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OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 9/12/11

The Israel-US Relationship As a Train Wreck

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At what point does Israel and its complicated settlement situation become a liability for the United States as Americans cope with the growing pain of recession and decline?

The United States has been an enthusiastic partner of Israel's worst Iron Wall policies since the beginning of the state in 1948 and, most intimately, in the years following the 1967 war. The decision to see the West Bank as conquered, militarily occupied territory and the acceptance or encouragement of a settlers' movement has led to a world-class impasse and growing international anger at Israel.

The madness has gotten to the point that, even if leaders of the United States and Israel suddenly woke up one morning and accepted a Palestinian state, the state of Israel would be at odds with its own settlers it sent out to colonize the conquered West Bank and Jerusalem areas. Accepting a Palestinian state would require Israel to take on some of its most volatile citizens with military force to dislodge them.

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