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The U.S. Policy Towards the Israel-Palestine Conflict

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Israel-Palestine Conflict

The Israel-Palestine Conflict has been a bone of contention, not only for the two contesting states in the Middle Eastern region but for the superpowers like the USA as well. This conflict is one of the long-standing territorial border disputes just like the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan. For decades, Israel and Palestine have been engaged in rounds of violence which immediately spiral into a vicious cycle of turbulence and uncertainty within days. Rounds of fights among civilians and the militant groups from both sides remain in headlines, on and off.

This conflict has international significance as peace in this region is unattainable without the peace between these two nations as they both are not fighting in an isolated way, but are backed by big powers like the USA, Iran, and the Middle Eastern countries. All these stakeholders have their interests, stances, and policies to tackle the issue. 

Being the superpower with a great influence in the United Nations General Assembly regarding the decisions on this Israel-Palestine Conflict, the USA has been considered as the main stakeholder that openly supports Israel just as the Muslim world supports the Palestinian side. However, considering the outright violence and the suppression of the rights of the Palestinians in the hands of Israeli forces, the logistic, financial, and political support of the USA for the Israeli government is something that has been looked down upon by the world. Even the common American citizens consider it a biased approach.

For decades, the USA has been deeply involved in this conflict which seems to have dire implications on the change of winds in the region. Let’s see are main reasons for such an involvement of the U.S. in this conflict:

U.S. interests in the conflict

The U.S. has many interests in the Middle Eastern region which revolve around the Israel-Palestine conflict:

  • Strategic ally in the Muslim world
  • Strategic balance in the region by making Israel stand against Iran
  • Natural resources in the Middle East
  • Controlling the armed groups, militants, and extremist elements that can be a threat to the U.S.
  • Regional stability
  • Regional influence
  • Economic benefits through arms trade with Israel

U.S. stand on the conflict

The U.S. is among the many countries that not only share strong trade bonds with Israel but a deep network of arms exchanges and financial support that has made Israel even stronger and belligerent in its steps to take over Gaza and the West Bank. There have been illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank which have caused much uproar since a few years. These settlements are considered by the international community as backed by the U.S. and other Western powers so that the Israeli occupation could be further increased, despite the U.S. frequent condemnation of these instances and forced occupations. These events have resulted in violence and many casualties but the U.S. has failed to openly call out Israel and put an end to the Israeli annexation. 

Prospects of the U.S. policy towards the conflict

Seeing the ground realities, the prospects for the Middle Eastern region seems to be quite bleak, especially when it comes to U.S. policy. The Two-State Solution seems to be a distant dream for now as the U.S. doesn’t seem to endorse it like the international community due to its interest in the region and its close ties with Israel. Although the U.S. has condemned the violence and disturbance of peace in the region, however, the efforts to bring an end to the conflict don’t seem to be anywhere on the list for the superpower.  

With thousands of killings and generations lost, the Palestinians are still fighting against the illegal occupation and violence by the Israelis. The international community seems to be quite helpless for decades as the influence of the U.S. has further fanned the fire in favor of Israel. This bias has made the region the most volatile where conflicts erupt abruptly, killing scores of people within days. The international community must consider the severity of the conflict and the U.S. must play its significant role in resolving the issue.

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