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August 14, 2014 - 11:43 am

According to YNet News, the Obama administration has halted shipment of Hellfire anti-armor missiles to Israel.

The administration blames the decision on Israel:

The Journal reports Israel requested money for more Iron Dome interceptors from the US Defense Department mere days after the ground incursion into Gaza began. While Israeli officials told the Americans Israel had enough interceptors for the current Gaza operation, they said it wanted to replenish its stocks.

According to the Journal, the Obama administration, with Israel’s consent, decided not to seek emergency funding, and instead hold the Congress vote on the $225 million military aid proposal in the fall.

While the White House had no qualms about supplying Israel with the defensive, non-lethal Iron Dome interceptors, the Journal reports Israel took another route to secure $3 million worth of lethal munitions, including 120-mm mortar shells and 40-mm illuminating rounds.

The request, made by Israel’s Defense Ministry to the US military, was approved without needing or seeking the approval of President Barack Obama or Secretary of State John Kerry, officials told the Journal. At the same time, the standard review process was properly followed.

After the shipment of the 120-mm and 40-mm rounds caught the White House by surprise, the Pentagon was instructed to put another arms shipment to Israel – a large number of Hellfire missiles – on halt and the administration instructed all of its defense agencies to consult with the White House and State Department before approving any additional arms requests from Israel, the Journal reported.

The halt puts future shipment approvals high up in the administration, with the president and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Both Obama’s and Kerry’s relations with Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are severely strained. Hamas, a terrorist group according to the US government, started the war and has broken several cease-fires, yet US policy under Obama has not been to give Israel the benefit of the doubt. Kerry drew criticism in Israel in June when he attempted to broker a cease-fire with Hamas patrons Qatar and Turkey, while ignoring a better cease-fire offered by Egypt, which would have marginalized Hamas.

Obama’s relationship with Netanyahu has never been good. Obama and the Israeli PM are reported to have had a “particularly combative” phone call over Israel’s operations against Hamas just yesterday.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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If obama is muslim would he act any differently?
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Caught them by surprise? "Unexpected!"

Israel has treaties with us. These things are pre-approved. They do not need to go through the WH for approval. That's why they went straight to our military, rather than pester the WH for routine transactions. I hope Netanyahu goes to the Media to point this out.
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Teh Won and Horseface support Hamas. Period.
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Makster you get it. Truth is American Jews just tune out, they go on facebook, they watch stupid Hollywood movies, they have their jobs, their families, they don't care. They just don't care. It's a topic for social historians and Jewish scholars, but really they are so far gone, they may as well be on Thorazine.

Expecting them to give a damn is expecting somebody who has been on anti-psychotic medication for twenty years to give a damn about anything.

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I'm an American Jew and I wrote my Christian internet friends to spread the word, immediately. There is no use to write my Senators and Congressmen, they are in Obama's hip pocket.I definitely would write if I thought it would do any good but, they, like many Democrats(and some Republicans) will rest on their laurels of providing Israel with defensive weapons, like the Iron Dome.
I really think that Rav Melamed's idea of building in Judea and Shomron is the best answer to this(Of course with prayer, charity, and good deeds...Elul is around the corner). Obama, et. al. cannot stop us from building and we should answer their blackmail with the only response that shows we are a sovereign nation. As far as arms go, we've got to make them again in Israel, why did we ever capitulate about the Lavie jet fighter…you're so right about,"We should have seen it coming years ago."…but I'd say even years before Obama.
I would not say,"Dark Days", though, although with some dissension showing thru, at least the Israeli people have found a new found unity and that unity is expressed in "Make peace….Bless all of us as one with the light of (His) countenance" . With that light and a love for our brothers, we will ward off any darkness.
The other ace card in Obama's pocket,is of course the UNSC veto.
H' ya'azor.(G-d will help)
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Everybody is missing the point. The point being we should have seen it coming. I did and pointed it out to anybody who would listen when the war started, that Obama would do his best to limit and halt weapons shipments. We should have seen it coming years ago, when Obama who was so obviously a Jew-hater was elected. And contingencies put in place, none were - as in remove our dependency on US weaponry in whatever way possible. Years ago.

Bibi should have seen this coming miles off, and Israeli society and our media is as fast asleep as American Jewry. Israel cannot gamble its future on the American political circus, and it never should have.

So what alternative plans are being put in place for spare parts and advanced weaponry when we fight the next war against an ever more heavily internationally funded Hamas and the far more powerful Hezbollah in the north and even Syria and who knows who else, and what of Iran? If none are or it's only been done with less than pressing urgency, it is quite simple - Israel will not survive, it will begin to crumble all over. Already Hamas is delighted, they know that Obama has its back and this doesn't only encourage Hamas, but Hezbollah too and others desiring our destruction.

Dark days.
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I wonder if the UK threat to with hold munitions is being coordinated with the White House.
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The UK doesn't need to take cues from the White House, as they've got their own history of hostility to Israel. Hardly a week goes by without someone, usually in the Lib-Dem or Labor party, saying something nasty about Israel. Maybe they're still pissed that those Jews drove them out of Palestine. The Royal Family has yet to visit Israel, though they've likely visited every other country on the planet.
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It is not surprising Kerry pushed the Hamas, Qatar, Turkey, plan. It reads like something designed by the US State Department.
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How much more evidence is needed that OBOZO is a MUSLIM and that America's JEWS are extremely misguided in their continuing support of DemocRATS.
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He doesn't have to be a Muslim does he now? He can just be a Jew-hating Leftist. At this point it doesn't matter. I mean is the Jew-hater Kerry a Muslim, are self-hating Jews Muslims, is the Jew-hating Western Left, its media, the universities etc. Muslim? No. The Jew-hating far Right in Hungary Muslim? No.

Were the Nazis Muslims?

He can just be a Jew-hating far Leftist, it's bad enough.
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I do not think they are "Jew hating"..they sure like Weinstein…Soros…the right kind of Jews.
What they hate is the idea that there could be an ideology different than theirs that would actually be right, that there exist those who challenge their ideas of moral relativity, that there are those who actually believe that the there is One who rules the universe, not them. They are extremely arrogant and their god is themselves and their religion is a new form of idolatry…same with the Jews who adore them.
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Obama: "I've got Israel in the back".
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This son of a buck is following HIS policy, his proclivities, his anti-Semitism. Mussolini for Morons cares nothing about "the will of the people."

It's Obama's country -- we're just living in it.
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Israel has a very capable arms industry.
I guess they will just have to pirate the Hellfire and build their own version...
I'd also recommend looking into the laser-guided 4.7 FFAR that our own military didn't follow up on...
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They already have their own counterpart. But sometimes they elect to buy the US product out of the military assistance budget, rather than buy the local product using their own shekels. But it's clear Israel has to reduce reliance on the US - and UK - for military systems.
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Were I the Israelis, I would put up a fleet of drones armed with Hellfires that have been reverse engineered and copied. This would provide an instantaneous response to a missile being fired. Gaza, being such a small area could be blanketed. Of course, they could already be doing this, what do I know.
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The key weapon he halted a long time ago is our support for Israel. Oh, he has a weapon for Israel, but mercifully they aren't listening to Kerry.
14 weeks ago
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The Obama Doctrine can be found in Muslim Brotherhood strategy papers.
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Under the chapter titled, "Final Solution".
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