Wednesday, January 26, 2011
'US complicit in Israeli attack on Flotilla'
The 2010, May 31 Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla was carried out with US assistance, so it is only natural that the U.S. would support an Israeli commission investigating it, says Stephen Lendman writer and radio host from Chicago.
"There is no question that it was in alliance, complicit alliance between Washington and Israel," Lendman says in an interview with Press TV's U.S. Desk on Tuesday.
"Whatever Israel does it is a joint effort by Washington and Israel."
Israeli commandos carried out a "brutal and illegal" attack in international waters attacking "unarmed, peaceful, non-violent humanitarian activists" and leveled all kinds of bogus claims against them, he added.
"It was nothing but a pack of lies; they were people simply wanting to break an illegal blockade."
The only commission that supported Israel is its own commission which was observed by former death squad members from Ireland and Canada, Lendman noted.
Turkey and the UN Human Rights Council have their own commissions which have rightfully condemned the Israeli raid calling it "cold-blooded murder."
Lendman concluded that the United States supplies "the money, ammunitions and weapons" necessary for Israel to carry out its atrocities against the Palestinians and elsewhere.
FACTS & FIGURES
The United States is Israel's closest ally. The United States previously has vetoed almost all anti-Israeli resolutions. Israel National News
There are more than 50 U.S.-based lobbying groups that support Israeli policies in the United States in various ways.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) advocates for pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the U.S.
Each year, AIPAC is involved in more than 100 legislative and policy initiatives involving Middle East policy or aimed at broadening and deepening the U.S.-Israel bond.
Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance from the U.S. each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America's foreign aid budget.
During Israel's December 2008-January 2009 all-out war on the Gaza Strip, the United States failed to take a stance against the killing of almost 1,400 Palestinians by Israeli fire.
American officials, including President Barack Obama, have on numerous occasions stressed their unquestionable support for Israel.