Palestinian men carry the dead body of a child out from the rubble after an Israeli missile struck a house killing at least seven members of the same family in Gaza City, November 18, 2012.
Washington’s direct support for Israel has placed the US “squarely at odds with” key nations such as Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia, an American analyst says.
“In reflexive defense of Israel, the US government thus once against [sic] put itself squarely at odds with key nations such as Turkey (whose prime minister accused Israel of being motivated by elections and demanded that Israel be ‘held to account’ for mounting civilians deaths), Egypt (which denounced Israeli attacks as ‘aggression against humanity’), and Tunisia (which called on the world to ‘stop the blatant aggression’ of Israel),” Glenn Greenwald wrote in an article published on the Guardian
Contrary to some claims that the US government has shown “insufficient fealty” to the Israeli regime over the past year, Greenwald said, Washington’s full financial, military and diplomatic support for Israel has been a driving factor for Tel Aviv’s mounting attacks on Gaza.
“That the Netanyahu government knows that any attempt to condemn Israel at the UN would be instantly blocked by the US is a major factor enabling them to continue however they wish. And, of course, the bombs, planes and tanks they are using are subsidized, in substantial part, by the US taxpayer[s],” he added.
“But pretending that the US - and the Obama administration - bear no responsibility for what is taking place is sheer self-delusion, total fiction. It has long been the case that the central enabling fact in Israeli lawlessness and aggression is blind US support, and that continues, more than ever, to be the case under the presidency of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner.”
Greenwald further lashed out at the US media for depicting Washington as pro-democracy and justifying the Israeli strikes on Gaza as self-defense.
“Israeli aggression is possible only because of direct, affirmative, unstinting US diplomatic, financial and military support for Israel and everything it does. This self-flattering depiction of the US as uninvolved, neutral party is the worst media fiction since TV news personalities covered the Arab Spring by pretending that the US is and long has been on the side of the heroic democratic protesters, rather than the key force that spent decades propping up the tyrannies they were fighting.”
Israel has been carrying out deadly airstrikes on Gaza since November 14. At least 96 Palestinians, including many women and children, have been killed in the Israeli airstrikes. More than 700 people have also been injured, with some of the wounded being in critical condition.