An analyst says US President Barack Obama’s disregard for Israel’s “red lines” on Iran and Syria is indicative of a widening gap between Washington and Tel Aviv. “The US has just backed away from every Israeli ‘red line’ - Syria, Iran - and has even begun pushing for a Palestinian settlement again,” Gordon Duff wrote in a column for Press TV on Wednesday. In his joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington on September 30, US President Barack Obama refused to blame Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons against civilians, Duff said. Duff said Obama simply said the “indiscriminate, horrible weapons” must be taken out of Syria.
“Netanyahu was aghast, the weapons that were Assad’s had now become ‘indiscriminate’ with no mention of who used them, who made them or how they got to Syria,” wrote Duff.He added that Obama’s words practically ran counter to those by his own Secretary of State John Kerry that the Assad government had been responsible for the August deadly attack near Damascus. “Two weeks later, President Obama, with Netanyahu sitting next to him, has backed away from those assertions. Why?” asked Duff. He underscored Netanyahu’s “continued mindless belligerence,” saying, “Time and time again, Netanyahu has stated that Israel’s real military power is based on its ability to manipulate America to fight unjust wars of aggression.” “False-flag terrorism,” Duff said, is a specialty of the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad. KA/HMV/SS