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US-Israel conflict over the cause of Palestine

By: Saleem Kakar

(Part 1)

The brutality and terroristic acts carried out by Israeli forces in Gaza and West Bank has turned out to be one of the ruthless genocides in human history – as the heinous childkillers [Israeli forces – IDF] have been arrogantly depicting the act of their brutality before the lens of cameras and/ or through social media and other media outlets since October 7, 2023. A live genocide watched by the world population whose main victims have been the innocent Palestinian children, women and men being brutally killed in the hands of Israeli forces and its war cabinet. In February 20, 2024, BBC reported that Israeli forces have killed more than 29,000 innocent Palestinians while according to Al Jazeera, more than 11,500 children have been killed through Israeli assaults (February 5, 2024). What is imperative to realize is that the defenseless innocent Palestinians have been losing their loved ones simply due to a blatant US-Israel political disharmony that needs careful analysis. In fact, after the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, Gaza turned into one of the main refugee camps for the Palestinians who, under the threat of force by Zionist terrorist groups, fled their homes. Many think tanks estimate that close to 200,000 Palestinians, comprising approximately a quarter of Palestine’s Arab populace during that era, sought refuge in Gaza between 1948 and 1949. This marked Gaza as one of the planet’s most densely populated regions, housing 1,800 individuals per square kilometer. Subsequently, during the 1956 Suez Crisis, Israel invaded Gaza militarily and maintained occupation until 1957 – a situation that persisted until 2005. Since then, Gaza has been subjected to an Israeli military blockade, severely constricting the influx of goods and the mobility of its inhabitants. The United Nations and various humanitarian entities have characterized Gaza as an “open-air prison” for its 2.2 million residents. To comprehend the complexities of the current conflict, an analysis of historical documentation is imperative. Following World War II, the United States found itself embroiled in a geopolitical rivalry with the Soviet Union. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, in the 1990s, the United States redirected its focus to “Islamic Fundamentalism” as its next major adversary; thereby placing the Middle East, the heartland of Islam, at the core of its geopolitical strategy. After two decades of concentrating on Islam and Muslims, Barrack Obama, the former US President, unveiled a new overarching geopolitical strategy for the United States in 2011. Termed the “Pivot to Asia,” this strategy was predicated on the perception that China had emerged as the foremost threat to US global hegemony. Consequently, Obama declared that the United States would reallocate its resources accordingly, dedicating fewer resources to countering “Islamic fundamentalism” and diverting more towards addressing the Chinese threat in the Asia-Pacific region – a concept that later evolved into an IndoPacific Strategy aimed at containing China. In terms of the Middle East, this “Pivot to Asia” has yielded several significant ramifications. Essentially, the US needed to engineer a scenario in the Middle East conducive to shifting resources towards Asia. Hence, the United States began promoting formal agreements between Israel and Arab nations in the Middle East under the auspices of the Abraham Accords. Between August and December 2020, four Muslim nations – the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco – consented to normalize relations with Israel. Moreover, American officials have indicated ongoing discussions aimed at incorporating Saudi Arabia into the Abraham Accords as well. While the cause of Palestinians may not rank high on the agenda of political leadership in Middle Eastern nations, the United States perceives it as a matter necessitating resolution. The primary rationale is the pervasive opposition to any normalization with Israel among the Muslim populace of the Middle East, a sentiment closely intertwined with the Palestinian issue. Consequently, Palestine remains a potential source of unwanted instability across the broader Middle East. The United States continues to advocate for a two-state solution based on the 1967 lines, with mutually agreed land swaps, as the optimal means of achieving the enduring peace between Israel and the Palestinians necessary to advance its Pivot to Asia agenda.

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