DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 15, 2016
The US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel too have warned the octogenarian Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas against holding the Oct. 8 municipal elections he has called for the Palestinian-ruled West Bank towns and locales and the Gaza Strip.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 4, 2016
France and Saudi Arabia tricked Abbas into meeting Iran’s deadliest enemy.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2016
The rulers of Saudi Arabia. UAE, and Egypt tell Abu Mazen to get out of the way of their ties with Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2016
He was removed from his roomy cell at Hadarim to the high-security Ramon Prison and stripped of his VIP privileges.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2016
ISIS and Hamas are standing ready to pick up the pieces as the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and its security services begin to disintegrate and pay checks dry up for their personnel.
DEBKAfile Special Report February 23, 2016
US Secretary of State John Kerry came away empty-handed from his latest meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen) in Amman on Sunday, Feb. 21,- which shouldn’t have surprised him. debkafile reports that Kerry was finally persuaded that Abbas would not give Israel an inch on any political or security-related matters. The Palestinian leader has never swerved from his conviction that it is the duty of the international community to force Israel to present the Palestinians with a state - without negotiations.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016
Mahmoud Abbas is dancing for the first time with Hizballah. He has taken up the proposal to set up militias in Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps, partly modeled on the deal he is discussing with the Israeli government for militias in Jerusalem’s Palestinian suburbs and camps.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2015
The Palestinian Authority headed by Mahmoud Abbas has long been dysfunctional. Although John Kerry still treats him as a partner for peace talks, Egyptian and Jordanian rulers treat him with contempt, which is why President El-Sisi slapped down a three-point ultimatum for Abbas to get his act together, or else…
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2015
The elusiveness of an identifiable terrorist leader is further splintering Palestinian communities:
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2015
The notion of a regional accommodation for the Palestinian issue is a non-starter because the relevant Arab rulers of Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are too busy with their own problems. Israel must cope alone with Palestinian terror.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2015
Jordan’s king lays down the law for the Palestinians and West Bank.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 25, 2015
After giving up on the Obama administration, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is busy seeking new champions, possibly in Tehran, while shoring up his rule over Palestinian institutions, designing his legacy, and bringing his son Yasser Abbas forward as his successor. Saeb Ereket is tagged to stand in as Palestinian Authority chairman for the interim. The PLO Executive Committee is to be reshuffled to replace Abbas' enemies with new and young faces, sons of the movement’s founders.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2015
Tehran has opened talks with Syrian rebels, radical Palestinians, Druze and other extremists for launching two new terror fronts against Israel from the Golan and the West Bank.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 2, 2015
Israeli leaders and media indulged in knee-jerk responses - ‘We’re all to blame” and “”We all ignited the flames” - to two separate, individual Jewish hate crimes, repulsive though they were. Israelis universally condemned the crimes, but that should have been a far cry from collective self-flagellation and loud laments that “The whole house is on fire.” The whole house is not on fire and we are not all guilty, although this was the message President Reuven Rivlin offered the nation Saturday night, July 1, in an outpouring of raw emotion instead of constructive remedies.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2015
The French foreign minister mistimed his peace move because Mahmoud Abbas is consumed with the threat to his position staged by his rival Mohammed Dahlan’s potential comeback. Hamas in contrast is actively interested in a five-year truce deal with Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2015
Israel is bracing for US penalties after Netanyhau’s re-election for a fourth term and refusal to go along with Obama’s policies on Iran and the Palestinians.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2015
The opposition Zionist Camp led by Yitzhak Herzog is consistently ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud in opinion polls, although not by much. But Likud is in grave danger of losing the March 17 election although Netanyahu and Herzog will vie for a majority coalition government. Netanyahu’s possible fall is already gladdening hearts in the White House.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2015
Acting on direct orders from Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian special forces raided all nine PA-ruled West Bank towns in the past 48 hours and detained 500 Hamas suspects, debkafile reports. Abbas ordered the operation because he had discovered that Hamas had been hatching a plot for some weeks to stage an armed uprising against the Palestinian Authority, starting in one of the Palestinian towns – possibly even the PA capital of Ramallah – and assassinate him in the process.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 31, 2014
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ motion to dictate a timeline for Israel’s withdrawal to pre-1967 lines and a Palestinian state was defeated at the UN Security Council. Had it mustered the mandatory 9 votes, it would still have been vetoed by the US. Its re-submission next year in the hope of a more pro-Palestinian Security Council lineup will be just as problematic. So will Abbas’ threat to bring Israel before the international court for alleged war crimes. For Prime Minister Netanyahu, the vote was a campaign coup against his rivals' charge that he leads Israel into diplomatic isolation.