Quick Facts: US, Israeli ties and their stance towards Palestine

PressTV –  Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:58PM

Analysts say the United States will cast a veto when the U.N. Security Council votes on a motion declaring Israel’s West Bank settlement construction illegal.

President Obama called President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority on Thursday in an effort to delay the vote, expected to take place on Friday.

Obama has tried to look like an honest broker in the Arab-Israeli conflict but a U.S. veto in the UNSC will be an indication of his intentions towards the Palestinian nation.

How is the US acting in the Security Council on behalf of Israel?

The United States regularly uses its Security Council veto power to stop anti-Israeli initiatives.

AFP

The U.S. has frequently vetoed resolutions critical of Israel’s actions. Since 1982, the U.S. has vetoed 32 UN Security Council resolutions that were critical of Israel. Antiwar.com

The latest draft resolution condemns Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in line with the policy of the international community, including the United States — but Washington is opposed to such a tack. AFP

The Palestinians — who have non-voting observer status at the United Nations — are refusing to resume negotiations while Israel builds on the land that they want for their future state, but efforts to convince Israel to impose a new ban have failed. AFP

The U.S. was the first country to recognize Israel in the United Nations. AIPAC

What is the nature of US-Israeli relations?

The U.S. and Israel are engaged in extensive strategic, political and military cooperation. This cooperation is broad and includes American aid, intelligence sharing, and joint military exercises. American military aid to Israel comes in different forms, including grants, special project allocations and loans. AIPAC

Israel receives about $3 billion from the U.S. in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America’s foreign aid budget. ifamericansknew.org

The United States gives Israel access to intelligence that it denies its NATO allies and has turned a blind eye towards Israel’s acquisition of nuclear weapons. The Guardian

According to the U.S. General Accounting Office, Israel “conducts the most aggressive espionage operations against the U.S. of any ally.” Antiwar.com

According to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s “Greenbook,” which reports “overseas loans and grants,” Israel has received $140,142,800 (in constant 2003 dollars) from the United States through 2003. qesdb.cdie.org

US making concessions to Israel

Recently, the U.S. government tried to appease Israel by proposing to deliver 20 F-35 fighter jets, worth $3 billion if it agreed to a temporary freeze to settlement construction activates in the West Bank, an offer that Israel rejected.

Moreover, Washington suggested if an Israeli-Palestinian agreement was achieved, the U.S. would sign a comprehensive security agreement with Israel. haaretz.com

Israeli lobbies in the US

The Israel lobby is a diverse coalition of groups and individuals who seek to influence the foreign policy of the U.S. in support of Zionism.

American Israel Public Affairs Committee, AIPAC, is a lobbying group that advocates for pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the United States. AIPAC

Describing itself as “America’s Pro-Israel Lobby,” AIPAC is a mass-membership organization whose members include Democrats, Republicans, and independents. Jpost

AIPAC has been described as one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington, DC, and its critics have stated it acts as an agent of the Israeli government with a “stranglehold” on the U.S. Congress. World News

In 1997, Fortune magazine asked members of Congress and their staff to list the most powerful lobbies in Washington. AIPAC was ranked second behind the American Association of Retired People (AARP), but ahead of heavyweight lobbies like the AFL-CIO and the National Rifle Association. Antiwar.com

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