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Obama Administration Makes War on Israel

What on earth? In the middle of a war this country’s president publicly says is  justified owing to the relentlessness of the rocket fire against civilian populations, U.S. officials proudly tell the Wall Street Journal, they are holding up weapons transfers to Israel:

They decided to require White House and State Department approval for even routine munitions requests by Israel, officials say.

Instead of being handled as a military-to-military matter, each case is now subject to review—slowing the approval process and signaling to Israel that military assistance once taken for granted is now under closer scrutiny.

These transfers were taking place through entirely traditional, legal, and uncontroversial means. Israel is an ally. It’s at war. War depletes stocks. So why is this happening?

Simply put: It’s a gigantic hissy fit, an expression of rage against Bibi Netanyahu, by whom the administration feels dissed. The  quotes in this article are almost beyond belief. In the annals of American foreign policy, no ally has ever been talked about in this way.

EXAMPLE: “We have many, many friends around the world. The United States is their strongest friend,” the official said. “The notion that they are playing the United States, or that they’re manipulating us publicly, completely miscalculates their place in the world.”

Even in the article’s own terms, the official’s accusation Israel is “playing the United States” is entirely false. The true claim here is that Israel is “playing” the Obama administration because it has support from Congress that limits the administration’s ability to bash it.

EXAMPLE: A senior U.S. official said the U.S. and Israel clashed mainly because the U.S. wanted a cease-fire before Mr. Netanyahu was ready to accept one. “Now we both want one,” one of the officials said.

This is also transparently absurd. Netanyahu didn’t want this war, and is transparently eager for any way to extricate Israel from a long struggle. What he can’t accept is a cease-fire that leaves Hamas with sufficient firepower and with intact tunnels—which is something you’d think the United States would similarly support.

EXAMPLE: “It’s become very personal,” an official tells the Wall Street Journal. Yeah, no kidding. That’s a great way to make policy.

For five and a half years now, some Israel advocates have been attempting to make the case to others that there is something new and dark in the Obama administration’s perspective on Israel—that there is an animus as pronounced as the one during the administration of the Elder George Bush, which was so self-evident the Jewish vote for Bush in the 1992 reelection was a staggeringly low 11 percent.

This Wall Street Journal article should now leave no illusions. In its transparent hostility—not to mention the cowardice of hiding behind anonymity to issue its repugnant bitch-slaps—the Obama administration is worse than the Bush 41 administration. It’s the worst since Eisenhower. Were it not for Iron Dome, it would be the worst ever. And given the decision to hold up weaponry during wartime, it may yet surpass Eisenhower.


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10 Responses to “Obama Administration Makes War on Israel”

  1. JOHN BURKE says:

    A clear job for Congress, no? A bill not just enabling but requiring delivery of munitions to Israel should be easy to write and a piece of cake to pass the House. In the Senate, supposedly pro-Israel Dems’ feet would be put to the fire. If passed, Obama would either have to sign it or veto and be exposed. A kind of reverse Boland Amendment.


    In light of Britain’s demoralizing appeasement of Hamas, by its recent enactment of a law to deny the sale to Israel of munitions should they have the temerity to have to defend themselves from missile attacks from Gaza again, it’s hard not to believe that the Obama administration has orchestrated the general use of a weapons embargo as a tool to bring pressure to bear on Israel to accede to Hamas’ demands, in much the same way that an FAA ban on flights to Israel was instituted to brace that nation about its duty to comply with Administration will. This favoring of an outcome from the recent combat antithetical to the West’s, read the United States’, interests in a war between a Democratic ally and terrorists is a betrayal of U.S. principles on many levels, one of which certainly draws on the necessity of Israel’s resupply in any protracted war between it and numerous enemies, and which also seems to destined to include a continuing hyper-vigilant, grudging support of an ally at war–would seem to be the greater failure for not being able to distinguish who the good guys are–or fails to make the case for American interests; not a surprise, as our President is very selective about which Yazidis of the moment will garner U.S. support.

    The Administration rage that percolates up as the story, post facto denied, of the specifics of the call between Netanyahu and Obama two weeks ago was recounted, and that can be detected in the same raw venom accompanying the description of normal munitions resupply of an ally to impute maximum underhandedness to Israeli actions, is of a piece with favoring an empty agreement with Iran that cuts against Israel’s interest, or that continues to plump for Muslim Brotherhood interests in Egypt, or that lobbies for Turkish and Qatari interests. How far the levers of this anger go to affect news coverage can be wondered about aloud when no disguise is offered for the anger the WSJ article reveals.

    How much more harm can be done in two more years.

  3. DONNA RUBIN says:

    This is nothing more than appeasement. The same groups that hold Europe hostage are now exercising their hold on the White House. President Obama is aligned with them. As a lame duck president, he has nothing to lose.




    Hamas should be grateful for Iron Dome.

    Were it not for Iron Dome, and Hamas missiles were striking Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel’s bombing of Hamas would be far worse than anything Hamas could imagine.

    Think about it.

  6. ROBERT BROOKS says:

    If this continues to go down, America goes down!!

  7. TIKI SHAPIRA says:

    6 year a president, 0 accomplishments!
    This president should be impeached!

  8. EMILE TUBIANA says:

    I don’t know who in the White House is responsible for this situation, so I put the blame on the entire administration. I have never seen an ally that stops arm deliveries in the middle of a military engagement. I also blame the Jews who voted for Obama. Remember who created the inventions that allowed the United States to decipher the Japanese and the German codes! I have never seen a president as petty as this one, who mixes himself into trivial details. Where is the generosity of a president? He seems to have forgotten, or maybe he was never interested to know how much the Jews suffered during WWII. The survivors of WWII are still alive and we don’t forget anything. Is this the reward for voting for the Democrats? What a nightmare! Shame on the administration! They are jealous of Israel. In order to help Qatar and Turkey that are not even democratic countries the administration wants to sacrifice Israel, but they will wind up sacrificing themselves.

  9. RICHMOND says:

    The recent youtube clip of Sheikh Ahmad Abu Qaddam of the Jordanian Tahrir Party makes very clear the Muslim position regarding Israel and, for that matter, that all non-Muslims must either convert or pay the Jizya.

    President Obama is supposed to be the leader of the free world and as such uphold Western values of democracy, tolerance and justice, so he singles out a country that defends those values against those who only wish, by using terrorist organisations like Hamas, to destroy them.

    President Obama refused to get involved with Syria over the use of chemical weapons, but instead restored Russia’s influence in the Middle East. He just does not seem to understand, or want to understand, that he is simply playing into Iran’s hands with this latest ridiculous gesture, whether or not it’s personal because of difference with Netanyahu is irrelevant.

  10. MARTIN GRAY says:

    Where is Shmucky Tumor, the Senator from the great State of New York – as usual – hiding and silent.

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