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US Relationship With Israel in the Context of Middle Eastern Developments

US leadership in conflicts with and in Iraq and tense relations with Iran and Syria add to the muddled situation. Further complicating matters is the changing role of Russia in the region and our relationship with that nation. Finally, relations with the European Union and NATO necessarily influence how we deal with the Israel-Palestine question and other issues rising in the Middle East.

How should the U.S. approach its relations with Israel in light of developments in the Middle East?

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US leadership in conflicts with and in Iraq and tense relations with Iran and Syria add to the muddled situation.
Further complicating matters is the changing role of Russia in the region and our relationship with that nation.
Finally, relations with the European Union and NATO necessarily influence how we deal with the Israel-Palestine question and other issues rising in the Middle East.

How should the U.S. approach its relations with Israel in light of developments in the Middle East?

Lots of this was dealt with in my previous post. Let me lay out a few facts:
1. The US is overstretched. Its military is all over the world, and manpower is stretched to the limit. In addition, Defense is seeing its budget cut, and more cuts are planned in the future.
2. There is no reason to believe that Arabs see US intervention in Iraq and Syria, largely through Turkey, as legitimate. US policy has been to back Israel and her policies no matter what the cost. This should be reevaluated.
3. Russia is key. During the Cold War, the USSR was anti-Israel, seeing it as a US base.
4. Russia is backing the Syrian government, and is generally allied with Iran. She is enemies with Turkey and the Gulf Monarchies. Russia has been revitalized and rebuilt under Putin. Her oil industry is the largest in the world, and her military and intelligence forces have been reformed and rebuilt. Her economy is back to superpower status, and Russia is respected throughout the third world. Russia is also allied with China, making her a dangerous enemy to have. The world, in short, is no longer unipolar.
5. Russia also owns billions of American dollars, as do the Chinese. Russia runs a trade surplus and a budget surplus. She is increasingly popular in ...

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The United States relationship with Israel in the context of the middle eastern developments are determined.

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