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US Claims It Assisted Israel in Iran Weapons Shipment

Spokespeople for the White House and the State Department claimed that the U.S. was deeply involved with the operation to thwart the transfer of illegal weapons to Gaza from Iran
US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.

US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.
Photo Credit: Screen capture of State Dept.spokeswoman at briefing

The big news on Tuesday, March 4, for people who pay close attention to what is happening in the Middle East, was that Israel commandeered an Iranian ship that was carrying illegal weapons which were on their way to Gaza, for use against the Jewish State.

The ship was seized late Tuesday night, March 4, by Israeli naval commandos.

In her daily briefing, the State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, provided details of American involvement which had not previously been widely noted.

Soon after becoming aware of the imminent movement of the suspected vessel, the White House directed the Department of Defense to monitor the vessel and to develop concepts of operation for a range of options in order to be prepared to take unilateral steps if necessary. This is part of, of course, a robust effort on the part of the Administration. We were closely coordinated, our intelligence and military activities, with the – with our Israeli counterparts, who ultimately chose to take the lead with this case. And even as we continue our efforts to resolve our concerns over Iran’s nuclear program through diplomacy, we will continue to stand up to Iran’s support for destabilizing activities in the region in coordination with our partners and allies.

Jay Carney, the spokesperson for U.S. President Barack Obama also spoke to reporters about U.S. involvement in the incident. Carney was aboard Air Force One when he offered his remarks, which closely tracked those of Psaki’s. He also pointed out that the weapons smuggling on the part of Iran was in direct violation United Nations Security Council resolutions.

“These illicit acts are unacceptable to the international community and in gross violation of Iran’s Security Council obligations,” the spokesperson said, as reported by YNet.

There has not been any public mention by the Israelis of American involvement in the operation.

 

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


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32 Responses to “US Claims It Assisted Israel in Iran Weapons Shipment”

  1. i find it hard to believe, at most they were bystanders with no intention to get involved. total crap

  2. Jr Mugas says:

    or maybe America knew that there was a shipment without giving intel to Israel, and now, they claim :)

  3. Moishe Pupik says:

    I'm having real trouble believing the Americans were involved in this operation.

    At best they may have known about the shipment, but that they were thinking of acting on that information, or telling Israel about it?

    Sounds far fetched.

  4. this is the very time no secretes can be hide,time to see the big hones

  5. Debbie Kim says:

    God is going 2 protect all wicked situ★

    Praying 4 Israel..

  6. the next administration should investigate the actions of the obama administration, I think that they will be unpleasant surprises.
    G’D bless and protect Israel!

  7. Sue Johnson says:

    Wish it were true.

  8. Karen Payne says:

    God protect and bless Israel. Amen

  9. Is this the same US that was deeply involved in lifting sanctions on Iran?

  10. The US always thinks that it has to stick its nose into every situation. Russia just showed Obama that he is an idiot. Israel has all the help it needs with HaShem( just for you Clo Clo)!

  11. Clo Clo? Is that a Jewish last name?

  12. Clo Clo says:

    Jay Carney-bleh. ha ha…let Obama’s lies catch up to him!

  13. Clo Clo says:

    God Bless Israel!

  14. Jeremiah W. Hutcherson says:

    Wow. Sounds like more crap for the U.S. administration. Israel takes care of it, we have to give two cents that we were involved. Amazingly far fetched….

  15. The Israelis "ultimately chose to take the lead????" You mean that the Obama was going to put American soldiers in harm's way to stop an Iranian ship taking weapons to Gaza, but the Israeli's talked him out of it? In what fantasy land doe the State Department spokesperson reside (or in what fantasy land do they think their listeners reside)?

  16. Hector Ramos says:

    A military operation of this magnitude almost immediatel is picked up by TV media; it becomes World News. Yet, Israel never mentioned US involvement? Why is the US government so interested in making its point after the fact. Is it not this the perfect opportunity to ask-what's going on?

  17. Carlos Font says:

    Excuse me but I'm trying to keep from blowing up! What is this lady from the State Department doing? Is she trying to match her boss in the spreading of B.S.? Never seen so much crap in a short statement. "Concepts of operation?", "range of options?". The IDF Naval commandoes "chose to take the lead" because they already had it. Otherwise we would still be waiting for "options" and the shipment would have made it. Congratulations to the Naval Commandoes!

  18. Jonathan D. Lipson says:

    What she meant to say was that the USA was heavily involved in protecting Ukraine from Russia. It assisted the Ukraine by offerring harsh words to Russia. Please excuse her, she is a politician from the State Department, so don't expect truth or accuracy, she's not sure which country did what, and don't expect her to know, she is a government employee. She just got the names of the countries names confused and has a public school education. The article was hysterically funny. Israel needs the USA help to commandeer an Iranian vessel with weapons meant for Gaza, that's absurd. The fact is that the USA had no idea of this operation until being told about it by Israel, (I know) we will call that taking a lead. Obama has to claim credit for other peoples' accomplishments to cover for the lack of his own. Nothing to see here, next.

  19. Bonnie Stein says:

    I find it very hard to believe the crap coming out of her mouth. Jay C. is no better. Not until this administration have I been so disgusted with my country. Obama, most of Congress, and all of his admiration need to go. As in fiddler on the roof, "is their a blessing for the czar?" "yes, May God bless the Czar and keep him far away from us." This is just how I feel about this administration.

  20. Hector Ramos says:

    The US claims to have full knowledge of the vessel. Did the Obama administration know that the “suspected vessel’s” cargo was full of weapons?
    Did both countries know about the cargo way before it was seized?
    When, did both countries seem to know about it, and why withhold this information from the world?
    “We were closely coordinated, our intelligence and military activities, with the — with our Israeli counterparts, who ultimately chose to take the lead with this case” the US government press release states.
    If this is a coordinated military effort, neither country makes mention of this fact?
    What if the shipment arrived at its destination and Israel suffers intense casualties, would the U.S. Government confess with the same tenacity – that, it knew about it, but was unable to seize it?
    Israel “ultimately chose to take the lead with this case.” This, according to the news release, is this no longer a suspected vessel. It is now a fact that there was full knowledge of its cargo? Since when, did both countries know about this cargo, then?
    Israel is always viewed as the heartless villain. In this case, however, why did Israel deny the world the opportunity to see that the clear goal of Israel’s enemy is to annihilate Jewish people forever and that Israel is legitimately defending itself from its enemies?
    And, why was the US reluctant to let the press know that it knew of this weapons cargo. Where is the prevention measure?
    It sounds more like there is always someone fully aware of everything that will hurt Israel, but maliciously covers up its crime, and, so, if discovered or such evil is uncovered, there will be a million words that can be used to confuse the whole incident.
    This, to me, is an matter easy to understand; most people, though, will want to accept doubt win over their imagination.
    Words have the strength (equal to poison) to stop and to distract anyone interested in knowing who is behind all these actions taken against Israel. Politicians and military personnel have the ability to obscure the facts with made believe after facts – allowing the mind to accept the information presented to the public as the truth.
    Shouldn’t we be allowed to ask those who supposedly know the truth, to tell us, and honestly tell us what’s going on?
    Israel will always be abused and misled, but Jews will always know deep inside their hearts what the truth is, and if not, isn’t it time to consult God?

  21. yeah. sure. uhhuh. puleeeeeze.

  22. Facebukker Yenta Claire Bennett says:

    They probably assisted the other side.

  23. Facebukker Yenta Claire Bennett says:

    Me too.

  24. Facebukker Yenta Claire Bennett says:

    Agree. I think she wins the crap to sound bytes ratio for the day.

  25. It's like the liberals to try to take credit for something someone else did. Al Gore created the Internet… Lol. The reason they have to jump in and claim that they made it all happen is because their playing mr nice guy isn't working to deter evil. So this way they can start making themselves look good on foreign policy etc,..

  26. From CRAP you hear and get CRAP !!

  27. Run Guo says:

    This shipment must return to the owner asap, the most speed efficient way is by rocket launchers. That will make I-RUN instead of Iran

  28. Run Guo says:

    American govt is from In GOD we trust , to , In GOD we against, then expect GOD to do noting? Every time the govt is working against Gods people Israel and its territory which God promised to Israel, you seen "natural disasters" hits American, ohh may be its just coincidents.

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