In a report that’s likely sending shockwaves through the region, Middle Eastern news agencies are picking up a Kuwaiti newspaper’s report that President Obama actually threatened to shoot down Israeli war planes if they attacked Iran to stop its nuclear program.
Al-Jarida, an independent newspaper owned by a former president of the Kuwaiti parliament, reported that the Israeli government had made plans to attack Iran because it suspected the Obama administration had reached an agreement with the ayatollahs, according to the Israeli news site Arutz Shiva.
Citing “well-placed sources,” Al-Jarida reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his top advisors had decided take military action, if necessary, to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The Israelis had not only developed a plan, but even engaged in experimental flights to make sure they could elude Iranian radar defenses, the report said.
However, the report said, an Israeli minister told Secretary of State John Kerry about the plan and President Obama threatened to shoot down the Israeli plans before they could reach Iran. The planes would have to cross Iraq to reach Iran from Israel.
Unbelievable as a U.S. strike on Israeli planes might be, if the report is true, it wouldn’t be the first time it’s been suggested in high circles, according to the Daily Caller.
In 2008, Zbigniew Brzezinskiwho was national security advisor to President Jimmy Carter and campaigned for Obama, told the Daily Beast in an interview that the U.S. military could stop any Israeli attack on Iran.
“They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq,” he said at the time. “Are we just going to sit there and watch?”
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