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The bizarre role of the United States government in current events in Israel and Palestine has reached such a peak this week that someone in the realm of the absurd should create a prize for this and award the inaugural one to Secretary of State John Kerry. Washington's quest for a cease-fire in Gaza, while wholeheartedly supporting and arming Israel's onslaught against Palestinian civilians, reflects the frightening extent of bankrupt Arab diplomacy and exercise of sovereign power as much as it reflects the true nature of the American government's siding with Israel.Here is the situation as it played out this week: The American president and secretary of state repeatedly supported Israel's right to defend itself; the U.S. Senate voted 100-0 to support Israel's actions and ask for a dissolution of the Palestinian national-unity government; Kerry flew to Cairo to help negotiate a cease-fire while stating that he viewed Israeli actions in Gaza as legitimate and appropriate, and said that a cease-fire was not enough but that the "underlying issues" also needed to be addressed.
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