As Israel continues to pound Gaza with meager efforts to avoid civilian casualties, the US’ role in funding Israel’s military and providing political protection at the UN has come into focus. Could Israel engage in such aggression against the Palestinians if the US were not providing arms, money, and UN vetoes?

This question was addressed by Glenn Greenwald in the Guardian who notes US complicity in the bloodshed. Contrary to US media coverage, which paints America as some neutral outsider, Greenwald notes “Israeli aggression is possible only because of direct, affirmative, unstinting US diplomatic, financial and military support for Israel and everything it does.”

Indeed without US cover at the UN, Israel may not be able to continuously bomb residential areas, arguably a war crime, without consequence. While bombing may satisfy the based instincts of some it has done nothing to resolve the conflict which many Israeli policymakers seem uninterested in doing in any case.

That the Netanyahu government knows that any attempt to condemn Israel at the UN would be instantly blocked by the US is a major factor enabling them to continue however they wish. And, of course, the bombs, planes and tanks they are using are subsidized, in substantial part, by the US taxpayer.

These facts get no play in US media, just maudlin lamentations about how tragic and impossible the Israel-Palestine conflict is. As if the US government is some neutral player, not a key enabler.

Why should Israel make peace or even stop the killings if the US is giving them total unqualified support and protection? The US is not just not helping, it is exacerbating the situation by funding and protecting one side at the expense of any peace process.