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Israel has military resources to destroy Iran's nuclear sites - Washington sources
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2009
A prestigious Washington think tank - the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) - has concluded by means of detailed research and analysis that Israel is militarily capable of destroying Iran's nuclear program. This view is shared by the Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint US Chiefs of Staff.
Details from the CSIS findings, first disclosed in DEBKA-Net-Weekly 391, appear in an Exclusive Report and map below with debkafile updates.
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Palestinian PM Fayyad's Exit May Usher in Hamas' West Bank takeover
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 15, 2009
By submitting his resignation as Palestinian prime minister Saturday, March 7, the pro-American Salam Fayyad removes a major roadblock to a power-sharing accord between the extremist Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah, which governs the West Bank.
This accord if concluded would open the door to Hamas domination of the West Bank in the same way as the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamists threw the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority out of Gaza two years ago.
His action, three days after US secretary of state Hillary Clinton held well-publicized talks with Fayyad and Abbas in Ramallah, comes as a serious blow to America prestige and is one up for Iran and its Palestinian proxy.
The Palestinian prime minister, a former World Bank economist in Washington, saw that in a unity government, his only function would be to act as a respectable non-terrorist address for the receipt of the $5.5 billion dollars the international donors meeting in Sharm e-Sheikh on March 2 approved for Gaza reconstruction.
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Netanyahu schedules April trips to Cairo, Amman, Washington, Moscow
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2009
debkafile's political sources reveal Binyamin Netanyahu's planned launch of his second term as prime minister with a flurry of diplomacy. Thursday, April 2, trips to Cairo and Jordan had already been scheduled for talks with president Hosni Mubarak and King Abdullah II, followed by a visit to Washington to meet President Barack Obama and to Moscow for talks with prime minister Vladimir Putin.
Netanyahu is considering becoming the first Israeli prime minister to visit the Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
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Military police probe clears Israeli soldiers of alleged violations in Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2009
Judge Advocate General Brig.-Gen Avichai Mandelblit decided March 30 to close the Military Police probe into allegations that Israeli soldiers committed human rights violations and abuses during Operation Cast Lead the IDF against Hamas last January. The advocate general, established that the charges rested purely on hearsay and rumor, generated and then blown up to serve an agenda rather than being based on evidence.
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Israeli's army chief flies to NATO summit in Strasbourg
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2009
Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi, IDF chief of staff, was invited for talks with the Chairman of the US chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen Friday, April 3.
Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi voiced horror over the axe-murder by a Palestinian of the 12-year old Israel boy Shlomo Nativ outside his home at Bat Haayin Thursday, April 2. Calling Binyamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on his new government, Berlusconi stressed the importance of strong relations between their countries. German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined the world leaders congratulating Netanyahu. British foreign secretary David Miliband phoned foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman with wishes for his success and hope for an early meeting.
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Terror alert in Jerusalem, West Bank after axe-wielding Palestinian murders Israeli boy<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2009
Shlomo Nativ, 13, died of the wounds inflicted by one or more Palestinian terrorists on an axe-wielding rampage in Bat Ayin, a community in the West Bank Gush Etzion Bloc. A second boy, aged 7, was seriously injured in the attack. Residents opened fire on the terrorists who managed to get away. Heavy security reinforcements were rushed to the area. They set up roadblocks and surrounded neighboring Arab villages to search for the killer or killers. All the communities in the area were put on terror alert. The attack occurred on the second day of school holiday for the Passover festival.

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New Israeli FM disavows Annapolis process, US official reaffirms two-state solution
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2009
A senior US official accompanying president Barack Obama to the G20 summit in London made this remark Wednesday April 1, in response to a statement from Avigdor Lieberman on his first day as foreign minister. Lieberman stressed that the incoming Netanyahu government was not bound by commitments made at the US-sponsored 2007 Annapolis conference for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and was committed only to the Middle East road map.
US and Russian presidents call Binyamin Netanyahu with congratulations on new government.
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Netanyahu: Biggest peril to Israel and mankind is radical regime seeking nuclear arms<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2009
Introducing Israel's 32nd government to the Knesset, March 31, Binyamin Netanyahu said Israel faced two major perils on two fronts - the economy and security. Neither was caused by our actions, but the outcome of both will depend on how Israel acts.
Israel seeks peace with the entire Arab and Muslim world, but continues to be threatened by the forces of Islamic extremists.
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Netanyahu builds professional inner diplomatic-security cabinet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2009
The incoming Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has armed himself with an inner cabinet of 7-8 professional for decision-making on diplomatic, military, security and strategic matters, debkafile's military sources report. Hawkish-leaning in outlook, they will provide him with material for decisions on such weighty issues as a military strike against Iran's nuclear sites and navigating his government's course with the Obama administration.
debkafile's military and intelligence sources examine the format of this new forum in an exclusive report below.

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Israel's incoming, outgoing PMs gloss over growing rift with Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2009
Designated prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu simply pushes away any suggestion of pressure on Israel from the Obama administration in Washington, while Ehud Olmert has said a few days before bowing out that he has left the Iranian nuclear threat to the next government.
Olmert forgot to mention that his government's policy of letting Israel be sidelined on the existential Iranian issue and knuckling under to the US lead allowed Iran to build up momentum in its race for a nuclear bomb.
Olmert "forgot" to mention that Israel is no longer in a position to stop Iran's nuclear program.
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Hamas' Ceasefire - Smoke and Mirrors
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2009
Duped again by a Hamas promise to negotiate a long-term truce, Israel reacted by stepping up its air attacks over the Gaza Strip from Friday, Feb. 13, to hold down a fresh upsurge of Palestinian violence.
After spreading false reports that an 18-month truce and a deal for the release of the captive Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit were "hours away", Hamas jerked the carpet from under the Cairo talks in spite of Israel's over-generous concessions. Last week, Israel was persuaded by the Egyptian intelligence minister Gen. Omar Suleiman to let Hamas leader Mahmud A-Zahar travel from Gaza to Cairo, Damascus and Qatar on the understanding that he would override hardline Khaled Meshaal and sign an extended truce deal.
Instead of signing, Hamas used the time gained to restock its arsenal after the beating it took from Israel's Gaza operation last month and regroup for a fresh cross-border offensive.
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Netanyahu-Barak pact transcends right-left lines, dominates Israel's political dynamic
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 30, 2009
Last September, two former Israeli prime ministers who failed to survive full term made common, cross-party cause for a pact which is now coming into its own, say debkafile's political analyst. Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu can count on heading a new government in less than two weeks, retaining Labor's Ehud Barak in defense if he survives the showdown this week with his Labor party.
Both see Israel's most acute problems as being the global economic meltdown and a nuclear-armed Iran.
Netanyahu agrees to line up behind Barak on national security while the latter endorses the prime minister's program to haul the economy out of recession.

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Barak carries his Labor into Netanyahu government
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 28, 2009
Israel's Labor party voted to join the government headed by Likud leader, Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday night, March 24. Seven Knesset members and the young section tried to torpedo the conference in a tempestuous revolt against Labor leader Ehud Barak's partnership accord with Netanyahu. Out of 1,191 members, 57.9 percent backed Barak, 42 percent voted against him.
Continuation of the internal Labor revolt continues could pare his majority down from 66 to 60-61 deputies, including Israel Beitenu and Shas, and augur a split in Barak's party.
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Israel clears Kuwait's intel chief for Ramallah, Bethlehem - but not Temple Mount
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 28, 2009
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 at the al Aqsa Mosque on Temple Mount and tour the Church of the Sepulcher in Jerusalem escorted only by PA officials and security guards.
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Netanyahu: War or diplomacy in first 100 days as PM?<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2009
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, together with Riyadh Summit Chapter 2: The Mubarak-Assad feud still going strong.
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Incoming Israeli FM urges strategic partnership with Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 23, 2009
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.
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Outgoing Israeli government bargains away military success in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2009
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 southern Israel, that the eight-year Palestinian missile offensive be brought to an end and that Hamas never be allowed to rearm for a fresh assault of terror.
Six weeks later, the Islamists terrorists are reaping the spoils of a war they lost.
Jerusalem is feeding Egyptian mediators with concession after concession to keep Hamas at the negotiating table in Cairo and talking about a long-term truce.
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Prime Minister Olmert: No more concessions to Hamas for Gilead Shalit<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 20, 2009
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 cross a red line and hazard Israel's national security. Hamas spokesmen responded: We can wait for Binyamin Netanyahu [the PM-designate who is due to establish a new government within days].
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Five portfolios tempt Labor's Barak to join Netanyahu's government <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 20, 2009
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 Labor defense, social welfare, pensioners, a department without portfolio, two deputy ministers and two parliamentary chairs - Finance and Constitution.
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Two Israeli police officers shot dead in Jordan Valley terror attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2009
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 Yehezkiel Ramzarkar, 42 from Maale Ephraim.
"The Imad Moughniyeh Martyr's Brigades" claimed the attack in an anonymous call to the French News Agency.
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