Judith, you are absolutely correct that the United States cannot dictate policy to Israel. However, since peace in the middle east is an Obama priority, and Israel settlement expansion is an absolute stone wall to peace negotiations, it is in our best interest to persuade Israel to give up new construction. Perhaps part of that persuasion might be the $4 billion in military aid we give Israel every year.
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from the article: Defense Minister: Settlement freeze is a national necessity