by Gopi Chandra Kharel, IBT
The United States is arming Israel with 3,000 more of the similar ‘Smart bombs’ that killed more than 2,140 Palestinians and injured over 11,000 others this summer in one of the biggest Israeli onslaught at the Gaza Strip.
Although the Department of Defense website did not carry the news, the Press TV and a local news agency cited the department as announcing that it will supply the Israeli air force with those bombs, which are precision-guided munitions designed to achieve greater accuracy.
Since the exact date as well as the nature of the announcement remained unspecified, the news could not be independently verified.
However, the funding for the sale of those bombs will come from US military aid to Israel and will be paid until the end of November 2016, according to International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) which reported citing the US Department of Defence.
It can be noted that the United States provides Israel with about $8.5 million in military aid each day, while it gives nothing to the Palestinian side.
The cost of the latest deal is estimated to be around $82 million enabling the Israeli Air Force to receive thousands of G-DAM model bombs, news sources cited local Palestinian agency Al Ray as saying.
The United States support for Israel has largely been viewed as arbitrary and has prompted several demonstrations across the country. Obama administration has been accused of using US taxpaying money for more Israeli aggression against Palestinians.
The Israeli Air Force used similar smart bombs in the recent war against Hamas militants in Gaza Strip. While the casualties in the Palestinian sides were in thousands, the United States shrugged off the impact of the war as mere ‘colateral damage’ and said they had the right to protect the “Israeli’s right defend itself”.
While hundreds of innocent people including children lost their lives, the Israeli attacks destroyed thousands of buildings, including the only power plant of the territory and hit at least 223 schools in Gaza, including those run by the UN to protect the homeless.