Once again the Israeli government of Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert’s Kadima and the Labor Party has reneged on its promise to halt further settlements in the West Bank. Dismissing American opposition, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert authorized construction of 690 homes in the occupied West Bank. Olmert was elected earlier this year on a promise to withdraw thousands of Israeli settlers from the West Bank. Olmert also failed to pull down 20 illegal outpost created in March 2001. Yariv Oppenheimer, director of Peace Now in Israel, excoriated Olmert’s Kadima Party and the Labor Party for their failure to honor their election promises to halt further settlements.
Meanwhile, Israeli death squads continue to act with complete immunity killing scores of innocent civilians in the Gaza Strip. Members of Hamas, the democratically elected government, continue to be arrested and imprisoned in complete defiance of international law. These actions follow Israel’s massive destruction of Lebanon’s infrastructure and the slaughter of innocent civilians which has outraged much of the free world. Many high government Israeli and U.S. officials, by association, are now likely to face war crimes for their illegal actions. Israel is now asking U.S. taxpayers to reimburse them for the costs of the disastrous war on Lebanon. It is time for U.S. taxpayers to demand an immediate halt to unconditional financial and military support to Israel.