Report: Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli jets attacking Iran
An obscure Kuwaiti newspaper published a report carried by an Arab news English language site, Ma'an, there was an incident in 2014 where President Obama discovered Israeli plans to attack Iranian nuclear sites and threatened to shoot down Israeli jets who were carrying out the mission.
Ma'an is partly sponsored by the UN and other Arab governments. The Kuwaiti newspaper, Al-Jarida, is owned by the former speaker of the Kuwaiti parliament.
I mention the provenance of the report because it's almost certainly fase. Either a small Kuwaiti newspaper has published thes scoop of the young century, or the story is bogus.
But the point isn't so much that the story is false. The point is that very few people would be surprised if it were true. This administration is top heavy with anti-Israel advisors. UN Ambassador Samantha Power even suggested invading Israel back in 2002 to force a peace between Arabs and Israelis. It's not such a large step from there to shooting down the planes of an ally fighting to defend itself.
Here's the original report from Ma-an:
A Kuwaiti newspaper reported Saturday that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran's nuclear facilities in 2014.
Al-Jarida newspaper quoted "well-placed" sources as saying that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had taken a decision to carry out airstrikes against Iran's nuclear program after consultations with his minister of defense Moshe Yaalon and foreign minister Avigdor Liberman in the presence of top security commanders.
The decision came, according to al-Jarida, after Israel revealed that the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement in that regard behind Israel's back.
According to the report, Netanyahu and his commanders agreed after four nights of deliberations to task the Israeli army's chief of staff Beni Gants to prepare a qualitative operation against Iran's nuclear program. In addition, Netanyahu and his ministers decided to do whatever they could do to thwart a possible agreement between Iran and the White House because such an agreement is, allegedly, a threat to Israel's security.
The sources added that Gants and his commanders prepared the requested plan and that Israeli fighter jets trained for several weeks in order to make sure the plans would work successfully. Israeli fighter jets even carried out experimental flights in Iran's airspace after they managed to break through radars.
However, an Israeli minister "who has good ties with the US administration revealed Netanyahu's plans to Secretary of State John Kerry" and as a result Obama then threatened to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.
Netanyahu had to abort the operation and since then relations between Israel and the United States have been declining, according to the sources quoted in the report.
Arab "journalism" being what it is, it's very hard to give credence to this report. After all, many Arab newspapers have been saying for years that the Jews are responsible for 9/11. Roger Simon of PJ Media reports that the story is almost certainly a plant to spread disinformation in advance of Netanyahu's speech to Congress:
The source stated that, since 2008, it is no longer possible for the U.S. to intercept Israeli jets flying over Southern Iraq, the normal route to Iran.
The U.S. simply does not have the facilities in place anymore, and if it were to get them, the “spin up” would be obvious to almost everyone, making it ineffective. Moreover, there have been many reports that Saudi Arabia has agreed to let the Israelis fly over their territory if they attacked Iran, making U.S. interception all the more difficult.
Still further, the source noted, it would be unclear if U.S. air force personnel would obey an order to attack their Israeli colleagues — some of whom they may have trained with. On top of that, the Israelis are often more experienced fighter pilots. The ones chosen to attack Iranian nuclear installations would undoubtedly be an elite team.
Good points well taken. But the takeaway here is that the president would no doubt give serious consideration to a plan to shoot down Israeli jets. I can't think of any other president where it would even cross their minds.