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Israeli politics reflect "blatant racism and Islamophobia." Occupation "kafkaesque tyranny" institutionalized "cruel and unusual collective punishment"."

Doing so "bred hateful resentment of the Jewish state in its region and throughout the Muslim world."

"One has to look to North Korea to find another polity so detested and distrusted by its neighbors and with so few supporters among the world's great powers."

No matter. Washington's commitment remains firm. "Regardless of how Israel behaves, it will allow no political distance between itself and the Jewish state."

"In the eyes of the world, there is none. Israel's ill repute corrodes US prestige and credibility not just in the Middle East but in the world at large."

Israel doesn't care about other nations' views. It sees itself as a "Hebrew-speaking politico-economic extension of Europe rather than part of the Middle East."

"Nor does Israel appear concerned about the extent to which its policies have undermined America's ability to protect it from concerted international punishment for its actions."

Washington and other Israeli supporters "are far less likely to be able to hold back the global movement to ostracize Israel than in the case of apartheid South Africa." 

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"America may 'have Israel's back,' but - on this - no one now has America's back."

At the same time, Washington's support gives Israel a "qualitative edge to sustain its military hegemony over others in the region." What can't go on forever won't.

Supremacy "inevitably" is "ephemeral." It's especially true when dependent on external support.

Nations living by the sword seal their own fate. They doom themselves to perish by it. Palestinian liberating struggles won't end. Growing numbers of Jews of conscience are alienated.

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"Jews outside contemporary Israel are coming to see (Israel) less as a sanctuary or guarantor of Jewish security and well-being than as a menace to both."

America committed much to Israel's success. "Yet it has no strategy to cope with the tragic existential challenges Zionist hubris and overweening territorial ambition have now forged for Israel." 

"The hammerlock the Israeli right has on American discourse about the Middle East assures that, despite the huge US political and economic investment in Israel, Washington will not discuss or develop effective policy options for sustaining the Jewish state over the long term." 

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I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

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