1593 articles tagged "Israel"
Flotilla activists released white doves of peace when they set out from Istanbul.
Two more boats head for Gaza as Israel vows to stop them
DEBKAfile Special Report June 1, 2010

With two more vessels due to sail within 48 hours to continue the challenge to Israel's Gaza blockade, Israel's deputy defence minister Mattan Vilnai stressed the Israeli commando raid on the pro-Palestinian flotilla succeeded in its mission - although the loss of life was regrettable. Mistakes were made but the IDF would learn from them and defend the blockade in other ways, he said.

He dismissed rising demands at home for the defence minister Ehud Barak to step down.

Israel commandos board boat in pro-Palestinian flotilla
Nine activists killed in flotilla raid, ten Israeli soldiers injured
DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2010

Turkey threatens reprisals, Greece halts joint maneuver with Israel over Israeli naval commando action which killed 9 activists aboard the pro-Palestinian flotilla lead boat  80 miles out at sea. Casualty figures still not confirmed. Passengers attacked the soldiers, opened fire with gun snatched from a soldier and wielded knives and iron bars. The soldiers shot back after 10 were injured. Helicopters ferried all the casualties to Israeli hospitals. Nationwide alert for disturbances declared in Israel and around its borders. 

NSA James Jones stands up for Israel at NPT parley
Israel condemns "distorted" Nuclear Non-Proliferation Conference motion
DEBKAfile Special Report May 30, 2010

Israel will not heed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review conference resolution due to its "flawed, hypocritical and distorted nature," according to a government statement. Earlier, President Barack Obama deplored Israel's mention in the resolution, which called for a Middle East nuclear-free conference in two years. "We strongly oppose efforts to single out Israel," said Obama, "and US delegation leader NSA James Jones said this placed the 2012 conference prospects in doubt and called Iran the greatest nuclear proliferation threat in the region.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Rahm Emanuel
Middle East Time Bomb Ticks Faster as Syrian Missiles Placed in Firing Position
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2010

Obama's dual track: He is preparing another round of talks with Iran, while massing US naval and air forces in the Persian Gulf. All Middle East parties maneuver around Assad's placement of places ballistic missiles on the ready.

Gabi Ashkenazi
End Restraint, Stop the 800 Scud D Missiles Reaching Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2010

Israel's generals and security chiefs are up in arms over the US-fostered military restraint policy pursued by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Scud-D smuggled to Hizballah by Syria
Syria has 1,000 ballistic missiles zeroed on Israeli targets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2010

The colossal Syrian-Hizballah missile deployment funded by Iran points in only one direction: Israel. It is controlled from a joint Iran-Syria-Hizballah-Hamas command center established in March at Syrian GHQ in Damascus for attacking Israeli military and civilian sites organized in four sectors.
Syria's production lines have been humming for five months converting its missiles from liquid-fuel to the more accurate solid-fuel ballistic missiles with the help of North Korean experts.

Turkish ferry Mavi Marmara sets sail
Ankara threatens reprisals if Israel halts flotilla for Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2010

A secret message from Ankara to Jerusalem threatens reprisals if Israel prevents the Turkish-led "Freedom Flotilla" of nine vessels from reaching Gaza Port on May 27 for the avowed objects of breaking the naval blockade against the Gaza Strip and delivering humanitarian aid. The Turkish ultimatum confronts Israel's imposition of a 20-nautical mile closure on the enclave, beefed-up naval forces and warning that the convoy will be stopped.

Alexander Zelin
Its Bargaining Chip is the S-300 Missile for Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2010

Moscow is negotiating for Israeli robotics technology for building its own UAV fleet while also developing its military ties with Iran and Syria. Its bargaining chip is the S-300 missile interceptor for Iran.

Barack Obama, Mahmoud Abbas and Binyamin Netanyahu
But Obama, Abbas and Netanyahu Can't Overcome Their Mutual Antipathy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2010

That the proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians are bound to fail is an open secret although the West Bank is ripe for a deal. But Obama, Netanyahu and Abbas can't overcome their mutual antipathy to save the day.

Israel's Barak-8 naval shield
Israel will not sell Turkey advanced naval Barak-8 interceptor
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 27, 2010

Israel's advanced military hardware sales to Turkey are petering out under the impact of Tayyep Recep Erdogan's alignment with Syria and Iran and his poisonous attacks, with detrimental effect on the Turkish army's operational capabilities. debkafile sources report that Israel refused to sell the Turkish Navy the Barak 8 missile interceptor, whose radar provides warships with 360-degree coverage against incoming missiles or air attack. Its co-developer India is equally adamant against the sale.

US pulls another rug from Israeli security
Obama U-Turn on UN penalties for Iran, defensible borders for Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 19, 2010

President Barack Obama has given up on tough UN Security Council sanctions on Iran over its nuclear drive, and gone back on the longstanding American commitment assuring Israel of recognized and defensible borders in any future accommodation with its Arab neighbors.
In congratulating Israel on its 62nd Day of Independence, US Secretary of state Hillary Clinton mentions "recognized borders" while omitting the traditional qualifier "defensible."


James Jones
The US President's Six Wise Men Outweighed Mitchell and Ross
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2010

Obama is persuaded by veteran presidential advisers of yore to impose an American solution on the parties to the Middle East conflict, curtail Israeli influence in Washington and "liberate" Arab support for the US. The Mitchell-Ross "incremental" approach is shelved.

Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi
He Sidelined the Chief of Staff Opposed to Attacking Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2010

Israel's comeback for Obama's attempt to impose his Palestinian will was delivered on the Iranian issue. Washington hit back by bundling the Palestinian and Iranian issues together.

Binyamin Netanyahu
Israelis and Palestinians Quietly Nix Obama's "Borders First" Plan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2010

Even if Israel were willing, it could not perform a massive shake-up of its defensive posture in the time allotted for handing 96 percent of the West Bank to the Palestinians, while Abbas, Fayyad and Co. bide their time for the US sledgehammer to work on Israel.

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Obama Charts Future Frontiers for Israel, Palestinian State
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2010

The US president advocates a Middle East peace plan whereby Palestinian state borders would enclose 96 percent of the West Bank and 133,000 Israelis evacuated. The 4 percent left with Israel would include Jerusalem.

Tactical Nuclear Weapon
US researchers postulate Israeli tactical nuclear strike on Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report March 28, 2010

Scenarios of a potential Israeli attack on Iran - usually without US assent - abound in Washington in the last 24 hours. They contrast sharply with the impression Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu is conveying that he and President Barack Obama were of one mind on Iran when they met last week.  Two CSIS researchers cite the belief in some US military circles that Israel, lacking a one-off capability for striking Iran, will resort to tactical nuclear weapons.  


Israeli helicopter in action in Gaza
An Israeli major and sergeant killed in Hamas cross-border attack
DEBKAfile Special Report March 26, 2010

A Hamas cross-border attack on Israeli forces outside Kissufim Friday, March 26, killed an officer, Maj. Eliraz Peretz, Dep. Commander of Golani 12 battalion, 31, from Eili, and 1st Sgt. Ilan Seviatsovsky, 21 from Rishon Lezion.
Two Israeli soldiers were also injured in the heavy fighting which followed when an Israeli tank and artillery force which crossed in to shell the attackers was ambushed by a second Hamas unit firing anti-tank weapons and bombs. Israel says Hamas is accountable for the attack.

Portable Computer
When Computers Are the Agents, Lebanese and Syrian Intelligence Are Baffled
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2010

Israeli spies caught in Lebanon are the passive operators of computerized surveillance devices and have no information to spill to Lebanese spy chiefs.

Nicolas Sarkozy may join UK punishment
France mulls following UK punishment for Israel over Dubai passports
DEBKAfile Special Report March 23, 2010

debkafile's sources disclose that President Nicolas Sarkozy will decide in the coming hours whether to follow in Britain's footsteps in punishing Israel for suspicions that its security service forged the French passports used by the assassins of Hamas arms trader Mahmoud Mabhouh in Dubai on Jan. 19. London expelled an Israeli diplomat although it admitted it had no proof of Israel's culpability, which Jerusalem regards as an unfriendly act in keeping with London's Middle East policies.





Advanced BLU-100 recalled by President Obama
Obama recalls bunker-buster bomb kits to bar Israeli strike on Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report March 20, 2010

Shortly after the flare-up of a US-Israel row over new homes in East Jerusalem, US president Barack Obama ordered a consignment of Joint Direct Attack Munitions- JDAM already on its way to Israel to be diverted to the US Air Force base on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia. This step in mid-March, the pointer to a US arms embargo for preventing Israel attacking Iran's nuclear sites, is first revealed here by debkafile's military sources.

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