Report: Obama Halted Missile Shipment to Israel – Called Netanyahu “Reckless & Untrustworthy”
The Obama administration halted a shipment of missiles to Israel during the recent war with Hamas. Obama officials were concerned about their use in the Gaza Strip.
YNet News reported, via Right Scoop:
The US administration has halted a shipment of Hellfire aerial anti-armor missiles to Israel, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing government sources.
The sources noted that Israel had requested the transfer of ammunitions directly from the Pentagon, without receiving the approval of the White House or State Department officials.
“We were blindsided,” one US diplomat said, while a US defense official insisted that “there was no intent to blindside anyone. The process for this transfer was followed precisely along the lines that it should have.”
According to the sources, White House officials were concerned about Israel’s use of artillery, instead of precision-guided munitions in the more densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip.
The Journal reports Israel requested money for more Iron Dome interceptors from the US Defense Department mere days after the ground incursion into Gaza began. While Israeli officials told the Americans Israel had enough interceptors for the current Gaza operation, they said it wanted to replenish its stocks.
According to the Journal, the Obama administration, with Israel’s consent, decided not to seek emergency funding, and instead hold the Congress vote on the $225 million military aid proposal in the fall…
…Obama and Netanyahu reportedly had a “particularly combative” phone call on Wednesday.
US officials are quoted by the Journal as saying the current Gaza conflict has “persuaded them that Mr. Netanyahu and his national security team are both reckless and untrustworthy.”