Israeli leaders rebut criticism of under-reacting to threats from Syria by hinting at covert operations
DEBKAfile Special Report June 28, 2013, 6:01 PM (GMT+02:00)
Senior Israeli officers in the North estimate that the IDF’s performance is just 40 percent of what is required for defending Israel’s border against the threats building up from the Golan. For too long, Israeli intelligence has been in thrall to the misconception that Bashar Assad’s days are numbered and underestimated Hizballah’s combat effectiveness in the Syrian war. Friday, an Iron Dome anti-missile battery was finally deployed to the northern town of Haifa, after a different kind of rhetoric came from Israeli leaders.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2013, 11:52 PM (GMT+02:00)
Rebel factions in Aleppo are deeply fractured and disorganized. They say promised US weapons never arrived. Assad plans to stage a terrorist campaign against Israel from the Golan to steal attention from expected atrocities for conquering Aleppo.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2013, 11:51 PM (GMT+02:00)
Abbas plans to go through the motions of direct talks with Israel, then after a couple of sessions, claim they have failed and hand in the keys of the Palestinian Authority to the UN.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2013, 12:12 AM (GMT+02:00)
The US and Iran embarked on secret direct nuclear negotiations a week before Hassan Rouhani was elected Iranian president. Obama has agreed to let Iran’s nuclear program go forward up to a point just short of assembling a bomb. Saudi Arabia and Israel are furious.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2013, 12:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
Netanyahu sent Obama a summary of Hassan Rouhani’s memoir detailing the right way to keep Iran’s nuclear program running without antagonizing the West enough to elicit sanctions. Lifting sanctions is his top priority for getting to grips with the economy.
Moscow sets up Russian Golan brigade, warns Israel Sunnis plus al Qaeda are bigger threat than Assad
DEBKAfile Special Report June 10, 2013, 7:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
Moscow is determined to position Russian troops on the divided Golan as part of the UN force policing the separation sector because, said the Russian lawmaker Aleksey Pushkov Monday, June 10, “we cannot exclude… large-scale Syrian-Israel action.” He warned that if Assad was replaced by radical Islamists, he would seem like “an angel from heaven.” Vladimir Shamanov, Russian Airborne Troops chief, disclosed that a new brigade, dubbed “a peacekeeping unit,” had set up for the Golan and armed with MI-24 combat helicopters.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 8, 2013, 7:40 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Kremlin pointedly disclosed President Vladimir Putin’s chat with Binyamin Netanyahu on Syria Friday June 7 - their third conversation in a month. debkafile: The frequent communications between the Russian and Israeli leaders speak volumes about who is calling the shots for Syria and the region.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)
The request to Binyamin Netanyahu from Ali Khamenei was routed through Barack Obama. Its outcome was a flood of harsh US sanctions and Washington’s nod for a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2013, 11:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
Moscow is challenging Israel to make good on its threats to knock out the S-300 or lose credibility. But Israel needs a US guarantee of military backup in case its action spirals into a major conflict with Syria and its allies.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 27, 2013, 12:37 PM (GMT+02:00)
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2013, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli leaders play down the approaching menace of the Syrian-Hizballah war of attrition backed by Tehran. Bt Prime Minister Netanyahu has set up a war room in his Jerusalem office for keeping track.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 19, 2013, 10:08 PM (GMT+02:00)
Shortly after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pledged Sunday, May 19, to maintain Israeli operations in Syria against advanced Iranian weapons for the Lebanese Hizballah, Syrian troops and their Hizballah comrades captured Al-Qasayr, gaining command of the high road to Lebanon’s Hermel Mountains.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 18, 2013, 2:30 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Syrian war is set for its next stage, the spillover of hostilities from Syrian Golan into Israel. debkafile: This is the consequence ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2013, 11:53 PM (GMT+02:00)
Binyamin Netanyahu tried tackling Vladimir Putin on the sale of S-300 anti-air missiles to Syria but found that the missiles were already in place and the Russian leader unshakable in his support for the Assad regime – even to backing a war of attrition against Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2013, 10:58 AM (GMT+02:00)
Binyamin Netanyahu left his meeting with Vladimir Putin Tuesday certain that Moscow had given Assad the go-ahead for his threat to make the Syrian Golan the platform for a war of attrition against Israel with the help of Hizballah armed with advanced weapons and other proxies.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 14, 2013, 6:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spent three hours with President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Tuesday, May, 14, trying to head off advanced Russian anti-air S-300 missile systems sales to Syria. Instead, the Russian leader issued a warning relating to Israel’s air strikes against Damascus.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 12, 2013, 7:19 PM (GMT+02:00)
Russian Navy Admiral Viktor Chirkov said Sunday, May 12, that a permanent staff of 20 officers is in place to run Russian fleet operations in the Mediterranean Sea. debkafile: Russia’s step aims at safeguarding the Assad regime and securing its Hizballah and Iranian allies. It also signals Moscow’s Middle East comeback.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 7, 2013, 2:19 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu, while in Shanghai, faced a sharp dressing-down from President Vladimir Putin Monday, May 6 and a warning that further Israeli attacks on Damascus would not be tolerated. Putin said highly advanced Russian weapons, including S-300 air defense systems, would be supplied at speed to Syria.
White House to Congress: Assad has used chemical weapons. Israeli jets down Hizballah drone opposite Haifa
DEBKAfile Special Report April 25, 2013, 6:56 PM (GMT+02:00)
In a striking reversal, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Abdu Dhabi Thursday, April 25, that US intelligence now believes the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against its own people.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2013, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
Although Obama has approved the deployment of 200 US troops to Jordan, no one knows whether he will order enough military strength to save King Abdullah if his kingdom comes under Syrian attack.