By Jonathan Cook
".......Also, it should be remembered that Israel’s belligerence toward Gaza, and the
easing of domestic pressure on Israel to negotiate with Hamas or reach a
ceasefire, has largely been made possible because Obama forced U.S. taxpayers to
massively subsidize Israel’s rocket-interception system, Iron Dome, to the tune
of hundreds of millions of dollars.
Iron Dome is being used to shoot down rockets out of Gaza that might
otherwise have landed in built-up areas of Israel. Israel and the White House
have therefore been able to sell U.S. munificence on the interception of rockets
as a humanitarian gesture.
But the reality is that Iron Dome has swung Israel’s cost-benefit calculus
sharply in favor of greater aggression because it is has increased Israel’s
sense of impunity. Whatever Hamas’s ability to smuggle into Gaza more
sophisticated weaponry, Israel believes it can neutralize that threat using
Far from being a humanitarian measure, Iron Dome has simply served to ensure
that Gaza will continue to suffer a far larger burden of deaths and injuries in
confrontations with Israel and that such confrontations will continue to occur
Here are the four main culprits. They should be held responsible for the
deaths of Palestinians and Israelis in the days and, if Israel expands its
operation, weeks ahead."