[ View the story "Chomsky: Calling for change on US support for Israel" on Storify] Chomsky: Calling for change on US support for Israel Author and activist Noam Chomsky discusses the role of US foreign policy in Israel and Gaza.
The Stream· Tue, Aug 12 2014 17:24:25
For decades, activist and academic Noam Chomsky, has been a vocal critic of US foreign policy, especially in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Chomsky shared his opinion in a recent
and blamed the United States for promoting Israel's actions. In "Nightmare in Gaza" he writes:
When the current attacks are called off, Israel hopes to be free to pursue its criminal policies in the occupied territories without interference, and with the U.S. support it has enjoyed in the past. Gazans will be free to return to the norm in their Israeli-run prison, while in the West Bank, Palestinians can watch in peace as Israel dismantles what remains of their possessions. That is the likely outcome if the U.S. maintains its decisive and virtually unilateral support for Israeli crimes and its rejection of the long-standing international consensus on diplomatic settlement. But the future will be quite different if the U.S. withdraws that support.truth-out.org
The 72-hour-long ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is holding into its second day,
according to the UN
. Over 36 days of conflict, the death toll has reached 1,962 Palestinians - with at least 1,417 of them civilians - and 67 Israelis, of which three were civilians.
Could a shift in US public opinion impact Washington's support for Israel? A recent
found that Americans under the age of 30, believe Israel's actions in Gaza are unjustified 2-1, while those over 65 felt the opposite. This shows a growing generational gap in the US public support for Israel.
reflect the same findings.
Online, some in The Stream community expressed how they viewed the relationship between the US and Israel:
@AJStream On the face of it, relations between the Obama administration and Netanyahu's government, already marked by antipathy and distrustqays yash
@AJStream Their relationship is like siamese twins connected by brain. They need each other like a tree and its roots.Gimba Ibrahim
Others shared these questions for Noam Chomsky:
@AJStream Who is responsible for the nightmare, sufferings and destruction of Gaza? Israel or Hamas?driftSolomon Cole
@AJStream will we ever see the day when U.S support for the oppression of Palestinians by Israel will cease ? Is it a possibility ?Tha Watcher
Will reason and rational thinking ever prevail in Jewish- Arab relationships considering the religious grounding of both groups @AJStreamS= K log W
@AJStream Religious statehood kind of muddy the waters!What does the two state solution mean for religious harmony in the region? #IsraelBataung Matsau
@AJStream What is his wisdom for discouraging #BDS against Israeli onslaught when the numbers suggest it's hitting Israel economy? #AJStreamSheikh Rehmatullah
@AJStream #BDS always wise to stop think and question + would anyone sell arms to Israel if they had a conscience?Mysilly Moo
@AJStream Is there a hope of the occupation ever ending?what is the solution to this?why does US never consider the suffering of palestine?pavitra