I agree that the U.S. has never officially taken a side in the conflict. The United States has a lot of gifted and talented leaders but as Mead says in his lecture if it were easy a solution would have been offered by now. The United States has tried over and over to bring these parties to the table, but maybe it should simply support the parties. It is possible that ensuring the parties that they are supported equally they will get over the fear and frustration that the United States is taking a side. Now support must be strategic. We know what Palestine has done with aid over the last three or four decades (buy weapons to use against Israel). Therefore, supporting both sides is not as easy as it may seem.