Report: U.S. Blaming Israel for Rising Fuel Prices (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/03/12)
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The Obama administration is blaming Israel for the recent rise in
global crude oil prices, according to a Sunday report in The World
Tribune. The rise in fuel prices is deemed as harming the U.S.
economy and has also hurt Obama in the polls as he seeks re-election
The report cited a leading U.S. analyst, Robert Satloff, who returned
from talks with Israeli officials.
Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East
Policy, said, according to The World Tribune, that the Israeli
leadership saw Washington as attributing the higher gas prices
to “Israel’s posturing” on Iran.
“They think the Iranians should be held responsible for the higher
gasoline prices,” Satloff was quoted as having said.
He added that the officials told him the Obama administration was
staging a campaign to undermine Israel.
“I cannot underscore how deep and visceral the [Israeli] comments of
the leaking that came out of Washington were,” Satloff said, noting
Israel is alarmed by what officials determined were leaks by the
administration of U.S. President Barack Obama of purported Israeli
preparations to attack Iran.
The Israeli concerns come in the wake of a report in Foreign Policy
magazine last week, according to which Israel has purchased an
airfield in Azerbaijan on Iran´s northern border, prompting the
United States to watch very closely.
Journalist Mark Perry wrote that the Obama administration is
monitoring Israel´s relations with Azerbaijan, particularly its
The Americans believe Israel may use the site as a springboard for an
attack on Iran´s nuclear plants, or as a landing and refueling spot
following one. The site could also be used for aircraft needed for
search, rescue and recovery in the wake of an attack.
“We´re watching what Israel is doing in Azerbaijan. And we´re not
happy about it,” an official told the Foreign Policy writer.
Azeri president Ilham Aliyev later dismissed the speculation and
said, “Azerbaijan´s territory will never be used to launch an attack
against its neighbor, Iran.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/03/12)
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