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US diplomat who quit over Biden administration’s Gaza policy speaks out

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The U.S. and the State Department deal with U.S. foreign policy which is global policy and regional Middle Eastern policy. The Middle East is not stable or secure region. This is the foreign policy concern. Israel has its own policy but this policy should make the Middle East, which Israel is part of, more stable and secure rather than less.

On the other hand, the world and international relations, are in constant motion and evolution, so policy and foreign policy is always dynamic not static. The foreign policies deal with this also. Israel and the U.S. are allies in the Middle East. Some Israeli diplomats argue that the Gaza war makes Israel stronger and by extension, the Middle East more stable and secure. According to the Israelis, the Gaza war provides this, first by getting terrorist Hamas and extremist Iranians out of Gaza and out of the Palestine. Some American diplomats argue that the war in Gaza, at least in the form unfolding, does not succeed in these tasks and that instead makes the Middle East (and by extension Israel, which again is part of), less not more stable and secure.    

Both agree that getting out terrorist Hamas and extremist Iranians out of Gaza, will probably make the Palestine and the Middle East (and Israel) more stable and secure. In this agree also numerous Arab and international allies. Moderate Iran appears undecided. Extremist Iran not so, hence the attacks of the Houthi in Yemen against maritime traffic in the Red Sea. In addition to Gaza and Yemen, Iran has hold outs in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Libya. So, the situation is fluid and dynamic and made more so by Iran alliances with other powers, such as Russia and China. Then other powers like Turkey, the EU and India become also involved. Then the Red Sea via the Suez Canal plus the energy reserves and the global geopolitics, implicate the rest of the world.

View this, international relations have continuity and so have foreign policies and the relevant debates about them in and out of the relevant administrations. In principle the U.S. foreign policy is right about the tactics of the Israeli Gaza policy. In practice it is not because Israeli extremism endangers the anti – terrorist operation (and the security and stability in the Middle East). So, the opposition in the U.S. calls for a firmer U.S. policy in the alliance with Israel. The opposition in Israel also calls for moderate tactics. The government in Israel does not agree but view the risks, the solution is closer to more comprehensive and elaborate counter terrorism tactics and so in corresponding policies. Starting with the ceasefire.  

In the backdrop of this follow the public opposition, the dissent and the related politics, naturally spearheaded by the student protests. Here the accusations traded, range from cruel, cold calculations to violations of humanity principles (crimes) and plain incompetence (plus opportunism, profiteering, blood stained or soaked politics and more). Here dissent and debate are more vivacious because of the gravity of the subjects and because the students are younger and so more active and energetic. Also, because the future belongs to them. Spirits run high naturally and justifiably. Yet the ordered and peaceful environment which the administration of the seniors works for, will be no less dynamic and in fact, will give them more rights, liberties and opportunities. Where it really matters, which is personal accomplishment, social achievement, professional success and academic excellence. For when it really matters, which is the future.   

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/05/03/politics/hala-rharrit-us-diplomat-biden-gaza/index.html

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