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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?

Elena Sarigeorgiou

Hi Andrew,
The United States can indeed play a valuable role as a mediator in the Middle East if certain conditions are met. First and foremost, the mediation process must align with the principles and laws enshrined in the US Constitution. It should refrain from pursuing an overly idealistic goal of making the world a better place, focusing instead on exercising its Constitutionally delegated powers and adhering to its founding philosophies. Additionally, successful mediation requires a revised outlook that acknowledges and respects the cultural and ideological differences between the US and the Middle East. It is essential to abandon the notion that all humans share identical values and goals. Only when the US accepts this reality can it craft more effective foreign policies for the region. I think it is crucial for the US to approach its role as a mediator with humility and an open mind, acknowledging the complexity of the region’s dynamics and avoiding any appearance of neo-colonialism.