It seems the Obama administration now has at least two diplomats who are frustrated with the Israeli government over the peace process. In May, an American diplomat walked out of a Palestinian-Israeli peace conference frustrated by the lack of progress, stating, “It seems we’re in need of another intifada to create the circumstances that will allow for progress.”
Nonetheless, it appears that the U.S. Senate is still reliably in Netanyahu’s pocket. Via TruthDig:
On Thursday, all 100 U.S. senators—including progressives Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken and Sherrod Brown—voted to pass an AIPAC-drafted resolution supporting the Netanyahu government’s military invasion of the Gaza Strip.
AIPAC stands for American Israel Public Affairs Committee. It lobbies Congress and the White House in the interests of Israel and is a source of campaign funds for both Democrats and Republicans.
M.J. Rosen, a former senior foreign policy fellow at Media Matters Action Network, wrote of the agreement in a mass email: “There is not one word of compassion for Palestinians killed or injured, not a word calling for peace, not a word indicating that the Senate would perhaps prefer to see the invasion end. On the other hand, it calls for dissolution of the Palestinian unity government which has been Netanyahu’s goal since it was established.”