Congressional Reminder That U.S. Imperialism Has Given Israel the Green Light to Step Up its War Against the Palestinian People

April 19, 2016

In the face of recent high profile exposures of Israel's continuing illegal settlement activity in the West Bank, 394 Democratic and Republican party members of the U.S. Congress initiatied the publication of a letter to signal the government's opposition to any such freeze. Democratic party representative Nita Lowey of the state and foreign operations subcommittee was in contact with the press about the letter which has been addressed to the president. The letter was submitted now to prepare for an upcoming Palestinian Authority draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for condemnation of Israeli settlements.

These actions come at a time when Israel, financed and armed by the U.S., is openly annexing large sections of the West Bank, building a separation barrier across the West Bank, expanding its illegal settlements and working to create "facts on the ground" which would eliminate the possibility of creating a viable Palestinian state.

Whether in the Oval Office or in Congress, the Democrats and Republicans are always happy to come forward in service of Israel by registering their support for Israel at all the decisive moments. This is because Israel protects the interests of U.S. imperialism in the Middle East. It is part of the strategy of U.S. imperialism to maintain Israel as its gendarme in the Middle East.

With the end of World War II, the U.S. replaced Britain as the dominant imperialist power in the Middle East. The major roadblock to U.S. capitalism's domination was the rising national movements of the peoples who were determined to throw off the yoke of Western colonialism. President Truman adopted a 3-pronged U.S. strategy, including direct military intervention, building up reactionary local regimes, and supporting the aggressive Israeli state, in order to "protect" the region's "great natural resources . . . from armed minorities or outside pressure."

Even then, the eyes of the U.S. monopolies were fixed on the region's vast oil wealth. In 1947, the government's special Interdepartmental Committee spelled out the official United States Petroleum Policy: "to seek the removal or modification of existing barriers (legal, contractual or otherwise) to the expansion of American foreign oil operations and facilitate the entry or re-entry of private foreign capital into countries where the absence of such capital inhibits oil development . . . [and] promote the entry of additional American firms into all phases of foreign oil operations." This policy was officially codified in the Truman Doctrine which declared that "The Near and Middle East . . . contains vast natural resources [and] . . . lies across the most convenient route of land, air and water communication."

Today, Obama and U.S. imperialism are combining open war in the Middle East with talk about "negotiations" and trying to present themselves as "neutral peacemakers." But these are only empty words designed to divert the attention of the peoples from the fact that Israel remains nothing but the creature of U.S. imperialism.

The American people must do their duty and carry through the struggle to cut off all U.S. aid to Israel and end U.S. interference and intervention in the Middle East. We must resolutely work to break the links between U.S. imperialism and the Israeli aggressors. We must demand the cutoff of all U.S. economic and military aid to Israel. Our movement is not only a powerful support for the Palestinian liberation struggle. It is expressing the conscience of humanity and further opening an important front in the international struggle against U.S. imperialism's program of fascism and war.

The Palestinian people are asserting their inalienable right to self-determination and independence. It is the Palestinian people who are denied their inalienable right to their own state in their historic homeland. This is the issue which the whole world recognizes but which the U.S. and Israel refuse to resolve. This right will be won through the path of struggle against imperialism. Today, the U.S.-Israeli aggressors are trying to wipe the Palestinian nation off the face of the earth. The Palestinians are fighting for their continued existence, for their salvation as a people. All of humanity must stand with them.