Why America Needs an Israeli-Palestinian
Ethan Bronner, New York Times
From there one can see why, in many ways, the United States feels a greater urgency and drive for the peace talks than do the Palestinians and Israelis themselves. Here, neither side believes the other is serious about real compromise and each actively cultivates a sense of historic victimhood. Washington, by contrast, deeply believes that ending this conflict is the key to unlocking its own regional strategic dilemmas.
“Every American ambassador in the region knows that official meetings with Arab leaders start with the obligatory half-hour lecture on the Palestinian question,” said a senior American diplomat who has spent his career in the Middle East and asked not to be identified to protect his work. “If we could dispense with that half-hour and get down to our other business, we might actually be able to get something done.”
The United States believes that if it can end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, its fraught relationship with the Muslim world will greatly improve, thereby allowing America to accomplish much that is currently eluding it in places like Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, not to mention easing its role as the prime guarantor of Israel’s own security.
The idea isn’t that the Americans would walk away from Israel, their staunch ally, or see its vital interests undercut in a peace settlement. The idea is that if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were resolved, anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world would diminish, American prospects in its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would brighten, and Arab governments would find it easier to cooperate with Washington as it seeks to blunt Iranian ambitions.
Mr. Netanyahu has convinced key members of the administration that he really does want a deal and that, ruling from the right, he has the political clout to carry it off. American officials are also convinced that the current Palestinian leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is more oriented toward negotiations and diplomacy than any other in Palestinian history. Both have repeatedly renounced violence.
A top Israeli intelligence official told a group of foreign correspondents last week, speaking without attribution, as is the common practice of intelligence officials here. “In order to keep the legitimacy and functioning of the Palestinian security system, we need real progress in the peace process.”
Ethan Bronner, New York Times
The author couldn’t be any more right. A peace treaty among Israel and Palestine affects not only those two countries but also Arabic countries and the United States. Money-wise, a possible treaty could decrease the amount of money the U.S spends in the Middle East along with increase U.S relations with other Middle East nations. Security-wise, the peace treaty will be enforced and each country will have to monitor and arrest terrorists who continue to plan attacks on either nations. Also, let’s not forget once crucial thing that the peace treaty will help: the people. Hundreds of thousands of civilians and soldiers die each year because of the conflict. The peace treaty would save lives, both here and abroad.