DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly April 20, 2010
The Obama administration's nuclear initiatives and strategy for Iran have not managed to thwart a Middle East arms race. That race is well under way with
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2010
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 12, 2009
One reason for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's urgent visit to Damascus Tuesday, May 5, according to debkafile's intelligence sources, was to thwart a Saudi-Egyptian move to snatch the indirect Syrian-Israeli peace track backed by Washington from Turkey.
The Iranian president came too late. Syrian president Bashar Assad had meanwhile decided to appoint one of his must trusted intelligence officers, Gen. Bahjat Suleiman, as Syrian ambassador in Amman and head of potential peace delegation.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 1, 2009
debkafile's military and intelligence sources trace how an air strike on an Iranian arms convoy bound for Gaza, uncorroborated by witnesses or any other direct evidence, is being puffed up by flights of fancy between West and the East. "Sources" in Sudan and Egypt attributed the attack to US planes based in Djibouti, whereupon Washington "sources" hit back by pinning it on Israel.
The US, Sudan, Egypt and Israel each have their own stakes in playing up or playing down the event. Find out why in debkafile's Special Report below.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 11, 2008
While Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas promised to keep on negotiating during the run-up to Israel's election, debkafile reports the current lull - due to political changes in the US and Israel - is likely to continue until early next year.
The negotiations led by outgoing prime minister Ehud Olmert and Livni have been conducted until now amid a media blackout, eliciting concerned questions in Israel about "how much they have given away in secret."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 7, 2008
debkafile's Exclusive Middle East sources reveal that not only has prime minister Ehud Olmert's chief of staff and lead negotiator with Syria, Yoram Turbowicz, decided to resign, but Syrian foreign minister Walid Mualem, the leading proponent of talks with Israel in Damascus, is also on his way out.
Turkey, envisaging the breakdown of its initiative, has hared off in a new direction, a bid to mediate between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2008
Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert told visiting US Senator Barack Obama Wednesday night, July 23 that within little more than a year, Iran would be able to assemble all the components for a nuclear bomb. Earlier, senior Israeli defense sources reported that Iran is set to receive Russian S-300 anti-air missiles for fighting off strikes against its nuclear facilities by early September, seriously complicating any air attack.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2008
Masses of weapons and explosives are cached in the Palestinian villages and districts of Jerusalem, where three Palestinian terrorist networks are working together to coordinate attacks in the city, according to security-intelligence sources. According to debkafile's security sources, the Galilee Liberation Brigades - Imad Mughniyeh fighters, an offshoot of the Lebanese Hizballah among Israeli Arabs, works hand in glove with the fiercely radical Hizb al-Tahir and Hamas.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 27, 2008
The internal security agency director Yuval Diskin told Israeli lawmakers Tuesday, July 22, that he opposed the Gaza ceasefire the Israeli government approved with Hamas - and continues to oppose it - because it gave Hamas what it wanted. Diskin warned that Hamas is using the time to sow minefields to stall an Israeli counter-terror operation.
In a briefing to Knesset foreign affairs and defense committee, Diskin said Hamas' military buildup can only be curbed by an Israeli military presence in the Strip.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 27, 2008
A quick-thinking passing civilian and a border guard officer shot the driver dead Tuesday, July 22, after five vehicles and a bus were rammed opposite the Liberty Bell Park, 200 yards from King David Hotel. At least 29 people were hurt, one seriously. Two are children.
The Hizballah-sponsored Galilee Liberation Brigades claimed this attack like the first bulldozer rampage of July 2.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 26, 2008
The second Palestinian terrorist-attack-by-bulldozer in Jerusalem this month, whereby an Arab terrorist injured 18 people before he was shot dead, took place Tuesday, July 22. And still the Israeli government dithered over whether or not to demolish the home of the originator of this form of rampage, who on July 2 sowed death and destruction on Israel's Jaffa Street.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: "Moderate" Arab rulers woo Tehran and Damascus, following track opened by Washington<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2007
Monday night, Dec. 10 an Egyptian emissary was sent to Iran to discuss the resumption of relations after 27 years. debkafile's Middle East sources report that this step was part of an initiative for Saudi Arabian, Jordanian and Egyptian leaders to come together in a new summit to embrace the Syrian ruler and bridge their policy differences with the radical Syrian-Tehran line.
debkafile's Middle East sources report: The road to radicalization embarked on by this central Arab bloc is the direct result of the dialogue Washington has opened with Tehran.
"We extend the hand of peace on behalf of all the nations of the region," say Egyptian and Jordanian foreign ministers in Jerusalem Wednesday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2007
debkafile reports: Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Ilah al-Khatib, representing the only two Arab governments which have signed peace with Israel, pointedly avoided issuing this statement on behalf of the Arab League, which has never recognized Israel. However, in their talks with Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, they pushed forward the League's Middle East peace plan.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Iranian Revolutionary Guards suicide unit's incursion of S. Iraq is another step in undeclared war <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2007
Early this week, Tehran deployed in southern Iraq and southern Iran contingents of Revolutionary Guards Corps suicide fighters in anticipation of an American attack on Iranian soil. Those units were posted to fight off a possible US Marines landing in southern Iran.
debkafile's military experts add: The Iranian military incursion of Iraq is one of four military invasions of foreign territory underway in the Middle East at this very moment. None are officially admitted.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Israel adopts US decision to switch backing from Mahmoud Abbas to Palestinian PM Salim Fayyad <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2007
Ahead of the Sharm al Sheikh summit, the Olmert cabinet decided Sunday, June 24, to release frozen funds "in a phased process to support a new Palestinian government" - not the Palestinian Authority, which is headed by Mahmoud Abbas.
According to debkafile's Washington sources, Ehud Olmert switched his support from Abbas to Fayyad after talking to President George W. Bush in the White House on June 19. That conversation took place amid a crisis of confidence.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Arab summit ending in Riyadh strengthens radical Iran and Syria and recognizes Palestinian Hamas<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 1, 2007
The conference ending Thursday, March 29, ended the isolation of the two Middle East governments backing anti-US fighting elements in Iraq, fomenting Hizballah's war effort against Israel and aiding Palestinian terror.
The Arab front, portrayed by American and Israeli policy-makers as an effective "moderate" barrier against Iranian expansionism and nuclear aspirations, jumped aboard the radical bandwagon.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2006
The two-day 18th Arab League Summit opening in Khartoum Tuesday, March 28, looks like being a semi-washout. The rulers who announced their non-attendance were Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, Tunisia's Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and Oman's Sultan Qaboos.
The Arab foreign ministers who laid out the agenda and drafted final resolutions agreed on one issue: deep resentment of the US-Iranian dialogue on Iran. The two powers had no business discussing Iraq directly without co-opting a representative Arab voice, they declared.
For lack of leverage on all the prime issues confronting the Arab world, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur, the Palestinians, the ill-attended Arab summit can do little but stand by and watch while others make the running.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2005
21 June: By Monday night, June 20, rumors were swirling around Tehran that Iran's non-elected strongman, Ayatollah Ali Khameni had found a way of rigging the presidential election. Round one took place last Friday, June 17, and the run-off is scheduled for Friday, June 24. The favorite, former president Hashemi Rafsanjani, barely pulled ahead of a contestant who popped up out of the blue, the extremist Tehran mayor Mahmud Ahmadinez. He faces him again on Friday.
Rafsanjani, speaking of a "tarnished" election, was not alone. The Guardian Council was forced by more such accusations to allow a recount of 100 randomly selected vote boxes in between rounds.
debkafile's Iranian experts maintain that "spiritual ruler" Khameini would never have left the presidential election to chance. A special brew must have been cooked up in his bureau for a near nonentity like Ahmadinez to pick up 5.7 million votes compared with the charismatic former president Rafsanjani's 6.1 million ballots.
Reformist candidate Dr. Mostafa Mo-In, who came in fifth, accused the all-powerful body of spending millions to mobilize hundreds of thousands of Islamic militiamen to get a hardliner president voted in. By any true standards, Mo-In should have done much better in a country where half the electorate is under 30 and pining for a better life and democratic liberties.
Another complainer was former majlis speaker Hojjat-ol Eslam Mahdi Karrubi, a reformist candidate widely expected to place second. He was blunter than Mo-In, charging a general call-up had been arranged on voting day for Revolutionary Guards officers, men and reservists who were sent to cast their ballots for the Tehran mayor.