Carey Wedler (TheAntiMedia)
September 19, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C.-On Friday, the United States Senate voted to re-establish Israel as a “major strategic partner” and according to the Jerusalem Post, “further bind the executive to ensure Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region.” Image credit: wikimedia.org
The bill was co-authored by Missouri Republican, Roy Blunt and California Democrat, Barbara Boxer. It was co-sponsored by 81 members of the Senate, a substantial majority of the upper chamber of Congress. It is a newer version of similar legislation passed in the House in March and last year in both the House and Senate.
As if Israel did not already have a strategic edge in the region, backed by the world’s most powerful military and armed with a massive arsenal of nucelar weapons, the United States has now committed to an increase in stockpile weaponry for the Jewish state by $200 million to $1.8 billion, which comes in addition to billions toward other military projects.
Further, the bill enhances and expands export licensing, research and development, and as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) happily reported, it:
“lays the foundation for expanded US-Israel cooperation in a wide variety of spheres, including defense, intelligence, homeland security, cyber security, energy, water, agriculture, and alternative fuel technologies.”
Considering Israel and AIPAC’s influence over American lawmakers, it is no surprise that the bill passed, though it seems redundant to further legislate the iron-clad alliance. For example, it was recently revealed that the NSA shares unfiltered mass data of American citizens wth Israel. Many of the bombs and tear gas canisters that Israel used to assault Gazans this summer came from the United States.
Though President Obama condemned Israeli shelling of UN-schools and the use of American weapons came under scrutiny, material support continues and the US recently stonewalled attempts to investigate potential Israeli war crimes.
United States politicians often cite Israel as “the only democracy in the Middle East,” but given the long-term realities of Israeli occupation, discrimination, and institutionalized racism against Palestinians, any claims of Israel’s humanitarian and democratic values are as absurd as continuing to call America the freest country on Earth (in light of its literal and physical assaults on civil liberties, domestically and abroad).
Just this week, Israel vowed to harshly discipline conscientious objectors for refusing to spy on and participate in the occupation and oppression of Palestinians. On Thursday, the Israeli Supreme Court upheld a housing law allowing Jewish discrimination against Arabs.
But as William Daroff, the senior vice president for public policy and director of the Jewish Federations stated, he was:
“…delighted that the Senate has come together to pass this important legislation building upon the remarkable relationship between Israel and the United States. In declaring Israel a ‘major strategic partner,’ the Senate has made perfectly clear that the Jewish state will remain one of our strongest allies in the world.”
This bill simply further codifies what has been apparent for decades: that the United States and Israel are partners in war crimes and in the “strategic” manipulation of public opinion that they stand for freedom and justice for all.
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