‘Panetta believes Israel will attack Iran this spring'

BY YAAKOV KATZ, JPOST— United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta believes that Israel will attack Iran in April, May or June, the Washington Post reported Thursday. According to the report, written by the paper’s senior opinion writer David Ignatius, Panetta is concerned that Israel will launch an attack before Iran enters the so-called “immunity…

Dep. Foreign Minister: Peace Can't Cost Israel its Existence

BY ELAD BENARI, ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS— Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said on Wednesday that Israel wants to achieve peace with its Arab neighbors, but stressed that peace cannot come at the price of Israel’s existence. Speaking with Arutz Sheva on the sidelines of the 12th Annual Herzliya Conference, Ayalon said, “We have to be…

Joint US-Israel drill called off by Netanyahu

BY DEBKAFILE— debkafile’s sources disclose exclusively that, contrary to recent reports published in Washington, Jerusalem – and this site too – it was Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, not the Obama administration, who decided to call off the biggest ever joint US-Israeli military exercise Austere Challenge 12 scheduled for April 2012. Washington was taken aback…

Netanyahu deputy disappointed with Obama on Iran

BY DAN WILLIAMS, REUTERs— A senior Israeli official voiced disappointment in the Obama administration on Sunday, saying “election-year considerations” lay behind its caution over tough Iran sanctions sought by U.S. legislators. While Washington has been talking tougher about Iran’s nuclear work and threat to block oil export routes out of the Gulf if hit with…