1426 articles tagged "Israel"
US Secretary of State
US backs off speedy Iran sanctions promised Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2010

Washington has reversed its drive for sanctions against Iran by the end of March, with or without the UN Security Council. On Feb. 25, Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak was given this early date in his talks with administration officials. On March 2, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Security Council action would take "several months." This sudden reversal has eased the strain on Tehran and left Israel high and dry.

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Assad wants clear Iranian guarantees
Syria wants Iranian troops guaranteed for front against Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2010

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's talks with Syrian president Bashar Assad in Damascus Thursday, Feb. 25, are aimed at coordinating practicalities to bring Iran's secret military pacts with Syria, Hizballah and Hamas a step closer to fruition. A possible Middle East war would become more tangible. 

 

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Dubai killing suspects
EU anti-terror chiefs: Mabhouh furor may jeopardize our operations
DEBKAfile Special Report February 22, 2010

European anti-terror agencies warned EU foreign ministers that further sensationalizing the Dubai killing may expose and jeopardize their own operations, prompting a softer condemnation that focused on the fake passports and omitted to mention Israel. Iran, however, urges the United Arab Republics to fan the flames, tar Israel and accept mutual defense pacts with Tehran.

 

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USS Higgins in Haifa
But Defensive Preparations Proceed Apace
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2010

How they cooperate is still moot. But Israel is preparing to face the music from Hizballah in the North, Hamas in the South and Syria in the northeast. Egypt secures the passage of Israeli warships through Suez, is conspicuously eager to join any US-Israeli action against Iran.

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Director US intelligence Dennis Blair
US buildup aims to contain Iran's drive for Gulf supremacy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 8, 2010

The Obama administration's decision last week to boost its military presence in the Gulf and supply its Arab allies with tens of billions of new weapons is a bid to win the galloping arms race with Iran and mark out American spheres of influence and contain Iran's drive for regional hegemony - whether or not it attains a nuclear weapon. Washington is closely watching the numbers Iran's opposition can muster on Feb. 11, Iran's Revolution Day.

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Director of US Intelligence Dennis Blair
US military boost aims to contain Iran's Gulf supremacy drive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 8, 2010

The Obama administration's decision last week to boost its military presence in the Gulf and supply its Arab allies with tens of billions of new weapons is a bid to win the galloping arms race with Iran and mark out American spheres of influence and contain Iran's drive for regional hegemony - whether or not it attains a nuclear weapon. Washington is closely watching the numbers Iran's opposition can muster on Feb. 11, Iran's Revolution Day.

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Visiting enrichment laboratory
Limp Western- Israeli response to Iran's uranium enrichment hike
DEBKAfile Special Report February 8, 2010

Tehran's decision to raise its uranium enrichment level to 20 percent - taking it weeks away from weapons-grade production - in the teeth of international objections, has raised no cries of outrage in Washington or Jerusalem. Asked Monday, Feb. 7, whether president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's announcement brought military action any closer, US defense secretary Robert Gates pinned his trust in non-existent international unity for pressure.

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Syrian missile
Iranian missile airlift stiffens Syrian war talk, tops up Hizballah, Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2010

debkafile Iranian and military sources report the new war threats from Damascus are backed by massive Iranian airlifts for boosting Syria's missile arsenal. Fresh supplies have also reached Hizballah and Hamas. Syrian war rhetoric was fanned by the delivery of 100 new medium-range surface-to-surface missiles from Iran. The Syrian foreign minister publicly confirmed debkafile's disclosure in December of a secret mutual defense pact binding Iran, Syria, Hizballah and Hamas.

 

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Italian prime minister in Jerusalem
Italian and Israeli leaders airbrush Rome's thriving trade with Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2010

 

Italian PM Berlusconi said Tuesday the state-controlled oil giant Eni SpA had withdrawn from developing  a southern Iranian oilfield (a small project) and promised to "block new investments in oil and gas."

His silence on current rather than future investments shows which way the wind is blowing. His Israeli hosts withheld comment on Rome's trade ties with Tehran.

 

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Hamas chief Muhammad al-Jabry
Hamas warns 13 top terror activists they are in Israel's cross-hairs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2010

Hamas security services Tuesday, Feb. 2, advised 13 jihad chiefs, including 2 Jihad Islamic commanders, that they are Israel's next targets for liquidation, after the death of Hamas weapons smuggler Mahmoud Makhbouh in Dubai on Jan. 19, debkafile's counter-terror sources disclose.
Disclosing the identities of their top men indicates Hamas is in a blind funk.
debkafile has obtained the full list:

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Phosphorus flares in Gaza War
Israel military faults exposure of two disciplined Gaza commanders
DEBKAfile Special Expose February 2, 2010

Israel's report to Ban Ki-Moon supposed to defend IDF conduct in the Gaza Operation adds weight to the war's critics by naming two high-ranking commanders who were disciplined for exceeding orders by allowing the UN center in Gaza to come under artillery attack. Their fellow-commanders are furious, say the two officers have been placed at risk of international prosecution.  

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Israeli robot defuses explosives container
Explosives-packed containers drift onto S. Israeli beaches
DEBKAfile Special Report February 1, 2010

The beaches of Ashkelon and Ashdown, twin Israeli ports up to 25 km north of Gaza, were evacuated Monday, Feb. 1 for fear that two large containers packed with explosives which drifted ashore were floating bombs with more on the way.  Israeli intelligence is investigating the incident to find out if the explosives were supposed to blow up against Israeli targets or Iranian deliveries to Hamas terrorists in Gaza which went astray.

 

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Iran's Shehab 3 ballistic missile
Italian-Iranian trade thrives, supports Tehran's nuclear program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2010

 "Israel has no bigger friend," said prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu of Silvio Berlusconi, who begins an official visit to Israel with half a dozen ministers Monday, Feb. 1. According to the fat trade contracts current with Tehran, Italy would be better described as "Iran's biggest friend" - at least, in Europe, and supplier of key components for its nuclear and space programs, as well tunneling equipment and army trucks.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran Has All It Needs for "Breakout" to a Bomb
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2010

 

Obama's engagement strategy against Tehran's nuclear armament has failed. From February, Tehran will be able to build a nuclear device if it so chooses. Israeli must decide by May whether or not to take up its military option for knocking out Iran's nuclear installations.

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Hamas kidnapper Mahmoud al-Mabhouh
Hamas blames Israel for death of kidnapper
DEBKAfile Special Report January 29, 2010

Senior Hamas commander, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, 50, died in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 20 and his body reached Damascus on Jan. 28, according to Izzat Rishq speaking at Hamas headquarters in the Syrian capital early Friday, Jan. 29.  He accused Israel of his assassination without specifying its circumstances.  Israeli spokesmen have not commented in the charge, which debkafile estimates may have been raised to distract from Hamas' many troubles.

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Leon Panetta
CIA chief Panetta holds talks on Yemen in Cairo and Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2010

The director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, paid secret visits to Cairo and Jerusalem Thursday, Jan. 28, to prepare the ground for expanding US military intervention in Yemen against al Qaeda strongholds, thereby opening a fresh front in the war on Islamist terror organization.
He asked for an Egyptian expeditionary force to back up US special forces and the use of Egyptian airfields as jumping off bases for US air strikes.

 

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Turkey's ruling Muslim party: Israel military planted bugs at army HQ
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2010

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan has engineered a fresh assault on the already crisis-laden relationship between Turkey and Israel by putting up members of his ruling AK Islamic party to accuse the Israel military of planting bugs at Turkish military headquarters in Ankara for covert surveillance on Iran and Syria.
Erdogan is determined to stamp out the last remnants of the once-warm ties between Turkish and Israeli generals.

 

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Iran exacts a price for this friendship
Tehran lashes back at Berlin for Merkel, Peres derogatory speeches
DEBKAfile Special Report January 27, 2010

"Two German diplomats using fictitious names were arrested" last month during clashes at the Ashura festival, an unnamed Iranian deputy intelligence minister said Wednesday, Jan. 27.

During the day, Israeli president Shimon Peres told the Reichstag he was sure Germany would come to Israel's aid if it came under attack from a nuclear-armed Iran. A day earlier, Chancellor Angela Merkel said time was up for Iran and February would see new and tougher sanctions.

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Joint German-Israeli government session
Israeli leaders ignore EU rejection of Iran sanctions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 26, 2010

Israel's president, prime minister and foreign minister are visiting Berlin, Warsaw and Budapest this week, apparently impervious to the European Union foreign ministers' decision in Brussels Monday, Jan. 25, to back away from sanctions for Iran's nuclear program outside the UN Security Council.  None have commented on the EU's abandonment of sanctions for Iran to the mercies of Russian and Chinese vetoes.

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Jordan's King Abdullah II
Jordanian king orders al Qaeda crackdown
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2010

Jordan's Abdullah II has mobilized his security services and ordered an urgent crackdown against a rising terror threat after two serious breaches caught them napping: The Jordanian triple agent Khalil Al-Balawi, who blew himself up at the CIA Forward Base Chapman in Afghanistan on Jan. 14, killing seven US agents and a Jordanian intelligence officer, and the roadside blasts which just missed Israeli diplomatic vehicles on a Jordanian road last Friday, Jan. 15

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