05/07/2024 strategic-culture.su  5min 🇬🇧 #251894

Former Israeli Pm admits Israel's war crimes can't happen without Us. support

"All of Israel's air power is based on the American commitment to defend Israel. We have no other reliable source for essential supplies of equipment, munitions and advanced weapons that Israel cannot manufacture on its own."

By Caitlin JOHNSTONE

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been launching a forceful attack on Benjamin Netanyahu in both 𝕏 US and  Israeli media for sabotaging peace in Gaza and pushing Israel to the brink with Hezbollah in Lebanon, during which he inadvertently made an interesting acknowledgement which flies in the face of the Biden administration's feigned powerlessness to rein in Israel's insanity.

"I accuse the prime minister of Israel of a deliberate attempt to destroy the political-security-military alliance between Israel and the United States," Olmert writes in an op-ed for Haaretz titled " I Accuse Netanyahu of Betrayal".

"For many years, Israel's political stability in the international arena rested on the absolute support of the United States," writes Olmert, adding, "The entire Israel Air Force relies completely on American aircraft: fighter planes, transport planes, refueler planes and helicopters. All of Israel's air power is based on the American commitment to defend Israel. We have no other reliable source for essential supplies of equipment, munitions and advanced weapons that Israel cannot manufacture on its own."

Netanyahu's controversial planned address to the US Congress, the mood in Israeli politics, the danger of war with Hezbollah, and the future of Israeli leadership: my conversation with former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert, from today's GPS  pic.twitter.com/347ML4392t

- Fareed Zakaria (@FareedZakaria)

Netanyahu’s controversial planned address to the US Congress, the mood in Israeli politics, the danger of war with Hezbollah, and the future of Israeli leadership: my conversation with former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert, from today’s GPS

Olmert's comments echo those  made in November of last year by retired Israeli Major General Yitzhak Brick, who said of the Israeli assault on Gaza, "All of our missiles, the ammunition, the precision-guided bombs, all the airplanes and bombs, it's all from the U.S. The minute they turn off the tap, you can't keep fighting. You have no capability... Everyone understands that we can't fight this war without the United States. Period."

Contrast these frank admissions by longtime Israeli government insiders with the way the Biden administration has been pretending  since the early days of this onslaught that there is nothing it can do to force Israel to be less monstrous and murderous in Gaza, constantly posturing as a passive witness to genocidal atrocity after genocidal atrocity while the western press  churn out nonstop anonymously-sourced articles about how secretly upset the president is with the Netanyahu regime.

It's just a simple fact that Israel's complete dependence on US support means the Biden administration  has all the leverage it needs to force an end to Israel's aggressions at any time, but instead you'll get White House officials like John Kirby spouting ridiculous nonsense about how Israel is a completely independent nation to whom the US is incapable of dictating any terms whatsoever.

WHITE HOUSE: "[Israel] is a sovereign nation. They plan their military operations and they conduct their military operations and they make the choices. It's not like we give them a homework assignment and they have to then turn in their plan to us for grading."  pic.twitter.com/obdGyGE2JF

- Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein)

WHITE HOUSE: "[Israel] is a sovereign nation. They plan their military operations and they conduct their military operations and they make the choices. It's not like we give them a homework assignment and they have to then turn in their plan to us for grading."

When asked by the press back in February if the US was doing anything to deter Israel from its planned assault on Rafah, for example, Kirby  replied as follows:

"[Israel] is a sovereign nation. They plan their military operations, and they conduct their military operations, and they make the choices. It's not like we give them a homework assignment, and they have to then turn in their plan to us for grading. We have said that from our perspective, as a friend of Israel and as a supporter of their efforts to defend themselves, we would expect that any plan for going into Rafah would properly account for the now more than a million civilians that are seeking refuge down there."

Israel has since launched a brutal assault on Rafah which features regular massacres of civilians, with the IDF  now reportedly working toward the complete  capture of the entire city. This despite the White House  previously having said that a "major ground operation" in Rafah would be a "red line" for this administration.

The US is just as responsible for what's happening in Gaza as Israel itself, and will be responsible for everything that happens in Lebanon as well. They could end this at any time, and they choose to keep it going instead. As Noam Chomsky  once said during the Second Intifada, "They're not Israeli helicopters, they're US helicopters with Israeli pilots."

Original article:  Caitlin Johnstone

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newsnet 2024-07-05 #14256

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