To understand what the latest fighting means for Washington, Foreign Policy spoke to Ilan Goldenberg, who served as a senior State Department official in the Obama administration and took part in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians led by then-Secretary of State John Kerry.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
Foreign Policy: I imagine that Biden came into office telling himself, ‘I’m going to avoid getting mixed up in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.’ How does this escalation change the equation in terms of his approach?
Ilan Goldenberg: I think this administration was really determined to focus first on the Indo-Pacific and on China, as opposed to getting sucked into the Middle East. It’s why you have special envoys for Iran and for Yemen but not, for example, for Israel-Palestine. But in my opinion they probably are going to need to put a greater level of focus on it than they would have otherwise. You just never know when it’s going to explode.
Read the full interview from Foreign Policy.