In a shocking report, a Kuwaiti newspaper is claiming that President Barack Obama once threatened to shoot down Israeli jets if they went through with a plan to target Iranian nuclear sites.
Citing “well-placed sources,” Al-Jarida claims that sometime in 2014, the Israeli government made plans to attack Iran when they heard that the United States and Iran were on the cusp of striking 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.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allegedly came to the decision after four nights of deliberation with commanders, and Israeli jets even managed experimental test flights in Iranian airspace after evading Iranian radars. But when an Israeli official with good ties to the Obama administration revealed the planned airstrikes, Obama allegedly threatened to shoot down the Israeli jets. (VIDEO: Bobby Jindal Slams Obama For ‘Disrespecting Israel And The Jewish People’)
Israeli media network Arutz Sheva points out that at least one veteran Democratic statesman has been open in their opinion that the U.S. should shoot down any Iran-bound Israeli jets. “They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq,” former diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski said in 2008, “Are we just going to sit there and watch?”
At least some are skeptical of Al-Jarida’s report. One reporter for the conservative Jewish Press notes the story “appears at first glance to be an invention of an imaginative editor.” But the same writer notes that “Al-Jarida is considered to be a relatively liberal publication whose editor Mohammed al-Sager previously won the International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists.”
[h/t Arutz Sheva]