“…Israel needs no one but itself. If Israel does not resolve the conflict of its own free will and at its own initiative, it will not be resolved. If Israel does not establish the Palestinian state, it will not arise.”

Alon Liel, former director general of the Foreign Ministry and member of the Council for Peace and Security, Haaretz, September 24

Perhaps Dr Liel needs reminding of the foreign aid budget of the American administration. Without the billions of dollars – and political capital – that find their way to the Jewish state every year, Israel would arguably cease to exist.

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