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Bob Levin2/17/2011 9:19:41 pm PST

re: #2 jordash1212

There are more than two problems.

One, why does the United States, or any Western power for that matter, need to be a “primary broker” in Middle East diplomacy?

The key word in foreign relations, stability. The US knows what it wants, what it’s going to do—and so they can heavily influence current events.

Maybe it’s time to let the Israelis, Palestinians, and other Arab states figure this out for themselves, and let the United States, EU, and Russia sit in back instead of in the driver’s seat.

Not as long as there is oil in the ground and shipping that needs to go through the Suez Canal.

Would it be so wrong for the Israelis to send some new attaches to the Arab countries and make some new concessions to the Palestinians?

Not allowed. Religious boycott by the Arab nations. A broker is needed.

And on another note, it’s not as though what the Middle East is yearning for is more American involvement (hint hint, Egypt).

In realpolitik, it doesn’t matter what the countries are yearning for. Again, stability, oil, shipping is what the rest of the world really cares about. No one cares about the Israelis, no one cares about the Palestinians, or the Egyptians, or the Iraqis, or anyone living in the old Ottoman territories.

Which brings us to your second problem. That’s a problem for us civilians.

Stability, oil, shipping are what matters to governments. There are also substantial US research efforts that take place in Israel, and Marjorie can tell you more about the products of the research. For instance, I’ve read that an Israeli team had a significant role in the building of Watson, a new super search engine that could have a huge impact in all of science, education, medicine—our modern world. Add that into the equation of precious resources from the Middle East.

All is not so bleak. Israel has also developed technology in agriculture and water purification—which could be a blessing to the arid climates of the Arab nations, and alleviate much of the pain behind the riots. The question is, given the boycotts and conflict, can the technology get to the people that need it? A broker will be needed.