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Daily Israel Report

Obama 'Using Israeli Paper to Foil Iran Strike'

Makor Rishon: IDF identifies U.S. "preventive action" against Israeli attack in collusion with Israeli pundits.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/24/2012, 11:55 AM

Obama, Israeli media (montage)
Obama, Israeli media (montage)
Reuters, Flash 90

The United States is colluding with a top Israeli newspaper to stymie Israel's efforts to strike Iran's nuclear weapons program, and the IDF knows it, according to a leading nationalist pundit.

Writing in Friday's edition of Makor Rishon, one of the Israel's veteran journalists, Amnon Lord, paints a picture of intense U.S. meddling in internal Israeli political and security-oriented processes in an effort to prevent a successful Israeli strike on the weapon program meant to make it extinct.

"From a technical military point of view, Israel does not require any kind of coordination with the Americans," writes Lord regarding the plan for a raid on Iran. "There is a concern that the Americans will learn of the date for an attack and try to prevent it in different ways. The Americans have not given the Israelis a feeling that they are true partners in the operative arena, in the past two years. On the contrary, the IDF has identified preventive American activity against an Iran operation."

"This is particularly evident in the grave matter of the leaks regarding Azerbaijan in the past, about the Kurdish region, and recently in the publication of the flight paths to the target. All this is being produced by our ally, with the cooperation of one of the largest media platforms in Israel, which serves and assists the Obama administration against the government of Israel. The Americans are the ones who are feeding some of the arch-pundits with damaging information."

Lord – who was formerly Makor Rishon's editor-in-chief and currently writes a weekly column and is a senior editor – does not name names, but most informed Israeli readers would have no doubt that he is referring to the Yediot Aharonot media empire. In essence, he is accusing the newspaper of colluding with an external force – the Obama administration – against the Israeli government and the IDF, in an existential matter of national defense.

Lord states that Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, the IDF Chief of Staff, is hard at work preparing the IDF strike on Iran and that reports that he thinks such a strike is beyond the abilities of the Israeli military are "simply a disinformation campaign by media people who disguise the fact that it is motivated by a political view."