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Pressure on Israel?
Professor of history and international relations at Boston University, Bacevich is an author whose latest book is The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism.
He recently wrote the piece "How Petraeus could swing thinking on Israel: His belated recognition that U.S. and Israeli interests aren't always intertwined has particular impact," which states: "How long the United States can tolerate the denial of Palestinian self-determination is one question demanding urgent attention. Yet behind that question there lurks an even larger one: Is the progressive militarization of U.S. policy in the Greater Middle East -- entrusting ever more authority to proconsuls like Gen. Petraeus and flooding the region with American troops -- contributing to peace and stability? Or is it producing precisely the opposite result?"
Abileah is a national organizer with CODEPINK and a Jewish-American of Israeli descent who interrupted Netanyahu's remarks Monday night. See: "CODEPINK Protests Netanyahu inside AIPAC Gala: Activists call for end to siege on Gaza and illegal settlements."
Earlier Monday, a spoof news release distributed by CODEPINK, saying that AIPAC had called for an Israeli settlement freeze, was reported as fact by NPR and other major media.
Bennis is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Her books include Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer. Bennis said today: "Despite a campaign commitment to making a two-state solution real, which would require real pressure to make Israel comply with international law, the Obama administration's policy towards settlements has largely been limited to a series of polite requests of Israel. Request: 'Please freeze settlements.' Answer: 'No.' 'Please freeze settlements.' Answer: 'No.' 'Please freeze just a few settlements.' Answer: 'No.' 'Please freeze just a few settlements, just for a little while.' Answer: 'Maybe ... well ... no.' Then they stopped asking.
"Someone seems to have told the Obama administration that a series of polite requests equals pressure. It doesn't. Real pressure looks like this: 'Please stop settlements.' Answer: 'No.' 'Then, you know that $30 billion that Bush arranged for you from U.S. tax money, and we agreed to pay -- you can kiss that goodbye.' That's what pressure looks like."