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US military and foreign assistance to Israel has “continued unabated” under President Barack Obama, despite disagreements on a number of issues, says a political analyst in Virginia.
“Israel continues to be by far the largest recipient of American foreign aid, American military aid and American weapons. That has continued unabated under the leadership of President Obama for seven years now,” said Keith Preston, chief editor and director of AttacktheSystem.com.
The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Obama maintained surveillance of certain allies, chief among them Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The White House was particularly concerned that Israel might be monitoring the negotiations with Iran in order to derail efforts to reach an accord on Tehran’s nuclear program, US officials said.
The news drew criticism from members of Congress, Republican presidential candidates and Israeli officials.
GOP candidate Ben Carson accused Obama of treating Israel as “his real enemy.”
“It is truly disgraceful that the Obama administration has spied on Prime Minister Netanyahu, his colleagues and pro-Israel lawmakers in Congress,” the retired neurosurgeon said in a statement on Wednesday.
Preston said, “There is nothing particularly surprising about the fact that the National Security Agency was conducting surveillance of [Israel].”
“This is something that the American intelligence services have always done even before the modern surveillance technology that currently exists came into being,” he added.
Preston dismissed as “nonsense” Carson’s assertion that Obama is being unfriendly with Israel.