US fails to self-correct Israel policy


An Israeli border policeman stands guard near the entrance to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem. (Moti Milrod, Maan Images)

Louis Werner, Middle East Times, Jul 15, 2007

The hallmark of democracy is that it allows for the self-correction of government policies. Whether from the privacy of a ballot box, or the public arena of free speech and a free press, the necessary political will eventually emerges to change a bad policy or to stop it dead in the water. But such political will falters in the case of US foreign policy regarding Israel, which – for a variety of structural and historical reasons – has been set on a self-defeating course ever since the June 1967 war.

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