From the January 2009 Idaho Observer:

House, Senate pass resolutions filled with historical inaccuracies and real time lies, obligates U.S. to support and finance holocaust in Gaza; Israel blinds another U.S. Congress to Palestinian plight

On Jan. 8, 2009, the U.S. Senate reportedly approved by unanimous voice vote (recorded as 100-0) its version of the House Resolution reprinted at right. H. Res. 34 passed 390-5 (with 38 absent or present and not voting) the following day. The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), arguably the most influential lobby in Washington, D.C., has publicly expressed its elation that nearly 100 percent of Congress had expressed unwavering support for its campaign in Gaza and beyond. It has also been reported that Congress merely rubberstamped the resolutions as submitted by AIPAC.

Regardless, Congress did not solicit any input from Palestinians or consider the plight of this perpetually persecuted and increasingly impoverished and disenfranchised people. Not surprisingly, the resolutions to which Capitol Hill (and the current Bush White House and the pending Obama White House) overwhelmingly adopted is one-sided to a degree that is unjust on its face and, in operation, will make the U.S. an accessory to genocide.

Let us now show, clause by clause, the inaccuracy of the resolutions 99 percent of the federal government (compared to about 50 percent of the American people) agreed to as a formal declaration of U.S. support for Israel. (The full text of H. Res. 34 is reprinted below this analysis and numbers in the analysis correspond with bracketed numbers indicated in text of resolution)

1. Hamas was created by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad as a political tool to justify ongoing military campaigns and political persecution of Palestinians. The Mossad and high-level Israeli officials have a stated goal of removing every living Palestinian from Israel through whatever means necessary.

2. Mossad (and the CIA) have also been designated as "terrorist organizations" by leaders of other nations.

3. Hamas has taken control of the Palestinians’ political voice. Without exception, every privately and internationally-brokered "peace" plan has been broken by Israel in both overt and covert ways. Palestinians, with a few rifles and a few rockets (that somehow get through the tight Israeli network of walls and checkpoint security stations) receive almost no foreign humanitarian aid much less military aid while Israel receives tens of billions of U.S. military defense dollars each year; Palestinians cannot win a military confrontation with Israel and does not benefit from breaking peace agreements. For peace to result, it is Israel that must itself renounce violence and withdraw its troops.

4. If "Hamas (Mossad)" illegally crossed into Israel and still holds captive one Israeli soldier, what about the fact that Israel has, for decades, been illegally crossing into Palestinian land and taking prisoners? Thousands have been taken (and I know one of them). Also, thousands have been injured, murdered (women and children included) and their homes destroyed without cause; Israel continues relentlessly to build cities in Palestinian territories all the while protected by well-trained, equipped and (U.S.) supplied Israeli soldiers with a license to kill without cause.

5. This "whereas" is an admission that Israeli military had been in Gaza until 2005 and its mission would have been protecting the construction of Israeli "settlements" in violation of every internationally-brokered peace agreement Israel has negotiated with Palestinians.

6. Nothing gets into or out of Gaza or the West Bank without Israel knowing about it. Even if Palestinians have fired "6,000 rockets into Israel," the desperate (or calculated Hamas/Mossad) defensive tactic pales in comparison to the number and lethality of offensive ordnance Israel has been relentlessly pummeling Palestinian lands with for decades.

7. The Israelis have, for 60 years, been using Palestinian civilians (women and children) as human targets while illegally bulldozing Palestinian homes and destroying Palestinian farms to build Israeli cities under the protection of Israeli soldiers.

8. If Secretary Rice is really holding Hamas responsible, she is holding the Mossad/the government of Israel—not the Palestinian people—responsible for rocket attacks on southern Israel. Also, it was not the Palestinians who broke the cease fire and the violence is not renewed, it has been ongoing for 60 years and, since 1948, the Palestinians have always been reacting from a defensive posture.

9. Since 1948, millions of Palestinians, displaced from their homes, have been suffering every form of degradation that refugees must endure. The numbers of civilian noncombatant Palestinians that have been murdered by Israeli policies probably number in the tens of thousands. The Israeli government does, indeed, rejoice in its murderous campaign against the Palestinians

10. "Acute" is not the word. It is estimated that over half the Palestinians in Gaza do not have access to fresh water at this time.

11. There is ZERO evidence that Israel has ever sent humanitarian aid into Gaza and its policy is to intercept ALL humanitarian aid from outside sources.

12. Again, Secretary Rice blames all the problems on Hamas, a creation of the Mossad.

13. The ultimate goal of the United States, which has given over $1 trillion in defense aid to Israel since the 60s, has been to support the Israeli plan to exterminate the Palestinian people. Not one U.S. presidential administration has ever sanctioned Israel for its perpetual violations of internationally-brokered peace agreements and has recently blocked an attempt by the UN to broker a cease fire. The U.S., we are told, didn’t even retaliate against Israel, our "ally" when it intentionally attacked the USS Liberty, a surveillance ship in international waters, killing and wounding over 200 U.S. navy seamen on June 8, 1967.

The only reason President Truman agreed to support the UN resolution to grant Israel nation-state status was with assurances that it would not be a "Jewish" state. For Congress to refer to Israel as such is historically ignorant. Plus, the Israeli government does not have a constitution and is, therefore, not a "democracy."

To discuss Israel and Palestinians living together "side-by-side" is geographically ludicrous considering the partitions created by the UN in 1947 and considering that Israel has balkanzied those regions and has been engaging in a systematic campaign to take Palestinian land by force.

After having reviewed the "whereases" clause by clause and checked the facts, each and every one of the nine "resolves" agreed to by 99 percent of Capitol Hill and 100 percent of the outgoing and incoming presidential administrations are quite absurd. The U.S. Congress is obviously biased in favor of Israel’s "right" to militarily cause the murder of innocent men, women and children under the false flag of "terrorism." (DWH)

Recognizing Israel’s Right to Defend Itself Against

Attacks from Gaza, Reaffirming the United States’ Strong Support for Israel, and Supporting the

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

H. Res. 34

January 9, 2009

[1] Whereas Hamas was founded with the stated goal of destroying the State of Israel;

[2] Whereas Hamas has been designated by the United States as a Foreign Terrorist Organization;

[3] Whereas Hamas has refused to comply with the Quartet’s (the United States, the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations) requirements that Hamas recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce violence, and agree to accept previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinians;

[4] Whereas in June 2006, Hamas illegally crossed into Israel, attacked Israeli forces, and kidnaped Corporal Gilad Shalit, whom they continue to hold today;

[5] Whereas Hamas has launched thousands of rockets and mortars against Israeli population centers since 2001, and has launched more than 6,000 such rockets and mortars since Israel withdrew its civilian population and its military from Gaza in 2005;

[6] Whereas Hamas has increased the range and payload of its rockets, reportedly with support from Iran and others, putting hundreds of thousands of Israelis in danger of rocket attacks from Gaza;

[7] Whereas Hamas locates elements of its terrorist infrastructure in civilian population centers, thus using innocent civilians as human shields;

[8] Whereas Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in a statement on December 27, 2008, that ‘We strongly condemn the repeated rocket and mortar attacks against Israel and hold Hamas responsible for breaking the cease-fire and for the renewal of violence there’;

[9] Whereas on December 27, 2008, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said, ‘For approximately seven years, hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens in the south have been suffering from missiles being fired at them . . . In such a situation we had no alternative but to respond. We do not rejoice in battle but neither will we be deterred from it. . . .The operation in the Gaza Strip is designed, first and foremost, to bring about an improvement in the security reality for the residents of the south of the country’;

[10] Whereas the humanitarian situation in Gaza, including shortages of food, water, electricity, and adequate medical care, is becoming more acute;

[11] Whereas Israel has facilitated humanitarian aid to Gaza with hundreds of trucks carrying humanitarian assistance and numerous ambulances entering the Gaza Strip since the current round of fighting began on December 27, 2008;

[12] Whereas on January 6, 2009, before the United Nations Security Council, Secretary Rice stated that: ‘The situation before the current events in Gaza was clearly not sustainable. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis lived under the daily threat of rocket attack, and frankly, no country, none of our countries, would have been willing to tolerate such a circumstance. Moreover, the people of Gaza watched as insecurity and lawlessness increased and as their living conditions grew more dire because of Hamas’s actions which began with the illegal coup against the Palestinian Authority in Gaza. . .A ceasefire that returns to those circumstances is unacceptable and it will not last’; and

[13] Whereas the ultimate goal of the United States is a sustainable resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that will ensure the welfare, security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders, and a viable, independent, and democratic Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the State of Israel: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) expresses vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders, and recognizes its right to act in self-defense to protect its citizens against Hamas’s unceasing aggression, as enshrined in the United Nations Charter;

(2) reiterates that Hamas must end the rocket and mortar attacks against Israel, recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce violence, agree to accept previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinians, and verifiably dismantle its terrorist infrastructure;

(3) encourages the Administration to work actively to support a durable and sustainable cease-fire in Gaza , as soon as possible, that prevents Hamas from retaining or rebuilding its terrorist infrastructure, including the capability to launch rockets and mortars against Israel, and thereby allowing for the long-term improvement of daily living conditions for the people of Gaza;

(4) believes strongly that the lives of innocent civilians must be protected to the maximum extent possible, expresses condolences to innocent Palestinian and Israeli victims and their families, and reiterates that humanitarian needs in Gaza should be addressed promptly and responsibly;

(5) calls on all nations--

(A) to condemn Hamas for deliberately embedding its fighters, leaders, and weapons in private homes, schools, mosques, hospitals, and otherwise using Palestinian civilians as human shields, while simultaneously targeting Israeli civilians; and

(B) to lay blame both for the breaking of the ‘calm’ and for subsequent civilian casualties in Gaza precisely where blame belongs, that is, on Hamas;

(6) supports and encourages efforts to diminish the appeal and influence of extremists in the Palestinian territories, and strengthen moderate Palestinians who are committed to a secure and lasting peace with Israel;

(7) calls on Egypt to intensify its efforts to halt smuggling between Gaza and Egypt and affirms the willingness of the United States to continue to assist Egypt in these efforts;

(8) calls for the immediate release of the kidnaped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been illegally held in Gaza since June 2006; and

(9) reiterates its strong support for a just and sustainable resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict achieved through negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in order to ensure the welfare, security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders, and a viable, independent, and democratic Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the State of Israel.