Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Barack Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli jets if they attempted to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities. The report came from the Kuwaiti paper Al-Jarida, and claimed that sometime in 2014, the Israeli government planned to attack Iran when they heard the United States and Iran were prepared to strike a secret nuclear deal behind Israeli’s back. The decision was made after Israel learned the terms of the deal were supposedly “a threat to Israel’s security.”
Israel National News added:
The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.
Following Obama’s threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack.
But according to the Washington Times, a senior administration official said the report “is totally false.”
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The Times added:
The stunning stories come only two days before Mr. Netanyahu is scheduled to speak before U.S. Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat, much to the dismay of Mr. Obama and White House officials.
Mr. Kerry didn’t comment specifically on the reports during an appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” but he did claim that Israel is safer today because of the Obama administration, including the interim deal with Iran on weapons-grade uranium.
It’s no secret that Obama doesn’t like Netanyahu, but would he really go so far as to fire on Israeli aircraft headed to Iran?
It wouldn’t be the first time the idea was floated. In 2009, Arutz Sheva reported:
Zbigniew Brzezinski, who enthusiastically campaigned for U.S. President Barack Obama, has called on the president to shoot down Israeli planes if they attack Iran. “They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?” said the former national security advisor to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in an interview with the Daily Beast. Brzezinski, who served in the Carter administration from 1977 to 1981, is currently a professor of American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Maryland.
“We have to be serious about denying them that right,” he said. “If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a ‘Liberty’ in reverse.’” Israel mistakenly attacked the American Liberty ship during the Six-Day War in 1967.
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