The US is not trying to make Israel stop doing anything it has a right to do. Un SC Res. 465 clearly determines that the settlements, including E Jerusalem, have "no legal validity." Thus, we are simply trying to make Israel stop committing crimes that the US itself made possible by vetoing sanctions resolutions. A much better analogy is one who has knowingly allowed one person to rape another and protected the rapist from punishment. The US not only has a right to force a solution, it has a moral duty to do so. First, the US should stop all aid to Israel. If that doesn't work, we must work with the UN to impose progressive sanctions. There must be some cost most Israelis are unwilling to pay to allow the settlements to persist. The settlers are spoiled, ready to commit violence against anyone any time their demands are not met. How could most Israelis feel any loyalty to them? It is clearly one-sided.
Law expanding definition of terrorist activity passes first Knesset reading (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel's U.S. envoy: 'No one can force us to make peace'