Days of Palestine, Reports –US Senate has announced Israeli occupation state a “major strategic partner” of the US, media reports said on Saturday.
The bill, which was delayed since May, enhances Israeli trade status to expedite export licensing, increases cooperation on energy, water engineering, research and development and expands authority for forward-deployed US weapons stockpiles in the Zionist state.
Israeli occupation has recently waged a 51-day war on the Gaza Strip, which has been under its strict siege since mid-2007. The war resulted in around 2,160 deaths and more than 11,000 wounded, the UN said, most of them were civilians.
During the war, it destroyed around 20,000 civilian facilities, including mosques, churches, hospitals, schools, universities, water networks, electricity grids, sole electricity plant, etc…
The original draft of the bill, called the US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, began to cut some of the red tape around the issue.
The declaration of Israeli occupation as a major strategic partner is an elevation from “major non-NATO ally.” This promotes Israeli legal status as a US ally since 1988, and further binds the executive to ensure Israeli qualitative military edge in the region.
“It establishes an architecture for things like cyber-security,” said one source with a pro-Israeli organisation, adding that it broadens the relationship in “a number of different areas.”
The bill seeks expeditious approval from the White House of long-term security guarantees to Israeli occupation through the next decade, and increases its crisis stockpile of weaponry by a value of $200 million to a total of $1.8 billion, in addition to billions more towards other military projects.
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The House of Representatives passed a similar bill in March.
Co-author of the bill Roy Blunt (R-MO) called the bill a bipartisan success “during this critical time in the Middle East region.”