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America’s Middle East Embarrassment: Underwriting Apartheid in the Palestinian Territories

The Mideast is aflame as usual. Even Israel is suffering through a seemingly unending election crisis, with a continuing electoral majority for the right but against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In a normal world Washington wouldn’t worry about the result, but the U.S. government has offered a near-blank check for the Israeli state for years, driven by religion rather than security – though, oddly, evangelical Christianity much more than any form of Judaism. The ascendancy of an Israeli government comfortable with a permanent subject Palestinian population, ala Sparta’s infamous Helots, creates a dangerous source of instability for and hostility to America.

The ongoing attempt to form a government illustrates how even Arab citizens are second class, kept at the margins of Israeli society. Palestinians are treated much worse.

The Israeli government has long targeted East Jerusalem to drive Arabs out of the holy site. The city is currently roiled by Palestinians protests of the seizure of homes by Israeli settlers. The controversy is being fought in the courts, but the backdrop is a legal, political, social, and military order systematically biased against Palestinians.

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