‘Israeli supporters financing Clinton’
An American scholar says that "the plutocrats dominated by the Israeli supporters" are financing Hillary Clinton's campaign for president of the United States, Press TV reported.
Professor James Petras, who has written dozens of books on the Latin America and Middle East, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Tuesday.
He was commenting on US Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Israel to discuss a new military aid package.
Washington and Tel Aviv are discussing details of a 10-year military aid package that will be larger than the $3.1 billion US package Israel received this year.
According to reports, Israeli officials have asked the US to increase its annual military assistance by 60 percent to an average of $5 billion a year over the 2018-2028 period.
Biden's visit comes as the relationship between US President Barack Obama and Netanyahu took a new setback over the Israeli premier's decision not to accept an invitation for talks in Washington later this month.
Netanyahu cancelled the meeting with Obama, US National Security Counci spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement on Monday.
"This visit by Biden fits in with the Obama administration, which has at times had personal conflicts between Obama and Netanyahu, but on the substance of military and economic aid to Israel, [the US] has been exceedingly generous," Professor Petras said.
"This despite the fact that Israel has been engaged in a war against the Palestinians, in particular the savage invasions of Gaza which seem not be of importance either to Biden, Obama or Hillary Clinton," he added.
"We must remember that the plutocrats dominated by the Israeli supporters [have] been extremely generous in financing Hillary's campaign for president and this new visit by Biden fits in with the attempt by the rightwing of the Democratic Party to undermine the challenge from Bernie Sanders," the analyst stated.
Professor Petras said "an increase in military support for Israel is a destabilizing element not only because of Israel's threat to the Palestinians and the land-grabbing but also because it could invite Israel to become more aggressive and threatening to Iran."
"And I think it is a very foolish move by Obama and Biden and Clinton to destabilize the agreement that was reached with Iran regarding the nuclear understanding. I think it's a very a bad omen for peace in the Middle East," he concluded.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been a vocal critic of the P5+1 group's nuclear deal with Iran and has focused on derailing it, causing great resentment within the White House.
Ties between Obama and Netanyahu have been further strained over the Israeli premier's resistance to the creation of a Palestinian state, which has been a key element of the Obama administration's foreign policy.