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June 23, 2016 5:48 pm

Elliott Abrams: Obama’s Hypocrisy Highlighted in Push to Undermine Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge (INTERVIEW)

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07.02.2009 - Elliot Abrams,former deputy national security adviser to president George W. Bush, currently Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Photo:Ariel Jerozolimski

Elliot Abrams, former deputy national security adviser to president George W. Bush, currently Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Photo:Ariel Jerozolimski/CFR.

Despite claims by Barack Obama that his support for Israel has been greater than that of all presidents throughout American history, a possible White House decision that would undermine Israel’s qualitative military edge (QME) — highlights his hypocrisy, a prominent foreign policy expert told The Algemeiner on Thursday.

Elliott Abrams — senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and former national security adviser to President George W. Bush — was reacting to reports that Obama is seeking to stop subsidizing Israel’s defense sector.

More specifically, according to a column by Eli Lake in Bloomberg View on Wednesday, the president wants to remove the “offshore procurement” provision that has been unique to Israel’s aid package. Israel, Lake wrote, “is not only the greatest beneficiary of US defense assistance, but also the only one allowed to spend a portion of that assistance on weapons and equipment from its own industry. Everyone else has to buy American.” Israeli and American officials say, according to Lake, that “Obama would like to phase out the agreement that allows Israel to spend 26 percent of US annual aid at home” — something that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been objecting to as a renewal of the package is being discussed.

“In one respect this is surprising,” Lake said. “Obama and his supporters like to tout US military aid to Israel as an act of the president’s unprecedented generosity. The US has given Israel nearly $24 billion under Obama, more than any other US president. At the same time, Obama’s insistence on ending the US subsidy for Israeli defense items reflects a growing unease among many US defense companies that America’s cold war client state is now a competitor in the international arms market.”

Abrams told The Algemeiner that he doesn’t see much irony in Obama’s reported reversal in policy, because his claims of unwavering support for Israel “have always been baseless.”

“While military-military and intelligence relationships with Israel are very good, they are also largely invisible. The political relationship, which is entirely visible and critical for Israel’s security, is awful,” he said.

Furthermore, he said, “We know from recent comments by [former US Defense Secretary] Leon Panetta that Obama has never been a supporter of maintaining Israel’s QME. This is another fact that undermines the claim that he’s so great for Israel’s security. It should be obvious that undermining Israel’s defense sector undermines its security.”

Abrams also said that Israel is not the only country affected in this way by the current administration in Washington. In fact, he said, most US allies — including the Gulf states, Japan, Korea, Australia and Poland — “feel less safe today than they did when Obama entered office.”

Where Obama’s attitude towards the Jewish state is concerned, Abrams said, “The record of his seven years is one of constant battles with the government of Israel. He has a lack of sympathy and a willingness to blame Israel for the stall in peace talks, when we know full well it is [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas who has refused to talk.” Furthermore, he added, Obama’s “successful fight to legitimize a nuclear weapons program for Iran — delayed a decade,” greatly endangers Israel.

“That is not a record of support for Israel’s security,” he said.

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  • Victor

    It is ok, for last night we witnessed the truth of the words of prophet Zechariah. Check them out 12:3. European Union wants to rip apart the Land of Israel. Yet, it is the EU that is being torn apart.

  • Yadja

    Don’t feel alone Israel, Obama has done nothing to secure the safety of the American people either. He has opened out borders and broken every immigration law we have, he has brought in refugees from the worse countries to the tune of over 100,000 a year and even after the head of our CIA told congress ISIS here in large numbers and coming in with the refugees, after the Orlando attacks he brought 441 Syrian refugees to America and put half in Florida even in Orlando.

    Hang in there Israel and all our allies you see how UK finally stood against the EU well America standing against Obama and Hillary via Trump. Pray for us and we pray for all of you.

  • robert davis

    P.S. The Israeli public should take example in the BREXIT on brits who voted OUT in spite of all the eu pr,false prédictions,lies about UK’s losses which will surely not show up neither in the economy nor even in the finance line since only those who take salaries of 1 billion per year may lose something and these funds do NOT disperse in the economy. If a few banks want to move from London it’s no big deal except for themselves! On economy there will be no great change the latter will be found in the POLITICAL aspect and very very favourably if a new government has the courage to expel the muslim population from GB.

  • robert davis

    Excellent article and Abrams summing up of obanana’s presidency as “constant battles with the government of Israel” and his present battle against the Congress and the Senate in order to stop Israel’s QWE(qualitative military edge)which he did all thry his bloody mandate shows so much harte against Israel that I am more than surprised that arch stupid Israeli public prefers hillary who would do exactly the same Policy as obanana to Trump’s pro Israel attitude. All of Israel’s problems come from Israel’s stupidity and lack of political intelligence which pushed it to vote for the anti Israel leftwing corrupt criminals. This stupid public seems to ask for more of the same. In this case they should not complain when arabs slit their throats.

  • Tony Trenton

    Obummer’s hypocracy is in line with his Muslim education during his formative years in Indonesia !!!

    Obummer is the perfect ‘Muslim Spleeper Agent’

    Obummer’s actions and policies are in line with Islam !!!

    Weakening the USA and the Western Values. Is the path they need .

    Islam has every intention of ruling the World with Sharia Law !!!

  • Luis

    Barack Hussein Obama’s perfidy in relation to Israel–and every other aspect Barack Hussein Obama deals with–is not new. But we will soon be rid of Barack Hussein Obama and the next president, likely to be a Republican, will reverse all, or most of, Barack Hussein Obama’s nutsiness.

    Israel has a defense industry possibly superior even to the US defense industry, and the exception which Barack Hussein Obama wants to cancel is typical of a jackass such as Barack Hussein Obama is, because the Israeli creativity would eventually be shared with the US defense industry and contribute to the destruction of the insane mad dog mohammedan efforts to establish a world-wide “caliphate.” DAMMIT!!!

    • Luis

      My reference to the Israeli defense industry being superior to the US industry should have said, “in certain areas at least.”

  • Obama is a radical Muslim and all that he does is anti Semitic and anti Israel and anti civilization. Its time for a Republican president that does not lie to his people. Clinton is a proven liar as are the Democrats and most sitting senators have outlived their sell by dates.

    • Arthur Safir

      Amen !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hamanslayer

      You are quite correct, except that in the case of our politicians it is not a “sell by” date — it is definitely a buy by date… and the buying has in most cases been done!

  • Sara klompus

    The question is how others in his administration have also gone along with Obama. I guess because they are like minded cronies- the same ilk as Bernie Sandrrs/ pandering to the Palestinians. Disgraceful that so many Jews are so blind and continue to praise Obama and his treatment of Israel..

  • Steve

    Why would Obama want to undermine the ability of Israel to defend itself and at the same time give billions of dollars to Iran,a country that supports terrorists and wants the death of America and Israel ? It makes one wonder.Their religious leaders,who consider us infidels,believe it is okay to lie to anyone who is considered infidel because they are unworthy and less then themselves.

  • Carol Offenbach

    Obama’s hyp re Israel is dictated by moslem brotherhood. CAIR, Hamas, clinton’s right hand person huma, all anti Israel. Obama’s many staff members anti. Old rev wright, a lover of all mankind, Obama’s mentor, along with Ayers

  • I can hardly wait to see Obama’s backside leaving the WH. When Trump is President Israel will be welcomed back to the US with open arms. I sincerely hope America is not dumb enough to elect a Democrat left radical like him again.

  • Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said:

    Our history as a people demonstrates that we need more power than others to survive.

    That is one of the important lessons to be learned from thousands of years of anti-Jewish bigotry.

    I am reminded of it every time I open one of my poison-pen letters.

    We are not the Swiss and our history is not one of being left alone.

    It is one of constant victimization and repression. Without power – indeed, without power disproportional to our numbers – we continue to be victimized.

    We should strive to enhance our power on every front.

    SOURCE: Chutzpah by Alan M. Dershowitz (chapter 4, page 129) published in year 1991 by Little Brown & Co ISBN: 9780316181372 ISBN: 0316181374

  • Lia

    The problem is always this: if one’s behaviour betrays one words, neither one’s friends nor one’s enemies trust one any longer.

  • Why is it that people still do not seem to see the obvious ie:

    1. Obama IS the Trojan Horse

    2. Obama, the Trojan Horse, has already unloaded his cargo on Israel, the USA and the rest of the civilised world.

    Is the reason, not to call him out due to the fact that he is black and that black is the “new black”, or what else? This reluctance to see, let alone state the obvious seems to me very very sinister.