Eight months ago, Donald Trump presided over the signing of diplomatic agreements between Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. He said the normalization of ties would usher in a new generation of peace in the Middle East, but that vision hasn’t materialized.
A discussion on the ongoing conflict in Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Middle East expert discusses the conflict in Israel.
While the current violence will likely end with a ceasefire, that agreement will not create any sort of pathway toward peace, either for a longer term ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas or, perhaps more profoundly, with respect to the broader Israeli Palestinian issue.
While Israelis and Palestinians are the primary actors in the current drama, the United States is indisputably the most consequential external actor in this arena.
Absent a change in the U.S. approach, renewed conflict is inevitable, and with each iteration the terms of engagement will deteriorate further and the United States will be left carrying an ever-heavier Middle Eastern burden as it seeks to focus its energy elsewhere.
Faced with the greatest challenge of national recovery since former President Franklin Roosevelt, President Joe Biden has made his top priority fixing America's broken home. He has subsequently chosen his foreign policy priorities carefully -- Iran, China and climate.
The international community is calling for deescalation in Israel and Gaza. The World's Marco Werman speaks with former State Department Middle East adviser Aaron David Miller about where the Biden administration currently stands on the matter.
Ensuring that Israel, the largest recipient of U.S. security assistance, complies with federal laws and international human rights standards will require closely tracking and monitoring its weapons use.
The White House has urged Israelis and Palestinians to de-escalate their conflict but it has started out with a tentative Mideast policy and not even an ambassador to Israel yet.