DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 5, 2014
The new Palestinian unity government leaves Hamas with major sources of power, including militia, weaponry, Gaza port, and civilian posts. Some worry Hamas is attempting to do what Hizballah has done in Lebanon and overtake Fatah and the PA.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 3, 2014
The US-EU decision to continue funding the Hamas-backed Palestinian government is a landmark: For the first time, the US and Europe will be bankrolling an organization they have listed as terrorist, as well as its armed militia, the Ezz e-Din al-Qassam. debkafile: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s comment that he is “deeply troubled” underscores his government’s disarray over this development. Tuesday, June 3, he confided to advisers that he will not make the mistake made by his predecessor Ehud Olmert and let Palestinian elections take place, knowing Hamas will sweep the board.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 2, 2014
The US will work with and send aid to the new Palestinian government despite Israel's concerns, US Secretary of State John Kerry informed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday, after Mahmoud Abbas sealed his partnership with Hamas by swearing in their shared government in Ramallah. The EU echoed the US decision. Both therefore brushed off Netanyahu’s call to shun the new government for co-opting a terrorist organization. Israel warned the new government would be responsible for rocket fire out of Gaza, and punitive steps were pending..
DEBKAfile Special Report May 25, 2014
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas poured a litany of mostly unfounded anti-Israel grievances and propaganda in the ear of Pope Francis Sunday, May 25, during his visit to Palestinian-controlled Bethlehem before arriving in Israel. Accusing Israel of expelling Christians, he persuaded the Pope to visit the “ugly wall,” without mentioning that it was built by Israel as a barrier to stop years of Palestinian suicide terrorist attacks. Francis delivered an even-handed statement which called on “both sides to make sacrifices to create two states” and end the “unacceptable” Israeli-Palestinian stalemate.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2014
Hamas and Fatah reconciliation will soon bring about a unity government of technocrats, as Hamas seeks to revive its ties with Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2014
The collapse of peace talks and a Palestinian unity pact opened the West Bank door to Hamas and threatens Mahmoud Abbas’s rule with a coup like the one that brought Hamas to power in Gaza.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2014
The Fatah-Hamas unity pact wipes the peace process off the US and Israeli agendas. In any case, it was more dead than alive.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 24, 2014
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday night April 23 broke off peace talks with the Palestinians pending reassessment, after Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah signed a unity pact with Hamas in Gaza City. The US informed Abbas that if Hamas and Jihad Islami, both listed as terrorist organizations, were co-opted to the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Washington would discontinue recognition of the PLO. debkafile: By allying his Fatah with Hamas, Abbas places the entire Palestinian movement in opposition to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 13, 2014
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have decided to distance themselves for the time being from Israeli-Palestinian talks until Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas find their own way back to the table, debkafile reports exclusively. Kerry says the US will now use “a light touch,” while counting on Netanyahu and chief negotiator Justice Minister Tzipi Livni to bring Abbas around. A new Israeli proposal is ready to put before the Palestinian team. Jonathan Pollard may yet be freed.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2014
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has proved time and again that he will never endorse any accord for ending the dispute with Israel. US Secretary of State John Kerry has finally accepted this. An interim deal, which he refused to consider, might buy a few years’ grace in the dispute before breaking up, because it is the conflict that keeps Abbas in power. debkafile: Some Palestinian eyes are looking at the Saudi-UAE-Egyptian bloc and its war on the Muslim Brotherhood i.e. Hamas, which the US opposes. Israel too is seriously interested.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014
Obama wants to avoid another diplomatic debacle in the Middle East, after Egypt and Syria and so he may cut short John Kerry’s bid to keep Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations going.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 1, 2014
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas did not announce his walkout from the negotiations with Israel or turn down the package of far-reaching Israeli concessions which US Secretary of State John Kerry assembled with Binyamin Netanyahu early Wednesday, April 1. He turned his back on them by sending out applications in the name of “the independent Palestinian state” for membership of 12 UN agencies - in breach of his commitment ahead of the negotiations. The Kerry-Netanyahu bid for an extension of the talks gave Abbas his chance to dump them.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 13, 2014
Mahmoud Abbas is maneuvering for a deal with Hamas to gain control of Gaza’s borders and send Kerry and his framework accord back to the drawing board.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 7, 2014
The give-and-take over an Israeli-Palestinian accord, doggedly kept afloat by US Secretary of State John Kerry, is evolving into a complex personal dynamic: Israel’s A-team - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon – are not of one mind on the issues; Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’s popular base is infamously narrow and flimsy. And John Kerry, too, needs to overcome reservations in President Obama’s White House team to obtain his blessing. He is not entirely sure he will get it.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2014
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas launched his “diplomatic intifada” against Israel Thursday, Jan. 23, from Moscow. In his talks with Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, he marked the Palestinian breakaway from the Kerry peace process with Israel, four months before it was due to expire, and his bid for its replacement by Russian backing for a Palestinian state. Abbas’s defection caught both Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Binyamin - and their intelligence agencies – napping, busy in Switzerland far from the action.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2014
After ditching another Mid East peace process, Abu Mazen is busy preparing his anti-Israel diplomatic intifada and grooming Palestinian Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Majid Faraj as his successor.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 18, 2014
Israeli politicians, left, right and center, are resorting again to their familiar clichés in trading accusations over where ongoing negotiation with the Palestinians should or should not be going. Meanwhile, the Palestinians have other plans, the first of which is to quit peace talks with Israel. The next, come April, is to enlist 63 international organizations for a massive boycott against Israel in every sphere. This diplomatic “intifada” is expected to trigger violent Palestinian assaults from the West Bank, including possibly rockets on Israeli towns.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014
As the Mid East peace talks turn to Jerusalem, Netanyahu offers to give up to the Palestinians the Arab suburbs of Jerusalem. Abbas refuses and instead plots a broad-based international boycott against Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2014
While Netanyahu has been won round to Kerry’s framework, Abu Mazen faces a chorus of opposition from the Palestinian leadership condemning the US secretary’s document as pro-Israeli and selling the Palestinians short.
Heavily armed militias wrest control of West Bank Palestinian refugee camps from Palestinian Authority
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 7, 2014
The rising level of Palestinian terrorism must be attributed largely to the 19 West Bank refugee camps falling into the hands of local armed militias run by a mix of terrorists, crime mobs and arms racketeers, who command big arsenals of illegal weapons, debkafile reports. The close to quarter of-a-million Palestinians living in those camps have veered out of the control of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas and its security services. The militias’ sway is spilling over into the big Palestinian towns and the Palestinian neighborhoods of E. Jerusalem.