(JNS.org) President Barack
Obama, due to his “dismay” over Israeli operations, allowed the U.S. intelligence
community to leak classified information about the recent Israeli airstrike on
Syria, World Tribune reported.
Last month, the Israel Air Force bombed Yakhont anti-ship missiles stored in a Hezbollah-controlled warehouse near Latakia, Syria, according to the New York Times. Some of the missiles were reportedly spared because they were moved before the Israeli airstrike.
A U.S. diplomat who declined to be identified told World Tribune that the decision to leak information about the Israeli airstrike on Syria “could come only from Obama.”
“This reflects his dismay over the Israeli operations, which the president believes could result in a regional war,” the diplomat said.
Jonathan Tobin, senior online editor of Commentary magazine, wrote that the leak by the administration “is nothing short of outrageous.”
“If the administration is serious about supporting Israeli security, this is not the time to playing games on the question of Russian missiles falling into the hands of terrorists,” Tobin wrote. “Israel has every right to keep that from happening and will be justified in continuing air strikes or any other measure that might accomplish this goal. Appeasing Russia in this matter won’t give Obama the ‘reset’ of relations with Moscow he’s always wanted. American efforts to deter or prevent it from acting aren’t merely unhelpful; they are part of a dangerous game that could, if Israel is unable to stop the transfers, result in a situation that could cost both Israeli and American lives.”