More disturbing news today regarding the Obama Administration’s change in policy towards Israel. Prior to today, one could argue that we were simply pressuring Israel as we might with any other friendly country from whom we want treaty concessions. However, these new reports seem to indicate that our foreign policy is becoming anti-Israel altogether.
First, a new twist on a story reported earlier this morning. The United States sent hundreds of bunker busting bombs to a base on the Island of Diego Garcia, which serves as a staging ground for our operations in the Persian Gulf. The thought at first was that these were part of a build up for an attack on Iran. However, after the size and composition of the shipment was revealed it seemed unlikely that the bombs were intended for that purpose.
Then, it broke that the shipment was, in fact, diverted from it’s intended destination: Israel. It seems that since Obama took office he’s been holding up several weapons transfers that were supposed to take place by now.
Under the plan, the U.S. military was to have stored 195 BLU-110 and 192 BLU-117 munitions in unspecified air force bases in Israel. The U.S. military uses four Israeli bases for the storage of about $400 million worth of pre-positioned equipment meant for use by either Washington or Jerusalem in any regional war.
The decision to divert the BLU munitions was taken amid the crisis between Israel and the United States over planned construction of Jewish homes in Jerusalem. The administration, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has warned that Washington could reduce military aid to Israel because of its construction policy.
So this is an informal military embargo. A very disturbing revelation regarding one of our closest allies. But these bombs are just the latest.
Since taking office, Obama has refused to approve any major Israeli requests for U.S. weapons platforms or advanced systems. Officials said this included proposed Israeli procurement of AH-64D Apache attack
, refueling systems, advanced munitions and data on a stealth variant of the F-15E.
Next up is a new story that we may be extended a military umbrella over the Palestinians.
The general denied he had as yet formally asked for the Palestinian territories to be transferred to his command, but added: “In fact, staff members at various times have discussed asking for the Palestinian territories to be added to CENTCOM’s turf.” DEBKAfile‘s military sources explain that, if approved, this step would be tantamount to providing the Palestinians with an American military umbrella against Israel.
Not only are we forming some kind of military concern over Palestine, but Obama has also added a high level diplomatic boycott.
The Israeli government was informed that until [the Obama Administrations] conditions were met, its ministers would not be received in Washington by high-level American officials – a virtual boycott…
So, we’ll meet with Iran, Venezuela and any other third world anti-American state without pre-condition, but not with our closest ally? Obama is either not cut out for this, or he’s lost his mind.