and its partial termination, which leave Iranian and Hizballah forces at dangerously close quarters on its Golan border.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2016
Netanyahu tries to nip in the bud a plan drafted by top White House staffers for the US to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process before President Obama leaves office.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 10, 2016
Israel’s city centers will very soon see knots of soldiers armed with special rapid response weapons and gear for scotching Palestinian terrorist attacks. Some of them will hide behind sandbag walls. Their deployment reflects the decision to persist in the defensive strategy of “terror containment” that was taken by a special security forum summoned by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu this week, in the face of surging Palestinian terror. The forum rejected pro-active military measures.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 5, 2016
Turkey and Saudi Arabia have taken separate steps to break free from Washington’s dictates on the Syrian issue and show their resistance to Russia’s highhanded intervention in Syria. They are moving on separate tracks to signal their defiance and frustration with the exclusive pact between Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin which ostracizes Riyadh and Ankara on the Syrian question. Turkey, saddled with three million Syrian refugees, is desperate for a no-fly, security zone to shelter them on Syrian soil.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2016
After five years of hostile abuse from Ankara, the Israeli prime minister is playing hard to get against Turkey’s rush to bury the hatchet and resume normal relations. Still at issue is the Hamas operations base in Istanbul.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 27, 2016
Under cover of the Syrian ceasefire that went into effect Saturday, Feb. 27, and the Russian air umbrella, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps finally managed to secretly install hundreds of armed Palestinian terrorists on the Syrian-Israeli border, face-to-face with the IDF’s Golan positions, debkafile reports exclusively. Recruited to the new pro-Iranian Al-Sabirin terrorist organization, they are being trained and armed for in-depth multi-casualty strikes inside Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report February 24, 2016
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu phoned President Vladimir Putin Wednesday Feb. 24, to find out how the partial Syrian ceasefire due to go into effect Saturday Feb. 27 will affect Israel’s northern border security.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016
The controversy in top Israel military and defense circles centers on the advantages and dangers of Russia’s military intervention in Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 1, 2016
Israel’s leaders are clinging to lame locutions – “good judgment and responsibility” - to avoid military action for dealing with the crisis situations fast coming to a head on three extremely dangerous fronts: armed Palestinian terrorists are now tying up traffic on a major highway to the Israeli capital; southern Syria is sliding into the control of Hizballah after this Iranian proxy was permitted to amass 100,000 missiles in S. Lebanon; and, this week, Israelis living near the Gaza Strip could hear Palestinians building terror tunnels under their homes.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016
In a pivotal step reflecting the changeability of military and political deals in Israel’s neighborhood, Jordan has agreed to establish a shared war room with Russia for the concerted conduct of their operations in southern Syria. This represents an extreme reversal of Amman’s policy. Until now, Jordan fought against Russia’s protégée Bashar Assad from a joint war room north of Amman called the US Central Command Forward-Jordan, as part of a lineup with the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 4, 2016
Not only did the Saudis execute the prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr as a terrorist, but they put him to death together with Sunni terrorists, an unpardonable act which enraged Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the point of threatening the Saudi royal family with “divine revenge.” Tehran also noted Prime Minister Netanyahu’s reference to Sunni and Shiite terrorist threats alike besetting Israel, and inferred that a counter-Tehran alliance may be in the making between Saudi Arabia and Israel, and possibly Turkey too.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015
The Samir Quntar hit showed Nasrallah that he has no Russian shield in Syria and his own fate may be up for grabs if Tehran had to choose between him and Assad.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015
Russian-Israeli air force coordination went swimmingly until Moscow turned the screw on Netanyahu this week to force him to get out of the way of Putin’s plans for South Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2015
The Palestinian Authority headed by Mahmoud Abbas has long been dysfunctional. Although John Kerry still treats him as a partner for peace talks, Egyptian and Jordanian rulers treat him with contempt, which is why President El-Sisi slapped down a three-point ultimatum for Abbas to get his act together, or else…
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 9, 2015
As a debate on Israel’s gas development plan raged in a Knesset panel on Dec. 8, with opponents hurling at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu the unfounded claim that Egypt had dropped out of the gas deal with Israel, President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi arrived in Athens. debkafile reports exclusively he had come to discuss the first Middle Eastern consortium for consolidating the Egyptian, Israeli and Cypriot gas resources, with two goals: To satisfy the gas requirements of Israel, Greece, Egypt, Cyprus, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority; and export the remainder to Europe.