"And what [Israel's] supporters find especially appalling - and its enemies immensely appealing - is that so many prominent Israeli politicians not only don’t take the trouble to conceal, but are actually proud of their vision of endless stalemate. That they advocate it, boast of it, proclaim it in their public speeches and press conferences for the entire world to hear." Replace "Israel's supporters" with "America's supporters" and "Israeli politicians" with "Republicans," and everything becomes a little clearer, because the situation is exactly the same. Bullies will rule until you call their bluff.
Israeli official: Der Spiegel report is an attack on Merkel's ties with Netanyahu (Haaretz)