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.
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.
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.
Netanyahu tries to head off Iran’s machinations after Obama empowers Tehran as favored Mid East ally
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 1, 2015
Almost the last words Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu heard Sunday, March 1, when he took off for Washington to address Congress on Iran was: “Don’t do it!” They came from a group of 180 ex-IDF military officers who tried to stop the speech lest it damage relations with the US. debkafile: Their protest should be addressed to the White House where, for six years, Barack Obama has eroded those relations. Netanyahu’s speech is just a tardy attempt to check Iran’s malignant machinations which go forward without restraint.