The U.S. government gives the Israeli military billions of dollars in free weapons every year.
The Israeli military has in recent weeks been shooting and killing nonviolent protesters in Gaza. On April 21, on an Israeli radio show, Israeli Brigadier-General (Res.) Zvika Fogel was asked about the killing of a 14-year-old boy. He replied:
"[A]ny person who gets close to the fence, anyone who could be a future threat to the border of the State of Israel and its residents, should bear a price for that violation. . . ."
The interviewer asked: "Then his punishment is death?"
The Brigadier-General responded: "His punishment is death."
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It's actually not unusual for Israeli military and government statements to match the cruelty of the actions. During the 2014 assault on Gaza, the Deputy Speaker of Israel’s Parliament posted on his FaceBook page a plan to conquer all of Gaza and "designate certain open areas on the Sinai border, adjacent to the sea, in which the civilian population will be gathered [and] . . . tent encampments will be established until relevant emigration destinations are determined."1
Another member of the Israeli Parliament, subsequently appointed Minister of Justice, Ayelet Shaked, posted the text of an article that declared that “the entire Palestinian people is the enemy” and urged its destruction, “including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure,” as well as the slaughter of mothers before they could give birth to more "little snakes."2
The Times of Israel published a column with the headline “When Genocide Is Permissible.”
A former head of Israel’s National Security Council, Giora Eiland, published a column with the headline “In Gaza, There Is No Such Thing as ‘Innocent Civilians’.”
Dov Weisglass, advisor to then Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, years ago proposed putting Gaza "on a diet," and Israel certainly has done so, its blockade creating extreme poverty and poor nutrition.3
During the past weeks, Israeli snipers have been killing participants, young and old, in nonviolent demonstrations.
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1. Dallas Morning News: Israel's deputy parliament speaker proposes expelling Palestinians, absorbing Gaza
2. Washington Post: Israel’s new justice minister considers all Palestinians to be ‘the enemy’
3. Guardian: Gaza on brink of implosion as aid cut-off starts to bite
> New York Times: Four Killed in Gaza as Weekly Protests Shrink
> Craig Murray: Condemned by Their Own Words
> David Swanson: If a Genocide Falls in the Forest
> Talk Nation Radio: Norman Finkelstein: Gaza Finds Nonviolence