March 30, 2017

Obama Delays Arms Sales to Israel While Arming Israel’s Enemies

This article first appeared Lubbock Avalanche-Journal at Lubbockonline.com

Submitted by Donald R. May

President Obama continues his visible opposition to Israel and his support of Islamic countries that oppose Israel.

Our close military ally Israel has been purchasing ammunition, missiles, and other military supplies directly from the Pentagon. While Israel was confronting Hamas in the Gaza Strip last month, the Obama Administration discovered Israel’s working relationship with the Pentagon and has now slowed the supply process in an apparent effort to better control Israel. Jihad Watch reported,

Each transfer will no longer go directly through the Pentagon, but must now be approved by the State Department and the White House, giving Secretary Kerry and President Obama direct control on every transfer. The new procedure has had the affect of delaying the transfer of precision strike hellfire missiles to Israel in a time of war. The administration clearly intends to use such transfers as political leverage on Israel.

The Obama Administration has expedited highly sophisticated arms sales to Turkey. Turkish Weekly reported,

The United States has cleared a potential $320 million advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) missiles sale to Turkey after the country demanded arms from its NATO ally amid increasing security risks in the region.

According to the announcement, the missiles will be used on the F-16 aircraft – and eventually F-35 aircraft – in the Turkish army’s inventory and will maintain the THK’s air-to-air capability to defend its extensive coastline and borders against future threats.

Turkey’s recently elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has increasingly opposed Israel, has a close relationship with Vladimir Putin, and is becoming increasingly hostile to Greece and Greek Cyprus, both of whom support Israel.

In addition, the Obama Administration just completed its largest arms sale of the year to Qatar. One recalls that the five most dangerous Islamic Terrorists housed at GITMO were recently released in Qatar. ISIS, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood all receive major support from Qatar. Reuters reported the following,

The United States signed an agreement with Qatar on Monday to sell the Gulf Arab ally Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defense systems valued at $11 billion.

“Today’s signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement.

The agreement was signed at the Pentagon by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Qatar’s defense minister, Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah.

It was the biggest U.S. arms sale so far this year, according to media reports.

It is very disturbing that the Obama Administration continues to put pressure on Israel to not defend itself against Islamic Terrorists while seeming to actually support the Terrorist enemies of Israel. Arming Qatar and Turkey preferential to Israel, and giving Iran time and money to continue its nuclear weapons development program are not comforting for the security of Israel or the United States.