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We live under the false notion in the United States that if we just assert ourselves into the situation we can control the out come. This notion isn't new, we can look at Egypt as a classic case of national overconfidence. Between the 16th century BC and the 11th century BC, the new kingdom of Egypt, also referred to as the Egyptian Empire is the peak of Egyptian power. While the fall of Egypt was gradual compared to other nations, we all know by 1882 the British occupation began and didn't end until 1953. Like other powerful nations before Egypt, Egypt tried to do too much with limited power, even though at a time they were the most powerful nation in the world
This brings me to where we find ourselves in the United States and the issue in Israel. There isn't a shortage of foreign policy experts who are pushing/advising/telling/screaming for the United States to step in and "solve" this crisis for the 1,000 time. I would like to say this as clear as possible THE UNITED STATES CAN NOT AND WILL NOT SOLVE THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN CRISIS OURSELVES! We need to take a lesson from the Egyptian Empire and understand our limitations in a global world. We can not spread ourselves so thin that we are unable to take care of our interest at home. Currently we are solving crisis's in Iraq, Afghanistan, parts of East Asia, Mexico and the list goes on.
WHAT MAKES THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN CRISIS HARD TO SOLVE?
Well, lets take a look at the facts. Israel is one of the most powerful nations in the Middle East. They have a thriving tourism business and a tech boom that will increase Israel's wealth and security for many years to come. Israel has the financial and military backing of the United States. Now lets take a look at Palestine. Palestine has a very high unemployment and poverty rate. They are unable to provide security for their nation and continue to rely on outside forces like Egypt who have their own internal issues to provide security for their nation. Palestine doesn't have the financial or military backing of the United States. So, you see how the bargaining table is tilted in one direction.
So why would Israel agree to land swaps with Palestine? What this tell me is this conflict can only be resolved by two parties, the Israeli's and the Palestinian's. And I don't think it will be solved any time soon.