I cannot explain the inability of the US government to comprehend the determination, dedication and ruthlessness of the Israeli government to the dream of a 'greater Israel' which has no room within it for Arabs. I wish I could assure you as some anti-Semites would, that it was a matter of Zionist perfidy. It isn't. It is a matter of ideological extremism, but it is not perfidy. True, when cornered the Israeli government always says things intended to deceive. True, the Israeli government will, under extreme pressure, will take tiny actions to appear in opposition to it's goals. This is not, de facto, perfidy. Rather it is merely doing what is necessary to allow the USA to deceive itself as to what is going on. Were the government of the United States unwilling to be deceived, it could easily be enlightened simply by observing reality over the last four decades. Thus the USA continues to pretend - to itself more than any other - that Israel will accept a two state solution. It continues to deceive itself that Israel is no less ruthless in it's pursuit of Greater Israel than America was in Manifest Destiny. There is NO reason why Israel should compromise it's goals to accommodate the goals of the USA because the USA will NEVER stop supporting Israel no matter how self-destructive the consequences are for the USA. Nor is there ANY reason for Israel to pursue anything but deception so long as the United States wishes to be deceived. The latest admonishment by the USA is hollow, without substance and certainly without consequence. Any rational person would understand it should be ignored, if not held in contempt.
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