US foreign policy in the Middle East remains dominated by Israeli priorities — Global Issues
Palestinian flag in the West Bank city of Ramallah.Credit: UN News
  • opinion Written by Ramsey Baroud (seattle, washington)
  • interpress service

One is that U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East remains driven by Israeli priorities. And since the majority of Israelis reject the idea of ​​a Palestinian state, any “concessions” to the Palestinians, or even the most basic rights of the Palestinians, a weak US president has reinforced his strong Israeli position. I shouldn’t have been able to go against it.

Second, the fact that Israel considered a vote for Palestine tantamount to “rewarding terrorism,” in the words of U.N. Ambassador Gilad Erdan, was a political shift in favor of a U.S. vote. This means that it has created a discourse. Abstain from voting in support of so-called terrorism.

Third, in Mr. Biden’s mind, there is no political space in his mind to support an independent Palestine just months away from one of the most decisive elections in U.S. history.

Republicans have made it clear that their support for Israel is blind and unconditional. They have also made clear that they are prepared to exploit any comments, not to mention actions, by Biden and his officials that appear to be critical of Israel in any way. All of these factors combined to make the U.S. veto fairly predictable.

However, this vote was still significant and clear for the following reasons.

One is that the international community remains largely unanimous in its support for the Palestinians.

Second, the positive vote by France, a very important and influential European country, signals a change in Europe’s political perception of Palestine.

Third, strong statements from Ireland, Spain and others in this regard indicate that the trajectory of support for Palestine in Europe will continue in the coming months and years.

Fourth, the vote results will further isolate the United States. Just as Israel’s genocide in Gaza exposed and isolated Tel Aviv’s only line of defense, the United States, and enabled it to violate the Palestinian people and Palestinian rights. It is to deny them the very political vision needed for a just peace in the Middle East.

And finally, this shows that Biden is unable to extricate himself from the stronghold imposed on him and his party by Israel supporters within the Democratic Party establishment and the pro-Israel lobby from outside. It’s even more emphasized.

But despite the negative vote, Palestinians are now resolute that they can ultimately prevail. This sentiment is supported by strong support for Palestine in the Security Council and UN General Assembly, growing sympathy among Palestinians around the world, and continued Palestinian resistance in Gaza.

Dr. Ramsey Baroud He is a journalist and editor of the Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of six books. His most recent book, co-edited with Ilan Pape, is “Our Vision for Liberation: Committed Palestinian Leaders and Intellectuals Speak Out.” Dr. Baroud is a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for Islamic and Global Affairs (CIGA).his website is

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