The United States under Biden vocally supported Israel camping against Gaza, but also showed signals of inclination to peace.
Numerous nations and high-ranking officials have requested Israel temporarily halt its attacks on Gaza in the last few weeks. The UN negotiations were mired in technical and linguistics, and appeals were either rejected or disregarded.
The White House declared unexpectedly few days ago that Tel Aviv would permit “limited pauses” in its armed forces activities “for humanitarian reasons.” Though as of yet none have materialized, a commitment, even in word, seems bizarre.
All of this is happening even as the United States has increased the scope of its military operations in the area, placing two battle groups of aircraft carriers in the Indian and Mediterranean oceans and adding more air and ground forces to support allied sites around the Middle East.
Nonetheless, a portion of the 3,400 US soldiers stationed in Iraq and Syria have been targeted by sporadic and imprecise drone and missile assaults, presumably from different sub-state armed factions. Additionally, the United States has sent Israel enormous amounts of weaponry and munitions by air and sea in quick succession.
Regardless of the disagreements between the governments, Israel remains the United States’ most reliable, powerful, and long-standing strategic ally in the region. This alliance will be hard to alter in the near future. Yet, the United States also wants its key allies in the Arab world.
Biden and a War of Fate
Washington must take a number of variables into account when determining its Middle East goals and initiatives. These involve the safety of the area and the world, its ties with Iran, the cost and security of the supply of gas and oil. Other factors to think about include limiting the grip of China and Russia and ensuring the safety and liberty of international commerce channels. Even under the best of circumstances, it is a challenging mixture.
Years of arduous labor are sometimes ruined when amateurs driven by their own partiality create and execute policies. This was the situation throughout the calamitous term of the Trump office’s haphazard Middle East policy. Trump’s 37-year-old son-in-law served as his primary “expert” on the region.
Taking a look back from the present Gaza-related challenges, it is clear that the US’s ties with Tehran and the demise of the bipolar order are the two main causes of the majority of US troubles in the MENA region.
Political affiliations were shaped for long years following WWII by the separation between Soviet-led Eastern Communism and US-controlled West Communist system.
In Asian west, Libya, Egypt, Iraq, and Syria stood on the Soviet camp; the Persian Gulf nations, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Israel fought on the American camp. One of the US’s most significant strategic successes in the region during the Cold War era was persuading Cairo to switch its partisanship and accept the peace treaty with Israel in 1978.