Tuesday, July 16, 2013

U.S. Exposes Israel: The Question is "Why?"

Bee Sting: Missiles based in Syria were destroyed and once again, unknown "US Officials leaked" or blamed Israel for the bombing, first reported in CNN.  When news of the bombing was first reported, there were many speculations as to who was responsible.  And, since the U.S. is aware that Assad has promised to respond to Israel on any further bombardments, the question remains:  "Why would the U.S. (through anonymous "officials") place Israel in jeopardy, by stating to CNN that "Israel is responsible for the bombing"?  
Is CNN a separate country from the United States?  Wouldn't any and all U.S. media be cautious before printing reports by "unknown" officials, without first verifying information that would places our ally in harm's way?  According to CNN, not one, but three officials said:
"Three unnamed US officials told CNN the IAF had targeted Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship missiles that could pose a threat to Israel."
"In response to rumors that the July 5 air strike could have been carried out by the IDF, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Tuesday that Israel will continue to stand on the sidelines of Syria’s civil war.

In an apparent reference to the strike – which killed between 10 and 20 Syrian military personnel – Ya’alon maintained: “For a long time we have continued to say that we are not involving ourselves in the bloody civil war in Syria. We have established our red lines and we are sticking to them.
“When there is an attack or explosion of some sort or another in the Middle East...
no matter what, we are blamed,” he said during a visit to Tze’elim army base in the Negev. “The Syrian civil war has also spread into Lebanon for some time."
Israel, while rightfully concerned about the on-going "leaks" from the White House, would not dare to openly confront their long-standing friend, the U.S., but from my point of view, as an American, I must ask: "To what advantage does the U.S. feel they are gaining by betraying the security of Israel?".

I will post the most recent article on this issue, from YNet News:
Israeli Fighter Jet F-16
Israeli Fighter Jet F-16 Photo: Courtesy IDF spokesman

Failed US policy endangers Israel

Analysis: Political disputes in Washington putting Israel's citizens in truly dangerous situation
Published: 07.15.13, 20:23Israel Opinion

The American policy toward the Middle East has been moving in the past few months from failure to failure, and mainly from helplessness to embarrassing mistakes. The inability of the Obama administration to produce worthy responses to the developments is angering not only the supporters of the US in the region, but also the political establishment and media in American itself.

Even media outlets that are considered to be traditional supporters of the president, such as the New York Times, have leveled harsh criticism over the lack of policy and mainly the failed conduct vis-à-vis Syria. But this isn't all. The efforts invested by Secretary of State John Kerry in an attempt to bring Netanyahu and Abbas to the negotiation table have been dubbed "obsessive" and "pathetic." Meanwhile in Egypt, Defense Minister al-Sisi is furious with the Americans over what he claims is their continued support of deposed president Morsi.
US-Israel Relations
Secrets and missiles  / Alex Fishman
Op-ed: Pentagon officials selling Israeli secrets know they are jeopardizing clear Israeli interests
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The Obama administration, at least in the beginning, capitulated to various human rights groups until it realized that supporting Morsi goes against American interests in the region, goes against the interests of the Sunni Arab states, particularly in the Gulf, and is also unjustifiable because the Egyptian army does not want to rule the country, even if this power is served to it on a silver platter. Al-Sisi wants to remain behind the scenes rather than become a new pharaoh.

Those who helped the Obama administration realize this were senior Israeli officials, including National Security Advisor Ya'akov Amidror and Defense Minister Ya'alon, who discussed the matter with his American counterpart Hagel.

Another indication of the confusion in Washington is the leaks by anonymous sources in the Pentagon regarding the operations in Syria allegedly carried out by the IDF. In May they leaked to CNN's military correspondent that the Israeli Air Force attacked Iranian missiles near Damascus, and this past weekend the same correspondent reported - and later other news outlets - reported that Israel struck from the air Russian-made land-to-sea Yakhont missiles that were stored northeast of the Syrian port city of Latakia.

In May senior American officials apologized and promised that the leaks would stop. Israel made it clear to the Americans at the time that the reports may force Assad to launch devastating missile attacks on northern Israel so as not to be perceived as a collaborator and lose what's left of his credibility as an Arab ruler. Then came the most recent leak, which shocked the Israeli leadership.

Once again the question was asked: Why did the leak come from the same Pentagon officials? The answer is not encouraging. The reason Pentagon officials were behind the current and past leaks is most likely political – part of an internal dispute within the Pentagon: Should the US act militarily to end the massacre in Syria? Can it? Or should it avoid a military operation and also ignore the use of chemical weapons by Assad's forces, despite Obama's threats?

בדרך ממשחק גולף בזמן שמצרים בוערת. אובמה           (צילום: EPA)
Obama on way to golf game as Egypt erupts (Photo: EPA)

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey claimed the US Military would need 700 sorties to neutralize Syria's anti-aircraft force and secure a no-fly zone. This was how the US and its allies came out on top in past conflicts in Iraq, Kosovo and Libya. But America does not want another war after it has already withdrawn from Iraq and is trying to leave Afghanistan by the skin of its teeth. This is why senior government officials are using various excuses provided by the generals in the Pentagon in order to avoid military intervention in Syria.

The leaks, which point to Israeli successes in Syria, expose the emptiness of the Obama administration's excuses. Therefore, some people estimate the leaks are actually meant to embarrass the administration and come from those who are in favor of Western military intervention in Syria and from Republicans looking to attack the Obama administration any chance they get.

The Israeli political established is fuming, because the internal disputes within the US are putting Israel's citizens in a truly dangerous situation. The leaks are reducing Assad's so-called "room for denial." The Syrian president is really not interested in getting involved in a conflict with Israel at this juncture.

Without addressing the question of whether Israel was behind the destruction of the Yakhont missiles, it is clear that the leak from Washington may push Assad into a corner and force him to respond in a way that will hurt and endanger Israel.American officials, in the heat of the domestic argument, are pitting Israel and Syria against each other. This is not a legitimate move by our closet ally and patron. After all, it is Israel that will suffer from the missile attacks, not the US.

This is not the only damage caused to Israel and other countries by the US' befuddlement and careless conduct. But everyone has to keep quiet because we have no other superpower that supports us.


For more links, see below (use Google translator for links in Hebrew)::
Latakia under fire (Archive) (Photo: AFP)
Latakia under fire (Archive) (Photo: AFP)


Report: Air Force out to attack a military base in Turkey in Syria

Russian TV channel RT published this morning that Israel and Turkey have collaborated assault on Latakia arsenals. According to the report, Israeli warplanes out from the base bath and flew over the sea to not enter Syrian airspace, in order to not be a legitimate target for Assad Forces.  http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/490/406.html?hp=1&cat=666&loc=10

Syria attacks: U.S. dragging Israel into the war?

By: Amir Bohbot, Walla! News

Russian reports: the planes were attacking Syria from Turkey

Russian Network RT reported that the Israeli Air Force came from a military base in Turkey and flew Latakia from the sea, to avoid flying through the Syrian air space

Report: Israel launched air strike on Syrian arms depot from Turkish military base

Turkish FM Davutoglu vehemently denies Russia Today report that Israel used its base to attack Latakia arms depot.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, considered by many in Jerusalem as hostile to Israel, found himself in the unusual situation on Monday of having to deny reports that Turkey cooperated with Israel in an attack 10 days ago on three Syrian arms depots in the port city of Latakia.
A Russia Today report quoted a source as saying the IAF launched the attack, which allegedly destroyed three depots – containing state-of-the-art, Russian-supplied Yakhont anti-ship missiles – from a Turkish military base. 

RT source: Israeli strike on Syria was carried out from Turkish base

Published time: July 15, 2013 04:00
Edited time: July 15, 2013 13:00