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Palestinians lose in US military aid deal with Israel

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    Since the 1973 war, Israel has received at least $100bn in military aid, with more assistance hidden from view. Back in the 1970s, Washington paid half of Israel's military budget. Today it still foots a fifth of the bill, despite Israel's economic success.

    But the US expects a return on its massive investment. As the late Israeli politician-general Ariel Sharon once observed, Israel has been a US "aircraft carrier" in the Middle East, acting as the regional bully and carrying out operations that benefit Washington.

      Almost no one blames the US for Israeli attacks that wiped out Iraq's and Syria's nuclear programs. A nuclear-armed Iraq or Syria would have deterred later US-backed moves at regime overthrow, as well as countering the strategic advantage Israel derives from its own nuclear arsenal.

      In addition, Israel's US-sponsored military prowess is a triple boon to the US weapons industry, the country's most powerful lobby. Public funds are siphoned off to let Israel buy goodies from American arms makers. That, in turn, serves as a shop window for other customers and spurs an endless and lucrative game of catch-up in the rest of the Middle East.

        The first F-35 fighter jets to arrive in Israel in December -- their various components produced in 46 US states -- will increase the clamor for the cutting-edge warplane.

        Israel is also a "front-line laboratory," as former Israeli army negotiator Eival Gilady admitted at the weekend, that develops and field-tests new technology Washington can later use itself.

        The US is planning to buy back the missile interception system Iron Dome -- which neutralizes battlefield threats of retaliation -- it largely paid for. Israel works closely too with the US in developing cyber warfare, such as the Stuxnet worm that damaged Iran's civilian nuclear program.

        But the clearest message from Israel's new aid package is one delivered to the Palestinians: Washington sees no pressing strategic interest in ending the occupation. It stood up to Mr Netanyahu over the Iran deal but will not risk a damaging clash over Palestinian statehood.

        Some believe that Mr Obama signed the aid package to win the credibility necessary to overcome his domestic Israel lobby and pull a rabbit from the hat: an initiative, unveiled shortly before he leaves office, that corners Mr Netanyahu into making peace.

          Hopes have been raised by an expected meeting at the United Nations in New York tomorrow. But their first talks in 10 months are planned only to demonstrate unity to confound critics of the aid deal.

          If Mr Obama really wanted to pressure Mr Netanyahu, he would have used the aid agreement as leverage. Now Mr Netanyahu need not fear US financial retaliation, even as he intensifies effective annexation of the West Bank.

            Mr Netanyahu has drawn the right lesson from the aid deal -- he can act against the Palestinians with continuing US impunity.

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            Jonathan Cook is a writer and journalist based in Nazareth, Israel. He is the 2011 winner of the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His latest books are "Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East" (Pluto Press) and "Disappearing Palestine: (more...)
             

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