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Submitted by Jay1 (United States), Apr 15, 2010 at 22:10

When all is said and done,the United States and Israel agree on most things.They are two democratic countries,usually tied together in things like free speech,secularism, science and technology,Judeo Christian history and values, strategic concerns and as Dr Pipes roundly suggests,governments that come and go.If there is one issue that the US and Israel do butt heads on,it is the issue of settlements.

It is an interesting issue between the two countries because there is a component where often Israel is more right than the US ,and a component where the US is more right than Israel.Where Israel tends to be more right is in the realization once and for all,that the Palestinians will not and never have negotiated in good faith where they give something up tangible.The key word is tangibile.They will negotiate away time tables and modalities,but not any part of disputed lands,or lands lost in a war.

Thus Israel's settlements, in large measure, are the secure map lines that the Palestinians refuse to fairly aknowledge.It is if you will,the only way to draw a fair border,and fairly admit the historical importance of "most " but not all of Jerusalem. So insincere are the persuasive Palestinians on this issue, that they talk about most of the settlements as if they are anything more than some hilltops and highground adjustments, on less than ten percent of the territories.Such is where Israel activly seeks fair and right. Where the US tends to be more right than Israel is when the rational and reasonable claims by Israel are "overly" defined by the religious fanatics inside Israel usually aligned with,frankly, the Likud. For in addition to all the things Israel and the US have in common, so too is the complications that people who read but one book create for both countries within themselves,towards each other,and with other countries.

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