Report: Israel Helped Obama Prevent Syria Strikes
Obama faced an awkward moment of truth in 2013, after the Syrian regime, led by President Bashar al-Assad, was publicly accused of using chemical weapons on the Syrian people – a move which Obama had deemed a “red line” and threatened airstrikes over.
However, it was then-Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who floated the US-sponsored plan for Syria to relinquish its chemical weapons supply to Russia to prevent Washington from becoming involved in another war, Bloomberg notes.
The full details will be revealed in former Ambassador to Israel Michael Oren’s book Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide.
Both Steinitz and Netanyahu allowed Obama to save face by pitching the move to Washington and the Russians, allowing the two countries to take credit for the sudden solution.
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