Fri, 01 Jun 2012 08:50:30 -0000
Will Obama’s Grand Ploy with Russia Help Him with Iran?
Obama focuses on obtaining Vladmir Putin’s consent to deploying 5,000 largely Russian monitors in Syria in order to gain a partner also for his Iran nuclear diplomacy. HIzballah risks being cut off from its heavy weapons arsenal hidden in Syria.
Another Secret Obama Plan to Draw Iran’s Nuclear Claws: Is This One Realistic?
Obama has come up with yet another seven-point plan for breaking down Iran’s resistance to abandoning its nuclear weapon aspirations. This time he believes it will work, after obtaining Iran’s consent. Our experts are skeptical.
Washington: Israel Dropped Imminent Plan to Attack Iran after US Promised Tougher Sanctions
Why did Netanyahu and Barak agree to subscribe to Obama’s latest game plan for Iran and again delay a strike on its nuclear facilities? They were promised that harsher sanctions would be imposed against Iran, even in the course of negotiations.
The Secular Presidential Candidate Has a Better-than-Expected Chance
The Muslim Brotherhood lost substantial ground between Egypt’s general and presidential elections round one. The emergence of the two frontrunners, the Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi and former PM Ahmed Shafiq, has cast the original revolutionaries and pro-democracy elements onto the sidelines.
The Two Presidential Contenders Are Tensed for Saudi and US Input
Results of the final round of the presidential vote in Egypt depends on two things: The candidates’ ability to organize their campaigns and funding from the Arab world and American sources.
A Digest of DEBKAfile Round-the-Clock Exclusives in Week Ending May 31, 2012
A Digest of debkafile Round-the-Clock Exclusives in Week Ending May 31, 2012
The White House raps Iran for propping up Bashar Assad
In an exceptionally sharp statement, spokesman Jay Carney accused Iran of “malignant behavior” and warned that the country's conflict could explode into a wider proxy war unless Assad steps down. Iran, he said, was exploiting the violence in Syria to entrench its regional sway in a way that highlights its “nefarious influence in the region.”
Rice condemns reprehensible Russian arms deliveries to Syria
US Ambassador to the UN Sudan Rice said with respect to the docking of a ship carrying Russian arms (the Professor Katsman at Tartus), that while this is not a violation of international law since there is no arms embargo on Syria, it is “obviously of the utmost concern given that the Syrian government continues to use deadly force against civilians.”
Two Americans kidnapped in Sinai were released
They were snatched by armed Bedouin while driving from Dahab to Nuweiba, two Red Sea holiday resorts. Egyptian security forces have spread out for a large-scale hunt.
Iranian general in provocative visit to Hormuz islands
Revolutionary Guards chief Gen. Mohammed Ali Jafari visited IRGC forces stationed on the three disputed islands of Abu Musa, Big Tumb and Little Tumb which control access to the Strait of Hormuz. They are claimed by the United Arab Emirates. A visit by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last month caused Gulf tensions to shoot up.
Exclusive: Obama weighs action to prevent Al Qaeda grabbing Syrian WMD
US President Barack Obama, widely expected to pursue direct action against Syrian ruler Bashar following the Houla atrocity, is preoccupied with what he regards as the greater threat to the world: a potential grab for the huge Syrian stock of chemical and biological weapons by Al Qaeda or other terrorist organizations, to prevent which, debkafile reports, he has reached out to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a fresh plan for Syria: 5,000 international monitors, most Russian, to guard those stocks.
Israel delivers bodies of 91 terrorists to Palestinian Authority
Israel sees the handover as a confidence-building gesture by Binyamin Netanyahu to draw Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas back into the long-stalled peace talks. Among the remains, most destined for the West Bank and some to the Gaza Strip, are bodies of notorious suicide bombers, including men who blew up a Jerusalem bus, seized the Savoy Hotel and attacked Café Hillel causing scores of Israeli victims. Families of the victims petitioned the High Court to prevent the transfer but were refused.
Obama nixes French-Saudi plan to finish Assad by bombing his palace
US President Obama recently vetoed a detailed Franco-Saudi plan for ending President Bashar Assad’s rule by means of a massive air strike against his palace that would wipe him, his family and top leadership circle out, debkafile reports. French warplanes from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier off Syria and Saudi and United Arab Emirates bombers flying in through Jordan would devastate the palace atop Mount Qassioun northeast of Damascus. The US was asked to pitch in by disrupting Syrian air defenses.
How long can Obama pretend nuclear diplomacy is working?
All six powers confronting Iran in Baghdad last Friday, 25 May, knew diplomacy was dead in the water when Tehran flatly vetoed every nuclear compromise. Nothing more is expected from the next round in Moscow. But President Barack Obama still refuses to admit the negotiations are an exercise in futility. When, if ever, will he go for military action against Iran? You will find answers in DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s next issue out Friday and also discover who are the trio running the Syrian war from Damascus.
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Russian arms ship turned away from Syria. President Putin’s first misstep
Vladimir Putin, after taking stock of the early days of his third presidency, concludes that Moscow’s handling of the al-Houla massacre and Syria’s ongoing collapse into civil war will go down as a Russian foreign policy failure. He personally comes out of it as the patron of a bloodthirsty tyrant. He has quietly ordered the Russian arms ship Professor Katsman to leave the Syrian port before unloading its cargo. Putin is now taxed with determining his next steps on Syria.