Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Obama comes out as being "decidedly more attentive to Israel"

It's really hard to believe that the United States has been able to claim to be an "honest broker" between Palestinians and Israelis for so long. One quick look into the history of U.S. support for Israel exposes this claim: between 1968 and 2008, the United States gave Israel more than $67 billion of taxpayer-funded military aid grants and loans. In 2007 the Bush Administration signed an agreement with Israel to provide an additional $30 billion in weapons from 2009 to 2018.

Yet this claim has been made again and again, administration after administration. And that is why we should perhaps give Obama some credit for being honest when he told a delegation of U.S. Orthodox Jewish leaders visiting the White House yesterday that his administration is "
decidedly more attentive to Israel than it is to the Palestinians."

This admission is a reminder of how complicit the United States is in Israeli occupation and apartheid. Without unconditional U.S. military and diplomatic support, Israel could not continue its systematic human rights abuses against Palestinians. It is the responsibility of every U.S. taxpayer to work to put an end to this injustice. 


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