Does anyone still think that Barack Obama genuinely has any interest in maintaining the United States’ alliance with Israel? That anyone thought he did in the first place shows the power of the mainstream media in propagating falsehoods. Since the beginning of his political career, Obama has allied with the most venomous haters of Israel. No one should have imagined that he would behave any differently as President.
“Obama Administration Delays Arms Shipments to Israel… as it Confirms Advanced Arms Sales to Turkey and Qatar,” by Joseph Gelman, IsraelUSA.net, August 14, 2014:
The Obama administration has recently executed arms sales to two bad actors in the Middle East; Turkey and Qatar.
The administration recently cleared the sale of advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles, also known as AMRAAM’s, to Turkey. According to the announcement, the missiles will be used on Turkey’s F-16 aircraft – and eventually on stealth F-35 aircraft that the administration intends to supply Turkey.
Turkey has requested 145 AMRAAMs, 10 missile guidance sections, and 40 LAU-129 launchers, containers, support equipment, spare and repair parts, integration activities, publications and technical documentation, test equipment, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government and contractor logistics, engineering and technical support and other related elements or logistical and program support.
The administration statement said the sale was “consistent with U.S. national interests”.
Similarly, the Obama Administration recently signed an agreement with Qatar to sell the Gulf Arab state Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defense systems valued at $11 billion. Qatar is a major financier and supporter of both Hamas and ISIS in Iraq. The Leader of the Hamas terrorist organization actually lives in Qatar, not far from the United States Central Command headquarters that is based in that country.
As all of this is going on, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Obama Administration has decided to tighten its control on arms transfers to Israel. Each transfer will no longer go directly through the Pentagon, but must now be approved by the State Department and the White House, giving Secretary Kerry and President Obama direct control on every transfer. The new procedure has had the affect of delaying the transfer of precision strike hellfire missiles to Israel in a time of war. The administration clearly intends to use such transfers as political leverage on Israel.
The WSJ reported that a senior Obama administration official said the White House didn’t intend to get into a “tit for tat” with the Israelis when the war broke out in Gaza. “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,” the administration official said in reference to the Jewish State.