When Barack Obama agreed to a deal that would facilitate Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons and would grant it over $100,000,000,000 to develop new weapons systems and to support Hamas, he told Israel that he would increase the foreign aid he gave to them. The increase would help Israel counter the increased Iranian threat.
That was yesterday. Today, Debkafile, an Israeli source, tells us, the Obama administration has reneged on its agreement.
US President Barack Obama has retracted on his pledge of an extra defense package to compensate Israel for the damage caused its security by the nuclear deal concluded with Iran last year. This flat refusal, reported here by debkafile’s Washington sources, confronted Israeli officials when they met last week with heads of the National Security Council at the White House.
Asked to define its new requirements, Israel asked the administration for an additional $1.9 billion, which would have upped the total to $5 billion per annum for the next five years. The officials explained that Israel’s defense bill had been inflated substantially by the new perils looming from the current Middle East wars, and the windfall Iran had gained from the lifting of sanctions for its advanced ballistic missiles programs and for enhancing its allies' aggressive capacity, especially that of Hizballah.
Israel is now beset additionally by adverse Russian military operations in southern Syria and looming ISIS threats on multiple fronts, at a time that the Arab states are stuffing their armories with advanced weapons from Russia and China.
The US officials explained that, because of cutbacks in US defense spending, it would not be possible to add a single dollar to Israel’s regular $3.1 billion appropriation. After notifying Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon of this refusal, the Israeli delegation was advised to reduce its application to $900 million. This too was refused.
Remind me of how many Jewish Americans supported Barack Obama in two elections. Remind me of how much they contributed to his campaigns. And remind me of how many of them still believe that he has been doing a great job. How many of them are readying themselves to vote for Obama's secretary of state, a woman whose emails contain many suggestions about how to hurt Israel. Link here.
True enough, Obama is not the president of Israel. Yet, his policies in the Middle East have consistently sided with Iran against the interests of Israel and the interests of the Sunni Arabs: