1426 articles tagged "Israel"
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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Obama trusts an elusive Khamenei fatwa
Iran rides high on nuclear concessions, demands end to sanctions
DEBKAfile Special Report April 21, 2012

After the “achievements” gained for its nuclear program from diplomacy with the West, Iran now wants sanctions lifted. European sources expect the Obama administration to soon start ending sanctions in stages. Israel’s drive against a nuclear Iran is assuming personal overtones: Three Israeli researchers question the evidence of a 2005 fatwa supposedly issued by Supreme Ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei prohibiting Muslims from building a nuclear weapon. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has held it up as “an entryway into negotiations.”

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama
Israel Loses Patience with Obama, Starts Countdown to Unilateral Decision on Nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2012

 

Israel is fed up with being kept in the dark, doesn’t trust American diplomatic maneuvers to stop a nuclear Iran and is getting ready to make its own decisions after the May 23 Baghdad talks between the P5-1 and Iran. That is the message coming from Binyamin Netanyahu and top Israeli figures.

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Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili
Exclusive: Iran’s “new initiatives” place Israel at center of nuclear talks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 11, 2012

The head of Iran’s National Security Council Saeed Jalili suggested enigmatically Wednesday, April 11, that Tehran would present “new initiatives” at the negotiations with six world powers starting in Istanbul next Saturday. debkafile: The “Israeli dossier” tops the tactical agenda set out by Iran’s top strategic team for the negotiations ahead. Every demand the world powers make of Tehran will be twisted around and pointed at Israel’s alleged nuclear program. The Iranians are counting on this maneuver to keep their nuclear program intact.

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Why Is the Mediterranean Suddenly Chock-a-Block with Military Exercises?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2012

Tehran, Moscow and Ankara are deeply concerned by the joint US-Israeli-Greek naval exercise this week. They are also troubled by the just signed secret Israeli-Cypriot-Greek Mediterranean energy cooperation pact, for control of which the US has beaten Russia to the draw. Russia and Turkey have staged their own naval maneuvers as counter-measures.

 

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Georgos Papkonstantinou
A Plan to Feed Europe Israeli-Cypriot-Greek Electricity by Cable
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2012

The energy accords secretly signed by Israel, Cyprus and Greece for cooperation in Mediterranean energy exploration and production target a new offshore field opposite Crete. This bloc envisions becoming the continent's main energy supplier with a big difference: They are examining plans to export electric power to Europe instead of crude.

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Tayyip Erdogan and Barack Obama
Obama Made Turkey His Mid East Linchpin on US Intelligence Advice
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2012

 

A new US intelligence position paper addressed to the Oval Office makes Tayyip Erdogan the linchpin of Obama’s Middle East and Iran policies after he showed the flag by accepting a US radar station, part of NATO’s anti-Iran missile shield. This won him a harsh dressing-down by Khamenei.

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Khairat El-Shater
Islamist Presidential Contenders Fight It out on the Egyptian Street
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2012

 

Omar Suleiman’s retirement from Egypt’s presidential race leaves the stage open to the Muslim Brotherhood and possible one other Islamist contender. Frontrunner Khairat El-Shater is offering his Salafist rivals perks for standing down. The Egyptian street will pick the winner.

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Muslim Brotherhood's Khairat El-Shater
Suleiman gives up presidential bid over Islamist foothold in young army elite
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2012

Former Egyptian intelligence strongman Gen. Omar Suleiman’s decision Thursday, April 5 to drop out of the race for president in the June election shocked Washington and Jerusalem and dashed their hopes of a figure capable of challenging Khairat El-Shater and halting or at least offsetting the Muslim Brotherhood’s monopoly of power in post-Mubarak Egypt. The Supreme Military Council ruling Egypt was told that Islamist power had become unstoppable after starting to penetrate the young army elite taking over in July, debkafile reports.

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Mohsen Rezaie, his master's voice
Iran ducks away from nuclear talks. Moscow: Mid East at boiling point
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2012

Tehran is seeking a postponement of the nuclear negotiations with world powers set for April 13-14 in Istanbul, debkafile’s Iranian sources report. Washington and Jerusalem see Iran’s maneuvers as guided by two objectives: Having the venue removed from Istanbul and buying a couple more months before the diplomatic crunch - and so delaying any military option that Israel or possibly America may choose to exercise if last-chance diplomacy fails.  Russian rhetoric targets the US military and naval buildup around Iran.

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On guard at the Russian missile destroyer Smetliviy
Russian warships launch drill from Tartus versus US-Israeli-Greek naval exercise
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 3, 2012

Not 24 hours after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that a pre-emptive strike (by the US and/or Israel) would violate international law, Moscow put muscle into his warning: Tuesday, April 3, the Russian guided missile destroyer Smetliviy arrived in the Syrian port of Tartus for a naval exercise. The ship, which carries anti-air, anti-ship and anti-submarine missiles, will hold drills with its support vessels in the same expanse of E. Mediterranean as the US-Israeli-Greek “Noble Dina” exercise.

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Hillary Clinton chats with Saudi King Abdullah
By securing Assad and its alliance, Iran gains upper hand for nuclear talks
DEBKAfile Special Report March 31, 2012

Iran, Syria and Hizballah are celebrating Assad’s victory over the 12-month uprising against him and counting the advantages it confers on Tehran against the US and Saudi Arabia. The Iran-Syria-Hizballlah axis is now successfully shored up against the Obama administration’s strategy of isolation and sanctions for squeezing Iran into making concessions at the nuclear negotiations in two weeks.  Both are fading. It also serves as a warning to those Israelis who advocate passing the buck for preempting a nuclear Iran to Washington.

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IDF marksman on the Gaza border
IDF and Hamas battle Jihad Islami snipers trying to provoke Gaza warfare
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 30, 2012

The most violent event of Palestinian-backed Earth Day Friday, March 30, was a battle around the Gaza-Israeli Erez crossing between Israeli forces and snipers of the Iran-backed Palestinian Jihad Islami, debkafile reports. The Jihad shooters were laying down fire to cover a mass Palestinian rush on the Israeli border so as to force Israeli soldiers to shoot into the crowd.  Intervention by Hamas internal security personnel helped IDF defuse the incident with one casualty. A planned or a spontaneous collaboration?

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Syrian Palestinians stage anti-Israel Golan demo May 15, 2010
Palestinians to fan Israeli-Arab Earth Day disorders Friday. Damascus to pitch in
DEBKAfile Special Report March 27, 2012

Despite Israeli warnings, the Palestinian Authority is for the first time making the annual Israeli-Arab Earth Day Friday, March 30 a joint Palestinian-Israel Arab event, organizing mass anti-Israel disturbances in Jerusalem, Jaffa and other places, while also instigating West Bankers to smash through Israeli border checkpoints. Syria too will bus thousands of Palestinians to storm Israel’s northern border on the Golan. Both also aim to shake up the Arab summit in Baghdad. The PA is broke after Arab aid was cut off.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Obama Has Three More Months to Stop Iran’s Nuclear Progress before Israel Strikes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2012

After Binyamin Netanyahu was assured of an inner cabinet majority for a strike on Iran, he sent Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz to Washington with a clear timeline for attacking Iran. Three months are left to stop Iran’s nuclearization in its tracks, after which Israel will strike.

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Barack Obama chides Mahmoud Abbas
Obama chews out Abbas for quitting talks with Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 20, 2012

US President Barack Obama hauled Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas over the coals when they talked by phone Monday, March 19. He coldly demanded that the Palestinians return without further delay to the talks in the Jordanian capital of Amman which they quit abruptly after several rounds. Their conversation ended on a harsh note when Abbas refused to return to negotiations.
Monday, Palestinian ex-prime minister Ahmad Qurai (Abu Ala) proclaimed the death of the two-state solution in an Al Quds article.

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Deadly Damascus explosion
At least 27 dead in Damascus bombings. Russians man Syrian air defenses
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2012

Two car bomb attacks on Air Force Intelligence and Security Police Headquarters in Damascus killed at least 27 people and wounded 97 Saturday, March 17. A third bomb exploded on a bus carrying members of the pro-Iranian Palestinian Liberation Army in the Al Yarmouk suburb.
debkafile: As well as Syria and the Gaza Strip, Iran’s hand links a widening circle of Middle East violence. Russian technicians man the Pantsyr-1 air and missile defense batteries shielding Syria from foreign intervention.

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Mahmoud A-Zahar of Hamas welcomed in Tehran
Israel ultimatum: Stop the missiles by Saturday night. Hamas leader in Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 16, 2012

Israel Thursday night, March 15, gave Egypt and Hamas two days to halt the five-day missile offensive from Gaza or expect IDF action against the shooters. debkafile reports that the missile operation has been taken over by a small group of Salafi Palestinians linked to al Qaeda. And Hamas leader Mahmoud A-Zahar is currently visiting Tehran and being urged by his Iranian hosts to block a ceasefire so as draw the Israeli military into a messy showdown with the Salafis.

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Zuheir al-Qaisi
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in Secret Fence-Mending with Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 16, 2012

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood secretly turned to mending its fences with Iran on the back of the Israeli-Palestinian clash over the Gaza Strip using Hamas as go-between. The Sunni Brotherhood, the dominant political force in post-Mubarak Egypt, decided two weeks ago to forge ties with Shiite Iran, causing a major upset for United States and Israeli policies.
 

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