DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 28, 2009, 11:35 AM (GMT+02:00)
Sheikh Ahmad al Fahd al Jabar al Sabah, head of Kuwait's national intelligence service, arrived in Ramallah Monday, March 23, as guest of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. He also scheduled appointments with senior Israeli intelligence officials.
But he left in a huff when Israel denied him permission to pray ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2009, 7:29 AM (GMT+02:00)
The coming DEBKA-Net-Weekly looks at some unfinished Middle East business Binyamin Netanyahu inherits. Is Israel's military option against Iran concrete? Will he order Round 2 of wars on Hamas or Hizballah? Pick up stalled peace process with Palestinians?
This insider forecast appeared in the DEBKA-Net-Weekly out last Friday, ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 23, 2009, 11:31 AM (GMT+02:00)
Tapped as foreign minister in the future Netanyahu government, Avigdor Lieberman says relations between Israeli and Russia "must and can rise to a level of strategic partnership." This refers also to military-technical cooperation, where Israel has a few things to offer, he told the Russian news agency Interfax.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2009, 10:53 AM (GMT+02:00)
All too quickly Israel's three war leaders - prime minister Ehud Olmert, defense minister Ehud Barak and foreign minister Tzipi Livni - forgot the goals they set for the three-week military offensive launched against Hamas on Dec. 27, 2008: That Operation Cast Lead would not halt until security prevailed in ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 20, 2009, 9:44 AM (GMT+02:00)
Outgoing prime minister Ehud Olmert stated in a dramatic address to the nation Tuesday night, March 17, that Israel's final offer to release many hundreds of convicted prisoners, including terrorists guilty of murdering many Israelis, had been spurned.
That was it, he said; the list is final. Any more would ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 20, 2009, 9:42 AM (GMT+02:00)
Ehud Barak, defense minister in the outgoing administration, is close to a decision to take his Labor party into Binyamin Netanyahu's coalition government, tempted by his latest offer, according to debkafile's political sources. Netanyahu will next week ask the president for more time for coalition negotiations.
He is offering ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2009, 8:25 AM (GMT+02:00)
A large manhunt on both sides of the Israeli-Jordanian border failed to capture the gunmen who shot dead two Israeli policemen in an ambush of their van on Highway 90 near Masuah in the Jordan Valley Sunday night, March 15. The victims were David Rabbinovich, 50 from Rosh Ha'ayin and ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 15, 2009, 7:48 AM (GMT+02:00)
Having failed to draw Kadima and Labor into a unity government, debkafile's political sources report that Israel's prime minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu may settle for a provisional administration serving six months before calling another early election.
He believes he can use the extra six months to good advantage because ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2009, 5:34 PM (GMT+02:00)
The central bank governor, Stanley Fischer, recommended a very modest $1 bn budget deficit (6 percent) as first aid for Israel's deepening recession. His plan, published Tuesday, March 10, would spread the extra outlay on stimulating the job market and exports and investing in new infrastructure projects.
Estimating that unemployment ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2009, 5:34 PM (GMT+02:00)
Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, head of Israeli military intelligence AMAN, confirmed at the weekly government session in Jerusalem Sunday, March 8, that Iran had crossed the technological threshold to a nuclear bomb capability and required only a strategic decision to go into production.
Tehran TV disclosed Sunday that Iran had ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2009, 10:24 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Palestinian tractor driver hoisted a police van, injuring two police officers, in downtown Jerusalem. When he tried to toss the van onto a bus packed with schoolgirls, a passing taxi driver pulled a gun and shot him dead.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2009, 7:12 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's political sources report that the Histadrut Trade Unions leader, Ofer Eini, who has emerged as supreme national fixer in the ongoing crises over business closures and layoffs, has thrown his support behind the outgoing defense minister Ehud Barak's bid to join Binyamin Netanyahu's Likud-led government.
This powerful support ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2009, 6:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
The man certain to form the next Israeli government after the general election of Feb. 10, Likud's Binyamin Netanyahu, started out with a handy lead of well over 30 Knesset seats (out of 120). But his campaign blunders are eroding this lead to below 30. The deserters are swinging over ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2009, 9:55 PM (GMT+02:00)
Preparing to end his term as prime minister, Ehud Olmert was informed Sunday, March 1 that state attorney Menahem Mazuz had decided to indict him on corruption charges in the Talansky case. Moshe Talansky, a Long Island businessman, testified last May that he gave Olmert payments of $670,000, some stuffed ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2009, 9:19 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Iranian media were first to disclose that the sophisticated Israeli Harop drone is capable of targeting the Russian radar-equipped S-300 anti-air missile before it enters attack mode.
debkafile's military sources report that Israel's Harop killer-drone can travel 1,000 km to patrol an assigned area and loiter there until ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2009, 12:26 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli leaders insist that Israel's armed forces left Hamas seriously crippled. This is undeniable but still the Gaza conflict is not over yet.
The divisions in the Arab world have encouraged Tehran to persist in rearming Hamas and the Hamas-Damascus faction to maintain its intransigent posture. They are certain that high ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 1, 2009, 8:00 PM (GMT+02:00)
Preparing to end his term as prime minister, Ehud Olmert was informed Sunday, March 1 that state attorney Menahem Mazuz had decided to indict him on corruption charges in the Talansky case. Moshe Talansky, a Long Island businessman, testified last May that he gave Olmert payments of $150,000, largely stuffed ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 1, 2009, 11:55 AM (GMT+02:00)
Sources close to prime minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu reported Wednesday night, Feb. 25, that his three candidates for defense are in descending order the incumbent Ehud Barak, head of the Labor party, Shaul Mofaz of Kadima or Moshe Yaalon of Likud. All three are former chiefs of staff.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 1, 2009, 11:43 AM (GMT+02:00)
After Labor and Kadima leader Ehud Barak and Tzipi Livni refused to join his wall-to-wall national government, Israel's designated prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has launched negotiations for a centrist government coalition supported by a parliamentary majority of 65 members of the right-of-center and religious parties.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2009, 10:14 AM (GMT+02:00)
While Labor is solidly behind Ehud Barak's decision to go into opposition, Tzipi Livni could not afford to shut the door because her Kadima party is on the point of revolt. They are eager to take up the top jobs on offer rather than joining her "fighting opposition."