The Importance of the US Stance on IsraeliArab Relations

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An American plan to promote a peace agenda needs to be formulated and followed by the Special Envoy. This plan needs to be approved by you with advice from the newly selected Special Envoy. The appointment of the Special Envoy to the Middle East is one of the most crucial appointments, even more, important than the appointments of U.S. Ambassadors to the various Middle Eastern countries. The Special Envoy will travel from country to country in the Middle East to achieve the American Agenda in the region. &nbsp.

The United States’ position on the Israeli-Arab relations has always been important. The U.S. has backed Israel since Israel became a state. Support for Israel allows the U.S. an ally in the Middle East that has a similar democracy. Saudi Arabia is an U.S. ally, but since Saudi Arabia is a monarch Israel is a more favorable choice. Still the U.S. must not anger the majority of Arab nations in the Middle East, especially since the heavy U.S. military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. The balance between doing what is right morally by promoting a democratic society and securing a good relationship with oil-producing countries is the delicate balance an American Special Envoy must master.&nbsp. &nbsp.&nbsp.In order to achieve the balance of American interests, the Special Envoy has to negotiate with both the Israelis and Arabs. The United States Envoy to Israel must have special qualifications. Without the right qualification, an envoy could harm not only Israeli-Arab relations but harm U.S.-Israel-Arab relations at best and at worst plunge the whole region into a war. Qualifications all U.S. Envoys need are:

  • Cultural awareness of both the Israeli-Arab peoples.
  • Understanding the different customs and cultures of the Israelis, Palestinians, and other Arab countries in the Middle East.
  • A history of the conflict in the region since the inception of the Israeli State in 1948.
  • Strong negotiating skills.
  • Realistic expectations.
  • A clear understanding of U.S. motives for supporting Israel.
  • An individual that can speak, read, and write Hebrew and Arabic.