US President Barack Obama's antipathy against Israel persists despite critical help from Jerusalem during the Syrian chemical weapons scandal in 2013, Bloomberg revealed Monday.
Obama faced an awkward moment of truth in 2013, after the Syrian regime, led by President Bashar al-Assad, was publicly accused of using chemical weapons on the Syrian people – a move which Obama had deemed a "red line" and threatened airstrikes over.
However, it was then-Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who floated the US-sponsored plan for Syria to relinquish its chemical weapons supply to Russia to prevent Washington from becoming involved in another war, Bloomberg notes.
The full details will be revealed in former Ambassador to Israel Michael Oren's book Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide.
Both Steinitz and Netanyahu allowed Obama to save face by pitching the move to Washington and the Russians, allowing the two countries to take credit for the sudden solution.
Oren blames both politicians for setting a diplomatic precedent through the backdoor deal – one which implies Washington will do nothing about the Iranian nuclear threat – and adds that Obama refused to publicly credit Israel with the plan, instead taking credit for the "historic" deal himself.
While still days before its release, Oren's book is already under fire. One official involved in those talks denied to Bloomberg that Israel pitched the plan and that both Russia and the US were discussing the possibility of international intervention before Israeli involvement.
Ally hits newsstands on June 23.