America's deja vu on "stop building settlements" is longer than I thought. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's office called it a four decade phenomena. Haartez reported:
Opposition to the settlements has been a U.S. policy for 40 years already
It can't be called opposition, not when America gave Israel billions in aid over the same period. A better word would be "theater". This forced round of peace negotiations looks more like theater of the absurd.
The clear trajectory in the Middle East is toward war. The question is how many fronts will America and its 51st state have to fight?
Update 11-14-10 U.S. to reward Israeli intransigence. Netanyahu met with U.S. officials in an effort to break the impasse and held a seven-hour meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. He returned with a U.S. proposal to renew the moratorium in exchange for a White House pledge to ask Congress to sell Israel 20 stealth fighter jets for $3 billion, Cabinet Minister Yuli Edelstein told The Associated Press.