Appeasing Iran, Then Shortchanging Israel – Editorial/InvestorsBusinessDaily
Middle East: President Obama got friends of Israel in Congress to support his Iran nuclear deal by pledging he would compensate the Jewish state with military aid. It’s another broken promise.
The Israeli DEBKAfile news site reports that Israeli officials meeting with the Obama administration’s National Security Council at the White House were denied a request for additional $1.9 billion in military aid to counter new and enhanced threats. The threats include the increased arms Iran will be able to give the Hezbollah terrorist group with the tens of billions of dollars Tehran will have available from the nuclear deal’s lifting of sanctions.
“The U.S. officials explained that, because of cutbacks in U.S. defense spending, it would not be possible to add a single dollar to Israel’s regular $3.1 billion appropriation,” the Israeli site reported. “After notifying Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon of this refusal, the Israeli delegation was advised to reduce its application to $900 million. This too was refused.”
It’s so bad that Netanyahu has told Cabinet members, “perhaps we will not manage to come to an agreement with this administration and will need to come to an agreement with the next administration.”
Do we even have to read between the lines to discern that President Obama is such a bad president for the defense of Israel, Bibi has concluded it’s better to wait for the unknown next president, whoever it is — dove Democrats like Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, or even a Republican whose commitment to Israel is, all in all, a mystery.
With Mideast Arab nations receiving advanced weaponry from Russia and China, and the emergence of the bloodthirsty Islamic State caliphate, an Iran teeming with new cash to fund terrorism and strengthen its regional military power is only one of Israel’s new challenges.
Last summer, when Obama anxiously wanted congressional support for his nuclear pact with Iran, the president gave the impression that snubbing our ally Israel on military aid the following year was the last thing we’d ever see happen.
“Our support for Israel is … an important element in deterring Iran from ever seeking a nuclear weapon,” Obama wrote to Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., whose support for Israel kept him sitting on the fence regarding the Iran deal, but who was convinced by this letter.
“Throughout my time in office I have consistently viewed Israel’s security as sacrosanct,” the president claimed. “My administration has pursued an unprecedented level of military, intelligence, and security cooperation with Israel.”
Obama touted the U.S. providing Israel with “unparalleled access to some of the most advanced military equipment in the world, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which will be delivered in 2016,” plus “an unprecedented $1.879 billion multi-year munitions resupply package that will provide Israel continued access to state-of-the-art precision-guided munitions, including penetrating munitions (the BLU-113 super penetrator), Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) tail kits, and air-to-air missiles, all of which will give the Israel government access to the most sophisticated arsenal for years to come.”
The president added: “I also have offered Israel the V-22 Osprey — a hallmark U.S. air platform — which the Israeli government has chosen not to procure at this time.”
Multi-mission propeller planes that turn into helicopters so they can land vertically may be very cool, but Israel knows what it needs to fight the growing threat of modern terrorist states, and it isn’t the Osprey.
Both Ya’alon and Netanyahu are expected to visit Washington next month, but Obama’s Iran nuclear deal is arming the world’s foremost terrorist state with so many tens of billions in ready cash, it’s doubtful the two can convince this president to cough up enough added military aid to make up for the damage he’s done.