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USA: Obama Freezes Missile Delivery to Israel

Saturday 16 August 2014, by siawi3

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Source: End the Occupation/ US Campaign to end the Israeli occupation
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Senior Obama Administration Official: “It’s Not OK Anymore”

PHOTO: Hellfire missiles on a Cobra helicopter. Credit: Wikipedia.

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.

I’ll be discussing these latest developments tonight at 7:00 PM Eastern at a special educational event—Stop Israel’s Ongoing War Crimes against the People of Gaza—in historic Cooper Union in New York City organized by World Can’t Wait.

Can’t make it in person? Watch this important event live-streamed at

Thank you for taking action to support the Obama administration’s decision to freeze missile deliveries to Israel.


Josh Ruebner, Policy Director

PS: The Wall Street Journal article is previewed here.

PPS: Join the international campaign for an arms embargo of Israel sponsored by the Palestinian BDS National Committee.