To have any chance at success, Washington must end its pro-Israel favoritism in return for an evenhanded approach. A succinct and profound example of Washington’s extreme bias is its hypocritical policy toward negotiations. For years, the United States has opposed allowing the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) to engage in negotiations before it adheres to three principles outlined by the “Quartet”.
Never, however, has Washington demanded that Israel adhere to these very same principles. First, and perhaps most obviously, Israel does not recognize the state of Palestine, even though much of the world does. So why should Palestinians have to recognize Israel? Some might argue that Israel cannot recognize Palestine before an agreement on a boundary but yet Israel demands recognition from Palestinians without a border agreement.