American Pessimism Toward the Possibility of Peace Soars

By Ms. Jeri Rice, Founder, Jeri Rice Boutique; Founding Board Member, Center for Women and Democracy at the University of Washington

I found the results of a New York Times/CBS News poll that said 70 percent of Americans do not think Israel and its Arab neighbors can live in peace (up from 64 percent last month) highly distressing.  The poll also said that a majority of Americans – 56 percent – do not believe our country has a responsibility to try to resolve the Israeli-Arab conflict.

While this poll would indicate that I am in the minority, I believe a lasting peace between the Israelis and the Arabs can still be achieved.  However, I do not believe it will happen without active and sustained involvement by the United States.  Although we Americans may wish to ignore this seemingly perpetual conflict, both humanitarian and national security reasons have empowered us with the responsibility to try to resolve it.  In terms of our own interests, actively working toward a two-state solution between the Israelis and the Palestinians will help the United States succeed in Iraq and in our fight against terrorism, and improve our image among Arab and Muslim populations.  Despite the negativity toward our involvement in the region, I hope the President will finally put resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the top of his agenda.

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One Comment on “American Pessimism Toward the Possibility of Peace Soars”


  1. working toward a two-state solution between the Israelis and the Palestinians will help the United States succeed in Iraq

    Ah my good lady, I’m afraid I will have to disagree w. you there. Nothing will help our failed mission in Iraq even resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict. It’s simply beyond redemption. But of course I agree that it’s important for the U.S. to be involved though I fear that such engagement is beyond George Bush’s capability or inclination.


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