A new shocking report by the New York Times revealed that former President Barrack Obama used American satellites in order to monitor Israel Defense Force Actions over fear that the Jewish state would strike Iran’s Nuclear program.
The spying occurred in the time leading up to Obama’s terrible nuclear deal with Iran which led to the U.S. sending billions of dollars to the country while they continued to grow their nuclear program and with it their hatred for the U.S.
The detail was contained in an extensive New York Times Magazine story titled “The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran.” The story says it is based on accounts with “dozens of current and former American, Israeli and European officials,” including many top American and Israeli officials cited on the record.
The article shines a light on the fractured relationship between Obama’s admin and Israel on a wide spectrum of issues. At the forefront of those issues, disagreements over the emerging nuclear talks with Iran.
The Israeli government was initially kept in the dark about the early talks that eventually became the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the abysmal deal that President Trump would later withdraw from.
The Times reported that Obama foolishly saw the JCPOA as the “centerpiece of his foreign-policy legacy.” For Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, the newspaper reported that the deal would, according to The Times’ characterization, “be the ultimate betrayal — Israel’s closest ally negotiating behind its back with its most bitter enemy.”
The newspaper reported that in the lead up to the talks, the Obama administration spied on Israeli military movements near Iran.
The Times reported:
“Obama took the possibility of a sudden Israeli strike seriously. American spy satellites watched Israeli drones take off from bases in Azerbaijan and fly south over the Iranian border — taking extensive pictures of Iran’s nuclear sites and probing whether Iranian air defenses spotted the intrusion. American military leaders made guesses about whether the Israelis might choose a time of the month when the light was higher or lower, or a time of the year when sandstorms occur more or less regularly. Military planners ran war games to forecast how Tehran might respond to an Israeli strike and how America should respond in return: Would Iran assume that any attack had been blessed by the United States and hit American military forces in the Middle East? The results were dismal: The Israeli strikes dealt only minor setbacks to Iran’s nuclear program, and the United States was enmeshed in yet another war in the Middle East.”
Obama does have a rather expansive history of surveillance during his time as President, especially concerning the nuclear deal. Another instance was reported where he spied on American citizens.
In 2015, The Wall Street Journal cited current and former U.S. officials at the time divulging that U.S. surveillance programs captured communications between members of Congress and Israeli leaders, providing intelligence information about Israeli efforts to lobby against the JCPOA.
According to officials cited in the report, the Obama-era National Security Agency even zeroed in on targeting Netanyahu himself and those around him.
The Journal further reported that the surveillance “also swept up the contents of some of their private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups.”