Kerry takes tough position against Israel
DEBKAfile February 1, 2014, 4:42 PM (IST)
US Secretary of State John Kerry told the Munich Security Conference Saturday that his efforts to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian were not quixotic (def: Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals).
“The risks are very high for Israel. People are talking about boycott. That will intensify in the case of failure,” he said
. In Kerry’s view, the status quo can’t continue because it threatens the Jewish and democratic nature of Israel and increases the likelihood of Israel’s international isolation. He warned that the current calm and security Israel enjoys at present are an illusion.
The consequences of failure would be disastrous.
Kerry and representatives of the Middle East Quartet — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the European Union’s Catherine Ashton and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon — met on the sidelines of the Munich conference.
++++Obama visits Riyadh in March to smooth discord over Syria and Iran
DEBKAfile February 1, 2014, 1:02 PM (IST)
President Barack Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia in March to meet King Abdullah about what a senior Arab official called “a deteriorating relationship,” over US policy on Iran’s nuclear program and the civil war in Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported. “The meeting in many ways will get back to basics,” said a Saudi official, to find out “Why did Obama do it the way he did it?” A White House spokeswoman declined to comment.
Eilat again under missile attack from Sinai
DEBKAfile January 31, 2014, 11:03 PM (IST)
A Grad missile fired against Eilat from Sinai Friday night was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile battery posted at Israel southernmost town before causing harm. DEBKAfile” The Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis terrorist group allied with al Qaeda and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, warned last week that Israel would be targeted in revenge for any Egyptian military strikes against its forces, i.e., Israel is being held hostage by the Islamist terrorists. Earlier Friday, Egyptian Air Force fighters and helicopters bombed their hideouts in N. Sinai, killing 13 terrorists