This analysis represents conventional thinking that overlooks change in US policy and the impending Palestinian statehood. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Rammer
    • 24.11.12 | 01:41 (IST)

    The Americans have been reviewing their role in the world since the last days of George Bush in view of striking a balance between hegemony and affordability. The results are expected to be disengagement from certain areas and diffusion of tensions in others. The US for at least the past 3 years has distanced itself as much as feasible from the Arab-Israeli conflict, but in the last week it has shown willingness to interfere if it feels that things are coming to a head in a way that harm its interest. Last week’s American intervention, which practically amounted to force Israel to stop the war, is an early glimpse of what we are to expect. My expectations is that there will be more even-handiness in US politics, more willingness to reign back Israeli aggressions, more efforts to improve the conditions of the Palestinians, and generally less tolerance of wars that inflame public opinion against Americans. In other words I don't think we are still inexorably caught in the vicious circle of wars and truces. Although no one can rule out wars altogether, I expect the future will see greater efforts to remove grievances which make war so predictably recurrent.

    from the article: Until Israel and Hamas meet again
    First published 23:55 23.11.12 | Last updated 23:55 23.11.12
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