Israeli Ceasefire

Israeli ceasefire with Hamas relieves some tensions, but what happens now? The destruction lasted 11 days and Biden was under attack from two fronts. Progressives wanted tougher talk, while others wanted unconditional support of Israel. Political psychologist Dr. Bart  ROssi, Ph.D. weighs in.

Dr. Bart Rossi joined WINK News to discuss the situation in the middle east between Israel and the Palestinians. While both sides are claiming victory for the ceasefire, President Biden says it came about through quiet diplomacy.

There has been tension with Israel and the Arab world ever since the state of Isreal was formed in the wake of WWII. Many Arab countries back then had no issue with Israel having its own country following the Hitler genocide of the Jewish people. They simply advocated for the state to be established somewhere else — not their backyard.

When the Arabs attacked Israel in 2948, there haven’t been normalized relations since. Israel launched its own attack into the Sinai peninsula in 1956 when Egypt to re-open the Straits of Tiran that Egypt had blocked to Israeli shipping since 1950. a decade later the Arabs again attacked Israel, and lost, in June of 1967 in what became known as the ‘6-days war’.

Through the decades America has been a staunch supporter of Israel. We supply them with aid and arms. Many American Presidents have tried and failed, to find a solution to the Israeli-Palestine conflict.  President Clinton in his final year drafted ‘The Clinton Parameters’, which was to be a roadmap for a two-state solution to the conflict. In December of that year, the Israeli government accepted the basis of the terms, with reservations. On January 2, 2001, Yasser Arafat also officially accepted the parameters with reservations. It never went much further, although President G.W. Bush held talks.

Israeli Ceasefire

Then 9/11 happened, and then in 2003 when the U.S. attacked Iraq, the hopes of a peace treaty seemed to wither. The Israelis continued to build settlements in the disputed territories, angering Arabs. Even some Americans have shifted support to the Palestinians.

President Obama then had his own middle east policy. tried to bring the parties together.

President Trump has always claimed he loves America. He also repeatedly attacked NATO. But did accomplish a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Here is some insight into the agreement. The one thing he got right was understanding that they’ll have to share.

But tension is still high. In Egypt, only 13% of the population supports peace with Israel been though they were only one of three in the Arab League to sign a peace agreement. The others were Jordan and Mauritania.

The issue in the United States is not whether to support Israel, as they are an important ally in the middle east. The debate is about how and to what limit to support them. President Biden approved a $735 million weapons sale, while many legislators move to block it, including Bernie Sanders.

In This Episode

Dr. Bart Rossi talks with WINK News about the unfolding situation, and who wins and loses.

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