Specifically, the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014:
- Authorizes an increase of $200 million in the value of U.S. weapons held in Israel, to a total of $1.8 billion. This stockpile is intended for use by U.S. forces in the event of a crisis, but it can also be used by Israel in the event of an emergency with Israel reimbursing the U.S. for any weapons used.
- Requires the Administration to take steps toward allowing Israel to be included in the top-tier category for license-free exports of certain U.S. technologies and products.
- Authorizes the President to carry out cooperation between the U.S. and Israel on a range of policy areas including energy, water, homeland security, and alternative fuel technologies. And it requires the President to study the feasibility of expanding U.S.-Israel cooperation on cyber security.
- Includes new language that encourages the Administration to work with Israel to help the country gain entry into the Visa Waiver Program, which would make it easier for Israeli citizens to travel to the United States without first having to obtain a visa.
- Requires the Administration to provide more frequent and more detailed assessments on the status of Israel’s qualitative military edge over its neighbors.
- Strengthens collaboration between the U.S. and Israel on energy development and encourages increased cooperation between the two countries’ academic, business and governmental sectors.
This bill was introduced on Monday. It aims is to entrench Israel even further as an ally of the United States by providing it with more weapons, more privileges, and more cooperation. This is the reward Israel receives for massacring close to 1400 Palestinians so far.
Of the 100 members of the U.S. Senate, 78 of them have co-sponsored it, including 46 Democrats (out of 53) and 31 Republicans (out of 45). Among them are so-called progressive heroes Elizabeth Warren and Al Franken. There is a strong consensus in favor of settler-colonialism in the halls of American power.