Blatant U.S. approval of illegal Israeli settlements could further empower Israel’s right wing government, IPS Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis told Al Jazeera
Netanyahu requests a $2 billion increase in military aid on top of the more than $3 billion worth of weaponry that U.S. taxpayers provide to Israel each year.
Netanyahu kept the focus of Congress and the U.S. media squarely where he wanted it—on Iran, away from Palestine, settlements, assaults on Gaza, violations of international law.
Phyllis Bennis discusses the significance of the escalating tensions between President Obama and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and the threat to Iran negotiations.
"Longer term, if we don't understand this in the context of occupation, we're never going to end this cycle," Bennis says.
Israel's President Bibi Netanyahu and his defense minister Ehud Barak are more determined to attack Iran than ever.
Has the Obama administration capitulated to Israel or made a shrewd calculation?
Netanyahu's recent speech in favor of a Palestinian state contained several contradictory elements that cleverly undermined its central message.