1415 articles tagged "Israel"
 
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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Netanyahu may settle for interim government until early election
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 15, 2009
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 he expects Israel to be embroiled in a major military conflict during this time, in which case the holdouts Kadima and Labor will come aboard.
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Bank of Israel stimulus plan focuses on falling job market
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2009
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 will rise to 8 percent this year in all fields, Fischer proposes raising unemployment benefits and extending the period of entitlement.
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Israel: Iran has crossed technological threshold in drive for nuclear bomb<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2009
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 test fired a new long-range missile, without offering details.
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Palestinian tractor driver shot while rampaging in central Jerusalem<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2009
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.
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Labor edges towards joining Netanyahu government
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2009
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 brings Netanyahu closer to his goal of a broad national government.

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Five days to Israel's poll: Frontrunner Netanyahu is slipping
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2009
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 to Avigdor Lieberman's right-wing Israel Beitenu which is now polling 20 and still counting.
In a campaign dominated by personalities and security concerns, Netanyahu's big mistake is his apparent choice of the unpopular Labor leader, Ehud Barak, to carry on as defense minister in the next government. His second is his refusal to name a finance minister for a country worried sick by the slide into serious recession and growing unemployment.
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Olmert to stand trial in case of Talansky cash envelopes<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2009
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 in envelopes during the years 2002 to 2005 before he became prime minister.
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New Israel killer drone can take out Iran's S-300 anti-air missile<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2009
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 a hostile target is exposed when its 23-kilo warhead strikes.

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Too Soon to Celebrate End of Gaza Conflict
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2009
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 military tension against Israel in the Gaza Strip and the diplomatic pressure on Egypt will break them down.
This contest of strength crackles with inflammatory potential, exacerbated by two key dates: Israel's general election on Feb. 10 - Arab foes have traditionally sought to influence the outcome of Israel's elections; and Feb. 12, the first anniversary of the violent death in Damascus of Hizballah's military chief Imad Mughniyeh.
This simmering stew will greet the Obama administration's new Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, when he launches his mission this week.

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