How the United States is helping kill the Palestinians
The US military alliance with Israel also involves joint military exercises and the joint production of Arrow missiles and other weapon systems. The American and Israeli military have collaborated on drone technologies tested by the Israelis in Gaza. In 2004, the United States called Israeli forces with experience in the occupied territories providing tactical training to US special operations forces as they confront popular resistance to the hostile US military occupation of Iraq.
The US military also maintains an estimated $ 1.8 billion weapons stockpile in six locations in Israel, prepositioned for use in future US wars in the Middle East. During the Israeli attack on Gaza in 2014, even as the US Congress suspended some arms deliveries to Israel, it approved discount stocks of 120mm mortar shells and 40mm grenade launcher ammunition from US stocks for Israel to use against Palestinians in Gaza.
Diplomatically, the United States has vetoed the UN Security Council 82 times, and 44 of these veto have been to shield Israel from responsibility for war crimes or human rights violations. In each case, the United States was the only one to vote against the resolution, although a few other countries sometimes abstained.
It is the United States’ privileged position as a permanent member of the Security Council that exercises its veto, and its willingness to abuse this privilege to protect its ally Israel, that gives it this unique power to thwart international efforts. aimed at holding the Israeli government accountable for its actions under international law.
The result of Israel’s unconditional US diplomatic shield has been to encourage increasingly barbaric treatment of Palestinians by Israel. As the United States blocks all responsibility in the Security Council, Israel has seized more and more Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, uprooted more and more Palestinians from their homes, and responded to the call. resistance of largely unarmed people by ever-increasing violence, detentions and restrictions on daily life.
Politically, despite most Americans support neutrality in the conflict, pro-Israel groups, including the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), have played an extraordinary role in pressuring American politicians to give unconditional support to Israel.
The roles of campaign contributors and lobbyists in the American political system make the United States particularly vulnerable to influence peddling, whether by monopoly corporations and industrial groups like the Military Industrial Complex and Big Pharma, or well-funded interest groups like the National Rifle Association. , AIPAC and, in recent years, lobbyists for Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
On April 22, just weeks before this latest assault on Gaza, the overwhelming majority of members of Congress, 330 out of 435, signed a letter to the chairman and senior member of the House Appropriations Committee opposing any reduction or conditioning of US funds in favor of Israel. The letter, a repudiation of calls by some progressives in the Democratic Party to condition or otherwise restrict aid to Israel, supports one of AIPAC’s main demands.
US President Joe Biden, who has a long story to support Israeli crimes, responded to the latest massacre by insisting on Israel’s “right to self-defense” and foolishly hoping that “it will close sooner or later”. Its ambassador to the UN has also shamefully blocked a call for a ceasefire in the UN Security Council.