Obama Sends Head of DoD to Israel for Delivery of New U.S. Weapons

December 19, 2016

As part of U.S. imperialism's policy of ensuring that Israel maintains a “qualitative military edge” over any existing or potential adversaries, Obama sent his Secretary of Defense to Israel in a ceremonial gesture of solidarity on December 12.

The Secretary of Defense participated with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others in a formal event to mark the arrival of the first two aircraft in a series of shipments of 50 aircraft authorized under a U.S.-Israeli “memorandum of understanding” signed in September. The agreement pledged an unprecedented $38 billion in military aid to Israel over the next 10 years.

The planes to arrive on December 12 were two Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II 5th Generation fighter aircraft. In Israel the jets are known as “the mighty ones” and worldwide they are know as “the most expensive weapon in history.” The fighter aircraft are both spy planes and anti-personnel weapons which possess the capacity to be armed with 18,000 pounds of weapons.

During the ceremony, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that, “As we gather here today, the U.S.-Israel defense relationship is stronger than it’s ever been, and America’s pledge to defend Israel’s security remains unwavering. Indeed, with the current turmoil in the region we’re more committed to Israel’s security today than ever before.”

“Together” he said, “we will dominate the skies.”

Since 2001, the Pentagon spent unprecedented sums building up a vast arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, U.S. imperialism officially adopted the doctrine of “preventive war” including even the use of nuclear first-strikes against nonnuclear countries, and the U.S. proclaimed its ultimatum that every nation must accept U.S. dictates or “be treated as terrorist.” During these years, U.S. imperialism relied more heavily than ever on Israeli zionism as its military outpost in the oil-rich and strategic Middle East. In fact, even before launching its aggressive war on Afghanistan, U.S. imperialism gave Israel the green light to step up its war against the Palestinian people.

U.S. imperialism remains bent on maintaining its military and strategic domination of the region with the client state of Israel as its linchpin.

U.S. support for the aggressive state of Israel is the bipartisan program of the Democratic and Republican parties.