As the Israeli military continues battling terrorist-sponsored Palestinian militants in Gaza, the Jewish nation depends on missiles it has used to strike back at the relentless onslaught over the past several weeks.
According to recent reports, the U.S. government has not only failed to defend Israel to the satisfaction of many Americans, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; it is actively denying the country access to weaponry needed for its current military campaign.
Breitbart cites a Wall Street Journal report published Wednesday that indicates Israel requested a so-called military-to-military shipment of Hellfire missiles. Although sources indicate that these deliveries do not require any authorization from officials outside of the military, the Obama administration reportedly put a halt to the shipment just as the first missiles were about to be transferred.
— MadBob (@BaylorBob) August 14, 2014
The decision was apparently made at about the same time as a phone conversation between Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, described as “particularly combative” by U.S. officials.
Israeli official confirms US stopped arms shipment to Israel. Obama-Bibi clash at new level http://t.co/AFwqufP01J
— Ziya Meral (@Ziya_Meral) August 14, 2014
Reports indicate that each military-to-military shipment from the U.S. to Israel will now be scrutinized by this administration. This additional step will slow down the deliveries that are eventually approved and, as Breitbart pointed out, sends Israel the clear message that the U.S. is no longer the strong ally it has been in the past.
YNet also covered the development, citing Israeli officials who view the Obama administration as “weak and naïve,” preferring to seek assistance from outside of the executive branch when possible.
For their part, U.S. officials reportedly feel that Israel has twisted the position of Secretary of State John Kerry and others in the administration who have urged the nation to embrace a ceasefire with its neighboring enemy.
Israel’s U.S. Ambassador Ron Dermer, however, insists that his country has no intention of burning any bridges between the two nations and values the support America has provided.
“Israel deeply appreciates the support we have received during the recent conflict in Gaza from both the Obama administration and the Congress,” he said, “for Israel’s right to defend itself and for increased funding of Iron Dome.”
U.S. authorities indicate the administration is still willing to provide further funding for Israel’s missile defense system, known as the Iron Dome. Shipments of heavy artillery, however, will reportedly remain under review.
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