The Reform Rabbi makes obvious sense: - How can more settlements aid peace? - Is the goal is to settle Israelis all over the occupied territories and then to drive out Arabs? Why else build settlements? - Israel cannot occupat Arab territories indefinitely. It is humanly impossible, and laughably impossible unless the US shields Israel in doing it. The British gave up theior empire; even the neo-conservatives guiding the Bush foreign policy gave up after a few years in Iraq. - Occupation and domination corrodes both "master" and "slave". - On the whole, I sense that Americans have great affection for Israel -- families are spread between the countries, Americans have old notions of the kibbutz, of the movie "Exodus", and ideals. Still, Israel offers no strategic assistance to the US. It is no more a "stragtegic ally" than Luxembourg. - The US, and the rest of the owrld, worries about the super-recession, about unemployment, about economic challenges from China.
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