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Every time I watch anything to do with Israel on American TV, or listen to a radio report somewhere, or read an article in a newspaper or online, I am always confronted with the same slogan. “We must support our closest ally with whom we share values and a way of life. We must do our utmost to enable them to defend themselves against their many enemies who are vowed to destroy them. After all, they are the only democracy in the Middle East and our security is linked to theirs”.

This is the kind of wording that leads to many a proxy and unnecessary war fought on behalf of this so called vital ally, Israel, in the Middle East, Iraq, Libya, Syria and now in Yemen. This kind of unquestioning support of Israel continues in occupied Palestine despite the Palestinian Authority bending over backwards to accommodate their increasing demands. The Oslo Accord instead of being a ‘peace process’ was in fact a slow and overt process of entrenching the occupation, increasing the settlement buildings and oppressing even further the indigenous population. All this, despite Israel declaring itself a racist and apartheid state, keeping nearly two million Palestinians under lock and key in Gaza, Illegally might I add, for over eleven years while periodically invading Gaza and bombarding them at will.

Another war in the Middle East is very likely, very soon, if we the citizens of the world, especially in the west, don’t do whatever is in our power to stop it from happening. The war I am talking about is going to be against Iran. Why? Israel wants it because Iran is the only power in the Middle East that is perceived by Israel to be in the way of their expansionist ambitions and hegemony all over the Middle East. They have been demonising Iran, spreading lies about Iran and about its so-called belligerent intentions against the Apartheid State. All Israel has to do is cry ‘foul’ in Washington and all American politicians and generals alike jump to attention.

Two prominent American politicians, Mr John Bolton, Security Advisor to President Trump and Mr Mike Pompeo, Mr Trump’s Secretary of State, visited the Middle East in the last week, met with Mr Netanyahu and have both publicly pledged America’s ‘undying’ support for Israel and their firm intention to do whatever they can to stop the perceived Iranian aggression. The preparations for this imminent war are there for everyone to see.

Take a look at the mass movement of American naval vessels from the China Sea towards the Arabian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. There are reports that these ships number 63 so far. The American forces have shipped 60 of the latest, most advanced Patriot missiles to their base in Saudi Arabia. They moved a further 19 Patriot missiles to Kuwait, 10 to Bahrain and 23 to the UAE. All this machinery of war is weaponised, loaded and ready for action. American aircraft carriers have been stationed around Israel near to its border with Lebanon and two in the Sea of Oman, all armed with Patriot missiles. All of this in addition to reports that Israel has stationed eight Thad anti missile installations outside every city and four inside every city in Israel. The iron dome has been deployed and they have stationed Patriot missiles everywhere around the country.

Does this sound like the drums of war to you? It does to me and it carries with it all the horror and foreboding of outright war. As a Palestinian, whose people have suffered and are still suffering under a harsh regime of occupation, apartheid and oppression, I see no end in sight because of this unbridled and unfettered support.

Are the American people aware of what is in store for us all? I very much doubt it. Because the people who are supposedly there to serve them and protect them are actually in service to a foreign power.

Have a look at this.

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2019/01/10/americans-need-a-congress-that-represents-americans/

Jafar M Ramini is a Palestinian writer and political analyst, based in London, presently in Perth, Western Australia. He was born in Jenin in 1943 and was five years old when he and his family had to flee the terror of the Urgun and Stern gangs. Justice for the people of Palestine is a life-long commitment.

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