Obama Secretly Gave Israel Powerful Bombs
Followed up on Bush-era request
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 23, 2011 7:00 AM CDT
President Barack Obama attends a luncheon at the UN Building, Wednesday, Sept., 21, 2011.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – A new twist in President Obama’s relationship with Israel: Though he was publicly calling for more concessions to Palestine, the president also covertly approved Israel’s longstanding request for “bunker buster” bombs. Some 55 of the special weapons were sent to Israel just after Obama entered office, officials from the US and Israel tell Newsweek. The bombs could be effective in an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Israel had first sought the bombs in 2005; two years later, President Bush told then-PM Ehud Olmert that he’d have the weapons ready in 2009 or 2010. Obama delivered the weapons in early 2009, insiders say. US military chiefs were OK with the sale, says one, but feared it could be interpreted by Israelis and Iranians as a “green light” for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Obama also ordered “the military to ratchet up the cooperation at every level with Israel,” says a Democratic rep. Newsweek's full piece comes out on Monday.

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truesoy
Sep 24, 2011 7:50 AM CDT
...and the 'thank you' note from Israel's prime minister to Obama was...? 'screw you, dude!', as he was addressing the U.S. Congress recently. Nice.
InferiorToYou
Sep 23, 2011 2:27 PM CDT
Just how powerful? Were these the mini nukes?
getoffmylawn
Sep 23, 2011 12:38 PM CDT
Obama had NO experience in running a nation (or anything else) when he came to office. Im sure he was simply told by his advisors and the military (and arms lobbyists) that this had to happen since it was a done deal, and he said 'well, OK'. The question is whether it was intentionally kept a secret, or was it simply not announced. The former would be regrettable, but probably inevitable. Just another chapter in the long history of Israel taking advantage of our largesse and then telling us to f*ck off when we object to anything they do.