Posts Tagged ‘US showing fatigue’


October 25, 2013

Washington Times on October 24, 2013, reported that former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren is worried that the United States is withdrawing from foreign affairs and he doubts that U.S. efforts to broker peace between Israelis and Palestinians will calm tensions in the Middle East. Excerpts below:

Mr. Oren told the Jerusalem Post newspaper that he detected a growing isolationist sentiment among liberals and libertarians during his four years in Washington.

“It is something I have been aware of for a long time,” he said in the interview published this week. “I have been talking about this for at least a year.”

Mr. Oren said U.S. fatigue is not limited to foreign affairs. “It is on a whole spectrum of issues,” he said.

Mr. Oren also revealed his anxiety over the latest U.S. move to restart talks between Israelis and Palestinians, rejecting the view of many analysts that resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict would bring wider stability in the Middle East.

“It is not going to bring stability to internal affairs in Egypt, and it is not going to end the Syrian civil war,” the former ambassador said.

Mr. Oren returned to Israel late last month to join the faculty at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, one of Israel’s most prestigious universities.