The ruins of houses destroyed in Israeli strikes in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, October 10, 2023.
Political analysts have warned that US President Joe Bidenís unflinching backing of Israeli aggression against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip could give the Tel Aviv regime the greenlight to commit mass atrocities and genocide against the people of Palestine.
And while the US has always supported Israel in previous incursions and attacks on Palestinians, a number of concerned experts say this time is completely different.
"Whatís different now is that the president and Congress have provided the greenest of possible green lights to enable Israel to do anything that it wants to do up to and including genocide," Josh Ruebner, a political analyst, told Middle East Eye on Thursday.
"Make no mistake about it, by providing 100 percent backing for any action that Israel takes in the Gaza Strip, President Biden is complicit in Israelís commission of war crimes, and potentially much, much worse," said Ruebner, who is also the author of Shattered Hopes: Obamaís Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace.
"As of this point, I do not believe that President Biden will stop Israel at any point," Ruebner added.
"Itís unclear how long this green light will last. Itís unclear to what extent mass murder would need to be committed by Israel before itís reined in by the United States," he said.
In his public address on Tuesday, Biden described the actions of Hamas, the Palestinian resistance group against the Israeli regime, as "sheer evil," and said that the US stands behind Israel and will provide it whatever it needs to attack Gaza.
"We will make sure Israel has what it needs to take care of its citizens, defend itself, and respond to this attack," Biden said. "Let there be no doubt. The United States has Israelís back. Weíll make sure the Jewish and democratic state of Israel can defend itself today, tomorrow, as we always have."
No mention of concern for Palestinians
Yet none of Israelís actions against the civilian population of Gaza received a mention in Bidenís speech on Tuesday.
"Bidenís address to the nation, was horrifying in that he didnít express one iota of concern for the loss of Palestinian civilian life, the war crimes that are being committed currently by the Israeli military in the Gaza Strip, and the widescale incitement to genocide that weíve heard in recent days from Israeli political and military leaders," Ruebner said.
Instead, Biden said with confidence that "we uphold the law of war."
However, experts said the US and Israel both have an extensive history of violating international humanitarian law and the laws of war.
"The United States has been the most fervent violator of the laws of war and international law in general on a global scale ever since it played a leading role in establishing the so-called írules-basedí international order during the post-WWII years," Kenney-Shawa said.
"I want to be clear with my words right now. Itís rich that the US would claim to abide by the laws of war. Anyone who still believes that the US would uphold the laws of war or respect the international laws it wrote is deluding themselves."
"In the past, the US may have been counted on to go through the motions of parroting the usual de-escalatory talking points, like calling for íboth sidesí to avoid civilian casualties or for Israel to exercise a modicum of restraint," said Tariq Kenney-Shawa, a US policy fellow for al-Shabaka think tank.
"But today, Biden and the rest of the American political establishment are fervently united in giving Israel carte blanche to completely devastate Gaza."
Ahmad Abuznaid, executive director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, said that rather than calling for a ceasefire and end to the hostilities, the US is "cheerleading" the latest Israeli assault.
"The Israeli forces are murdering entire families in Gaza while supplying arms to their violent settlers in the West Bank to carry out attacks. The situation in Gaza was already devastating and again the people of Gaza are facing attacks from the most powerful military force in the region, with no Iron Dome, no military, and no US government valuing their lives," Abuznaid said.
Israel fighting religious war, hellbent on exterminating Palestinians
US Senator Lindsey Graham has said clearly and unequivocally in an interview aired on right-wing channel Fox News that "we are fighting a religious war, and I am on Israelís side".
Grahamís message to Israel was: "Do whatever it takes. Raze this place to the ground."
And nearly 400 members of US Congress signed a measure introduced on Tuesday, in which it condemned the Hamas resistance group for its attack on Israel and gave complete support for Israelís right to defend itself.
"Lawmakers on the left and on the right, from Lindsey Graham to Ritchie Torres, are using this opportunity to viciously demonize Palestinians in order to drum up anti-Palestinian hatred that will give Israel cover to commit unspeakable crimes right in front of our eyes," said Kenney-Shawa.
"Israel is hellbent on exterminating Palestinians in Gaza, and it knows no one will get in between them and what they see as their divine objective."
Deadly Israeli bombing campaign
Israeli air strikes have so far targeted hospitals, mosques, and residential buildings across Gaza. Entire families have been wiped out by the bombing campaign.
So far, in addition to about 1,500 Palestinians that have been killed, at least 6,268 have been injured. It is unclear how many buildings have been razed, as the number continues to rise by the hour.
The Israeli violence has also once again made its way into the occupied West Bank, where Israeli forces have killed 28 Palestinians. The Lionís Den is a Palestinian armed resistance group based out of the city of Jenin.
Israel has imposed a full siege on the already blockaded enclave, cutting off electricity and water and also refusing requests to allow the entry of food and medical supplies. It also threatened to bomb aid trucks trying to enter from the Egyptian border with Gaza.
The UN Refugee Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) said on Tuesday that it has about 12 days of supplies of food and water for the nearly 200,000 people taking shelter in its school buildings. While a blockade is not necessarily a war crime, the intentional starvation of a civilian population as a war tactic is a violation of the Geneva Conventions.
In previous Israeli incursions on Palestinians, the US had called for Israel to use restraint. However, in the past few days, there have been no such calls coming from Washington, at least in public.
The attack on Israel from Hamas and Palestinian resistance groups has been dubbed by Israelis as their own 9/11.
The rhetoric around it has caused even more concern about the fallout for Palestinian civilians, as well as Palestinians across the Western diaspora, as Western governments have begun using the rhetoric aimed at cracking down on pro-Palestinian sentiment by equating it with support for Hamas.
"The mass attack on Israeli civilians on Saturday was not only unprecedented in its scope, in terms of Israeli civilians being impacted by Palestinian attacks. Thatís obvious. What hasnít been discussed so much yet, is that what Hamas did on Saturday is the deepest, darkest fear of every settler colonial society," Ruebner said.
He added that in looking throughout history, settler-colonial states have often responded in "an overwhelming perhaps eliminatory response."
"And I gravely fear that Israelís response will pale in comparison to anything that it has inflicted on innocent Palestinians up to this point, including 1948. Thatís how dire I think the situation is."
The Israeli regime launched its onslaught on Saturday after Gaza-based resistance groups carried out a multi-front operation in response to Israeli crimes.
According to media, the Hamas operation has left 1,200 Israelis dead and nearly 3,000 others injured.
UN Chief Antonio Guterres has already expressed concern over the situation in Gaza, saying the clashes will deteriorate the situation exponentially. He said he was "deeply distressed" by an announcement that Israel will initiate a complete siege of Gaza.