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Reply To: Do you think the U.S. should assist in mediating negotiations toward a resolution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Why or why not?


I do believe the US should assist in mediating negotiations towards a resolution in this conflict, simply because the US is a superpower and has the ability and means to actually make progress in this situation. Without a third party assisting with the mediation, Israel and Palestine will never be able to reach any settlement because of the intense hostility between them, which has gone on for decades. The downside of the mediator being the US, however, is that many individuals see the US as biased towards Israel due to its Christian heritage and the influence that the church has historically had on US politics. This makes it difficult for them to appeal to the Palestinians to reach a peace settlement when the Arabs view the US as a party that will not be seeking their best interests. The challenge here would be for the US to try to come in as an unbiased mediator in order to be successful in the diplomatic process.