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1 Hailey Morrill PSC 450: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Professor Brauner Research Paper The United States’ Growing Impact in the Middle East The U.S., along with its foreign policy, has become a major influence on the Israeli- Palestinian conflict and has affected the surrounding Middle Eastern countries, such as Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Lebanon. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been a major concern among the leading powers in the world. These powers include the European Union, the United Nations, and most importantly, the United States. The U.S has had a major impact in the way situations are dealt concerning the Middle East. Their foreign policy resulted in a strong alliance with Israel, leaving the Palestinians with hardly any kind of stable support from any of the world powers. The Middle East has turned into a place where cooperation and peace talks are difficult to come by, and many of the nations are not accepting of Israel’s intent to become an independent democratic state. The United States’ participation in the advancement of Israel has caused nations such as Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Lebanon, to turn against the new nation or become unwilling allies in order to help stabilize their country. The United States’ foreign policy and its impact on the Arab- Israeli conflict has affected the surrounding Middle Eastern countries in a negative fashion. The U.S. has engaged in foreign affairs with Middle Eastern countries, and used their diplomacy in gaining an ally in Israel. The U.S. and the European Union attempt to find a solution to peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. However, the two sides
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2 tend to clash on the solution to the problem. There is also a strong sense among European officials involved with this issue that U.S. policy is unduly influenced by domestic political considerations, something that leads to what they judge to be a U.S. approach that is too supportive of Israel. (Blackwell and Sturmer 61) The European Union, and the United Nations as well, have both sided with this opinion and believe that the United States is using their Israeli ally as an important weapon against others in the Middle Eastern region. The Europeans are perceived as taking a “pro-Arab or “pro-Palestinian” stand. The relationship between the two nations has proven to be difficult in the search for finding a clear solution to the conflict. There’s a strong belief that the U.S. is thought to take a more bias stand in favor of Israel, and several also tend to claim that Europe sides more with the Palestinians. “Independent and sympathetic European statements and diplomacy can fuel Palestinian and Arab desires to avoid compromise with Israel and avoid direct contact” (62). The differences between the two world powers can prove to be dangerous, where it is highly unlikely that the Middle East will resolve their issues concerning the conflict. While the U.S. is interacting with Israel, Europe distances itself away from the Israelis and focuses its attention on the other Arab nations.
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