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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?

Hannah Paul

I do think the U.S. should assist in mediating negotiations between the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I also think the U.S. should approach this conflict in a very careful way. What I mean by that is to not overstep, while also not limiting what the U.S. can provide. I think our assistance depends on who is in power and what administration is doing the mediating. At the end of the day, both the Israelis and the Palestinians need to be willing to come to the table and come ready for potential change before the U.S. can really help with any negotiations. Both sides seem to not see a “peaceful” way out of the conflict. In the past, Israel has been willing to adhere to the resolutions presented but Palestine has refused. The security risks posed to Israel when looking at potential solutions, are a huge area of concern for them. There is another level to the equation and that is the U.S.’s dealings with other countries in the Middle East, like Iran for example. Israel might not want the U.S. at the table if they are making deals with Iran that go against the safety and security of Israel.