For decades, Israel relied on the United States as a diplomatic shield. Now, the country’s unwavering support seems increasingly precarious, with Joe Biden being the target of criticism.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused his American counterpart Joe Biden on Monday of having “bloody hands“, Due to its support for Israel, at the moment when it attacks the Gaza Strip.
“You are writing history with bloody hands,” said Erdogan, addressing Biden, also criticizing him for selling arms to Israel, a “terrorist state” that is making “disproportionate attacks against the Strip. Gaza ”.
“Mr. Biden, you joined the Armenians in the so-called Armenian genocide. Now he writes history with blood on the hands of the extremely disproportionate attacks on Gaza, where hundreds of people are dying, ”said Erdogan.
On the same day, human rights defenders warned that the Biden Administration is deepening complicity in the massacre of civilians in Gaza by trying to promote the sale of $ 735 million in “guided precision weapons” to Israel.
“[A] Biden administration should be held responsible for being complicit in the escalation of violence and for not preventing the death and suffering of civilians, ”said Jamil Dakwar, director of the Human Rights Program at American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), quoted by RawStory.
The Israeli military has used bombs and missiles made by major US military contractors, such as the Boeing it’s at General Dynamics, to obliterate large buildings in Gaza, including one that housed offices in the Associated Press and yes Al-Jazeera.
“Criminal complicity“Yousef Munayyer, an American-Palestinian writer and political analyst, wrote on Twitter in response to reports of the sale, according to which Boeing would supply Israel with Joint Direct Attack Ammunition.
To the The Post but anonymously, a Democratic legislator from the Foreign Affairs Committee warned that “allowing this proposal to sell smart bombs to proceed without putting pressure on Israel to agree to a ceasefire will only allow more carnage.”
Dakwar understands that “approving more weapons for Israel would add fuel to the fire and would only encourage Israel to continue the bombings in Gaza.” For this reason, the Biden Administration should be held accountable.
In the meantime, the American President has expressed his “support” for a ceasefire in Gaza, during a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“The president expressed its support for a ceasefire“, The White House said in a cautious statement, at a time when many in the Democratic camp are calling on Biden to explicitly call for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.
The Biden initiative signals the United States’ concern to end Israel’s part in hostilities with Hamas, although it does not associate with the Democratic Party’s growing demands for an immediate ceasefire.
The White House says the President has reiterated his firm support for Israel’s right to defend against indiscriminate attacks of rockets.
The fighting began on May 10, after weeks of tension between Israelis and Palestinians in East Jerusalem, which culminated in clashes at the Esplanade of Mosques, Islam’s third holy place next to Judaism’s holiest place.
The massive launching of rockets by armed groups in Gaza towards Israel is opposed to the systematic bombing by Israeli forces against the Gaza Strip, causing the death of about 200 Palestinians, including 59 minors and 39 women, as well as more than 1,300 injured.
On the Israeli side, 10 deaths were counted, including that of two minors, at a time when attacks by both parties continue without a glimpse of a truce.
Liliana Malainho, ZAP // Lusa