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Is Israel's reputation in decline?

The United States and the European Union once regarded Israel's occupation as a temporary evil, but now its settlement expansion is perceived as no less detrimental to the peace process than Palestinian terror.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 29, 2014.
 REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR487YD

A senior Israeli Foreign Ministry source shared with Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity his concern for Israel's growing international isolation: "I've never experienced such an avalanche of criticism on Israel's policies as in the period since the war."

Indeed, Israel is under diplomatic fire. The biggest bombshell came from the White House immediately after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's last visit to the US capital, over the Jerusalem settlement expansion in the Givat Hamatos neighborhood.

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