Obama betraying Israel? US making deliberate effort to hinder Iran strike by leaking classified info, intelligence assessments, says Ron Ben-Yishai in special Ynet report
The United States is leaking information to the media in order to avert an Israeli strike in Iran: The US Administration recently shifted into high gear in its efforts to avert an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities by the end of the year. The flood of reports in the American media in recent weeks attests not only to the genuine US fear that Israel intends to realize its threats; moreover, it indicates that the Obama Administration has decided to take its gloves off.
Indeed, in recent weeks the Administration shifted from persuasion efforts vis-à-vis decision-makers and Israel’s public opinion to a practical, targeted assassination of potential Israeli operations in Iran. This “surgical strike” is undertaken via reports in the American and British media, but the campaign’s aims are fully operational: To make it more difficult for Israeli decision-makers to order the IDF to carry out a strike, and what’s even graver, to erode the IDF’s capacity to launch such strike with minimal casualties.
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Israeli F-16 (Photo: Gettyimages)
Congress in Iran’s service
The third objective of the recent publications is to scare the Israeli public via an apocalyptic account of possible retaliation by Iran and its “clients.” This effort also aims to press Israeli decision-makers not to act (including the mention in the Congress report of the accurate fact that Israel’s home front is not adequately prepared to sustain a blow.) Some observers would argue that these reports are not damaging, but rather, grant the Israeli threat validity, thereby serving Western representatives in upcoming negotiations with Iran. So what’s wrong with that?
A map of Iran's nuclear facilities
Betraying an ally
To sum up, the American publications caused the following damage:
- Iran now has a decent picture of what Israel’s and America’s intelligence communities know about Tehran’s nuclear program and defense establishment, including its aerial defenses.
- The Iranians now know about the indications that would be perceived by Washington and Jerusalem as a “nuclear breakthrough”. Hence, Iran can do a better job of concealment.
- The reports make it more difficult to utilize certain operational options. These options, even if not considered thus far, could have been used by the US in the future, should Iran not thwart them via diplomatic and military means.
There is another interesting aspect to this story from an American point of view: In 2002, when President George W. Bush sought to embark on war in Iraq, US intelligence agencies provided him with all the “evidence” that Saddam Hussein is developing large quantities of nuclear and chemical weapons. Following the war, when no traces of such weapons were discovered in Iraq, a Congress inquiry found that US intelligence officials were so eager to satisfy their president that they cut corners and relied on unsubstantiated information.
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In closing, I know that Israel will never place the blame of this leak on the USA, or the Obama administration. The USA is Israel's most important "partner" and ally. However, if there were plans to use air bases in Azerbaijan, those plans are now doomed, as Azerbaijan has just stated that they will not allow Israel to use their land - which demonstrates how harmful "leaks" are to the very security of our ally. The Obama administration says, "Do not strike - give diplomacy a chance, or wait until after elections", while Israel considers it her duty to protect her citizens and land from the threats of a nuclear holocaust - threats that Iran will seek to fulfill if she is ever allowed nuclear capabilities.
What doesn't this administration understand about the intentions of the Iranian leaders?
If these leaks were for the sole purpose of undermining Israel's ability to protect all that she holds dear, this would be the most unforgivable act by one who said at the AIPAC Conference, "I have your back, Israel".
I ask you, "Are there limits to friendships?"
UPDATE: ... POSTED ON "YID WITH LID" Is Obama Signaling a Second Administration Even MORE Anti-Israel?
President Obama tells the Russian president to give him some space because once he doesn't have to run again he will have have more flexibility. Obama's deputy campaign director avoids answering whether or not the President has made similar assurances to Israel's enemies. It would have been very easy for her to say, of course not.
The state department refused to say that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, which is no change...but they also refuse to say that any part of Jerusalem even the part inside the "green line,"was part of Israel.
And finally, we learn that President Obama is "sneaking around" behind Israel's "back," to sabotage the possibility of an Israeli strike against Iran (which Israel has not yet decided to do).
Is this Obama's pre-election foreshadowing of what he will do once he has the flexibility of not having to run again? Is Obama sabotaging Israel under the radar today and waiting to do even worse more blatantly later? Is the subtle shift in the US position on Jerusalem a signal of the pressure Obama wil deliver in a second Obama administration?
The only way we will know for sure is if he is re-elected...but if (God-Forbid) that happens, for Israel (and for the United States) it will be too late.