WHAT A TRAVESTY! Iron Dome Subsidy

25 Sep

For the United States to pay the bill for replenishing missiles in the Israel’s Iron Dome defense system used during the Gaza attack in May is a travesty of law and justice. And for such an initiative to gain support for such a measure by a vote of 420-9 in an otherwise hopelessly divided U.S. House of Representatives should be an embarrassment rather than the occasion for restoring this questionable Special Relationship no matter how adverse its unconditional maintenance is for the wellbeing of the people of the Middle East and the strategic rationality of American foreign policy.

Iron Dome Mystifications

There has been much false reasoning surrounding this latest promiscuous affirmation of Israeli militarism. The Iron Dome is presented to the world as a purely defensive weapon whose only role is to save the lives of innocent civilians. If that is so, why not deploy an Iron Dome system in Gaza, as Alison Weir has observed, where it is really needed by an utterly defenceless blockaded civilian population that has endured massive civilian casualties from repeated Israeli missile attacks for many years. Anyone aware of the devastation and civilian casualties endured by the Gazan population of Gaza in May would understand that Israel would have thought twice before launching such an aggressive military operation if its population and cities would have been as exposed to retaliatory strikes as are the people of Gaza. One need not be a student of military strategy to know that offense and defense are lethally interconnected under combat conditions.

Not only is the Iron Dome mispresented, but the underlying military attack, with the puzzling IDF code name “Guardian of the Walls,” was falsely described as a ‘defensive’ response to the ‘terrorism’ of Hamas and affiliated armed groups. Ignored by such media reporting is the Israeli inflammatory background and context. Rockets from Gaza were preceded by a series of Israeli provocations in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, including safeguarding Jewish extremist marches through Palestinian neighborhoods with such chants as ‘death to the Arabs,’ settler violence against Palestinians, and several intrusions and interferences with Muslim worship within the Al Aqsa compound during a period of religious holidays.

Comparing Civilian Casualties

When the assessments of responsibility for loss of life and the true identity of perpetrators of terrorism are made, it is illuminating to compare the casualty statistics of these periodic Israeli military operations carried out against a totally vulnerable Gazan entrapped society. One of the prime guidelines of international humanitarian law is the requirement that any military use of force be proportionate in response; another prime norm is the prohibition directed at ‘collective punishment’ in Artlcle 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention: in Operation Cast Lead, 2008-09, 14 Israelis were killed, 1434 Palestinians; in Operation Pillar of Defense, 2012, 6 Israelis, 158 Palestinians; in Operation Protective Edge, 2014, 73 Israelis, 2100 Palestinians; in Guardian of the Walls, 2021, 12 Israelis, 256 Palestinians.  

This comparison of lives lost is revealing, but even this is far from a complete portrayal of one-sidedness, as Gaza is routinely denied in the aftermath of the carnage, access to materials needed to repair the worst of the damage to people and property, quite arbitrarily for long periods, aggravating what passes for normalcy in the best of times in Gaza during intervals between massive attacks. There are frequent limited military strikes, border violence, and a host of intrusions by way of drone surveillance and sonic boom overflights.  

Against such a tormented background, the US Government should at least refrain from subsidizing Israeli militarism even beyond the already disgraceful $3.8 billion per year. Besides, the moral and legal considerations, one wonders why Israel should be a recipient of such geopolitical charity when its economy is robust, having achieved one of the world’s highest per capita incomes, with cutting edge technologies, and a profitable, expanding market for its arms industry and counterterrorism training programs. Not only should the US be ashamed, but humiliated by erecting such a platform for national bipartisanship despite remaining hopelessly split on what should be apolitical imperatives: a humane border and immigration policy, adequate funding of infrastructure and social protection, keeping the electoral process open to all citizens and preserving political democracy in the face of insurrectionary violence, and devoting all available public funds to address the multiple menaces attributable to climate change.

What About Israeli Nuclear Weapons?

The strategic perspective is also relevant. Serious war dangers in the Middle East persist in large part because the West cannot deal evenhandedly with nuclear weapons. It long ago facilitated the secret acquisition, possession, and development of this weaponry by Israel and stands committed to war if necessary to thwart Iran alleged approach of the nuclear threshold. Because Washington does not dare to challenge Israel’s nuclear option, the US is forced against its interest to join Israel (and Saudi Arabia) in confronting Iran. It should be evident to any fair-minded observer that Iran has a persuasive security case for a nuclear deterrent given constant threats and violations of its sovereignty by Israeli and U.S. military provocations. It should be obvious that security, peace, and economic development would benefit all the peoples of the Middle East if a nuclear free zone were established in the region, monitored and verified internationally. At the same time, it would reduce to near zero the dangers of a regional war and the strategic inhibitions associated with keeping Israel as the only country permitted to have such weaponry with not even a pretense of accountability.

What About Israeli Apartheid?

What would be in the foreground of subsidizing a foreign military would be some reflections about its human rights record. In the case of Israel, the fact that during the past year both B’Tselem and Human Rights Watch, both respected human rights NGOs, concluded after exhaustive study that Israel was guilty of the crime of apartheid, a conclusion also affirmed in concrete detail by the fearless Israeli journalist, Gideon Levy. Apartheid is listed among the crimes against humanity in the Rome Statute, which is the treaty framework governing the operations of the International Criminal Court. Congress turns a blind eye toward the growing consensus that Israel is an apartheid state, a conclusion virtually acknowledged by its own adoption of a Basic Law in 2018 that proclaimed Israel as the state of the Jewish people with further implication of Jewish supremacy, not only in Israel but in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, that is, in the whole of historic Palestine. And through it all, the mainstream media takes bland note of this dubious reaffirmation of support for Israel with no attempt to address the dubious implications of such diplomatic lockstep.

What About the Palestinian Right of Resistance

In view of this, at the very least the discourse on Israel/Palestine should at least acknowledge a Palestinian right of resistance operative within the limits set by international law. It is time to abandon dismissing Palestinian resistance as ‘terrorism’ and Israeli oppressive dominance as inherently ‘defensive.’

When these considerations are taken into account, we should begin to appreciate how regressive a move it was to donate $1 billion for a new supply of Iron Dome missiles at this time. We should pause to thank the Squad for standing strong, and wonder why those who in Congress stand behind the struggles of people of color of America fail to exhibit even minimal signs of solidarity with the victims of the Palestinian ordeal.

8 Responses to “WHAT A TRAVESTY! Iron Dome Subsidy”

  1. Ray Joseph Cormier September 25, 2021 at 7:23 am #

    Richard, once again your analysis of the Realities in Occupied Palestine is more Truthful and Accurate than many paid Media Professionals dare mention, for fear of losing their highly paid jobs.

    As the Prophet saw some 2600 years ago, it can be seen on steroids having taken over Society and Culture these Days.

    In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
    And Judgment is turned away backward, and Justice stands afar off: for Truth is fallen in the street, and Equity cannot enter.
    Woe to those who say of the evil that it is good and of the good that it is evil; who present darkness as light and light as darkness, who present bitter as sweet and sweet as bitter.
    Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and in their own estimation, of profound understanding.

    Not only is it an embarrassment for The House 420-9 vote to give Israel an additional $BILLION to replace the expended Iron Dome missiles during the Israeli May Massacre in Gaza, it’s a SHAME and Crime against Humanity in my opinion.

    That $BILLION is on top of the $3.5 BILLION ANNUAL SOCIALIST SUBSIDY to US Weapons Industries, giving Israel the US Weapons for Free, to fight against home made rockets with no guidance system in the Israeli controlled Gaza Ghetto-Open Air Prison. Those Muslims in Gaza are enduring worse Living conditions than the Muslims the US says it cares so much about in the alleged Chinese Genocide of the Uyghurs.

    The US cannot control China, but it certainly has leverage on Israel with it’s donations of Weapons and US tax breaks for Donations to Israeli causes.

    The Senate will also approve this additional US Taxpayer donation to Israel.
    Like this lopsided vote, a similar majority of Senators and Representatives are provided all expenses paid trips to Israel to hear only the Israeli side of the conflict and vote accordingly.
    The Prisoners of Israel in Gaza cannot afford to bring American Politicians to Gaza to see what those US Weapons of Death and Destruction do to the People of Gaza.

    Americans should question why there is such overwhelming Bi-Partisanship on any issue concerning Israel, but that Bi-Partisanship disappears on the many serious issues facing Americans.

    Woe to those who Judge for Hire and Profit, but not for Justice and Truth.

    • Ray Joseph Cormier September 26, 2021 at 7:15 am #

      If the US spent that extra $1,000.000.000 it is giving to Israel for US made Missiles in another SOCIALIST Subsidy to War, and used it instead to rebuild Gaza, still not recovered from the Death and Destruction of Israel’s murderous assault in the 2008 Operation Cast Lead, there is greater than a better chance, primitive rockets from the the Israeli controlled Gaza Ghetto/Prison would cease.

      It is a FACT of History, Hamas legitimately won the majority of seats in the 2006 Palestinian Election, ALL EXTERNAL Monitors certified as being FREE and FAIR.

      A second Democracy in the Region, the 1st among the Arab People, was the result of the last Palestinian Election 15 years ago giving Hamas the MAJORITY of Seats, not by War, but by the Ballot.

      Israel and the US co-opted President Abbas to dissolve the NEW Democratically Elected Palestinian Legislature, and rule as the Israeli/US proxy Dictator, to keep Palestinians in the OCCUPIED West Bank “Quiet” as Israel steals ever more Palestine Land in it’s program of Ethnic Cleansing.
      Hamas was banished to Gaza with Israeli applied BDS on steroids, in a forbidden form of Communal punishment still applied to this very Day.
      What alternative did Israel and the US leave Hamas after stealing a Democratic Election? Bullets? Home made rockets?

      You, Richard, know the Geneva Convention and International Law determined Occupation of any other State HAS TO BE TEMPORARY, and THE OCCUPIER has to provide for the Welfare of the OCCUPIED PEOPLE.
      Israel isn’t fulfilling that Legal Obligation as it becomes increasingly apparent Israeli Power is leading toward an Apartheid Neo-Nazi State.
      Those same Geneva Conventions allow for RESISTANCE to the OCCUPIER as FREEDOM FIGHTERS.

      The recreation of Temporal Israel from the Bible in Palestine after an absence of some 2800 years by the UN stipulated Jerusalem should be an International City under UN Control.
      Has there been any change in that stipulation or are World Leaders just giving lip service to a rules based order yet remains blind to the grossest violations of the UN Charter.

      The Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank are sick and tired of Abbas, and want him gone. That’s why he cancelled the Palestinian Election in May under the cover of the Israeli May Massacre in Gaza, since it was evident Hamas would win a Democratic Election again.

      What to make of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas giving Israel ONE YEAR to withdraw from occupied territory and return to the 1967 lines, threatening to withdraw recognition Israel if it failed to do so?

      Obviously that won’t happen in a year, but Armageddon is derived from Har Megiddo located in Occupied Palestine 2000 years ago.

      If there is no evident change in Israel’s blind pursuit of Greater Israel invoking Jewish Superiority over Gentiles within that year, all things are Possible!

      I think Israel saw the writing is on the wall with the May assault on Gaza, having lost the Propaganda War.
      More People in THIS World, and especially in the US, saw Israel as the Aggressor, not Hamas, than ever before.

  2. Kata Fisher September 27, 2021 at 9:03 am #

    Dear Professor Falk, Thank you.

    Also, I like to submit to you that I will be at study of International Relationships at LU, and that is set in stone.

    Yes, I was accepted for the program, have registered and paid for the courses, got books, and I am just waiting for the Fall’s semester to start.

    I am not sure how this all came about – but there was a chip-monk that kept calling me and getting at me with His swords, and that offense and defense ofset of His swords submitted me to this study.

    Well, I was thinking – its just for a year. I will do that.

    The only thing that I needed to do was to close for a day a week, and free up some time.

    And, If I do not make it – for that I will have someone to blame: the chip-monk. It will be all his fault!

    K.F.

    • Richard Falk September 27, 2021 at 9:49 pm #

      Kata: Wishing you many blessings for the success of this brave venture! May it bring you many satisfactions to your restless soul! Richard

      • Kata Fisher September 27, 2021 at 10:28 pm #

        Dear Professor Falk,

        there is no conflict,

        because I do not have to do that,

        and I get to decide if I have time and energy for a lot of fun:

        A crazy house – that asylum run by insainers have quieted down?

        Souls in trauma – at free – in purgatory, will be resigned.

        Besides, I be at home (just as I am now), and where eternal love abides.

        One never knows when they will be called.

        K.F.

  3. semantha October 5, 2021 at 5:23 pm #

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