U.S. Congress passes resolutions supporting Israeli aggression

(1 AUGUST 2006) - THE U.S. Senate and House of Representatives both passed similar resolutions this week, expressing their full support for Israeli aggression against Lebanon and Palestine. Both measures passed on voice votes. Both turn reality completely on its head, calling Israeli aggression "self-defense." The resolutions also say Israel which dropped more than 20 tons of bombs on civilians in a single day, show "great restraint" and that it is the Lebanese who are indiscriminately targeting civilians.

The resolutions begin in a similar fashion. From the Senate: "Condemning Hizbollah and Hamas and their state sponsors and supporting Israel's exercise of its right to self-defense." (Senate Resolution 534)

The House resolution states, "Condemning the recent attacks against the State of Israel, holding terrorists and their state-sponsors accountable for such attacks, supporting Israel's right to defend itself, and for other purposes." Both also say Israel has showed "great restraint." Both were passed following the week-long and continuing U.S-backed Israeli bombings now destroying Lebanon, with civilian infrastructure, including schools, bridges and power plants main targets, as well as refugees forced to flee on foot.

The Senate specifically:
1) reaffirms its steadfast support for the State of Israel

2) supports Israel's right of self-defense and Israel's right to take appropriate action to deter aggression by terrorist groups and their state sponsors

3) urges the President to continue fully supporting Israel as Israel exercises its right of self-defense in Lebanon and Gaza;

4) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Israeli soldiers who are being held captive by Hizbollah or Hamas." The resolution urges Bush to "use all available political and diplomatic means, including sanctions, to persuade the governments of Syria and Iran to end their support of Hizbollah and Hamas.
The House followed suit, also calling for "steadfast support" for Israel. It condemned Hamas and Hizbollah for "continuing to indiscriminately target Israeli civilian populations with their rockets and missiles." It said that the House "recognizes Israel's longstanding commitment to minimizing civilian loss and welcomes Israel's continued efforts to prevent civilian casualties." It also said that "all governments that have provided continued support to Hamas or Hizbollah share responsibility for the hostage-taking and attacks against Israel and, as such, should be held accountable for their actions." The resolution also urges Bush to "bring the full force of political, diplomatic and economic sanctions available" against Syria and Iran.

Both resolutions are completely silent on the more than 9,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, many of them women and children. In defending Israel's actions, including the "conduct of operations both in Israel and in the territory of nations which pose a threat to it," they are also defending the massive bombings of civilians and the stated goal of Israel to bomb Lebanon and Gaza back to dark ages. The Israeli ambassador to the UN demanded at a recent pro-Israel rally in New York City, that the UN permit Israel to "finish the job!" of leveling Lebanon and Palestine and eliminating Hamas and Hizbollah. He added, "To those countries who claim we are using disproportionate force, I have only this to say: you're damn right we are!"

The Congress is responsible for ensuring that Israel receives about $3 billion in U.S. funding yearly, which is about 1/5 of total foreign aid. It has the second-largest fleet of F-16 bombers in the world, second only to its sponsor, the United States. Israel is about the size of New Jersey and has about one one-thousandth of the world's population.

(Voice of Revlution, August 1, 2006)

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