The United States is complicit in the current situation, playing a key role in sustaining both Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory and the Gaza blockade. Both the current and past administrations have given Israel a green light to carry out attacks on Gaza and have asserted an Israeli right to self defense while failing to recognize an equal right to self defense for Palestinians. The U.S. also continues to support the isolation of Hamas and the Israeli imposed blockade on Gaza, which it views as a legitimate tool for undermining Hamas, regardless of the blockades’ impact on the general Gaza population. The U.S.’s refusal to engage with Hamas has also led it to actively oppose reconciliation between Hamas and the PA through a threatened cut in all assistance to the PA if it reconciles with Hamas. This policy has helped entrench political divisions within the Palestinian polity.
Further, the United States provides more than $3 billion in military assistance to Israel each year. This unconditional U.S. military assistance subsidizes and allows Israel to maintain its occupation in Gaza. More specifically, weaponry purchased by Israel from the U.S. using U.S. military assistance, including missiles and white phosphorus shells,[xvii] are used by Israel during its attacks on Gaza. This policy brings nothing but harm to Gaza and also undermines the long-term security interests of both Israelis and Palestinians.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
The U.S. Role in Gaza Tragedy
From a lengthy and vital backgrounder by the venerable American Friends Service Committee.
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