Sunday, May 05, 2013

Obama Supports Israeli Strike Against Syria -- Whose Red Line Is It Anyway?

The Israel Project's notes: Obama Emphasizes Support for Israeli Action on Syria: “Justifiably Have to Guard” Against Red Line Violations, “We Coordinate Closely With the Israelis”:
President Barack Obama today reiterated support for actions that Israel is taking to maintain its long-established red line against the transfer of Syrian advanced weapons to terrorist groups. His statements were in reference to reports that Israel on Friday struck a Syrian missile shipment. They come amid reports that Jerusalem on Sunday conducted additional strikes against Syrian military infrastructure.

The Sunday strikes reportedly targeted Iranian weapons bound for the Iran-backed, Lebanese-based terror group Hezbollah. An American official told the New York Times that the weapons were Iranian-made surface-to-surface Fateh-110 missiles. Fateh-110′s are mobile, highly accurate, solid-fuel missiles that have sufficient range to strike deep into Israel from southern Lebanon, including into Tel Aviv.

The Israelis have long maintained that Jerusalem would act to prevent either thetransfer of advanced weapons to allies of the embattled Bashar al-Assad regime or the seizure of those weapons by opposition groups seeking the regime’s overthrow.
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Here is a video of Obama's interview, where he voiced his support for Israel's actions against the Assad regime in Syria:

I'm sure we appreciate Obama's support for what Israel is doing, especially in view of Obama's declared red line against Syrian use of chemical weapons -- a red line that Syria has crossed without Obama taking action.

Here are two cartoons that illustrate that point:

Not Red-y. A. F. Branco, Legal Insurrection

Don't Worry America, Israel's Got Your Back. Asher Schwartz, Jewish Press

Is the Obama administration leading from behind again, as it did in Libya?

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