While I certainly appreciate the author’s spirit, I cannot be as sanguine about the ability to change American Mideast policy by simply changing Americans’ understanding and, therefore, attitude towards Palestinians. While certainly valuable, it’s simply not enough.
Let’s face it, most Americans neither know nor really care about the Palestinian people and their plight. Sure, humanizing the Palestinians has value in changing the narrative and improving the discourse. But, many of us who visit this site regularly know that there is a price to pay, sometimes a very steep one, for showing any amount of sympathy and understanding towards the Palestinians. Our new progressive, gang-of-four women in Congress are learning this lesson the hard way.
No, American policy will change when the American public sees clearly that supporting Israel unequivocally against the Palestinians is hurting our country and them personally. When they finally realize that the billions we spend on military aid to Israel to manage and expand the Occupation, and the trillions wasted on Middle East conflicts associated with our unwavering support for the Jewish state, is draining us financially as well as spiritually, then things will change. And not before.