JERUSALEM ISRAEL – Israeli officials say they will not make a big scene with top Obama Administration officials visiting here these days and will continue to smile bravely publicly, but privately they are showing they are disappointed and even a bit angry with President Barack Obama and his handling of several sensitive issues:
· Obama’s stepped-up pressure on Israel not to attack Iran, especially not before the coming US presidential election;
· Obama’s strong refusal to confront Turkey over its veto of Israeli participation in NATO exercises as well as top-level counter-terror talks.
· Obama’s firm veto of a pardon for Jonathan Pollard, although most US officials involved in the case feel Pollard should be released.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon visited Jerusalem this week, and both urged Israel to give President Obama’s sanctions more time to cause Iran to slow or end its atomic weapons program, and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is expected to do the same during his upcoming visit soon.
“We are all on the same page regarding Iran,” Clinton said in public, but privately Israeli officials who asked not to be quoted told The Algemeiner that this not so, and this is not the only issue where there are clear differences with the Obama Administration.