Israeli Politicians Have One Tough Demand For Barack Obama

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December 20, 2017Dec 20, 2017

On Sunday, Politico released a disturbing report that chronicled how the Obama administration undid years of investigations into Hezbollah, the Islamic political party and militant group based in Lebanon. The report alleges that the administration undid years of investigations so that they could appease Iran and pave the way for the Iran deal. 

The reports claim that the Obama administration permitted terrorists to walk free and halted law enforcement efforts against Hezbollah. The Daily Caller claims that the administration's actions, which included enrichment through money laundering and drug trading, directly contributed to the enrichment of the terrorist organization. As a result, Hezbollah became more powerful and more dangerous in the region.

Aware of Politico's disturbing report, many politicians in Israel — a nation directly impacted by Hezbollah's growth — have lashed out at former President Barack Obama. 

In fact, many Israeli politicians have one tough demand for President Obama: to return his Nobel Peace Prize.

The Daily Caller provides some statements from prominent Israeli politicians, which they took from the Jerusalem Post.

According to Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid:

“Obama must return his Nobel Peace Prize. Israel warned repeatedly that there can be no connection between the nuclear deal and anti-terror activity, certainly against Hezbollah…We also warned of this specifically, because of the proven link between Hezbollah and Iran.”

The regional cooperation minister Tzachi Hanegbi claimed that:

"Up until the Obama Administration, every American President fought terrorism uncompromisingly…I am convinced that the Trump Administration will not turn from that tradition and the outrageous and mistaken policy that was revealed this week will not be repeated.”

Former Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren said that:

“It was clear that the government was willing to do anything to reach an agreement, including ignoring Iranian terror that took the lives of hundreds of Americans and Israelis and hundreds of thousands of Syrians. This exposée and others that may be published in the future must strengthen our resolve…[to] change this dangerous agreement.”

It is clear that many in Israel are particularly disturbed by the report, and are generally critical of the Obama administration's controversial deal with Iran, negotiated with the goal of controlling the threat of Iran's nuclear program.

According to Business Insider, the report suggests that the Obama administration intentionally stonewalled a Drug Enforcement Agency investigation against the terrorist group. 

Officials tell Politico's John Meyer that the administration purposefully derailed the DEA's investigation into Hezbollah's massive drug trade operations which, according to reports, provided the group with up to $1 billion in funds a year. Desiring to gain favor for the Iran nuclear deal, the administration cut support for the investigation. 

"The administration's willingness to envision a new role for Hezbollah in the Middle East, combined with its desire for a negotiated settlement to Iran's nuclear program, translated into a reluctance to move aggressively against the top Hezbollah operatives, according to Project Cassandra members and others," Meyer writes.

According to Business Insider, DEA agents found evidence of cooperation between Hezbollah, Mexican and Columbian drug cartels, and high-level officials in Syria, Russia, and Venezuela. The drug enterprise involved trafficking cocaine into the US from Venezuela, laundering the money through front companies like a foreign used car dealership, and using foreign banks to store and legitimize the transactions. 

Obama administration officials have denied the accusations printed by Politico and have claimed that no evidence backs up the story.

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