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US rushes to deploy arms to Israel amid ‘textbook genocide’ in Gaza

October 24, 2023 at 3:10 pm

Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder holds a press conference at the Pentagon on October 19, 2023 in Arlington, Virginia [Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images]

The US has expanded its military deployments across the Middle East in support of Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip, even as one historian has warned that the occupation state is carrying out a “textbook case of genocide” in the besieged enclave. Israeli historian Raz Segal’s claim was reported in Jewish Currents. He condemned the latest bombing of Gaza.

Open-source information gathered by Haaretz newspaper reveals that close to 80 US military and dozens of leased civilian aircraft are hauling equipment in a massive weapons airlift to Israel and Cyprus. At least 62 US and Israeli transport aircraft had landed in Israel by Sunday night.

Fighter squadrons and special forces are in place in Jordan. Twenty aircraft offloaded cargo from NATO depots at British military bases in Cyprus.

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Advocacy groups accuse the US of rushing to resupply weapons used by Israel on Gaza civilians. They argue that Washington is seeking to ensure Israel’s long-term military dominance over the Palestinians. Warnings abound that the influx risks further armed conflict in the region.

Since Israel began its bombardment of the besieged enclave, over 30 US heavy transports have landed in the apartheid state, many of them delivering advanced weaponry. Others carried officials like Secretary of State Antony Blinken, while some transported armoured vehicles.

Besieged Gaza is the open-air prison resisting Israel’s colonisation of Palestine - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]

Besieged Gaza is the open-air prison resisting Israel’s colonisation of Palestine – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]

US and Israeli air force planes have also flown repeatedly to Europe, probably, it is believed, to procure more arms and ammunition. A US aircraft carrier strike group armed with cruise missiles is deployed near Cyprus, and Washington has ensured that missile defence systems are in place. A second US carrier group is expected in the Mediterranean soon, although its destination remains uncertain.

Analysts warn that the expansive US military activity enables further Israeli repression of the Palestinians. Continued unconditional aid irrespective of Israel’s actions removes incentives for restraint, they argue.

Some warn that US replenishment of bombs dropped on Gaza may fuel cycles of violence, hindering de-escalation. With two carrier groups nearby, the fear is that planning for the next war has already begun.

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The massive arms influx has created an even more pronounced power imbalance, enabling Israel to continue to act with impunity, say analysts. While Gaza lies in ruins, Israel enjoys limitless supplies from its superpower patron.

They urge greater scrutiny over whether US actions serve regional security or purely Israeli interests. Platitudes about restraint and “self-defence” ring hollow to Palestinians, they note, when American planes rush to deliver massive stockpiles of bombs to the occupation state.