In anger, Obama questioned necessity of Israel’s qualitative military edge

WASHINGTON — Frustrated over a stall in an arms sale to Saudi Arabia, Obama once questioned the necessity of maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday.

Panetta was confirming a report from Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg, who attributed the claim to him in an article on Obama’s foreign policy doctrine published last March.

The former Pentagon chief said the White House, at the time, was deeply concerned that Israel was preparing to unilaterally strike Iran. Simultaneously, the administration was also hoping to complete with Riyadh a significant sale of fighter jets.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/In-anger-Obama-questioned-necessity-of-Israels-qualitative-military-edge-457323

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