It isn't much of a secret in the worlds of diplomacy and journalism that Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu aren't exactly going to be inviting each other to their homes for weekend barbecues. But in what's raising eyebrows from Juneau to Jerusalem is CBS News reporter Dan Raviv dropping a journalistic bombshell on Mar. 1, 2014 by accusing the Obama Administration of attempting to convince Israel to stop blowing-up more than a few Iranian scientists assigned to the country's nuclear program.
In the light of the Islamic Republic of Iran stating more than once that they have every intention of wiping Israel off the face of the map, CBS newsman Raviv, who also co-authored Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel's Secret Wars, has penned in no uncertain terms why so many Iranian nuclear program heavyweights are either finding out way too late that a bomb has been strapped to their car's undercarriage, or they're being found in the woods with extra holes in their heads they weren't born with:
Recently, as I sought to update a book I co-wrote about the history of Israel's intelligence agencies, sources close to them revealed that they felt pressure from the Obama Administration - more than a hint - to stop carrying out assassinations inside Iran.
Israel's intelligence agency, the Mossad, has long been accused of being behind the assassinations. The rift between Israel's Prime Minister Netanyau and Obama has been long brewing.
History of mistrust ...
Israeli distrust of Obama hit a high point in May of 2011 when he called on Israel to voluntarily withdraw to it's pre-1967 borders, which at the narrowest point, Israel was a mere 9 miles wide.
It was during that year's Six-Day War when Egypt with the full cooperation of its Arab allies, committed an act of war against the Jewish State when they placed an armed naval blockade against the Israeli port city of Eilat on the Gulf of Aqaba, which leads to the shipping lanes of the Red Sea and beyond.
It was during the Six-Day War that Israel sized the West Bank, the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula while crushing the combined armed might of Jordan, Syria and Egypt.
The other shoe just fell ...
Within a handful of months since outraging the Israeli in what many considered an insult on the world stage, Barack Obama was caught in a "hot mic" moment with then French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Without either realizing the microphone was still on, Sarkozy was heard to say to Obama, "I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar."
Not exactly covering his buddy's six, Obama responded:
You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you.