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Is the Israeli-Palestinian crisis at the heart of terrorist agitation in the Middle East?

The role of the United States in the creation of Israel, and the close relations it shares with the Zionist country, is partly behind the animosity against the U.S. in the Middle East.  It is from this prism that terrorist groups in the Middle East derive the core of their messages against the United States and the West.
Britain  which controlled the territory having being granted a United Nations mandate, took the lead in the legalization of Zionists aspiration for a homeland for the Jews, but their dream would not have come true without the support of the United States. Tempting as the idea of a Jewish State was, the U.S. also considered the moral implication and its commercial interest in the Middle East in taking the decision to back the Zionist mission in Palestine.

Before his death, President Roosevelt had expressed support for the creation of a Jewish state in the heartland of the Arab World. His successor Harry Truman following in that belief pushed through the process of allowing Jewish immigration to Palestine after the Holocaust that consumed the lives of more than 6 million Jews in Europe. Truman’s resolve to help the Jews was partly a fall out of the report of the inter-governmental committee on Refugees known as the "Harrison Report". The report revealed the harsh treatments meted out to Jewish refugees in Germany.

Armed with the report, Truman put pressure on the Atlee led British government, to relax the restriction on the migration of Jews to Palestine. Stemming from this, an Anglo-American committee of inquiry was set up to investigate Britain’s handling of the Palestine situation. The report of the committee submitted on April 20, 1946 recommends that Britain relax the restriction on Jewish migration.

US officials in support of the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine were also concerned about Soviet Union’s intention in the Middle East. They agreed that the creation of a Jewish state will act as counter balance to soviet domination and forestall attempts to block U.S. access to Middle East oil.  Acting proactively on 4 Oct 1946, President Truman issued a statement backing the creation of a viable Jewish State, despite Arabs protest against it. Following the intervention of the UN and the resolve to partition Palestine, the United States' deputy representatives on the United Nations Security Council, announced his country’s support for the partition plan. When the state of Israel was proclaimed on May 14, 1948, the United States immediately recognized it stating; "this government has been informed that a Jewish state has been proclaimed in Palestine, and recognition has been requested by the provisional government thereof. The United States recognizes the provisional government as the defacto authority of the state of Israel".

The United States was the first country to recognize the state of Israel. This exploded the anger of the Arab world against it. The economic interest of the U.S. was more paramount to policy makers in Washington than the anger of the Arab world.  To the U.S, politics was the handmaid of economics. In the book  “International Relations and Politics: Diplomatic History between the two World Wars”, J.C Johari asserts that “every attempts at preserving power has to take into consideration the expansion of wealth. Political power unscrupulously exerted brought more wealth”. The United States played this up in the Middle East elaborately as other events after WW2 have shown. George Bush Jnr in his Sept 2002 address to the UN, took into cognizance the disturbing situation in the Middle East that the Israeli-Palestine crises had provoked by saying
"in the Middle East there can be no peace for either side without freedom for both sides. America stands committed to an independent and democratic Palestine, living side-by-side with Israel in peace and security. Like all other people, Palestinians deserve a government that serves their interests and listens to their voices. My nation will continue to encourage all parties to step up to their responsibilities as we seek a just and comprehensive settlement to the conflict".

President Obama in a Sept 2014 speech also did not fail to mention the Israeli-Palestine crises;
"we recognize as well that leadership will be necessary to address the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.  As bleak as the landscape appears, America will not give up on the pursuit of peace.  Understand, the situation in Iraq and Syria and Libya should cure anybody of the illusion that the Arab-Israeli conflict is the main source of problems in the region.  For far too long, that's been used as an excuse to distract people from problems at home.  The violence engulfing the region today has made too many Israelis ready to abandon the hard work of peace.  And that's something worthy of reflection within Israel… So long as I am President, we will stand up for the principle that Israelis, Palestinians, the region and the world will be more just and more safe with two states living side by side, in peace and security".

The U.S. recognition of Israel against Arab consensus stoked the fire of resistances against Israel and its allies, resulting in the rise of militant groups like the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Hezbollah, Hamas and later terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS. The report of the Iraq Study Group is clear on the solution to the problem in the Middle East:
"The United States cannot achieve its goals in the Middle East unless it deals directly with the Arab-Israeli conflict and regional instability. There must be a renewed and sustained commitment by the United States to a comprehensive Arab- Israeli peace on all fronts: Lebanon, Syria, and President Bush’s June 2002 commitment to a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. This commitment must include direct talks with, by, and between Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians (those who accept Israel’s right to exist), and Syria. As the United States develops its approach toward Iraq and the Middle East, the United States should provide additional political, economic, and military support for Afghanistan, including resources that might become available as combat forces are moved out of Iraq".

In the final analysis, the failure to achieve Arab-Israeli peace is a source of frustration and instability in the Middle East.

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