December 27, 2008
Obama no longer has to placate pro-Israel voters, including no shortage of Christian Zionists, so his lack of comment on the premeditated slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza should send us a message — an Obama administration will continue the long-standing U.S. policy of allowing Israel to wantonly kill Palestinians and pay the Israeli government handsomely to do so. In 2008, the U.S. gave $20.27 billion to Israel, more than a 12 percent increase in foreign aid from 2007.
|An AlJazeera video report on Israel’s slaughter on the Gaza Strip.|
In fact, it would seem Obama is dedicated to supporting Israel, no matter how many Palestinians it slaughters or starves. “All of us are concerned about the impact of closed border crossings on Palestinian families. However, we have to understand why Israel is forced to do this,” Obama wrote in a letter to ambassador Khalilzad. “Israel has the right to respond while seeking to minimize any impact on civilians.”
According to the logic of Obama — or rather his neoliberal handlers — Israel was forced to bomb the densely populated Gaza and kill so far over a 150 people. As Richard Silverstein noted on January 24th of this year, Obama’s letter to the neocon and former senior political scientist at RAND, Zalmay Khalilzad, may as well have been penned by an AIPAC staffer. “In fact, that’s a very strong possibility in this instance,” as Obama, the Democrats, and no shortage of Republicans have incessantly paid tribute to the political pressure organization.
|Obama had no comment on the wounding of this Palestinian child.|
On cue, Israel’s foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, issued profuse excuses for the carnage. “The international community understands that Hamas is an extreme Islamist organization that spreads its hatred in the entire region, which is being supported by Iran,” she said. “And the international community needs to understand that this is the translation of the right of Israel to defend itself, that there is no other alternative and we are doing what we need to do in order to defend our citizens.”
In fact, Hamas became the “threat” it is today thanks to Israel’s Mossad. “Israel thought that it was a smart ploy to push the Islamists against the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO),” notes Zeev Sternell, historian at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of the Islamist movement in Palestine, was eagerly supported by Prime Minister Golda Meir and the Israeli government. Yassin, after he had served his usefulness, was blown to bits by an Israeli missile.
In 2002, Richard Sale, a UPI correspondent, filed a report detailing the Israeli connection to Hamas. “The thinking on the part of some of the right-wing Israeli establishment was that Hamas and the others, if they gained control, would refuse to have any part of the peace process and would torpedo any agreements put in place,” an anonymous U.S. official told Sale. The original report has since found its way to the memory hole, although it lives on elsewhere.
Democrats who thought an Obama administration would bring some balance to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are probably saddened by Obama’s apparent lack of concern for the mass murder now taking place. But then what did they expect? Obama is nothing if not window dressing for the New World Order and obviously the NWO wants the carnage to continue in Palestine. Of course, the global elite have no special love for Israel, either, and its people will be sacrificed when the time is right. Israel’s elite will do so willingly, as they have in the past, including collaborating with the Nazis, as Lenni Brenner has documented.
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