Last year the Obama administration faced off against Congressional Republicans and Jewish groups who had the audacity to invite the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanayhu, to address a special joint session of Congress. There were back-room deals and deliberations over the speech, which was to be delivered by one of President Obama’s least favorite world leaders, even though Israel is a supposed ally of the United States.
Since Barack Obama took office that alliance has frayed considerably. The Wall Street Journal has a groundbreaking story about just how bad the alliance has become, and how low the Obama administration is willing to stoop to get back at the Jewish State, its leaders and its American supporters. Would they go so far as to break U.S. law over a petty political issue? It appears they’re willing to risk it. The Journal reports:
President Barack Obama announced two years ago he would curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state after the world learned the reach of long-secret U.S. surveillance programs.
But behind the scenes, the White House decided to keep certain allies under close watch, current and former U.S. officials said. Topping the list was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The U.S., pursuing a nuclear arms agreement with Iran at the time, captured communications between Mr. Netanyahu and his aides that inflamed mistrust between the two countries and planted a political minefield at home when Mr. Netanyahu later took his campaign against the deal to Capitol Hill.
The National Security Agency’s targeting of Israeli leaders and officials also swept up the contents of some of their private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups. That raised fears—an “Oh-s— moment,” one senior U.S. official said—that the executive branch would be accused of spying on Congress.
Unfortunately the news broke during a lull for the news media, with most Americans and commentators checked out the week between Christmas and New Years. Unfortunately for the Obama administration, Jewish groups and Congress won’t soon forget how he overstepped his power in order to spy on one of the few allies we have left.
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