Obama Freezes Missile Delivery to Israel
by Josh Ruebner, Policy Director, US Campaign to end the Israeli Occupation
August 14th, 2014
Breaking news! According to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration has placed a hold on the transfer to Israel of Hellfire missiles, which have been fired by the Israeli air force at Palestinians in the Gaza Strip from its US-supplied fleet of Apache and Cobra helicopter gunships during Israel’s current attack.
On top of that, the paper reports that all US weapons transfers to Israel will be scrutinized at “the highest levels” from now on. According to a senior Obama administration official, this decision amounts to “the United States saying ‘The buck stops here. Wait a second…It’s not OK anymore.” This is the first time that we know of that the Obama administration has ever taken any action to curtail US weapons deliveries to Israel.
The Obama administration is going to come under immense pressure from the Israel lobby to reverse these decisions, so we need your help today. Please pick up the phone right now and call the White House at 202-456-1111 to thank the Obama administration for freezing the delivery of Hellfire missiles to Israel and scrutinizing future weapons transfers.Also, click here to find contact information for your Members of Congress and call them today to tell them you support the Obama administration’s decision.
This is a first, but very significant, step toward our overall goal of ending US military aid and weapons transfers to Israel, and placing an arms embargo on Israel. Thank you for taking action to support the Obama administration’s decision to freeze missile deliveries to Israel.