Throughout history, the US has supported Israel. How does it affect the Gaza conflict? Despite political differences that occasionally tested relations between US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the start of the Gaza War has demonstrated that ties between the US and Israel are still as strong as ever.
US officials have recently reaffirmed their unshakable diplomatic, financial, and military support for Israel. In a speech at the White House earlier this week, Biden, who has frequently criticised Netanyahu’s right-wing administration, was unambiguous.
As Israel imposed a “complete siege” on Gaza in reaction to the Palestinian militant group Hamas’s apparently worst strike in decades, in which more than 1,200 people were murdered, US officials urged Israel to take “every possible precaution” to avoid harming civilians. Israel appears to have so far disregarded these calls: More than 1,700 people had been killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza as of Friday afternoon, and Israel is preparing for a military invasion. As a result, Israel has given residents of northern Gaza a 24-hour ultimatum to leave, which the UN claims will be impossible to achieve.
Despite this, the US has continued to provide unconditional aid to Israel, which since World War II has reached a total of $158 billion (without accounting for inflation) – more than the US has ever given to any other country. The US continues to play a significant role in aiding the Israeli military and security forces, despite official US statements to the contrary. It is sending guided-missile carriers and F-35 aircraft, among other things, in response to the recent attack by Hamas, and Congress is probably going to approve more aid as well.
The lengthy history of US military assistance to Israel has aided in the development of that country’s military might, and it still accounts for a sizeable portion of Israel’s military budget. Israel’s ability to produce its own weapons has made it less necessary operationally over time, but the US has continued to provide aid as a sign of its unwavering support for Israel, despite international criticism of the way the country treats Palestinians.
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