By Mohammad Hashim
US President Joe Biden’s deputy Kamala Harris, speaking in Dubai on Saturday during her West Asia tour, said many innocent Palestinians have been killed in the besieged Gaza Strip since October 7, but hastened to add that the Israeli regime has a “right to defend” itself.
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, addressing the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California on Saturday, said Israel has a “moral responsibility” to protect Palestinian civilians, while swiftly giving the regime a free license to kill those fighting the illegal racist occupation.
Biden himself, although he doesn’t know what he says, has also minced no words in recent weeks to project himself as the most Zionist American president ever, batting for the child-murdering regime.
He has greenlighted the move to lift all restrictions on the regime's access to US weapons stockpile. A report in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday confirmed that Washington has delivered ‘bunker buster’ bombs and an array of other lethal munitions to the Tel Aviv regime for use against Palestinians.
Biden's envoy for West Asia, David Satterfield, last week came up with the idea of a “deconfliction mechanism” for the besieged territory, which he said would allow the regime to distinguish between UN aid workers and other Palestinians – basically saying that only UN officials have the right to survive.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking on Friday during his whirlwind trip to Tel Aviv, reaffirmed Washington’s support for the Israeli regime’s so-called “right to self-defense”, and urged it to avoid “massive” civilian losses in southern Gaza.
He said the “massive loss of civilian life and displacement of the scale” seen in northern Gaza should not be repeated in southern Gaza, suggesting that the murderous campaign in Gaza can continue.
While the United States and the Israeli regime have always been open about their intimate relationship, Biden and his administration have gone a step ahead - militarily, politically and strategically.
After the temporary truce expired on Friday and the Israeli regime resumed its indiscriminate bombings, the Hamas resistance movement categorically stated who was to be blamed for the deteriorating situation in the strip, where the humanitarian crisis is rapidly worsening.
“The US administration and President Biden bear full responsibility for the continuation of Zionist war crimes in the Gaza Strip, after their absolute support for it, and the green light they once again granted following the visit of their Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, to the entity,” it said in a statement.
The resumption of the aggression came just a day after Blinken visited the occupied territories.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine also held the US government and Biden “fully responsible for the renewed Zionist aggression on the Gaza Strip.”
By now, it has become increasingly clear that the real protagonist in this play is the United States, which is bent on eliminating the Palestinian resistance and displacing Palestinians – but to no avail.
It was obvious back in October after Washington – and some of its vassal states – opposed a resolution at the United Nations General Assembly that called for the humanitarian truce in Gaza.
By opposing the truce at that time, Americans essentially facilitated the regime’s gruesome attacks on densely populated residential areas, refugee camps, hospitals, schools and other civilian facilities.
On the eve of Biden’s visit to Tel Aviv in late October, an Israeli warplane pounded a hospital in northern Gaza, which killed more than 500 people, most of them children and women.
Instead of condemning the genocidal act, the Zionist-American president played the devil’s advocate.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has repeatedly asserted in his speeches in recent weeks that the real mastermind of the carnage in Gaza is the United States.
“Actually, it is the US that is somehow managing the crime that is being committed in Gaza. The US is the one that is managing things,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated in October.
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian have also repeatedly reminded the international community of America’s direct complicity in what’s unfolding in Gaza.
"The aid from the United States to the Zionist regime is encouraging them to kill and commit cruel acts of neglect against the Palestinian people," Raisi said at a joint presser with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammad Shia al-Sudani last month.
The fact that Iraqi resistance groups have intensified their operations against US military bases in the region in recent weeks is because the liberation of Palestine begins with the expulsion of US forces.
The illegitimate regime in Tel Aviv cannot survive without the life support provided by the US and its aggression on Gaza cannot be sustained if Americans pull the plug.
Mohammad Hashim is a political and media analyst focused on West Asia.
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