U.S. should cut Israel off

The article "U.S. drops demand for Israeli building freeze" (Dec.8) will surprise no one who pays attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel doesn't want a peace settlement with the Palestinians, today or ever. And the U.S. doesn't have the backbone to stand up to Israel and its powerful pro-Israel lobby, the wealthiest and most influential lobby in Washington.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has always rejected even discussing any of the final status issues: borders, settlements, refugees and Jerusalem. All Israel wants is to continue stealing more Palestinian land and water in occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem while maintaining their strangulation blockade of the Gaza Strip, referred to as the world's largest prison.

The U.S. could bring peace to the region immediately by cutting off all aid to Israel: financial, military and political, while becoming an honest broker for peace in the Middle East, rather than the lackey for Israel that we have been for too long.

Ray Gordon, Bel Air

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