Violence in Yemen, Gaza, and Iraq Isn't Coincidental, Even Though the White House Wishes it Was

Recent flareups of violence in the Middle East are the outcome of a major policy shift by an administration that prefers to avert its eyes from the truth.

A missile being fired from an Iranian warship during the second day of a military exercise in the Gulf near the strategic strait of Hormuz in southern Iran. Iranian Army office/AFP via Getty Images.

A missile being fired from an Iranian warship during the second day of a military exercise in the Gulf near the strategic strait of Hormuz in southern Iran. Iranian Army office/AFP via Getty Images.

Richard Goldberg
COLUMN
July 6 2021
About Richard

Richard Goldberg is a Mosaic columnist and senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He has served on Capitol Hill, on the U.S. National Security Council, as the chief of staff for Illinois’s governor, and as a Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer.

“As Arab world rallies around Palestinians and bloodshed mounts, Trump-era peace deals fade from view,” blared a Washington Post headline on May 14, the fourth day of the most recent round of fighting between Israel and Hamas. The headline encapsulated the conventional wisdom of many journalists as well as of the Washington “peace processors,” those in the Biden administration included. To them, last month’s coordinated terror assault on Israel by Hamas and Islamic Jihad was the inevitable byproduct of the previous administration having ignored the Palestinian cause, defunded Palestinian institutions that support terror, and attempted to broker Arab-Israeli peace in the absence of a Palestinian state.

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