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talks in Jerusalem when Israel returned to its attacks on Lebanon. The US of course wants nothing more than "consultations' before Israel uses US supplied planes to ensure itself that they are being used for 'defensive action'. But the point is, the objections raised, the reservations expressed) or even the 'pressures' applied by the US over Israel's 'unreasonable' actions are all frarery-for public consumption. Israel knows, for inistances, what 'the 'consultations' actually amount to. If Israel is not willing to make even this gesture, it is because such 'defiance' further adds to Israeli image of a little David taking one and all, including its most important benefactor, the US; and for the US, of course, the demonstration of 'indignation' squares it with 'moderate' Arab regimes which are any- way only too willing to be understanding about the 'helplessness' of the US vis-a-vis Israel. Israel takes the low road of aggression; the US which provides (gratis) the weapons, material, skills and the necessary political support in international forums and indeed virtually bankrolls the Israeli economy to enable it to carry on the serious business of keeping the Arabs at bay, wrings its hands in seeming helplessness and asks for sympathy. For instance, while the US made public noises about Israel's use of US supplied planes and weapons in its attack on Iraq, it has said not a word in condemnation, even for form's sake, of the latest Israeli 'Attacks on civilian targets in Lebanon. According to a report in the Financial Times, "there has been no indication that Washington regards Israeli use of American aircraft to bomb Palestinians in Lebanon as contravening the 'defensive use only' clause in the aircraft's sales".

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