The thing is that defending Israel should be about security. For reasons which we have discussed ad nauseum in this thread, Israel happens to have a very large population of Palestinians living next door who are not happy with being occupied, blockaded and oppressed. This creates valid security concerns for Israel. This policy of pursuing international legitimacy for the Palestinian people is actually a step forward to alleviating those security concerns for Israel. The Palestinian people are demonstrating a desire to move from being perceived as a collective of freedom fighters and victims to recognitiion as a sovereign state with the attendant rights of membership in the institutions of international law and diplomacy. Israel would obviously prefer the Palestinians to remain perceived as a rabid mob of terrorists but the reality is that peace will be achieved through diplomacy and not car bombs. I'm not sure why it actually helps Israel's cause, in terms of security, for the US to block the path the Palestinians have taken. If Israel was actually an honest partner in the peace process then it would be applauding these moves rather than sanctioning them. Mr44 - I don't really have a response to your post.