National Security Brief: U.S. Senator Criticizes Israeli Leader In Letter

— Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) wrote scathing letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for openly attacking the Obama administration’s Iran policy. “I write to you as one of Israel’s staunchest supporters in Congress to express my deep disappointment over your remarks that call into question our country’s support for Israel and commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” she wrote.

— Israeli opposition leader Shaul Mofaz also lashed out at Netanyahu for his harsh rhetoric directed toward the U.S. on Iran’s nuclear program. “Which administration is it more important for you to replace — the administration in Washington or that in Tehran?” he said. “Explain to us, Mr. Prime Minister, what are your red lines in managing the current crisis with the Americans over Iran?”

— The AP reports: “The U.S. has dispatched an elite group of Marines to Tripoli on Wednesday after the mob attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. Officials were investigating whether the rampage was a backlash to an anti-Islamic video with ties to Coptic Christians or a plot to coincide with the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.”

— CNN reports: “U.S. unmanned surveillance drones are expected to begin flying over Benghazi and other locations in eastern Libya to look for jihadi encampments and targets that may be tied to the attack on U.S. State Department personnel.”

— The New York Times reports: “The history of the film — who financed it; how it was made; and perhaps most important, how it was translated into Arabic and posted on YouTube to Muslim viewers — was shrouded Wednesday in tales of a secret Hollywood screening; a director who may or may not exist, and used a false name if he did; and actors who appeared, thanks to computer technology, to be traipsing through Middle Eastern cities.”

— Some Syrian rebels expressed frustration that a controversial anti-Muslim YouTube video is generating more outrage among Arabs than the rising death toll within Syria.