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The negotiations are failing for several reasons, beginning with Israel's continued colonization of lands that it occupied during the Arab-Israeli war of June 1967, despite opposition from the international community, including the United States.Making matters worse, the United States has continually refrained from using its substantial leverage to compel Israel to change course, owing to the domestic political strength of the pro-Israel lobby, especially the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. This brings us back to Israel's continued colonization of Palestinian land, which all but excludes the possibility of arriving at a two-state solution.Paradoxically, the discerning Palestinian observer may find comfort in America's failure to stop Israel from expanding its settlements (and thus effectively annexing a growing share of Palestinian land), for it ends the charade on which the peace process has been based.Calling the country "Israel" would be inadequate to moderate this resistance.This would have serious consequences for the United States and other staunch Western supporters of Israel that have major strategic and economic interests in the region.It is time, therefore, for the United States to rethink its policy toward the Israel-Palestine conflict.
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