The US struggles to sway Israel on its treatment of Palestinians. Why Netanyahu is unlikely to yield

1 of 2 | FILE – President Joe Biden is greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after arriving at Ben Gurion International Airport, on Oct. 18, 2023, in Tel Aviv. Biden’s administration keeps pressing Israel for better treatment of Palestinians. Netanyahu mostly keeps saying no. That cycle seems unlikely to end, despite U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s fourth urgent diplomatic trip this week to the Middle East since the Israel-Hamas war started. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Read More 2 of 2 | FILE – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, right, and Jordan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi hold a news conference in Amman, Jordan, Nov. 4, 2023. Biden’s administration keeps pressing Israel for better treatment of Palestinians. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mostly keeps saying no. That cycle seems unlikely to end, despite U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s fourth urgent diplomatic trip this week to the Middle East since the Israel-Hamas war started. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP, File) Read More By ELLEN KNICKMEYER , MATTHEW LEE and MELANIE LIDMAN WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration keeps pressing Israel to reengage with Palestinians as partners once fighting in Gaza is over and support their eventual independence. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu keeps saying no. Even on actions to alleviate the suffering of Palestinian civilians, the two allies are far apart. That cycle, frustrating to much of the world, seems unlikely to end, despite U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s fourth urgent diplomatic trip this week to the Middle East since the Israel-Hamas war started. Though the United States, as Israel’s closest ally and largest weapons supplier, has stronger means to apply pressure on Israel, it shows no willingness to use them. For both Netanyahu and Biden, popular opinion at home and deep personal conviction in […]

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