At the time, AIPAC publicized letters to Hillary Clinton signed by 76 senators and 333 House members. They urged the administration to defuse tensions.
In addition, World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder published an open letter to Obama asking:
"Why does the thrust of this administration's Middle East rhetoric seem to blame Israel for the lack of movement on peace talks?"
Netanyahu expressed support. He omitted saying Israel bears full responsibility for longstanding conflict conditions. For over 40 years, so-called peace talks went nowhere.
Israel obstructed them. It still blocks resolution. It demands. It doesn't negotiate. It expects unconditional acquiescence. Palestinians never had a willing peace partner and don't now.
Maybe Kissinger is right. Privately and secretly perhaps the dog is beginning to bark. Anti-Israeli sentiment gained adherents for years. Many Jews are fed up and say so. US and Israeli ones are vocal. Expect new supporters to join their ranks.
Growing numbers of ordinary people and analysts know Israel menaces regional peace. Perhaps policy makers admit privately that it's more liability than ally.
Change comes incrementally and imperceptibly. Breaking or substantially pulling back from longstanding ties won't come easily or quickly.
Israel is notorious for dirty tricks and unprincipled tactics. It'll do anything to get its way. It may take a future US leader with chutzpah enough to challenge what none so far dared do. One day, expect it. When, who knows.
Maybe Israel will help out by shooting itself in the foot once too often. Occupation harshness has shelf life limitations. Pressuring Washington for favors harming US interests can't go on forever. Push has an appointment with shove. We'll know when at the moment of truth.
On September 24, Al Haq published a Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) joint statement. It's titled "Oral Statement of Culture of Impunity in Israel."
It covers longstanding Israeli crimes against humanity. It highlights what's too intolerable to let go on. Whatever strains exist between Washington and Tel Aviv, Palestinian grievances are longstanding, grave, and destructive of an entire people.
Al Haq represented 10 other PHROC organizations. It presented their case and its own at the Human Rights Council's 21st session. It argued that conditions in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories are intolerable.
It said impunity granted Israel lets international crimes go unpunished. Palestinian victims get no "semblance of justice." Facts on the ground demand corrective measures. Delay no longer washes. Action is needed now.
The joint submission was titled "Escalation in Forcible Transfer and Demolitions in Area C." It comprises over 60% of the West Bank. Israel exerts total control.
It calls Palestinian land sovereign Israeli territory. Land theft is policy. Israel acts extrajudicially. It does whatever it wants. It gets away with it because world leaders turn a blind eye. Instead of denouncing what's lawless, support if extended.