One supports Palestinian human rights. One says he’d keep the $10 million per day flowing to Israel no matter what it does. Which is which?
By Kathryn Shihadah and Alison Weir | If Americans Knew Blog | Feb 11, 2020
While it may be an exaggeration to suggest that “billionaires in wine caves” are choosing the next president of the United States, it may be that some wealthy donors have an agenda that they can advance in a wine cave event, while a teacher or pipefitter has little more to wield than a vote.
For over 70 years, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been the core issue of the Middle East, central to tragic wars – some involving American troops – and escalating violence. In the past ten days Israeli forces have shot dead nine unarmed Palestinians, seven of them teenagers. In 2019, 149 Palestinians were killed in the conflict along with 10 Israelis.
US Middle East policies, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, have been largely driven by the pro-Israel lobby in the US for many decades. Campaign donors like Sheldon Adelson have influenced Trump policies, while other billionaires such as Haim Saban have influenced Democratic ones.
The US blockade against Iran (which, under international law, constitutes an act of war), was begun by Bush and continued under Obama. The Trump “Muslim Ban” focused on countries that had been selected by the Obama administration and that had long been targeted by Israel
A plan to give Israel $38 billion+ over the next ten years began with Obama and continues under Trump. This amounts to over $10 million per day ($7,000 per minute), and works out to approximately $23,000 per Jewish Israeli family of four. US support for Israeli aggression and violence has caused growing extremism in the region and beyond and dangerous hostility to the U.S.