US lawmakers in Congress are Israel “lackeys” who have a history of “irresponsible” attitudes and actions toward the Palestinians, says a former US Senate candidate in San Antonio, Texas.
Senior US Senator Lindsey Graham warned Palestinians on Monday that they could lose annual US aid if they file a lawsuit against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, made the remarks at a news conference in al-Quds (Jerusalem) as part of a seven-member delegation of senators visiting the Middle East.
US Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain are arguably two of the “biggest lackeys for the Israel lobby in the entire United States Senate,” said Mark Dankof, who is also a broadcaster and Lutheran pastor.
“Senator Graham’s remarks on this Palestinian issue as it relates to the International Criminal Court are just a continuation of Graham’s irresponsible attitude and actions toward the Palestinians,” Dankof told Press TV on Tuesday.
“It’s entirely predictable because of the amount of Israeli money that funds Lindsey Graham,” he added.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has confirmed that Palestinians will formally become a member of the ICC on April 1, after applying earlier this month.
The US on Friday condemned the ICC decision to launch a preliminary investigation into Israel’s crimes calling it a “tragic irony”.
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has announced that her office intends to conduct an “analysis in full independence and impartiality” into suspected war crimes carried out by Israeli military forces.
During its Gaza offensive last summer, Israel killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children, injured over 11,100.