The White House made official on Wednesday, August 13th, that Mr. Obama has proactively stepped in to hold all arms and ammunition shipments to Israel “for further review” even as the war with Hamas very actively continues. Israel is alarmed by Obama’s decision to suspend weapons deliveries, and on the same day of the announcement, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon telephoned his U.S. counterpart, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to discuss the alarming news. Equally concerning is the cancellation of a large number of AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-ground missiles to replenish those fired by the Israel Air Force. This unprecedented announcement follows what has now been reported as a “combative phone call” by and between Obama and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. August 6th. Among the topics discussed during the phone conversation, it appears Obama was most angry and animated that Prime Minister Netanyahu was unwilling to let Hamas continue to fire rockets into Israel. Many senior level administration officials say the Gaza conflict persuaded them that, “Netanyahu and his national security team are both reckless and untrustworthy.” Continuing with this disturbing report is now confirmed knowledge that at least two arms shipments previously approved by the Pentagon for Israel and prepared to move were blocked, along with an undetermined amount of jet fuel and main battle tank munitions. Mr. Obama is furious that his efforts to achieve a ceasefire was being undermined by U.S. weapons deliveries to Israel, so he pulled the plug, and now nothing moves without his approval. This order now includes that ALL requests for any military aid from Israel no longer go to the US military, but to the State Department; which, is known for its’ anti-Israel bias.
Lyle J. Rapacki, Ph.D.
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