On COI #322, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman cover the aftermath of Israeli forces’ murder of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, Tel Aviv’s increasingly heavy influence on the Joe Biden administration’s Iran policy, an Orwellian Saudi government app used to round up dissidents, and the State Department’s approval of a $1.1 billion arms sale for Taiwan.
Kyle discusses Washington’s request that Israel review its rules of engagement in the occupied West Bank after its soldiers murdered Abu Akleh during a raid on the Jenin refugee camp in May. Tel Aviv has strongly rebuked the American request. The Biden administration will not hold Israel accountable for the brutal killing of this world renowned American journalist.
Connor talks about the Iran nuclear deal talks, which have taken a turn for the worse in the face of unrelenting Israeli pressure. Reports out this week indicate the Americans have taken the deal off the table. Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid continues issuing threats against the Islamic Republic and the Pentagon has signed a deal to provide Tel Aviv with refueling planes that would be necessary for a war with Iran. This week, the U.S. flew B-52 bombers over the Middle East in an unmistakable message to Tehran.
Connor also details how an app launched by the Saudi interior ministry has citizens snitching on each other leading some activists to go to prison for 30 years or more.
Connor also reports on the $1.1 billion dollar arms sale to Taiwan which would be Biden’s largest yet during his term. The Pentagon has also set up a task force to speed up global arms sales.