Congress v. president over Israel escalating
Obama faces a more vociferously pro-Israel legislature. Plus: Turkey’s pact with the devil.
The conflict in Washington between the pro-Israel Congress and the anti-Israel administration of Barack Obama just entered a new and enhanced phase.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning the wave of anti-Semitism engulfing Europe and elsewhere.
The Democrat-controlled Senate passed a bill declaring Israel a “major strategic ally” and strengthening ties of trade, technology and defense between Israel and the US. Notable in the bill is an in-your-face enhancement of the pre-positioned US weapons stockpiles in Israel. When the Israeli military withdrew weapons from one of the stockpiles during the recent conflict with Hamas in Gaza, following all the established procedures, the White House was furious, and ordered that no further withdrawals be authorized without the permission of the president, contrary to the agreements between the two countries.