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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?

Jonathan Nolasco

I do believe that the U.S should assist in mediating negotiations. As, a global superpower The U.S does not only have military influence, but political and diplomatic influence as well. The U.S should use leverage its influence to pursue conflict resolution. The U.S’s role in this work is increasingly important in a world in which many nations have an anti-Israel bias that impedes successful resolutions. The U.S does not have to pretend that it does not have a deeper relationship with Israel than with Palestine. It is not completely unbiased and should not pretend to be. But its support of Israel’s core rights to exist and defend itself provides an important counterweight to diplomatic efforts that are unfair to Israel.

At the same time, the U.S government and its citizens should remember that Israel is not the U.S’s puppet. It does not have complete control over what Israel does or does not do. It must be realistic about the limitations of its diplomatic influence. Some believe that all the U.S has to do is stop sending financial, military, and diplomatic support to Israel and the latter will cave to international pressures. But Israel has more autonomy from the U.S than many think. Recognizing this will help with any conflict resolution efforts.