A Palestinian protester climbs Israel's controversial separation barrier in the West Bank village of Nilin, May 31, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI
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Its government cannot solve the conflict with the Palestinians on Israeli terms, so it has decided to behave as if the entire issue did not exist. Astonishingly, when premier Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the United States Congress earlier this month, his 39-minute speech about Iran's existential threat to Israel did not contain a single mention of the Palestinian people. Campaigning at home, however, he talked only about the threat some Palestinians pose to Israeli security today, never of the opportunity that other Palestinians offer for peace tomorrow.During the campaign, Netanyahu also renounced any possibility under his government of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Younger U.S. voters, generations removed from the Holocaust, do not share most of their elders' reflexive habit of support for Israel. They do not see Israel the way that Israel sees itself, as a nation under threat; instead, they see a government that has explicitly aligned itself with the Republican Party. Israel is a special and vibrant country, filled with talented, hard-working, and committed people who have much to contribute to the world.
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