That said, the current extreme right-wing coalition government led by Netanyahu will, under no circumstances, accede to the establishment of a Palestinian state, and it will unravel under international, especially American, pressure.
Needless to say, this in no way exempts the Palestinians from fulfilling their own responsibility in negotiating in earnest and making the required concessions, however painful, with the objective of reaching an agreement.
Like all of his predecessors, having judiciously watched Israel's back, Obama has the obligation and moral responsibility to demand that Israel resume the negotiations in earnest. Although Israel has enjoyed tremendous political support from both Congress and the American people, there is a definite shift among the public and leading politicians toward putting the onus on Israel.
This seven decades-old debilitating conflict that has destabilized the Middle East and continues to feed into the region's sweeping violent frenzy must come to an end.
The US ought to be clear by explaining to the Israeli public in particular that time is running out. If Israel continues to build new and expand existing settlements, it will seriously and rapidly erode the prospect of a two-state solution.
Israel must choose now between a) remaining a Jewish and democratic state by ending the occupation and creating two states, b) becoming a one-state democracy (in which case the Palestinians will be the governing majority), or c) end up being an apartheid state subject to international condemnation, sanctions, and isolation.
A change in American policy toward Israel in no way suggests that the US is less committed to Israel's national security. On the contrary, because of the US's unwavering commitment, it becomes incumbent upon it morally and materially to end its enablement of Israel's addiction to building more settlements, expropriating more land, and maintaining the occupation, which will destroy Israel as we know it.
By demonstrating tough love, the US can fulfill its moral obligation to best serve Israel's national security and preserve it as an independent Jewish and democratic state, which for nearly all Israelis is their most cherished dream.
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