Israel’s Abuses Against Sovereign Nations Condoned & Financed By US
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has announced plans to double the number of illegal settlers in the occupied Golan Heights. This is part of Syria that Israel ‘annexed’ in 1981. He was initially given the green light to increase the number of settlers during the bizarre and chaotic administration of US President Donald Trump, who violated international law by recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Trump’s word does not ‘trump’ international law, much as he believed then, and apparently continues to believe now, that no law applies to him. International law is clear: a nation cannot annex any part of another nation through “threat or use of force.”
But if that wasn’t enough to motivate the criminal leader of Israel, current US president Joe Biden doesn’t appear to have any interest in condemning the action. And Bennett believes that the current turmoil in Syria, much of it financed by the US and supported by Israel, makes his latest move more palatable to the international community.
One wonders how the US can look the other way at this illegal annexation when US government officials were aghast at Russia for annexing Crimea. Why was that such an awful move, when the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights isn’t? This may be part of the grand scheme first proposed to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by James P. Rubin, an assistant secretary of state. In an email to Clinton of April 30, 2012, Rubin said this: “I believe that action on Syria will forestall the biggest danger on the horizon, that Israel launches a surprise attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.” So if the destruction of Syria is one of the US’s savage geopolitical goals, the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights fits right in.
Current Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, in an interview, was asked about the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights. His response is telling. He said this: “Look, leaving aside the legalities of that question, as a practical matter, the Golan is very important to Israel’s security.” It says much that the US Secretary of State is willing to ‘leave aside the legalities’ of an international question. And, to refer back to Russia, could not Russia explain its annexation of Crimea as being of ‘real importance’ to its own security?
Blinken and other US officials seem very concerned about Israeli security, but much less so about Palestinian security. They are so concerned that they violate US law to fund Israel. The so-called Leahy Law, “…refers to two statutory provisions prohibiting the US Government from using funds for assistance to units of foreign security forces where there is credible information implicating that unit in the commission of gross violations of human rights.” In no corner of the world, except possibly within Israel itself, do people not recognize that “there is credible information implicating (Israel) in the commission of gross violations of human rights.” Yet Blinken, Biden, and most of the US Congress is willing to overlook those violations.
Israeli influence on the US government has long been recognized; while many officials accuse Russia of trying to influence US elections, Israel, through its well-funded lobby groups, does a lot more to do so than any other nation.
Comments made by Trump in November of this year are also very instructive: “Well, you know the biggest change I’ve seen in Congress is Israel literally owned Congress – you understand that, 10 years ago, 15 years ago – and it was so powerful, it was so powerful, and today it’s almost the opposite,” the Jerusalem Post quoted Trump as telling KVI AM 570.
“You have – between AOC [Ocasio Cortez] and [Ilhan] Omar and these people that hate Israel, they hate it with a passion – they’re controlling Congress and Israel is not a force in Congress anymore,” The Post quoted Trump as saying.
“Israel had such power – and rightfully – over Congress, and now it doesn’t. It’s incredible, actually,’ he continued.”
When Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said that US officials’ position in support of Israel, despite its constant violations of international law, its crimes against humanity, and its shocking violations of human rights was “all about the benjamins”, her comments were condemned as anti-Semitic (they weren’t). They simply demonstrated that the huge financial contributions that pro-Israel lobbies made and continue to make to US politicians are not done without the thought of payback: ‘I buy you your seat in Congress, and you vote on bills the way I tell you’. This is what lobbying is all about. The so-called ‘defense’ industry, for example, doesn’t contribute millions upon millions of dollars to candidates because they think those candidates are best suited to pass an infrastructure bill, raise the minimum wage or increase funding to public schools. All they care about is their own profits, and those profits are based on sales to the US government. So they support candidates with the expectation that those candidates will vote for increased weapons sales. And if the candidate, once elected, doesn’t deliver, he/she can be removed at the time of the next election.
The same is true with pro-Israel lobbies. They donate to political campaigns so that, when their candidates win, those now-elected officials will vote for policies that are favorable to Israel. The wishes of the voters are unimportant; the real constituencies are the lobby groups. Yes, it’s “all about the benjamins”.
On December 10 of this year, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly passed several resolutions condemning Israeli activity in Palestine and Syria. “One resolution that accuses Israel of building settlements in occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, passed 146-7. Another calling for Israel’s withdrawal from the Golan Heights passed 149-2.” Despite the worthless statements of Biden, Blinken, et. al., it certainly appears that the international community has had enough of Israeli violations of international law. Although resolutions passed by the General Assembly are not legally binding, they carry the weight of international pressure.
However, ‘international pressure’ is little comfort to the people of Palestine or Syria. Israel’s abuses against sovereign nations condoned and financed by the United States, continue unabated. Security Council resolutions, which do carry the force of action, are subject to US veto, so no strong action will ever be taken against Israel there. The people of the United States, and other countries complicit in Israeli war crimes, must make their governments know that they will not continue to tolerate this hypocrisy. This must be done through non-government organizations, voting, and by taking to the streets in massive demonstrations.