1395 articles tagged "Israel"
AWACs
Middle East in high suspense for Gaza operation sequels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 25, 2012, 8:53 AM (GMT+02:00)

Even before the Gaza conflict was over, the next major steps were in motion: US-manned Patriots and Awacs are in the pipeline for deployment on the Turkish Syrian border; Moscow moved its Black Sea Fleet’s naval task force opposite Gaza/Israeli shores, joining Tehran’s concern that the US-led coalition which wrecked Iran’s “southern front” in Gaza would turn against Syria and Hizballah. The US and Israel are braced for violent Iranian retribution; while Egyptian President Morsi’s troubles could undo the fragile Gaza ceasefire.

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The Russian Moskva missile cruiser
Russian warships in position opposite Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report November 23, 2012, 4:58 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Black Sea Fleet's naval task force has been ordered  to remain in the eastern Mediterranean ready to evacuate Russian citizens from the Gaza Strip. debkafile: Moscow used the same pretext as Washington, readiness to evacuate nationals in an emergency, to account for the presence last week of the USS Iwo Jima and two other warships in the east Mediterranean. Both flotillas are in fact on standby for developments in the Syrian crisis. The Iwo Jima has since moved quietly into waters off Syria.

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Tamir Prado
The Gaza Campaign Was the Brainchild of Intelligence Wizards Rather than Generals
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2012, 4:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Gaza operation was an exercise in deception, designed by six intelligence chiefs to trigger two coups – one to restore Mohamed Morsi’s powers as Egyptian president and the other to purge Hamas of its pro-Iranian elements.

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Obama Plans to Finally Go for Syria’s Bashar Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2012, 4:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

Barack Obama second term is a changed president. After approving Israel’s operation in Gaza he is no longer holding back from direct US military involvement in Syria and has big plans to plug the Sinai smuggling routes through which Iran arms and supplies its surrogates in the Gaza Strip ...

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USS Iwo Jima
The Gaza Operation Restores the US to the Middle East Premier League
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2012, 4:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran suffered a serious setback in the Gaza Strip as a result of the Israeli operation to get rid of Hamas’s pro-Iranian leaders. Tehran had conceived of the Gaza Strip as its gateway to the Muslim Brothers of Egypt and Jordan. Though small in time and scale - and relatively inconsequential in the large Middle East picture - the eight-day Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip helped elevate the US to the Middle East major league at Iran's expense.

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Iron Dome was the winner
Iron Dome was the only real Israeli winner of the Gaza operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 21, 2012, 11:27 PM (GMT+02:00)

For Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to obtain Hamas’s consent to a ceasefire Wednesday, Nov. 21, Israel made certain concessions. The most damaging was acceding to Egypt’s role as truce monitor and arbitrator between itself and Hamas and the address for complaints of violations, misunderstandings and brokering future negotiations for regulating future relations. By this step, Israel accepted Egypt’s superior authority and demoted itself to an equal footing with a terrorist group, Hamas.

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The 90-kilo Fajr destroyed three floors
Day 8: Terorists bomb Tel Aviv bus, again miss Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Special Report November 21, 2012, 1:22 PM (GMT+02:00)

A bombing attack on a bus in cenral Tel Aviv Wednesday, Nov. 21, left at least 25 people injured, five seriously.  A missile siren earlier alerted the towns and kibbutzim just west of Jerusalem – up to Beit Shemesh – Wednesday morning, Day 8 of the Gaza operation – the day after two Palestinian rockets missed the Israeli capital and landed at a West Bank Palestinian village. Two houses in Beir Tuvia took direct hits, injuring a woman and causing shock. Iron Dome saved Ashkelon and Beersheba from missile barrages.


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Israeli tank fires against Gaza
For Israel, a truce is the worst of all worlds: Tied hands, Hamas unbowed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 20, 2012, 10:28 PM (GMT+02:00)

Jerusalem, Cairo and Gaza awaited US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's arrival Tuesday night, Nov. 20, to clinch the Gaza ceasefire accord. Israel held back from approval until then and the Palestinians stepped up their missile blitz. debkafile’s analysts say that by giving in to international pressure for a ceasefire – against the objections of top military chiefs and intelligence pros - Israel’s leaders would show they have not learned from their predecessors’ mistakes in ending two wars inconclusively. 

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Binyamin Netanyahu
This Time, Israel Fought Back - with US Support
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 16, 2012, 1:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Knowing that the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt had egged Hamas on to launch a major missile offensive against Israel, the Netanyahu government took the precaution of getting US backing before launching Israel’s counter-offensive to degrade the terrorist group’s rocket capabilities.

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A rocket smashes through the ceiling of a Sderot home
Salafists keep up missile fire after most Palestinian Gaza groups buy a truce
DEBKAfile Special Report November 12, 2012, 10:41 PM (GMT+02:00)

Most Palestinians groups met in Gaza City Monday night, Nov. 12, to approve a ceasefire after a three-day, 300-rocket assault on Israel. But the Salafists stayed away, instead firing 5 heavy Grad rockets against Netivot, Beersheba and Ofakim and taking delivery of a fresh load of Grads through the Sinai tunnels, assisted by Tehran’s proxy, Jihad Islam. Yet Israel, Egypt and even Hamas continued to delude themselves that a ceasefire can work - although Israel’s top command reckons it will collapse within days.

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Barack Obama and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iran Can No Longer Be Kept from Attaining Nuclear Weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 9, 2012, 1:17 AM (GMT+02:00)

Barack Obama’s decision to go for direct talks with Iran comes too late to stop its nuclear program. He is left with bargaining over the size of the Iranian nuclear arsenal and its disposal with Ali Khamenei holding most of the high cards.

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US election's winners and losers
Barack Obama wins reelection: Mid East faces nuclear Iran, Brotherhood grip
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 7, 2012, 7:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

Some Middle East nations, including the Persian Gulf and Israel, view with trepidation four more years of Barack Obama. They envisage the continued hitching of US regional influence on the Muslim world – Sunni and Shiite alike – through the acceptance of a nuclear Iran and the sponsorship of Muslim Brotherhood rule of Sunni Arab nations. Israel is caught in a vise between Iran, whose leaders call openly for Israel’s extinction, which is achievable only by nuclear aggression, and the hostile Muslim Brotherhood.

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David Petraeus
Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri Reawakens His Egyptian Islamic Jihad under US, Egyptian Noses
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 1, 2012, 11:50 PM (GMT+02:00)

CIA director David Petraeus arrived in Cairo to lead a new anti-terror campaign against al Qaeda in cooperation with Egyptian security. It was launched after the discovery that Ayaman al-Zawahiri has set in motion a new wave of terror after reconstituting his old Egyptian Islamic Jihad and turning Sinai ...

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Francois Hollande
If Willing, France and Israel Could Jointly Scotch Iran’s Nuclear Program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 1, 2012, 11:50 PM (GMT+02:00)

If France and Israel were to combine their air and sea assets, they could clobber Iran’s nuclear program without any other partners. However, neither is yet about to move in this direction without the United States, although their intelligence ties are in closer rapport than they are with US ...

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Iranian drone over Israel
Israel: the Iranian drone took no photos. Tehran: Yes it did
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 1, 2012, 10:32 AM (GMT+02:00)

IRGC spokesman Brig. Gen. Ramezan Sharif’s claim Wednesday, Oct. 30, that the Iranian drone which encroached on Israeli airspace on Oct. 6 “obtained the images of many areas that are important for us,” came to counter IDF Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, Northern Command chief, who said no photos were taken because "I don't think there was a camera there." Tehran now suspects the UAV was not shot down but recovered intact and wants to find out what Israeli intelligence has learned from its equipment.

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An Ababil (Swallow) drone
Iran develops Ababil-T – a 2,000-km range stealth attack drone
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2012, 9:57 AM (GMT+02:00)

Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi warned Sunday, Oct. 28: “The drone was definitely not the latest Iranian technology.” He was talking about the drone sent by Iran and Hizballah over Israel on Oct. 6 and implying it was not the last word in their armory - or even the last to reach Israel. debkafile: In mid-September, Tehran secretly shipped to Lebanon a batch of its most advanced Ababil-T UAVs for new missions, after developing a new stealth attack series with a range of 2,000 kilometers.

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Dimona nuclear reactor
Hamas aims Grad at Dimona reactor – payback for Khartoum raid
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2012, 12:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

Less than 24 hours after Sudan’s Omar Bashir pledged “decisive steps against Israeli interests” for the destruction of the Iranian missile plant in Khartoum, Palestinian rocket teams early Sunday, Oct. 28, fired Grad missiles as target finders against Israel’s nuclear reactor in Dimona. This is reported exclusively by debkafile. They missed, but Hamas is expected to keep on trying to improve its aim, having undertaken to serve Tehran as its southern, anti-Israel operational arm, like Hizballah in the north.

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Salafist funeral at Sheikh Zuweid, Sinai
High alert for terror strikes against Israel and US, Egyptian Sinai targets
DEBKAfile Special Report October 27, 2012, 12:39 AM (GMT+02:00)

 

Israeli, US, Egyptian and Jordanian counterterrorism agencies are on elevated alert since Oct. 25, debkafile reports: Salafi and al Qaeda cells in Egyptian Sinai are said poised to unleash coordinated terrorist attacks on US and Egyptian targets in Sinai and in Israel to avenge Israel’s targeted killing of two senior commanders of the Salafi-al Qaeda Sinai-Gaza network. Perpetrators of the Benghazi murders of 4 US diplomats are among the jihadi reinforcements coming in from Libya.

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Four Bombers Obliterate the Iranian Missile Plant in Sudan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 26, 2012, 12:38 AM (GMT+02:00)

The rules are simple: The duelists are masked, they fight in the shadows and their main weapon is the element of surprise. The latest joust took place in Khartoum where unidentified bombers obliterated a factory complex manufacturing Iranian ballistic and other missiles as Tehran’s strategic reserve for emergencies. A ...

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Palestinian rocket explodes in Ashkelon
Israel halts war games to deploy troops, resources in escalating Gaza sector
DEBKAfile Special Report October 24, 2012, 1:59 PM (GMT+02:00)

Defense minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz decided Wednesday, Oct. 24, to shift to the Gaza sector most of the personnel and anti-missile batteries taking part in the joint Israeli-US war game and home front exercise. This came after Palestinians in Gaza hammered Israeli civilian locations with 60 rockets in just a few hours. debkafile: IDF chiefs suspect the Hamas assault is the opening shot of a major offensive which Hizballah may be preparing to join. The US troop increment's fate is yet to be determined.

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