Skip to comments.Obamaís Leaks, Sabotaging Israelís Defense-deliberately compromises Jewish Stateís security
Posted on 11/04/2013 8:13:57 AM PST by SJackson
Israel has established a clear-cut red line when it comes to preventing the transfer of advanced arms from Syria to Hezbollah. And unlike the Obama administration, Israel means what it says. Israel has conducted military strikes to destroy advanced Iranian and Russian weapons in the Syrian regimes hands before they could be added to Hezbollahs growing stockpile of offensive arms aimed at Israeli population centers or used to thwart Israeli defense systems.
Instead of providing covert support for Israeli operations, or at least staying out of Israels way, the Obama administration is deliberately compromising Israels security by leaking sensitive information on Israeli attacks against the Syrian weapons targets.
The latest episode of Obama administration betrayal of Americas closest ally in the Middle East came last week when an Obama administration official leaked to CNN that Israeli warplanes had attacked a Syrian base, targeting missiles and related equipment to prevent their delivery to Hezbollah. The Israeli Air Force attack targeted Russian-made SA-8 Gecko Dgreen mobile missiles in the Syrian port of Latakia. Israel reportedly also struck a similar shipment in Damascus. The latest leaks continue a disturbing pattern, including the U.S. intelligence communitys public disclosure last summer of an Israeli air and naval strike on a shipment of highly advanced Russian anti-ship missiles.
Israeli TV Channel 2s military analyst, Roni Daniel, explained that Israels policy of not openly acknowledging the attacks it conducts is meant to avoid publicly humiliating Syrias President Bashar Assad. Such humiliation would be likely to lead Assad to respond to the attacks in order to save face. The U.S. leaks are working at cross-purposes with this strategy. In Daniels words, the leaks risk pushing Assad closer to the point where he cant swallow these attacks, and will respond.
The Israeli military intelligence website DEBKAfile cites military sources who disclosed that the US media reports of Israeli Air Force attacks in Syria that quoted US officials aroused indignation in government circles in Jerusalem and military headquarters in Tel Aviv. The DEBKAfile report went on to say that Israeli government and military insiders consider the Obama administrations leaks to be in breach of the understandings and agreements reached between Israel and the White House on Syria. The leaks were said to undermine the cooperation that the U.S. and Israeli governments had supposedly worked out, according to DEBKAfile, in the effort to prevent advanced weapons reaching the Hizballah terrorist organization in Lebanon from Syria.
Having decided instead to throw in his lot with Russias diplomatic initiative that requires working cooperatively with Syrian President Assad to enable the peaceful destruction of Syrias chemical weapons stockpiles under international auspices, President Obama wants to handcuff Israel. He does not want the Israelis upsetting either the Russians or Assad with strikes on the conventional weapons the Russians provided to Assad, irrespective of their ultimate destination. DEBKAfile, citing its Washington sources, explained that because the administration is immersed in a complicated joint diplomatic maneuver with Moscow on Syria, it cant afford to leave the impression of US involvement in the Israeli attack or its approval. So the Obama administration overcompensated by blowing Israels cover.
Likewise, Obama does not want anything to interfere with the negotiations now underway with Iran regarding its nuclear program. It is in this context that the Obama administration is doing whatever it can to discourage a unilateral Israeli air attack on Irans nuclear facilities, which would be virtually certain to derail the current negotiations with Iran. It is also planning to take pressure off of the Iranians by loosening the existing sanctions and dissuading Congress from approving any new sanctions.
Voice of America reported on October 31st that the Obama administration is indicating some softening, with a chief U.S. official involved in the talks telling VOA recently that the time is coming for a pause in new sanctions. Previously, the Obama administrations chief negotiator with Tehran, U.S. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, had told Voice of America that any push for additional U.S. sanctions by Congress should be delayed to see if nuclear talks can gain traction.
According to DEBKAfile, there are already talks underway between the U.S. Treasury Departments Office of Foreign Assets Control, which oversees the sanctions regime, and senior staff from Iranian President Hassan Rouhanis administration to determine which current sanctions will be lifted and when.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been a harsh critic of any softening of the sanctions until Iran completely dismantles its nuclear enrichment and plutonium facilities and submits to unfettered international inspections. Warning of Iranian duplicity and the existential threat to Israel and the region that a nuclear armed Iran would pose, Netanyahu has not ruled out unilateral military action to stop Iran before it reaches that capability. He has less confidence than ever in Obamas willingness to exercise the military option against Iran, especially following Obamas pull back from his own red line in responding militarily to the Syrian regimes alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people.
Secretary of State John Kerry, who has invested considerable time and credibility in the negotiations, took a not-so-subtle swipe at Netanyahu when he said last week, Some have suggested that somehow theres something wrong with giving diplomacy a chance. We will not succumb to those fear tactics and forces that suggest otherwise.
The leaks appear to be part of the Obama administrations strategy to put Netanyahu in his place by telling him, in effect, that the U.S. has the capacity to monitor every move the Israelis make, including preparations for a military strike to halt Irans nuclear program, and to expose Israels plans preemptively, if the Obama administration deems necessary, to protect its ongoing negotiations with Iran.
Now comes word, revealed by DEBKAfiles intelligence and Iranian sources, that there was an unexplained explosion last week at Irans Arak heavy water reactor that is under construction and would have the capability to produce plutonium for use in nuclear bombs as an alternative to enriched uranium. There is no indication yet whether Israel may have been involved in some sort of act of sabotage. But if Israel was involved, will the Obama administration sabotage Israels covert activities with yet another embarrassing leak? Based on its pattern of leaking Israels strikes on advanced weapons in Syria destined for Hezbollah, the answer sadly is most likely yes.
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Obama could screw up a wet dream.
Everything he touch’s turns to sh*t.
Neat arrangement, this.
Russia setting up Iranian ducks for money.
Israel knocking them down.
Only unhappy party, Obama/Iran.
Obama’s actions across the board, whether social, economic, military or international, resembles the way in which Satan works to thwart God’s plan for humanity... he always tries to find a way to put a stick in the eye, grimacing as he does... Obama is Satan’s little Toady...
Those who bless Israel will be blessed, and those who curse Israel will be cursed.
Has and is Obama lying to his countrymen about Socialized Medicine/Obamacare? You bet! Was that lie deliberate? Does the sun rise in the east? Israel has every right to distrust this administration and Obama. Israel has been a friend to America for ever....Obama is not and has not ever befriended Israel personally....as POTUS he has not been truthful with this old friend.....a disgusting and embarrassing turn of Israeli relationship with Obama's America.
Mission accomplished. A$$holes like samantha power appointed to the administration are no coincidence. The left’s liberal legacy one day may very well be the annihilation of Israel.
And still the American Jewish voters love this guy.
If the Iranian Moolah’s are unhappy, Valarie Jarret is unhappy. If Valarie Jarret is unhappy, Obama leaks premptive info. Got it!
Israel should treat Obama as the enemy he is.
And still the American Jewish voters love this guy.
Many Jews abandoned Obama in 2012, not enough.
This Jew tried to convince his fellow Jews to avoid this man-child at all costs, I failed. Now Israel will pay the price for this blind ignorance.
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