Phyllis Bennis, an analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies, says the U.S. public attention to these admissions and other evidence of Israeli abuses mark a shift in U.S. attitudes about Israel’s behavior. She notes, for instance, front-page articles in the New York Times about these concerns.
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IAmid this shift, Bennis says the Obama administration’s approach toward the Israel-Palestine conflict remains unclear, with some signs suggesting a continuation of the Bush administration’s staunch support for Israel but others, such as the appointment of George Mitchell as a special envoy, indicating a more evenhanded approach.
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