Obama’s Leaks & Sabotaging Israel’s Defense


israel-jet-figher_2481583bIsrael 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 regime’s hands before they could be added to Hezbollah’s 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 Israel’s way, the Obama administration is deliberately compromising Israel’s security by leaking sensitive information on Israeli attacks against the Syrian weapons targets.

The latest episode of Obama administration betrayal of America’s 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 community’s public disclosure last summer of an Israeli air and naval strike on a shipment of highly advanced Russian anti-ship missiles.

Israeli TV Channel 2’s military analyst, Roni Daniel, explained that Israel’s policy of not openly acknowledging the attacks it conducts is meant to avoid publicly humiliating Syria’s 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 Daniel’s words, the leaks risk “pushing Assad closer to the point where he can’t 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 administration’s 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 Russia’s diplomatic initiative that requires working cooperatively with Syrian President Assad to enable the peaceful destruction of Syria’s 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 can’t afford to leave the impression of US involvement in the Israeli attack or its approval.” So the Obama administration overcompensated by blowing Israel’s 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 Iran’s 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 administration’s 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 Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which oversees the sanctions regime, and senior staff from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s 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 Obama’s willingness to exercise the military option against Iran, especially following Obama’s pull back from his own red line in responding militarily to the Syrian regime’s 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 there’s 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 administration’s 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 Iran’s nuclear program, and to expose Israel’s plans preemptively, if the Obama administration deems necessary, to protect its ongoing negotiations with Iran.

Now comes word, revealed by DEBKAfile’s intelligence and Iranian sources, that there was an unexplained explosion last week at Iran’s 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 Israel’s covert activities with yet another embarrassing leak?  Based on its pattern of leaking Israel’s strikes on advanced weapons in Syria destined for Hezbollah, the answer sadly is most likely yes.

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  • truebearing

    It comes as no surprise that Obama is betraying Israel. He’s betraying America, too. His treachery is endless.

    People wonder why Israel hasn’t attacked Iran, or when they will. They can’t. Obama will give them away before the mission could be successfully completed. That shows just how ruthless and evil Obama truly is.

    • J Simson

      Case in in point why no assurance from the international community towards Israel can be trusted.

      Following the 2nd Lebanon war UNSC passed resolution 1701 forbidding the rearming of Hezbollah. Since then the Hezbollah has rearmed with 50,00 advanced rockets.

      If that was not bad enough Israel’s allies actively work to tie her hands when she tries to prevent game-changing weapons falling the hands of Hezbollah.

      Given the above Israel can not rely on anyone for her survival and probably will have to go it alone in preventing Iran from obtaining Nuclear weapons

      • truebearing

        No doubt Israel will have to go it alone, but they still have Imambama to deal with. He’ll use our military assets to warn Iran.

  • Ed FDNYRetiree

    But… but… but… ‘Chuck Hagel and John Kerry and Hillary and I LOVE Israel and those pesky Jews!’

    • Raymond_in_DC

      Yeah, about as much as John Brennan, Samantha Power and Susan Rice do.

  • benabo1machal

    Understand one basic fact, Obama will never leave his office willingly.
    He will cancel the 2016 elections under the pretense that there is a National Emergency.
    Afterwards he will demand that he be declared President for the rest of our miserable lives.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      And that will be the beginning of a multi-decade civil war, which will kill millions of people, and end with a physically divided nation. CW2 will make the Civil War seem like a Sunday School Picnic …

      • defcon 4

        Hopefully, because that will be a lot better than submitting to the rule of an islam0nazi despot.

    • Etien de Lamothe-Cassel

      Benabo….you seriously need to adjust your tinfoil hat and increase your electroshock therapy to hourly.

      • benabo1machal

        I can’t help if you’re a moron & can’t think the obvious.
        By any chance, did you ever hear if Fidel Castro Joseph Stalin or Chavez, or Adolph Hitler, they all took power by deceit & deception.
        Don your Dunce cap, you have earned it
        Obama has already lied to more than 190 people, promising that they could keep their Doctors & Insurance, you must be one of the suckers that fell for his lies
        A sucker is born every minute, you’re the proof !!

    • omega_man

      yup….all there in plain sight…
      Brother frog this here water is boiling and we be gumbo

  • StanleyT
    • Wolfthatknowsall

      I agree with the opinions expressed in the link …

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Did someone not believe that Obama was firing all the commanders in our military and replacing them with unhinged leftwing loons was for nothing? Come on Obama is single-handedly destroying our military structure from within. The main problem is that as American power in the world is inevitably diminished, a giant vacuum will be created and a race to fill that vacuum by the various totalitarians that have been waiting impatiently on the sidelines for decades will inevitably ensue. The biggest question is will it result in another world war, as the world is transitioned from a world currently dominated by democracies, liberty, and freedom, to a world dominated by totalitarianism instead.

    • Ed

      Unfortunately, this poster is absolutely right. The question is will our soldiers fire on American Tea Party, or Conservatives, or will they destroy Hussein’s officers, and remove him from office.

      • defcon 4

        What will US law enforcement do when criticism of islam is outlawed? What will our SCOTUS do?

        • omega_man

          time to remind people of the term, “Good German”.

  • Veracious_one

    Obama revels at throwing Israel under the bus with every opportunity he gets..

  • elle909

    joe klein,isn’t he one of obamas biggest supporters during the last presidential
    elections?what am i missing here?

    • Joseph Klein

      You are missing that the author of this article is not the very liberal Joe Klein you are thinking of who writes for Time Magazine, although I do share the same name with him.

      • elle909

        thanx.

  • David Simpson

    It is obvious that to be an enemy of the US is far more beneficial than to maintain an allied status with the USA, currently under siege by the likes of Barak Hussein Obama. It is time for Israel to give Obambi and his herd of “progressives” the big fat middle finger. The millstone around Israel’s neck by the benighted Muslim in Chief is threatening the security, prosperity, and future of the State of Israel (not to mention the damage he has already inflicted upon the USA), and that cannot be tolerated. Based on the last 5 plus years, it is reasonable to presume that with a chilling of relations with the US, Israel will actually be in a better bargaining position. Mr. Netanyahu, it is time to play poker and call the Fraud in Chief out! And for the record, I have never been as ashamed of my country (USA) as I am at this time.

  • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

    Obama has a Jew hater in the White House and she needs to be questioned by the U.S. Congress about any number of issues. Every single one of her emails and phone conversations need to be investigated. She has no title and there is no protection for her. I will let you figure out who the Communist is.

  • http://israelisverige.info Ralph Haglund

    So when will Israel learn to SHUT UP to USA about everything they do! Just tell what is absolutely necessary for cooperation but never trust anything from that direction. Obama started his job revealing the 40 year old secret nuclear agreements USA-Israel. He has blubbered about Israel using air fields in Azerbaijan, just everything to destroy the Jewish State. Netanyahu has neither learned to shut up or say NO.

    Is there a single person left who believes Obama is Christian and not Muslim?

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    Netanyahu should have kept his mouth shut re the Iranian new benign face act. He should have known it wouldn’t influence Obama or any of those who don’t secretly agree with him. The only way he can deal with this issue is to be twice as duplicitous as Obama; pretend he is naive enough to believe the new b.s. ball game and then strike when the Iranians and the U.S. least expect it.

  • J Simson

    Case in in point why no assurance from the international community towards Israel can be trusted.

    Following the 2nd Lebanon war UNSC passed resolution 1701 forbidding the rearming of Hezbollah. Since then the Hezbollah has rearmed with 50,00 advanced rockets.

    If that was not bad enough Israel’s allies actively work to tie her hands when she tries to prevent game-changing weapons falling the hands of Hezbollah.

    Given the above Israel can not rely on anyone for her survival and probably will have to go it alone in preventing Iran from obtaining Nuclear weapons.

  • JohnWV

    In 1930s Weimar Germany, Jews controlled 103 of the 109 German
    banks, all the news media, and nearly all the government
    representatives. Organized Jewry thrived and flaunted its wealth
    while the WW1 reparations burdened Goyim Germans were near
    starvation, angry, and increasingly desperate. By 1933, Jews were
    being corralled together for their own protection. With the rise of
    Der Fuhrer, many did not survive.

    Of today’s Americans, 2% are Jews. Of today’s American
    millionaires, 50% are Jews. As in Weimar Germany, they are organized
    and cunningly extract enormous amounts of money from our economy
    without contributing value. Wall Street has become a Jewish run
    casino serving itself and Jewry. Our news media is mostly Jewish
    owned and blatantly Israel/Jew biased. Our electoral process has been
    corrupted by AIPAC, the Jewish Conference of Presidents and more
    enormous amounts of Jewish money. Israel has occupied not just
    Palestine, but America too. The Wall Street felons remaining
    unpunished, AIPAC actually writing congressional legislation, and
    lack of treason indictments attest to the depth of the occupation.
    The Jewish state instigated all our Mideast wars and benefited from
    all. None were in American interests, yet we did the dying and
    suffered the Great Recession. Our diminished America is now being
    overthrown from within and transformed into a world dominating racist
    ultrapower, the JEWISH STATE OF AMERICA.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      So, the gist of your post is that you don’t like Jews?

    • defcon 4

      An object lesson in delusional antisemitism. It would be interesting to find out the pathology and cause of these delusions. Then again, it could all be down to being a card carrying member of the religion of peace.