What is Biden’s policy in the Middle East?: Politics Weekly Extra | Politics


“We’re escalating towards a full-scale war,” the UN’s Middle East envoy said on Tuesday of the situation in Gaza. As Israel continues to launch airstrikes and Palestinian militant groups fire rockets in retaliation, dozens of Palestinians, including children, have been killed in Gaza, as well as several Israelis.

The situation is serious, but the Biden administration has remained silent for the most part. The US, once seen as an influential arbiter in the Middle East, has been too wrapped up in domestic issues to deal with far-away troubles. So what is the president to do? Is the US even the right mediator any more?

Jonathan Freedland asks ambassador Dennis Ross, the special envoy to the Middle East under Bill Clinton, who worked with several administrations to secure a peace deal in the region. He recently featured in a documentary, The Human Factor, about US involvement in talks between Arab and Israeli leaders.



PLO leader Yasser Arafat (L) and US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (R) work together at an evening meeting 22 October at the Wye River conference center in Maryland.  Translator Gamal Halel (second left) and the US Middle East envoy  Dennis Ross (2nd R) sit between them.

Photograph: Barbara Kinney/AFP

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