The United States has been the “chief bankroller” of Israel’s criminal operations against the Palestinian people for decades, a writer and political analyst in Boston says.
Washington is “blind and deaf to the brutality against the Palestinians and the increasing condemnation from the rest of the global community,” said Daniel Patrick Welch, an activist and outspoken critic of US foreign policy.
“The Palestinians have been brutalized and very persistent in their struggle and we can only hope that they’re increasingly successful,” Welch told Press TV on Tuesday. “It’s just atrocious what has been happening right now since the beginning of October, the latest round of atrocities against Palestinians.”
Tensions have flared in recent weeks after Israel imposed restrictions in August on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque. Dozens of Palestinians have been killed in clashes with Israeli forces and settlers across the occupied territories since the beginning of October.
Welch likened the struggles of Palestinians in the occupied territories with that of African Americans and other minorities in the white-dominated US society.
“Black and Brown people are targeted by police here as well and a lot of those people [US police] are interestingly trained in Israel,” he added.
On Sunday, America's top military officer promised more cooperation with Israel amid Tel Aviv’s brutal crackdown against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip.
Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford made the pledge in meetings with Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Dunford, who just recently took over as chairman, said he made Israel his first stop to reflect the importance of the relationship between Washington and Tel Aviv.
During his two-day stay, Dunford briefly discussed an annual military aid package worth three billion dollars for Israel which is due to expire in 2017.
The two sides had been looking for a 10-year aid package, but talks were earlier put on hold by Netanyahu in protest at Iran's nuclear agreement with the P5+1 countries - the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia plus Germany, in July.
Welch said the pledge of more military aid is “a bribe” to members of Congress who were targeted by Israel lobby to reject the Iran deal but failed to do so.