US President Joe Biden on Saturday expressed his “strong support” to Israel in a phone call with Prime Minister Netanyahu, saying that Israel had the right to “defend itself” against Hamas and other groups in the country.
Speaking on the sixth day of the Israeli violence that has targeted Palestinians and left hundreds dead or wounded in Gaza, Biden expressed his “strong support” for Israel’s “right to defend itself” against rocket attacks by Hamas and other groups, in his call with Netanyahu, while also emphasizing his clear concern over the deadly flare-up and casualties on both sides.
Today the President spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, reaffirmed his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza, and condemned these indiscriminate attacks against Israel. pic.twitter.com/baHWh1b6Q2
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 15, 2021
“He condemned these indiscriminate attacks against towns and cities across Israel,” the White House statement said. But Biden also raised concerns about the safety of journalists after Israeli airstrikes on Saturday flattened a building in Gaza housing The Associated Press and other international media outlets.
The biased approach of the US towards the Israel-Palestine issue
The use of words like “Israel’s right to self-defense” by the US gave a kind of moral cover to legitimize Israeli attacks on armless civilians and residential buildings in Gaza. Israeli forces have razed several residential buildings in Gaza so far leaving hundreds of Palestinians homeless and helpless.
In a separate phone call with Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt, Secretary of State Antony Blinken offered “unwavering support for independent journalists and media organizations around the world,” noting the “indispensability” of reporting in conflict zones, according to State Department spokesman Ned Price.
Biden, who up to now has said little publicly about the heightened violence, voiced US support for a negotiated two-state solution to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He made the same point in a separate phone call with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, the White House said, highlighting “strong commitment to a negotiated two-state solution as the best path to reach a just and lasting resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
The US leader, in his first call with Abbas since taking office, also “stressed the need for Hamas to cease firing rockets into Israel.” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin “reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself,” in a phone call with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Gantz, according to a readout.
A brief historical perspective of relentless US support for Israel
The United States has been a central player in the Israeli-Palestinian tensions for more than half a century. Since the 1960s the United States has been a very strong supporter of Israel and gives billions of dollars to Israel in aid. This aid now mainly comprises military aid. In addition to financial and military aid, the United States also provides political support to Israel.
The US has used its United Nations Security Council Veto Power 42 times with respect to resolutions relating to Israel, out of a total of 83 times in which its veto has ever been used. Between 1991 and 2011, 15 vetos were used to protect Israel out of 24 in total.
The United States, perhaps, was the first country to recognize Israel as a sovereign nation in 1948 after its key role in relocating one hundred thousand Holocaust survivors to Palestine. There are no two sides to the idea that the relocation of Jews was illegal on Palestinian lands so are the further land-grabbing tactics by Israel.