[News] Obama gives $1.9 billion in weapons as welcome gift to Israel’s racist government
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Obama gives $1.9 billion in weapons as welcome gift to Israel’s racist
Submitted by Rania Khalek on Fri, 05/22/2015
The Obama administration approved a $1.9 billion arms sale to Israel in
recent days as “compensation
the US nuclear deal with Iran, which the Israeli regime staunchly opposes.
Among the tens of thousands of bombs
included in the weapons package are 3,000 Hellfire missiles, 12,000
general purpose bombs and 750 bunker buster bombs that can penetrate up
to twenty feet, or six meters, of reinforced concrete.
This generous weapons gift comes in the wake of Israel’s most ferocious
attack on the Gaza Strip to date, in which the Israeli army deliberately
targeted civilians, including children
as a matter of policy
The degree of firepower Israel unleashed on Gaza was so extreme
that senior US military officials who participated in the
illegal invasion and criminal destruction of Iraq were left stunned
Even the Pentagon and State Department were forced to acknowledge that
Israel did not do enough
to avoid civilian deaths. But this did not prevent the Obama
administration from rushing to provide Israel with the means to carry
out more atrocities.
Sadistically nicknamed the “Saddamizer
<http://www.villagevoice.com/2003-04-08/news/the-saddamizers/full/>,” the bunker
buster bomb was originally developed by the US military during the first
Gulf war to penetrate Iraqi command centers buried deep underground.
In recent years, these earth-shattering explosives have been repeatedly
deployed against besieged and largely defenseless Palestinians trapped
in the Gaza Strip.
Israel pounded <http://www.wired.com/2008/12/israeli-jets-dr/> Gaza with
US-supplied bunker buster bombs during Operation Cast Lead, the
three-week assault in the winter of 2008-2009 that killed 1,400
Palestinians, including nearly 400 children.
Obama quietly transferred dozens more
bunker buster bombs to Israel in 2009 in an effort to prevent it from
obstructing negotiations with Iran.
The Obama administration replenished that stockpile after yet another
Israeli attack on Gaza in 2012 with a $647 million arms package
that included thousands of bunker buster bombs.
Israel used those bunker buster munitions to pummel Gaza’s high rise
wipe out entire families
as they sheltered in their homes during Operation Protective Edge, the
2014 Israeli assault that ultimately killed over 2,200 Palestinians,
most of them civilians, including over 500 children.
If the past is any indication, Obama’s weapons package will enable
Israel to intensify its unspeakable atrocities against civilians in
Gaza, and possibly Lebanon if Israel’s saber-rattling
Hizballah <http://electronicintifada.net/tags/hizballah> is to be believed.
Asked whether the Pentagon is concerned that its weapons might be used
to harm innocent people, a spokesperson, Roger Cabiness II, offered the
following vague statement: “As with any security cooperation activity,
the United States assesses requests from its partners on a case-by-case
basis, taking into account political, military, economic, arms
control and human rights conditions in making decisions on the provision
of military equipment and the licensing of direct commercial sales to
any country, in accordance with the Conventional Arms Transfer Policy,
the Arms Export Control Act and relevant international agreements.”
Ever since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted an
invitation by the Republican opposition to trash Obama’s diplomatic
maneuvering on Iran in a speech to Congress, analysts have warned of a
growing rift in US-Israel relations, insisting that the so-called
special relationship has reached its lowest point
in recent memory.
Relations apparently deteriorated further following Netanyahu’s election
day campaigning, when, in a last ditch appeal to the worst inclinations
of his rightwing base, he summoned the spirit of George Wallace
warning, “Arab voters are coming out in droves
to the polls. Left-wing organizations are busing them out.”
In an interview
with former Israeli prison guard Jeffrey Goldberg, Obama insultingly
equated the creation of a Jewish settler state in historic Palestine
with the African American civil rights movement, while at the same time
emphasizing the importance of “preserving” Israel’s Jewish majority. He
went on to criticize Netanyahu’s anti-Arab electioneering, claiming to
have enacted “foreign policy consequences” against Israel as a result.
Nevertheless, the pundits’ handwringing over cracks in the special
relationship has been largely unfounded.
In reality, the only penalty Obama has imposed on Israel is
tepid disapproval of Netanyahu’s overt racism, which is rendered
meaningless by Obama’s ongoing material support for Israel’s crimes.
Meanwhile, Netanyahu has assembled the most racist government
in Israel’s history, with unabashed genocide enthusiasts occupying the
most senior level positions.
Israel’s new education minister is Naftali Bennett, leader of the
religious ultra-nationalist Habeyit Hayehudi
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/habeyit-hayehudi> (Jewish Home)
party who famously bragged
“I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life — and there’s no problem with
that.” In response to international outrage at the Israeli massacre of
four children playing soccer on the beach in Gaza last summer, Bennett
accused Palestinian resistance fighters of “conducting massive
make Israel look bad.
Israel’s new justice minister is Ayelet Shaked, the lawmaker who last
June endorsed a call to genocide
which declared “the entire Palestinian people is the enemy” and demanded
the slaughter of Palestinian mothers to prevent them from birthing
Israel’s new culture minister is Miri Regev, who in 2012 helped incite a
violent anti-African riot
when she stood before a racist mob and labeled non-Jewish African asylum
seekers a “cancer”, a statement that 52 percent
of Israeli Jews agreed with. Regev later apologized
not to Africans but to cancer survivors for likening them to Black people.
Israel’s new deputy defense minister is Eli Ben-Dahan, who proudly
are beasts, they are not human,” and, “A Jew always has a much higher
soul than a gentile, even if he is a homosexual.”
Citing a combination of religious text and the writings of far rightwing
Israeli figures, Israel’s new deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely
asserted Jewish ownership over all of historic Palestine, declaring,
“This land is ours
of it is ours. We did not come here to apologize for that.”
Earlier this month, Moshe Yaalon, who will continue to serve as Israel’s
defense minister in Netanyahu’s new governing coalition, threatened
to nuke Iran and promised to kill civilians, including children, in any
future conflict with Lebanon or Gaza.
Unlike Obama’s hollow threats, this is not empty rhetoric. We saw this
incitement play out last summer, from the burning of Muhammad Abu
Khudair <http://electronicintifada.net/tags/muhammad-abu-khudair> by
Jewish extremists and “death to Arabs” mobs hunting Palestinians
the streets of Jerusalem, to the sadistic conduct
by Israel’s military in Gaza.
With Israeli Jewish society submerged in anti-Palestinian racism from
the top down, the Obama administration has guaranteed Israel’s capacity
to carry out its most destructive ambitions.
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