I have followed with interest the commentary about Sen. Benjamin Cardin's legislative effort to shield Israel from the negative consequences of its own policies ("Cardin, don't tie U.S. hands for Israel," April 21).

The U.S. appears to be alone among the developed nations in its willingness to unconditionally protect Israel from the growing Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement. If a country chooses to disregard international law, as the Israelis have done repeatedly by expanding West Bank settlements, then surely there should be consequences.

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Such measures were effective in bringing Iran to the negotiating table. They were effective in forcing South Africa to end apartheid. I see no reason why Israel should not be held accountable for its policies in a similar fashion.

If Senator Cardin disagrees, then he and others should apply pressure to get Israel to change course — not attempt to protect it from the consequences of its own misguided policies.

Nancy Sinclair, Towson

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