Israel-Palestine conflicts distract US attention from Mid-East pullout
Smoke billows following an Israeli airstrike on Jala Tower, which housed offices of Al-Jazeera TV and Associated Press as well as residential apartments, in Gaza City, on May 15. Israel said Saturday it struck the high-rise building in Gaza City housing offices of international media outlets because it contained assets of Hamas intelligence agency. Photo: Xinhua
Washington is facing a tough choice now. This past week has seen the worst violence in Gaza and Israel since 2014. US President Joe Biden has made diplomatic phone calls to both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. A US envoy has arrived in Tel Aviv for de-escalation talks.
The Biden administration is trying to strike a delicate balance between engagement and intervention. It wants to reshape US influence across the world including the Middle East. But it does not want this…