News You Really Need To See: “Israel Outflanks White House”

News You Really Need To See: “Israel Outflanks White House”

Not What You Might Think

“Israel Outflanks White House”

The Wall Street Journal, August 14, 2014, p.A1

http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-sway-over-israel-on-gaza-at-a-low-1407979365

White House and State Department officials who were leading U.S. efforts to rein in Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip were caught off guard last month when they learned that the Israeli military had been quietly securing supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon without their approval.  Since then the Obama administration has tightened its control on arms transfers to Israel.  But Israeli and U.S. officials say that the adroit bureaucratic maneuvering made it plain how little influence the White House and State Department have with the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu —and that both sides know it. … Bracing for a longer military campaign than expected, Israel approached the Defense Department within days of the start of the ground fighting to request money for more interceptors for the Iron Dome, which shoots down…

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