U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returned to Israel on Thursday for talks the State Department says will include a proposed framework for the major issues standing in the way of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
It’s not difficult to predict the outcomes here:
- There will be no peace deal.
- The talks will, to the extent that any demands whatsoever are made of Israel, “strain relations” between the US and Israel.
- The talks will, to the extent that they showcase the US government’s extreme pro-Israel orientation, “strain relations” between the US and other states in the region.
- The failure of the talks will be used as an excuse by all parties (and any number of non-parties) for future belligerent actions.
The Arab-Israeli conflict is the perfect horse from which to dismount the failed US foreign policy merry-go-round. President Obama should call Kerry home, tell the Israelis and the Arabs that working out their disagreements is their problem not ours, and rinse/repeat that process with respect to every other global “hot spot.” US meddling is not a way to global peace. It’s an incentive to continued conflict.