Odd Man Out
America lets Israel get away with murder.
by Stephen Lendman
It's America's accustomed role. It's longstanding. It lets Israel get away with murder and much more.
Washington's support permits Israel to commit repeated crimes of war, against humanity, slow-motion genocide, and countless other human and civil rights abuses too grave to ignore.
America stands defiant. Israel's worst crimes are generously funded and backed. Security Council resolutions condemning Israel are blocked.
Israel spurns various measures passed. Washington's support assures impunity.
Israel's lawless settlement construction demands world community action. It's long past time for measures with teeth to stop it. International law is clear and unambiguous. Israeli settlements are illegal. Fourth Geneva's Article 49 states:
"Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive."
Israel spurns all international laws with impunity. Moshe Dayan once said, "They don't like this policy, but we shall do it whether they like it or not."
Other Israeli officials made similar comments. Current ones have likeminded views. Israel does what it wants regardless of international law, world opinion, and other considerations. Only its own matter.
Settlement construction continues unabated. Thousands of new units were announced. A previous article discussed them.
World condemnation followed. Sanctions, isolation, and/or other meaningful measures with teeth never follow rhetoric. Colonizing Palestine continues unabated.
Washington nominally opposed Israeli settlement construction until February 1981. In April 1980, Jimmy Carter said America's "position on the settlements is very clear. We do not think they are legal."
In March 1980, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance told the House Foreign Relations Committee that:
"US Policy toward the establishment of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories is unequivocal and has long been a matter of public record."