Conclusively, Israel's previous announcement of building new housing in East Jerusalem during Biden's visit was no accident: it was a deliberate move to show that new settlements will be built regardless of US, and American disapproval. Allowing them to get away with it will make it even more difficult to restart the peace process. But, the even greater danger is that it will entrench the world view that the US is not sincerely committed to peace in the Middle East. Washington must put its foot down and stop the settlements expansion once and for all, or begin withdrawing our massive aid and uncritical support for Israel. I urge the White House to stand firm, and Congress to cease meddling in the administration's conduct of foreign affairs; unless they support that position.