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‘Cut Aid Over Israeli Apartheid’ Say Americans: Poll

Israel’s American lobby has long categorically rejected assertions that Israel is or would ever become an apartheid regime. That position has become more difficult to maintain over time.

Former President Jimmy Carter’s 2006 New York Times bestseller "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" argued that Israel’s construction of settlements and control of occupied territories were the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Middle East. The word "apartheid" provoked an immediate firestorm within the U.S. Israel affinity ecosystem. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) even accused Carter of "engaging in anti-Semitism" in the book.

In spring of 2014 Secretary of State John Kerry warned world leaders at a closed-door Trilateral Commission meeting that if peace talks failed Israel would become an apartheid state. Israel’s US lobby’s reaction was once again swift. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) responded that "any suggestion that Israel is, or is at risk of becoming, an apartheid state is offensive and inappropriate." The ADL said Kerry’s remarks were "inappropriate."