“Lara Friedman, president of the American non-profit Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), agreed the new government is stepping into territory even Bennett’s predecessor wouldn’t touch. ‘They’re as bad as the [Benjamin] Netanyahu government and in many ways, they’re worse,’ Friedman said. ‘These settlements are absolutely incompatible with any commitment to anything other than permanent Israeli control over the entire area,’ Friedman added, highlighting the record number of home demolitions throughout Area C of the Occupied West Bank as another way Bennett’s government is pushing increased annexation. …FMEP’s Friedman suggested President Joe Biden’s administration can’t keep up with the sheer number of controversial actions Israel has initiated this year, referring to increased settlement activity and Israel’s designation of six Palestinian organizations as terrorist entities. ‘How much political capital does the Biden administration have to spend on any one of these things while it’s also working on Iran?’ Friedman asked, arguing that the U.S. can’t expend all its political energy on Israel. So if a provocative move slips under the radar, Israel might view that as American approval. ‘If things like a new settlement in East Jerusalem are not on the agenda, it’s seen as a green light from Israel, that the U.S. is not opposing it,’ Friedman said. ‘And if the U.S. does put it on the agenda, it means there’s that much less political capital that it can spend on other things.'”
But at the end of the day, the U.S.-Israel alliance is a lot stronger than any notion of democracy or human rights.
“No U.S. administration wants to be perceived as picking 10 fights every day with Israel, even if Israel is engaging every day in 10 things that really demand a response from the U.S.,” Friedman observed.