Israel-Palestinian Talks Influenced By Middle East Unrest
Unrest In Egypt, Syria Likely To Impact Israel’s Negotiations With Palestinians
Usually when one refers to the “turmoil” in the Middle East, they would be referring to the longstanding battle between Israel and Palestine. These days, however, the turmoil refers to any one of the Arab nations in the Middle East. For those states, Israel has fallen to number two on their priority list and that could have an impact on how Israel negotiates with Palestinian negotiators, Frida Ghitis writes in The Atlantic.
“The shape, the attitude, and the ideology of the Arab states that will emerge in the coming years, unknowable today, will go a long way in determining Israel’s security situation, creating a particular challenge for military and political strategists — and for peace negotiations,” she argues, noting that the unrest in Egypt and Syria is a double-edged sword.
From Israel’s standpoint it could go two ways. With Arab nations focused on their own internal wars, Israel might view their security as less imperiled. However, they also could view the unrest and instability as a greater threat to her security.
“As they scan the horizon and consider their choices in talks with Palestinians, Israeli strategists will have to weight countless unknowns and decide how to make the most of this period during which Israel is, in fact, safer than it has ever been. Even if the future looks unclear, there is no better place from which to negotiate than from a position of maximum strength. The real goal is finding the best way to make security permanent,” Ghitis concludes.
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