Obama and Barak discuss dwindling anti-Iran strike options as the US exits Iraq

BY DEBKAFILE— US President Barack Obama’s half-hour tête-a- tête with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Washington Friday, Dec. 16, was vitally concerned with the coming steps in the Syrian showdown and the latest developments in the controversy over Iran’s nuclear weapons program, debkafile’s Washington and intelligence sources report. Their conference was urgent because key…

The Obama administration's threefold slap in Israel's face

BY DAVID HORNIK, FRONTPAGEMAG— Worried about losing some of the Jewish vote for 2012, President Obama has been sweet-talking American Jews lately and making some staunchly pro-Israel statements. In September he told the UN General Assembly: Let us be honest with ourselves: Israel is surrounded by neighbors that have waged repeated wars against it. Israel’s…

Panetta's antagonistic speech on Israel

BY JENNIFER RUBIN, WASHINGTON POST— Just when you think that the Obama administration hasn’t annoyed the American Jewish community quite enough or publicly insulted our democratic ally Israel sufficiently, along comes an administration figure willing to stick his finger in the eye of the Jewish state. On Friday, that task fell to Defense Secretary Leon…

With friends like these

BY CAROLINE GLICK, JPOST— The slurs against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu voiced by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US President Barack Obama after last week’s G20 summit were revealing as well as repugnant. Thinking no one other than Obama could hear him, Sarkozy attacked Netanyahu, saying, “I can’t stand to see him anymore, he’s a…

Obama's Mideast adviser steps down amid stalled peace talks

BY BARAK RAVID AND NATASHA MOZGOVAYA, HAARETZ— The growing frustration in the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama over the apparent stall in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians continued to take its toll on Thursday, as the president’s Middle East adviser Dennis Ross stepped down from his post. News of Ross’ resignation comes…