Still treating the Jews like the enemy, even though the only instance in which The One has lost to Netanyahu is in failing to overthrow him in last spring's Israeli elections. But otherwise he's gotten everything he wanted, favoring and subsidizing Hamas, making Israel an even bigger international pariah for the specter of America turning against her, and of course, green-lighting Iran's strategic nuclear arsenal. Netanyahu survived, and his country still lingers, but King Hussein must be convinced that the Jewish State is finished, right? So why keep spying on them? Spite?
Actually, from his twisted anti-Semitic point of view, it makes a lot of sense:
The United States continues to spy on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's communications despite promising to curtail the hacking of its allies, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday....
[A]ccording to the Journal report, Obama decided there was a "compelling national security purpose" in continuing to monitor some leaders, including Netanyahu and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The U.S. administration decided not to remove or disable the "cyber-implants" it had secreted on foreign communications systems, as they would be hard to replace.
Instead, the report says, Obama ordered that some of the hacked systems used by close allies would not be routinely monitored by the NSA, while others would continue to be mined for intel.
"Going dark on Bibi? Of course we wouldn't do that," one senior US official told the Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity. [emphases added]
Sure, some of it is undoubtedly personally motivated by O's raging hatred of the Israeli leader for being an unabashed patriot and not obsequiously genuflecting before him like a subordinate flunkie, to say nothing of openly fighting his Middle East foreign policy in general and his pro-Iranian groveling in particular. But they also know the axiom that an animal is never more dangerous than when it is cornered or wounded. The Iran nuclear "deal" puts the mullahs' nuclear weapons manufacture on maximum overdrive, and correspondingly reduces the time frame Israel has - if, indeed, they have any at all - in which to neutralize this existential threat. And they will have to deal with it themselves, because no other country, least of all the U.S., is going to do it for them.
And, given that the Obama Regime has threatened to shoot down any Israeli aircraft heading for Iranian territory to take out their nuclear weapons facilities, which we are obligated to do under the terms of the "deal," it stands perfectly to reason that the White House would treat Israel like an enemy and subject them to full scale espionage. And probably a great deal else that hasn't come out publicly yet.
That Israeli preemptive strike is inevitable, and sooner rather than later. And when it happens, all hell is going to break loose. And the Iranians might not get the chance to have anything to do with it.
UPDATE (12/30): Guess which other of his enemies the Obama NSA has had under constant surveillance in the same fell swoop:
A report in the Wall Street Journal said that even after Barack Obama announced two years ago he would limit spying on friendly heads of state, the NSA kept watch on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top Israeli officials.
In the process the agency caught some conversations with U.S. lawmakers, according to the report.
That's something that would typically be reported to top congressional leaders and the heads of the House and Senate Intelligence committees, but [Chairman Devin] Nunes said he recalled receiving no such notification.
Well of course you didn't, Mr. Chairman; it defeats the whole purpose of spying if one tells one's enemy that one is spying on them, does it not? Next thing you know you'll be referring to The One as an American president and other rank foolishness. If I were you and your GOP colleagues, I'd be much more concerned about a knock on the door in the middle of the night. It's a wonder you haven't started "disappearing" already.
Not that that wouldn't be a belated Christmas present for some Tea Partiers, of course....