Israel has a long, well-documented history of breaking ceasefires and contempt for U.N. resolutions, but one would never know it by watching cable news in the U.S. or reading U.S media publications such as the New York Times.
The U.S. government provides Israel with over $3 billion dollars of aid per year, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. Yet Israel continually violates internationally brokered ceasefire agreements, U.N. resolutions and uses high tech weapons procured through the U.S. to shell, bomb and shoot at "militants" within a civilian population of 1.7 million, most of which are women and children, crammed into an occupied territory roughly twice the size of Washington D.C.
With homeless veterans in the streets of the U.S., many Americans struggling to make ends meet, and talk of falling off of the "fiscal cliff," perhaps it is time for the American people to reconsider writing Israel blank checks. If in doubt, you can see your taxpayer dollars at work in the slideshow here.
It will be a relief to many in the region if this new cease fire holds, but if history repeats itself, it will not. And Americans will pay the bill -- in many ways.