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Rashid Khalidi makes this point in his careful examination of the way in which U.S. policy makers have worked to give Israel what Israel demands.

In his book, Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East, Khalidi examines what he terms the "construct" of the "peace process":

"The construct is and was always designed by its Israeli architects (and their American subcontractors) to be an impermeable barrier against true Palestinian emancipation, rather than a route in that direction.

"Thus, this construct does not, cannot, and is expressly meant not to address the roots of the conflict, which lie in the unending subjugation of the Palestinians, and their refusal to accept their lot.  

"We should not be surprised: all of these elements are inextricably bound to a scheme originally devised by Menachem Begin to avoid such emancipation, and to ensure permanent Israeli control of, and settlement in, the occupied territories, the core of what Begin called 'Eretz israel.'"

Khalidi's book is essential reading and rereading, as the 2016 presidential campaign begins.

If just one candidate of either party emerges and openly articulates the extent to which U.S. political leaders have served as "brokers of deceit," that candidate deserves our attention

An unlikely development, of course, but strange things have emerged in political campaigns. Who could have anticipated that a "railsplitter" from Illinois would free the slaves near the end of the American Civil War.

The time has come for this nation to break from its Middle East policies, which are, in Khalidi's words, "designed by its Israeli architects and their American subcontractors."

George Washington warned us: "A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils."

Those evils were much in evidence in the Sheldon Adelson Las Vegas primary.

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