How can Jewish people support Obama?
Seven months ago, Israel and the U.S. postponed a massive joint military exercise that was originally set to go forward just as concerns were brimming that Israel would launch a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The exercise was rescheduled for late October and appears likely to go forward on the cusp of the U.S. presidential election. But it won’t be nearly the same exercise. Well-placed sources in both countries have told TIME that Washington has greatly reduced the scale of U.S. participation, slashing by more than two-thirds the number of American troops going to Israel and reducing both the number and potency of missile-interception systems at the core of the joint exercise.
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“Basically what the Americans are saying is, ‘We don’t trust you,’” a senior Israeli military official says.
The reductions are striking. Instead of the approximately 5,000 U.S. troops originally trumpeted for…
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