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    Over the last decade or so, gradual shifts have occurred in the US-Israeli relationship. Not seismic, but effective enough for Israel to notice that a carte blanche approach will no longer guarantee "unianimous" diplomatic cover from the US. This shift has been principally caused by the political acceptance that its unsustainable to maintain the staus quo on the occupation. In principle- and in practice- it has become the norm to move forward with a conditional two-state solution via the politically recoginised Palestinian Authority (Fatah). The US will continue to provide security and conditional diplomatic protection within an acceptable international framework. However, like most adultolescents, the weaning-off period takes some getting used to... with the usual rants from those who think the US is being disingenuous. Hopefully in time, the normalisation of Israel will produce a more confident, balanced and stronger nation, without living under the preceived cloud of existential threats.

    from the article: Is Israel becoming a banana republic?
    First published 01:32 23.06.10 | Last updated 01:32 23.06.10
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