We are witnessing the American acquiescence to Israel's agenda, specifically US President Joe Biden's compliance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his far-right government in Israel.
US-Israeli relations have not always been consistent. Some periods were characterised by the notion of 'saving Israel from itself,' or perhaps 'against its will.' Others involved Washington exerting short-term pressure on Israel, to establish Middle East arrangements that would serve the long-term interests of both America and Israel.
One notable example occurred after the Gulf War and the liberation of Kuwait in 1991. The administration of President George H.W. Bush sought to organise an international peace conference with Arab and Palestinian participation.
The Madrid Conference marked the first international declaration of America's unique role and unilateralism in reshaping the Middle East landscape, apart from the collapsed Soviet Union, the disordered Eastern bloc, and their faltering Arab allies.
However, Likud Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir initially rejected the American offer. In response, US Secretary of State James Baker issued a warning and provided his phone number, inviting Shamir to call when he was ready to attend the Madrid conference.
President Bush also applied pressure by freezing loan guarantees for settlement construction. Eventually, Shamir had no choice but to yield to the Republican pressure and participate in the Madrid conference in October 1991. Months later, he was voted out of office as prime minister in the elections, and Yitzhak Rabin assumed leadership.