1424 articles tagged "Israel"
Introducing the new Syrian rebel contraption: T-HOMS 75
Rebels set Syrian fighter jets and helicopters ablaze opposite Golan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 3, 2012

As Syrian ruler Bashar Assad stood before parliament in Damascus Sunday, June 3, declaring, “Not even monsters could have carried out the Houla massacre,” rebels attacked a Syrian Air Force base east of the southern town of Deraa opposite the Israeli Golan border – their first such attack in the 14-month uprising, debkafile’s military sources report. Several rebel teams firing mortars set fire to fighter aircraft and assault helicopters in their hangars at the As Suwayda air base and ripped up runways.

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Scud D ground-to-ground missile
Turkey ditches Syrian rebels. Will Israel attack Hizballah's Scuds?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2012

Two radical developments arising from the Syrian conflict are revealed by debkafile: In an astonishing about face, Turkey has abandoned its 14-month support for the Syrian revolt alongside the West and made common cause with Russia, i.e. Bashar Assad.  Further exacerbating fears of a “proxy war” involving Israel, Iran and Syria, the Lebanese Hizballah is preparing to transfer its Scud D missiles, capable of hitting any point in Israel, from Syria to Lebanon. Israel has threatened to stop their crossing by force.

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Barack Obama and Ali Khamenei
Another Secret Obama Plan to Draw Iran’s Nuclear Claws: Is This One Realistic?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 1, 2012

 

Obama has come up with yet another seven-point plan for breaking down Iran’s resistance to abandoning its nuclear weapon aspirations. This time he believes it will work, after obtaining Iran’s consent. Our experts are skeptical.

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Obama tests Putin
Exclusive: Obama weighs action to prevent Al Qaeda grabbing Syrian WMD
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 31, 2012

US President Barack Obama, widely expected to pursue direct action against Syrian ruler Bashar following the Houla atrocity, is preoccupied with what he regards as the greater threat to the world: a potential grab for the huge Syrian stock of chemical and biological weapons by Al Qaeda or other terrorist organizations, to prevent which, debkafile reports, he has reached out to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a fresh plan for Syria: 5,000 international monitors, most Russian, to guard those stocks.

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State's Wendy Sherman, senior US delegate to world power talks with Iran
Netanyahu, Barak refuse to see US official with negative report on Baghdad talks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2012

The rupture between the US and Israel over Iran’s nuclear program widened further Friday, May 25  when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak were not available to hear the briefing brought to Jerusalem from Baghdad by Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman who headed the US delegation to the Six Power talks. She confirmed no progress due to Iran’s refusal to give way on enrichment. The IAEA discloses Iran doubled its 20-percent enriched uranium since February to 145 kgs.

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Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev
Not Nuclear Negotiations. Just One Big Mess
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2012

 

After three months of exploring every possible diplomatic channel to persuade Iran to give up its nuclear program, Obama enlisted Moscow’s help for getting messages to and from Tehran. But meanwhile his diplomatic network had become a maze in which the Baghdad talks lost their objective.

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Mohammad Bagher Bahrami
Azerbaijan Challenges Iran with a Stake in Israel’s Mediterranean Oil and Gas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2012

 

Iran is alarmed by Azerbaijan’s soaring trade relations with Israel, its ambitions to expand into Mediterranean oil and gas through Israel and large arms purchases from the Jewish state.

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A fateful decision is reached on Iran
Israel revives military option after Obama rejects its nuclear demands of Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2012

Israel has withdrawn its pledge to US President Barack Obama not to strike Iran’s nuclear sites before the November presidential election after he rejected its minimal demands for the nuclear negotiations with Iran. This is reported exclusively by debkafile as the Six-Power talks with Iran in Baghdad drag into a second day on Thursday, May 24. Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned Wednesday: “No one has to tell us what to do [or not to do]. All options are on the table.”

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Iran's top soldier Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi: Destroy Israel!
Russia to submit own plan to Baghdad talks. Israel: Powers must do more
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 23, 2012

Russia is preparing a surprise proposal for the resumed P5+1 powers nuclear negotiations with Iran in Baghdad Wednesday, May 23, debkafile reports exclusively. By tabling an independent plan, Moscow would break ranks with the “unified front on Iran” declared by US President Barack Obama at the G8 summit Saturday and enhance Iran’s bargaining position.
Israel would be the loser. Israeli ministers warned the six powers that their demands of Iran are far below the bar needed to curb its nuclear program.

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Obama at NATO Summit May 21, 12
How Obama won the war against an Iran war and beat Israel’s military option
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly May 22, 2012

Barack Obama is winning his Herculean battle to stave off a strike on Iran’s nuclear sites until he is safely reelected in November. His policy of “non-solutions for unseen problems” is working just fine: Iran keeps up its nuclear bomb momentum, and al Qaeda expands its foothold in Egypt, Syria and Yemen. Israel and its military option are shoved out of sight.

DEBKA-Net-Weekly in its latest issue out last Friday analyses Obama’s chances of maintaining this posture for seven months.  To subscribe to DEBKA-Net-Weekly, click here.

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Obama and Netanyahu
Israel gives qualified okay to Obama’s interim deal with Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2012

Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak have decided to stand back for Barack Obama to put his interim deal with Iran to the test, debkafile’s sources report. They are going along with it despite reservations after receiving assurances from the White House that Iranian violations would result in the immediate termination of negotiations and bring military action forward as the sole remaining option for stopping a nuclear Iran. Saturday, debkafile exclusively revealed the eight-point interim deal the US put before Iran.

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Qassem Soleimani
Hizballah Is Now in Line to Attack Israel and So Thwart a Strike on Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2012

 

The Iranian leadership is torn by a serious debate over a preemptive strike on Israel. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei fears it will jeopardize his credibility and upend his direct confidential dialogue with Barack Obama. He faces tough opposition from Iran’s war faction.

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Clashing UAE, Israeli and Iranian Military Maneuvers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2012

 

Iran was rattled by the United Arab Emirates air force war games over the Strait of Hormuz in conjunction with the US and France and Israel’s maneuvers in the Mediterranean. Its rejoinder was a maneuver of its own to practice offensive special operations raids for the first time.

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Malek Ashtar University: Nuclear bomb project HQ
More than 60 nuclear experts at work building Iranian nuclear bomb
DEBKAfile Special Report May 13, 2012

The 60 Iranian experts employed by 11 different Iranian agencies controlled by the Iranian Defense Ministry (under the IRGC) were revealed by names and addresses Saturday, May 12, by the opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) in the first ever detailed exposure of a highly secret, central Iranian organization working on building a nuclear weapon. debkafile: Through the secret US-Iranian track, Khamenei told Barack Obama that Fordow will not be shut down. Jerusalem: The evolving US-Iran deal is “bad for Israel.”

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North Korean nuclear-capable BM-25 missiles sold to Iran
Iran readies secret salt desert bunkers for clandestine nuclear facilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 5, 2012

Iran has transferred nuclear weapon-making installations to secret Dasht e-Kavir (Great Salt Desert) sites, including nuclear-capable ballistic missile plants, debkafile reports. This prompted Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s prediction that Iran is on the way to a capability for building a nuclear bomb in 60 days. To keep the desert installations out of sight, Tehran is bidding to stop IAEA inspections altogether after Parchin. Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak are fighting to keep Israel’s military option on the table against political rivals at home.

 

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Prof. Benzion Netanyahu
Benzion Netanyahu, scholar, uncompromising Zionist, dies at 102
DEBKAfile Special Report April 30, 2012

His death aged 102 was announced by the office of his son, prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, early Monday, April 30.  Prof. Benzion Netanyahu was a historian of note, editor of the Hebrew encyclopedia, professor and lifelong Zionist who believed that Jews would never be free of discrimination and that efforts to compromise with Arabs were bound to fail. Until a year ago, Prof. Netanyahu was academically active and had begun working on his memoirs.  He is survived by two sons, Binyamin and Iddo.
 

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USAF F-22s deployed to Persian Gulf
US military drills Day One after strike on Iran, deploys F-22s to Gulf
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 28, 2012

US Navy, Air Force, ground, intelligence and special forces units based at home, in Europe and the Middle East, took part this week in a special exercise ordered by President Barack Obama to simulate reactions to a potential US/Israel strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, debkafile reports. Advanced US stealth F-22 fighter bombers were also transferred to the Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE. Washington is thinking of attacking core elements of Iran’s nuclear program to weaken its hand in negotiations. 

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Benjamin Netanyahu
The War Operation against Iran May Be Just Weeks off
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2012

 

Because Israel received no answers from Washington about concessions Obama had made to Tehran in secret talks, and because Israel believes that Iran’s bomb-building capability will outrun progress in negotiations, Israel intelligence advise bringing forward the date for a military strike to stop Iran in its nuclear tracks.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iran Plots a Low-Grade Nuclear Attack Which Israel Must Forestall
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2012

Israel’s war preparations are based on the estimate that by the end of 2012, Iran will be able to produce a crude nuclear device as well as a dirty bomb. It calculates as high the risk that Tehran will decide to use those devices for war against Israel in the short term and not wait until it has complete nuclear warhead ready for a ballistic missile.

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Nouri al-Maliki and Ayatollah Al Khamenei
Iran to US: You Went along with Our Nuclear Program. How about Our N-Bomb too?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2012

 

By dragging the Iranian nuclear issues onto the hazardous ground of theological polemic on the value of Shiite fatwas, Obama has added to Israel’s mistrust and appalled the Arab world’s Sunni rulers and peoples, especially in the Gulf and Egypt, who accuse him of pro-Shiite bias which is also reflected in Syria and other places. Iran’s appetite for concessions remains insatiable.

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