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    White House appealing to Israeli lobby


    by PressTV

    A political commentator says the administration of US President Barack Obama has been appealing to the Israeli lobby which “places great pressure on” the White House.

    Stephen Sizer – an author, theologian, and evangelist – made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV as he commented on recent remarks made by Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby who said the US will not stop arming Israel even if halting the provision of arms could urge the Tel Aviv regime to remain committed to a cease-fire with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

    “Yes, we see Obama making statements that the cease-fire is necessary but at the same time re-arming Israel with weapons to continue the occupation,” Sizer told Press TV on Tuesday.

    On Monday, Obama signed a congressional bill that will provide Tel Aviv with an additional $225 million of American taxpayers’ money to improve its Iron Dome missile system. The money would be in addition to the $351 million that’s already under discussion for Iron Dome in fiscal 2015.

    Israel’s brutal atrocities against Palestinians are already heavily funded by Washington. Under a current 10-year deal with Israel, over $3 billion of American taxpayers’ money is flowing to Israel in military aid every year.

    Twenty-nine days of relentless strikes by Israel in the besieged Gaza Strip have killed at least 1,880 Gazans, among them some 430 children. Tel Aviv’s prolonged onslaught has also left nearly 9,600 Palestinians injured.

    On Tuesday, a 72-hour truce between Hamas and Israel took effect, with Israel announcing a total retreat from the conflict zones.

    Sizer says the real issue is the blockade of Gaza and that is why Palestinians have not accepted any “imposed cease-fire” and “are resisting the occupation.”

    “Hamas and the Palestinian leadership rightly have refused so far to accept an imposed ceasefire because the issue is not the rockets, the issue is the blockade of Gaza,” he said. “Forty-five years of blockade, depriving them of basic human rights, the essential food, water, electricity, and supplies, that’s the key issue. That’s the reason they are resisting the occupation.”

    “Therefore, any solution must resolve the blockade and not simply a Band-Aid plaster put over the wounds in the hope that a cessation of rockets and bombing from Israel would resolve the issue. The issue is not the rockets fired by Hamas, the issue is the occupation and the brutal destruction of Gaza by Israel,” Sizer concluded.