Israeli President Peres said:
There is agreement in Israel regarding the evacuation of illegal outposts and not to build new settlements. However, the issue of natural growth in the settlement blocs must continue to be discussed intensively in order to reach agreement. In my experience, focusing on a single issue ill serves the wider diplomatic process which is supposed to set the agenda for Israel and its neighbors.
What Peres means by “illegal” settlements is settlements not authorized by the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank, an insignificant proportion of the settlements. All the settlements are illegal; moving one’s own population into conquered territory violates international law and defies the U.N.’s specific decision on what Israel should do regarding its 1967 occupation of the West Bank. Peres’ hypocritical playing with words is designed to confuse the simple-minded American public into thinking that the regime in Israel is a friend of the U.S. sincerely trying to cooperate to achieve peace. That is utter nonsense. The Israeli leadership continues to deceive and manipulate its spineless patron.
Whether or not U.S. envoy George Mitchell is in fact “working hard,” as he claims, to create a Palestinian state side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel” remains to be seen. Be that as it may, it is crystal clear that the so-called allied regime in Israel is doing the exact opposite, and making Obama look very much the fool in the process.
This matters. Yes, the U.S. superpower can destroy the world. So what? That obviously would destroy the U.S. as well and is therefore useless power. To be valuable, power has to accomplish something that the user wants to accomplish, and the more our so-called allies make fools of the last superpower, the less useful power the U.S. will have. As Israel foolishly undermines the U.S., it weakens the U.S., endangering U.S. national security, giving American policy-makers more than enough reason to break their ill-considered alliance with Israel, and, over the long-run, undermining the security of Israel as well.