1420 articles tagged "Israel"
Syrian chemical weapons
Assad’s chemical weapons units head out of Damascus toward Aleppo
DEBKAfile Special Report December 4, 2012

As NATO in Brussels gave the go-ahead Tuesday night Dec. 4, for the deployment of Patriots to protect Turkey against Syrian missiles, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources reported convoys of the Syrian army’s chemical weapons units heading out of Damascus under cover of dark and turning north up the road to Aleppo. They were ferrying self-propelled cannons and shells armed with poisonous sarin gas. Assad used the heavy winds, cloud and rain to obstruct Western attacks on the convoys.

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Pakistani warship off Port Sudan
US ultimatum averted Iranian-Pakistani warships’ drill in Port Sudan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2012

Iranian and Pakistani warships had planned a joint Red Sea drill to start Friday, Nov. 30 in Port Sudan. It was rumored in Khartoum that the Pakistani Shashmir carrying nuclear arms or nuclear-related equipment had docked Thursday ready to meet two Iranian warships. Washington then warned Tehran that the US-Iranian nuclear talks due to open Saturday, Dec. 1, would be called off, if this first ever joint drill between a Muslim nuclear power and a close nuclear candidate went ahead.

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Palaestinan nonmember flag at the UN
As Fatah fades, UN recognition of Palestine may eventually benefit Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 29, 2012

Thursday night, Nov. 29, the UN General Assembly grants Palestine non-member observer status within the 1967 borders by majority vote. But to which Palestinian rule does it apply?  Abbas’s Fatah is fading, whereas the extremist Hamas in the Gaza Strip is a rising force. If it qualifies for a place in the Sunni Middle East grouping Egypt, Turkey and Qatar are building with US backing and Israeli approval, Hamas may become the beneficiary of the upgraded Palestinian status won by Abbas.

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The Gaza Operation: Less a War than an Anti-Iran Coup
DEBKAfile Video November 28, 2012

Israel’s operation was an intel coup to shut Iran’s gateway to Cairo via Hamas.

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Patriot anti-missile batteries for Turkey
US-led NATO intervention begins in Syria war. Patriots in Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 27, 2012

Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Middle East military spotlight swung around from Gaza to Syria with the start of US and NATO intervention. A game changer began unfolding with the site survey begun by a joint Turkish-NATO team for the deployment of Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems manned by American military teams. debkafile: Although billed for “defensive purposes,” the Patriots will in fact impede Syrian air bombardments over all of northern Syria, including the embattled towns of Aleppo and Homs.

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AWACs
Middle East in high suspense for Gaza operation sequels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 25, 2012

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

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

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

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 and other parts of the region.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 into his hub of operations.

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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

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 intelligence agencies.

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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

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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