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Obama frustrated over necessity of Israel’s qualitative military edge


Frustrated over snags in Saudi arms deal, Obama showed his anger over a US law, requiring Defense Department’s guarantee that weapons sales to Mideast nations must comport with the US’s pledge of keeping Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region.



WASHINGTON — Frustrated over a stall in an arms sale to Saudi Arabia, Obama once questioned the necessity of maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday.

US President Barack Obama speaks at the Righteous Among the Nations Award Ceremony, organized by Yad Vashem, at Israel’s Embassy in Washington January 27, 2016.

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U.S. has military plan should Iran conflict erupt, says air force chief

According to Bloomberg, Pentagon officials say U.S. prepared options to provide aerial refueling for IDF planes, as well as plans to attack Iranian military bases.

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz said Wednesday that Washington has prepared military options to strike Iran’s nuclear sites should conflict erupt, Bloomberg reported.

  Just four days before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington, Schwartz told reporters that military options are being prepared in the event of a conflict.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Photo by: Reuters

“What we can do, you wouldn’t want to be in the area,” Bloomberg quoted Schwartz as telling reporters in Washington on Wednesday. Continue Reading »