The Middle East is about oil, the Suez Canal and Jewish influence in American
Israel builds houses in "occupied territories" because they do not
consider these areas occupied, but rather part of their country now. Israel
captured the land following war with Jordan, Syria, and other surrounding
countries during the 7 day war. These captured lands are critical to
Israel's defense as they serve to buffer against Arab countries that
continue to declare that Israel should be wiped off the map and destroyed.Perhaps if Iran would stop the rhetoric against Israel, stop sponsoring
terrorism against Israel and the US, demonstrate efforts towards peace in the
Middle East, then Israel and the US would trust Iran more.
The reason the U.S. is not seen as a good mediator is because our presense in
the Mid-East is one of the major problems these regimes have with us. That and
of course our support for Israel. It would be a good idea for countries in
Europe to get more involved, however I still believe that the term Middle East
Peace is a contradiction. Middle East and peace go together about as well as
oil and water.
I thought Mr. Bush was universally hated and disrespected, but not Mr. Obama. We
would prefer a totalitarian Islamic state in preference to Israel?
tabuno--the media isn't usually accurate with the news. Israel hasn't
got much from our country.
It is difficult to see how America can be an unbiased mediator in the Middle
East. Congress has always supported Israel to the hilt and it is surprising why
Palestinians would trust American mediator efforts. I assume that the new
Secretary of State John Kerry is presenting himself, not America, as a person to
be trusted, on behalf of America regardless of what Congress has done to favor
one side over the other. Kudos goes to Mr. Kerry to even get the Israelis and
Palestinians to the table.
I don't understand how Iran's top leader, can say the Obama
administration, is not a good Mideast mediator.