US Continues to Blindly Back Israeli Attacks on Gaza

by John Glaser    The White House has explicitly ignored the chronology of events so as to conform to Israel’s false claims to be acting in self-defense.

The United States continues to blindly support Israeleven as it bombards Gaza’s virtually defenseless population and falsely claims it is acting in self-defense.Ben Rhodes, White House deputy national security adviser, told reporters on Saturday the United States “wants the same thing as the Israelis want,” which is an end to rocket attacks on Israel by Palestinian militants in Gaza.

Rhodes disputed that a precipitating factor in this violent escalation was the Israeli air strike that killed Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari.

“Just to be clear on the precipitating factor: These rockets had been fired into Israeli civilian areas and territory for some time now. So Israelis have endured far too much of a threat from these rocket for far too long and that is what led the Israelis to take the action that they did in Gaza,” Rhodes said, ignoring the fact that several Israeli acts of violence, plus an incursion into Gaza territory by Israeli tanks, were the precipitating factors.

When asked about Israel’s targeting of government buildings and infrastructure in Gaza, Rhodes again blindly defended Israel’s irresponsible militarism: “We wouldn’t comment on specific targeting choices by the Israelis other than to say that we of course always underscore the importance of avoiding civilian casualties. But the Israelis again will make judgments about their military operations.”