Foreign Policy

Somehow Israel Has Been Securing Ammunition Supplies From The Pentagon Without Obama Knowing, or Approving


Here’s how bad relations between Israel and the United States have gotten – Obama had to stop the Pentagon from sending ammunition supplies to Israel that he wasn’t being told about, and didn’t approve of. Yeah.

From the Wall Street Journal:

White House and State Department officials who were leading U.S. efforts to rein in Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip were caught off guard last month when they learned that the Israeli military had been quietly securing supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon without their approval.

Since then the Obama administration has tightened its control on arms transfers to Israel. But Israeli and U.S. officials say that the adroit bureaucratic maneuvering made it plain how little influence the White House and State Department have with the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu —and that both sides know it.

That is just remarkable. The Journal goes on to relate what bureaucratic loophole the Israelis used to secure ammunition without Obama knowing. While the Obama administration has tried to make it appear that the relationship hasn’t changed, a top Israeli official said the rift between our two countries has “become personal.”

Along with Iraq collapsing and al-Qaeda celebrating the establishment of a Caliphate, could Middle East relations under Obama get any worse? I’m afraid to find out the answer.

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