In 2009 US President Barack Obama ignored a UN report on Israel's chemical weapons abuse in a 22-day invasion of the Gaza strip that began in 2008 called Operation Cast Lead.
The 575 page 2009 UN report prepared by ex-South African Judge Richard Goldstone was presented after an investigation of the events surrounding "Operation Cast Lead".
According to the report the invasion was stimulated by Israel’s claims that rockets were being fired at Israeli’s by Hamas militants. Israel’s military was accused by the UN fact finding mission of violating war protocols by using Palestinians as human shields, murdering unarmed civilians, destroying water and sewer treatment plants, and wiping out food supplies and production facilities to starve the population.
According to the report Israel’s military deployed missiles containing "white phosphorous" against civilians. White phosphorous is a highly-combustible chemical agent that burns on contact with air, in humans it burns upon contact with skin and creates very deep tissue wounds. It can also cause death when inhaled.
The Israeli missile and ground assault on the Gaza strip began on December 27, 2008 and ended on January 18, 2009. The attack resulted in an estimated 1100 to 1400 Palestinian deaths, 13 Israeli soldiers were killed, four died from friendly fire.
It is worth noting that US and Israel have long-lasting good relationship, as Israel is an important country for the USA in implementing its foreign policy in the Middle East. Congress has placed considerable importance on the maintenance of a close and supportive relationship through its financial aid. Since 1985, the US has provided nearly $3 billion in grants annually to Israel, with Israel being the largest annual recipient of American aid from 1976 to 2004.
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