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Obama Holds Up Weapons Transfer to Israel

Tensions between Israel and the Obama administration are at an all-time high.
US President Barack Obama.

US President Barack Obama.
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An imminent delivery of Hellfire missiles set to arrive in Israel from the US has been held up by the White House.

Moreover, the transfer of any weapons and other military hardware to Israel, even routine munitions requests, is now being blocked by the State Department and the White House.

In clear language, it means that any form of American military aid – once a ‘given’ by Israel’s “closest friend and ally” – is now being scrutinized by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, at a time when Israel is facing an enemy supplied by Iran and Syria, and intent on its destruction.

The move has only served to further wind up an already tense relationship between the White House and Israel.

According to an Israeli government official quoted by the Wall Street Journal, “We’ve been there before with a lot of tension with us and Washington. What we have now, on top of that, is mistrust and a collision of different perspectives on the Middle East. It’s become very personal.”

Specifically, the Pentagon blocked delivery of the Hellfire missiles because officials at the White House and in the State Department were worried about the reaction of Palestinian Arabs in the US and abroad, according to the report.

The WSJ article cited a number of past conflicts between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government. It then went on, however, to say the straw that broke the camel’s back had to do with the attack near the UNRWA school in Gaza.

“The watershed moment came in the early morning in Gaza July 30. An Israeli shell struck a United Nations school in Jabaliya that sheltered about 3,000 people. Later that day, it was reported in the U.S. that the 120-mm and 40-mm rounds had been released to the Israeli military,” WSJ reported.

A US diplomat complained about being “blindsided” and officials at the White House and State Department were disturbed by what they considered a risk to regional stability and Israel’s interests due to a “humanitarian catastrophe,” according to the report.

However, no one was blindsided. The Israelis filed a routine request for munitions as they always did. Israeli bureaucracy is famous for its automated mentality, which is set in motion months in advance. Even the draft notices for upcoming 18-year-olds begin two years earlier – at age 16 – and then are sent out six months before the actual appointment.

A US defense official also said there was nothing unusual about the request.

“There was no intent to blindside anyone. The process for this transfer was followed precisely along the lines that it should have,” the official said.

But with regard to the July 30 attack, the information was reported from Gaza inaccurately from the start, deliberately manipulating and inciting American officials.

Pallywood wins again – but it is a bit odd that top government officials could so easily be misled, unless it’s an active choice on their part.

That’s not the fault of American media but rather due to the Hamas propaganda machine and the willingness of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to collaborate.

It’s also due to the need for journalists to stay alive; there have been more than a few reporters who have managed to leave Gaza and later were courageous enough to admit they were threatened with death if they were to photograph, let alone report, the truth of what they were doing to their own civilians there.

The lone shell that was fired struck outside the school compound, as was already admitted by at least one UNRWA official in a tweet several hours after the event.

About the Author: Rachel Levy is a freelance journalist who has written for Jewish publications in New York, New Jersey and Israel.


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72 Responses to “Obama Holds Up Weapons Transfer to Israel”

  1. Anthony Kent says:

    Wants to use it as a golf club

  2. He wants to cripple Israel. First Britain now the US. Is this an embargo? Let us know

  3. He might chosen HAMAS to supply.. And it’s very clear that he’s turning his back.. I hope u won’t regret ur decision idiot fool.

  4. Ok Israel, use nuclear.

  5. Ok Israel, use nuclear.

  6. Lora Hurd says:

    He has always been against Israel he always does things to hurt them he doesn’t care he has a plan and it isn’t for the good !

  7. Is he threatening Israel!?

  8. And God will uphold Israel, He is the protector of israel not obama

  9. Shula Conley says:

    And they give Hamas 47 million!

  10. I’m sorry I voted for him, I wanted Hillary.

  11. I’m sorry I voted for him, I wanted Hillary.

  12. This is the despicable excuse for a human being to EVER serve as the American president. If this was all he ever did, it would possibly be excusable.

    However, every American who is not wealthy has suffered from this person’s very existence in so many ways. From Obama care to the IRS, to regulations that have resulted in loss of jobs and higher prices, to spying on our private lives, to stripping away allies and friends, to degrading our ability to defend our national security interests, to the disintegrating Constitution, to his own personal tyranny, to his outrageous lying, to his racism and his dislike of America, he has been nothing but a disaster.

    His disdain for an ally trying to defend itself against our common enemies and his dismal policies of supporting terrorists and opposing any middle-east enemy of terrorism (e.g., Egypt), this poor excuse for a man is our own worst enemy.

    To paraphrase an old saying: We have met the enemy and he is our own president.

  13. This is the despicable excuse for a human being to EVER serve as the American president. If this was all he ever did, it would possibly be excusable.

    However, every American who is not wealthy has suffered from this person’s very existence in so many ways. From Obama care to the IRS, to regulations that have resulted in loss of jobs and higher prices, to spying on our private lives, to stripping away allies and friends, to degrading our ability to defend our national security interests, to the disintegrating Constitution, to his own personal tyranny, to his outrageous lying, to his racism and his dislike of America, he has been nothing but a disaster.

    His disdain for an ally trying to defend itself against our common enemies and his dismal policies of supporting terrorists and opposing any middle-east enemy of terrorism (e.g., Egypt), this poor excuse for a man is our own worst enemy.

    To paraphrase an old saying: We have met the enemy and he is our own president.

  14. Rob Frantz says:

    Where are all the Jewish members of the US House of Representatives and US Senate who also Democrats members of Barrack Obama’s party, especially those from areas with a significant Jewish population (electorate)? Where are their voices? I don’t hear much of anything from them. Is defending the Jewish state from those who seek its destruction an important issue to them? Where are their voices? Where is their criticism of this Administration’s adversarial relationship with Israel’s government? I don’t hear their voices. They are PATHETIC!

  15. Rob Frantz says:

    Where are all the Jewish members of the US House of Representatives and US Senate who also Democrats members of Barrack Obama’s party, especially those from areas with a significant Jewish population (electorate)? Where are their voices? I don’t hear much of anything from them. Is defending the Jewish state from those who seek its destruction an important issue to them? Where are their voices? Where is their criticism of this Administration’s adversarial relationship with Israel’s government? I don’t hear their voices. They are PATHETIC!

  16. obama is a disgrace to man and an insult to apes, thank God he is in the USA

  17. Thats not good Obama, let Israel have the hellfire.

  18. Obama you are a traitor and a (my mother made me promise not to swear)

  19. Obama you are a traitor and a (my mother made me promise not to swear)

  20. David Hughes says:

    He don’t like Christian or jews

  21. David Hughes says:

    He don’t like Christian or jews

  22. It is not the first time Obama doing this:fisrt he stopped the delivery of Apache helicopters to the Egyptian government when fighting with terrorists in the Sinai Peninsila, secondly:he stopped the delivery of fighter jets for Iraqi government when Isis starts its campaign in Iraq,now it is Israel,confused by Obama decisions during tough times of US allies.

  23. It is not the first time Obama doing this:fisrt he stopped the delivery of Apache helicopters to the Egyptian government when fighting with terrorists in the Sinai Peninsila, secondly:he stopped the delivery of fighter jets for Iraqi government when Isis starts its campaign in Iraq,now it is Israel,confused by Obama decisions during tough times of US allies.

  24. Cacao Blanc says:

    Obama Kerry Hamas are the same People TERRORISTE what à good idéal send more arms to IRAK you bloody musulmans terroristes

  25. Cacao Blanc says:

    Obama Kerry Hamas are the same People TERRORISTE what à good idéal send more arms to IRAK you bloody musulmans terroristes

  26. What fool that man is.

  27. What fool that man is.

  28. Albert Ku AN says:

    Obama just want to help his Muslim and also he is not an American look he had funded to Hamas more than 10m last month. don’t be trust any Muslim.

  29. Albert Ku AN says:

    Obama just want to help his Muslim and also he is not an American look he had funded to Hamas more than 10m last month. don’t be trust any Muslim.

  30. We need GOD in our WHITE House!

  31. We need GOD in our WHITE House!

  32. Nancy Besner says:

    He is waiting for what exactly?

  33. Nancy Besner says:

    He is waiting for what exactly?

  34. Obama if you did you are traitor ofall time i will pray for you

  35. Obama if you did you are traitor ofall time i will pray for you

  36. Rob Frantz says:

    Muslims are killing other Muslims are over the Middle East and North Africa in MASSIVE numbers (Syria, Iraq, Lybia). In Iraq and Syria they are killing Christians in droves and driving others from their homes. Also they kill other minorities like Yazidis in Iraq. But you see, this doesn’t excite the moral fiber of most Muslims. Why? Because these horrific acts were committed by Muslims and that means….well that’s not something that really upsets them very much, because they can’t blame Jews or Christians for it.

  37. Rob Frantz says:

    Muslims are killing other Muslims are over the Middle East and North Africa in MASSIVE numbers (Syria, Iraq, Lybia). In Iraq and Syria they are killing Christians in droves and driving others from their homes. Also they kill other minorities like Yazidis in Iraq. But you see, this doesn’t excite the moral fiber of most Muslims. Why? Because these horrific acts were committed by Muslims and that means….well that’s not something that really upsets them very much, because they can’t blame Jews or Christians for it.

  38. Albert Ku AN says:

    take calm and use it.

  39. Albert Ku AN says:

    take calm and use it.

  40. Lee Graysonn says:

    wow with friends like him Israel needs no enemys

  41. Vicki Spaan says:

    Damn Obama! It’s partly my fault. I voted for that idiot twice. I’m not voting for anyone who doesn’t support Israel 100% next election. …. Meanwhile, I’m constantly praying for Israel, the Jewish people, and Peace in Jerusalem.

  42. Lisa Kamins says:

    can’t expect any better from a Jew hating pres.

  43. We have to do better than this is in Nov. I hope people have their eyes wide. open.

  44. Lyn Myers says:

    Such an evil plan!

  45. What a man is this so two faced!!!

  46. Obama is a rotten human being. He is spitting in the face of the this country’s only ally in the Middle East. .he loves his terrorists.

  47. Fran Balshan says:

    Shame on the US. Now we take. Care of terrorists

  48. Sue Waller says:

    We stand with Israel and the IDF. Always and Forever. Am Yisrael Chai!❤️

  49. Sandra Camhi says:

    Stand up to defend Israel now

  50. Sandra Camhi says:

    Hamas the haters murderers they get our tax dollars

  51. I hate my President

  52. Obama shows who he is, 666

  53. Obama wants Christians and pagans stranded on mountains in Iraq and the jewish people isolated in Zion. Oh oh.

  54. Jakob Zioni says:

    We have survived for over 5000 years without the help of America, England, the U.N, or any other country, and although it makes me sad to see our once good allies stab us in the back, it does not worry me, it’s nothing new to us, we will continue to fight, we will continue to innovate, and we will continue to prosper, the rest of the world can hate us, like they have hated us since the beginning of recorded history, history they wouldn’t even have, if not for us, we basically created the Western world, and now they have turned against us, they may have missiles, they may even have a lot of our defense systems that we so graciously built for them, but one thing they will never have is the mind that we Jewish people possess, or our adaptability, and innovation, and if they want to cut ties, let them, and while we continue into the future, they can head into the past, like the countless other empires that have risen and fallen before us,and throughout our history, but one thing remains constant, as long as we stick together, and keep making life better for our brothers, we won’t lose any war, NEVER AGAIN.

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