1394 articles tagged "Israel"
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague ruffles feathers in Jerusalem
Hague's visit sparks Israel-UK clash on Iran, Mid East, Palestinians
DEBKAfile Special Report November 3, 2010, 8:10 PM (GMT+02:00)

The sharp differences between Israel and Britain came to the fore Wednesday, Nov. 3, during William Hague's first visit to Israel as Foreign Secretary. He was informed that Israel had halted the strategic dialogue with the UK in protest against the failure of successive British governments to repeal a law allowing its leaders to be arrested for war crimes on arrival in Britain. The visitor struck back by meeting and praising three groups leading the Palestinian anti-Israel protest movement.

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Abbas may invite Hamas special forces to West Bank
Abbas weighs opening West Bank to Hamas terrorists
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2010, 10:01 AM (GMT+02:00)

While raising Cain about Israeli settlement construction, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is seriously weighing a secret plan for bringing a fresh influx of Hamas fighting and intelligence forces into the West Bank at points opposite Israel in a bid to patch up their feud, debkafile's sources report. Israel warns that this plan would bring IDF troops back into the West Bank towns turned over to the Palestinians and restore the dozens of dismantled roadblocks.

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By its inaction, Israel permits Iran's annexation of Lebanon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 14, 2010, 9:51 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Netanyahu government chose silence in the face of the imperialist Shiite energy Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad exuded in his all-conquering visit to Lebanon. On his first day in Beirut he showed the world that Tehran calls the shots in Beirut - and that would be just for starters. debkafile's sources find in Israel's inaction today a regrettable analogy with the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's handover of Czechoslovak Sudetenland to Germany in 1938 so ushering in World War II. 

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Ahmadinejad in Lebanon
High military alerts as Ahmadinejad, Nasrallah call for Israel's destruction
DEBKAfile Special Report October 13, 2010, 8:27 PM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile's sources report:  Towards the end of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad first day in Lebanon Wednesday Oct. 13, a high alert was declared in the Israeli, Syrian, Lebanese armies, the Hizballah militia and the UN peacekeeping force ahead of his tour of the Lebanese-Israeli border Thursday. The Iranian president and Nasrallah both called for Israel to "disappear".  But first he announced the formation of a new anti-Israel Eastern Front encompassing Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinians and Iraq.

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Bashar Assad lays ground for Hizballah coup in Beirut
Israel releases 1973 war papers to warn Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 6, 2010, 10:42 AM (GMT+02:00)

By releasing the 1973 Yom Kippur War papers now, Jerusalem signaled Bashar Assad that his capital could be in peril if Syria and Hizballah go through with their plot against the Hariri government in Beirut. The papers reveal that 37 years ago, Israel's late Prime Minister Golda Meir denied defense minister Moshe Dayan and IDF chief David Elazar permission to bomb Damascus before and after Syrian and Egyptian forces advanced towards Israel at the war's outset.

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Israeli settlement on the West Bank
More Palestinian terror looms as direct talks collapse
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 26, 2010, 7:45 PM (GMT+02:00)

US and Israel skirted around admitting that direct Israel-Palestinian dialogue had foundered after 26 days Sunday, Sept. 26, as Israel's settlement construction freeze expired. American spokesmen commented that with the resumption of building, a one-year clock was ticking for a peace accord. The talks have resulted for now in Hamas preparing to go to the next, expanded phase of its terror campaign, Egypt and Syria patching up their quarrel and the two terrorist organizations, Hamas and Hizballah, crowing.

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Ehud Barak and Vladimir Putin
US to Oversee Military-Intelligence Choreography
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2010, 11:18 PM (GMT+02:00)

The pact confronts the Russian military with the first test of its ability to handle advanced Western technology. The Kremlin will have to show whether it is willing to cooperate in this field with the United States, which overseas the pact.

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US warns Assad of Israeli counter-strike for terror campaign
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2010, 8:27 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Obama administration has sent Syrian president Bashar Assad a stern warning that he will be held personally accountable and face consequences if Israel and the Palestinian Authority are subjected to a terror campaign - whether by Hizballah or the Palestinian extremist groups based in Damascus, debkafile reports from Washington. The warning went out Thursday, Sept. 2, as Israelis and Palestinians sat down to talk in Washington after two attacks.

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Israels' power reactor at Dimona, Negev
Iran threatens Israel's Dimona reactor, will destroy Israel in nuclear war
DEBKAfile Special Report September 4, 2010, 9:21 AM (GMT+02:00)

A top Iranian general said Friday, Sept. 3: "Iran hopes there won't be a need to target the nuclear facility of the Zionist regime, but if there is, Israel would receive dreadful retribution."
Saturday, Sept. 4, Israeli ambassador in Washington Michael Oren reported that Iran's proxy Hizballah had positioned 16,000 rockets in South Lebanon, altogether quadrupling the number ranged on the Israeli border four years ago. They can now reach every part of Israel as far south as Eilat with enhanced precision.

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Israeli warships targeted
Iran's revenge: Syria and Hizballah join to sink Israeli warships
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2010, 8:40 AM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran and its extremist and terrorist allies, having failed to abort Barack Obama's initiative for direct Israel-Palestinian diplomacy, hit back with two belligerent steps. debkafile's sources disclose Syria and the Lebanese Hizballah have set up a joint military command for sinking Israeli warships, and Hamas has brought all 13 Palestinian rejectionist groups under one roof for a bid to intensify terror operations against Israel. They took advantage of Binyamin Netanyahu's single-minded focus on diplomacy.

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Hebron
But Hamas Creates Facts with Innovative Terror Methods
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2010, 11:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

Using new tactics imparted by Iranian Guards and Hizballah, Hamas terrorizes West Bank highways to sabotage US Middle East diplomatic initiative and topple Mahmoud Abbas.

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Israeli soldiers in Hebron after attack
Hamas' new methods: Multiple small attacks by unknown imported terrorists
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2010, 9:48 AM (GMT+02:00)

Another drive-by shooting claimed by Hamas injured Moshe and Shira Morani from Maaleh Efraim at the Rimonim junction near Ramallah Wednesday night, Sept. 1. The couple saved their lives by fleeing their vehicle. debkafile: Hamas has adopted new methods for its latest campaign to sabotage peace talks: Frequent small attacks by cells of unknown perpetrators imported from Syria and Lebanon and carefully compartmentalized.

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Hizballah's southern units reinforced on war alert
US Intel: Tehran pushes Hizballah hard to attack Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2010, 12:13 PM (GMT+02:00)

Western intelligence sources report that on August 30, Hizballah put its forces on a state of war alert and issued a partial call-up of reservists, apparently in preparation for a major attack on Israel in response to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington or during the Jewish New Year festival starting on Sept. 8. Iranian pressure for an attack has intensified in the wake of the Palestinian Hamas's drive-by murder of four Israeli civilians on a road near Hebron gave Tuesday night Aug. 31.

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Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis - Al Qods planner of pre-emptive against Israel
Iran Guards chief secretly oversees war plans - in Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2010, 6:00 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iranian Revolutionary Guards chief Gen. Mohamed Ali Jafari, who rarely leaves his country, paid a secret visit to Damascus a few hours before Tehran launched the Bushehr nuclear reactor Saturday, Aug. 21. With him were top Al Qods Brigades commanders in Lebanon, Iraq and the Palestinian territories. They conferred with Bashar Assad on roles for Syria and Hizballah in an Iranian reprisal for a US or Israel attack - or a "pre-emptive strike" against Israel.

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Only photo allowed of Bushehr start-up
Secret US-Russian sanctions vs Bushehr deal tied Israel's hands
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 21, 2010, 6:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

The extraordinary meekness with which the US and Israel greeted Russia's start-up of Iran's first nuclear reactor is accounted for, debkafile reports, by a secret Washington-Moscow deal whereby Russia voted with the US for UN sanctions against Iran in return for which Washington and Jerusalem tacitly assented to the activation of the Iranian reactor.  Will Israel's acquiescence extend to deals with the Palestinians?

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Martha and Barack Obama
Obama May Personally Launch the Dialogue from Cairo
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2010, 10:10 PM (GMT+02:00)

Obama considers personally launching direct Israeli-Palestinian talks from Cairo. Not all his advisers think it's a good idea.

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Ehud Barak and Gabi Ashkenazi
Netanyahu Struggles to Keep His Government from Breaking up
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2010, 10:10 PM (GMT+02:00)

If his government breaks up under the weight of a security-military intrigue, he is maneuvering to save his rule as prime minister with new allies.

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Iran's first nuclear reactor at Bushehr
Flap in Jerusalem over Aug. 21 activation of Iran's first reactor
DEBKAfile Special Report August 14, 2010, 11:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

Sudden word from Moscow and Tehran on Aug. 11 that Russia will activate Iran's first nuclear power reactor on Aug. 21 by loading the fuel has caused a major flap in Israel in view of its military aspects.DEBKA reports: Only last week, Russian leaders assured Washington that it would not go on line this year.

Former Bush adviser John Bolton commented that once the rods are in, Israel can no longer attack this reactor because of spreading radiation.

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Hassan Nasrallah
A Cell Phone, an Oak Tree or a Grad Missile Could Kindle a Middle East Blaze
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2010, 2:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

Hizballah's Hassan Nasrallah is drumming up proofs of Israeli culpability in the 2005 Hariri murder to get his own associates off the hook and force Lebanese prime minister Sa'ad Hariri to declare war on Israel.

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Scene of the Hariri assassination in 2005
Hizballah saber-rattling over its expected indictment in Hariri murder
DEBKAfile Special Report July 25, 2010, 1:53 PM (GMT+02:00)

Hizballah's leader Hassan Nasrallah used threats of violence to toss back the bomb placed under his movement by word that the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon intends to indict high Hizballah security officials for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

debkafile's military sources report that the tribunal's investigators have linked eight of the 20 cell phones found at the scene of the murder to Hizballah's special security and intelligence apparatus and senior commanders.

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