[dehai-news] (Press TV) US Congressman Ron Paul: US gave Israel a green light to attack Gaza

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From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (eritrea.lave@comhem.se)
Date: Mon Aug 01 2005 - 13:42:44 EDT

Paul: Israel had US OK for war on Gaza

Mon, 05 Jan 2009 14:51:14 GMT
Outspoken Republican congressman Ron Paul says Israel had received a
green light from the United States to launch an offensive in Gaza.
The Texas congressman said the Israeli attack on the impoverished Gaza
Strip shapes a bleak future for the whole world as it means that, "the
whole idea of preemptive or preventive war is spreading."
He went on to challenge the idea of Hamas threatening Israel's security
and argued that "Palestinian missiles are so minor compared to the fire
power of Israel, who has nuclear weapons."
The US Congressman's remarks come as Israel continues to rebuff
international efforts to end the assault on Gaza, and Israeli troops and
tanks -- protected by heavy air, sea and artillery fire - have sliced
through the center of Gaza and surrounded the main city.
The tenth day of the assault brings the number of Palestinian casualties
to 530 with over 2,600 others wounded. The UN says that about 25 percent
of the casualties were civilian deaths.
Paul added that the escalation of war in Gaza would contribute to the
fall of economy on the global stage and in the US, explaining that the
US involvement in too many wars is "draining us emotionally and
Congressman Paul said that even though Israel has carried out the
invasion of Gaza, "the United States will be blamed for it."
"Israel depends on us; they depend on us economically, they depend on us
for their military power and all their weapons and they really got a
green light from our administration," he explained.
Paul's comment comes after US vice president Dick Cheney said Israel did
not seek Washington's approval for launching an offensive against Gaza.
"They didn't seek clearance or approval from us, certainly," Cheney said
Earlier on Saturday, the Israeli website Debkafile cited sources in
Washington as saying that US President George W. Bush had given a green
light to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for an all-out military operation in
The GOP congressman also warned in July, that any Israeli strike on
Iranian nuclear facilities would take place with the explicit backing of
the US government.
Paul told Press TV that, "No matter what they do, it is our money, it is
our weapons, and they are not going to do it without us approving it."


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