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mid-easterners see the honest broker as disloyal

Reader comment on item: The Paradoxical Peril of Warm U.S.-Israel Relations
in response to reader comment: The term "honest broker" leads nowhere

Submitted by myth (Germany), Jun 3, 2017 at 05:53

PezDispenser, as this article addresses the psychological perspective I see another facet to your argument.

Orientals, certainly mid-easterners, value loyalty above all. That is loyalty to family, friends, people rather than abstractions such as peace. Consequently they see the honest broker as disloyal. In fact the more balanced, the more disloyal he is. That disqualifies the broker either way.

In my understanding Israel's reliable political positions and pragmatic alliances earn Israel some respect in the eyes of states in the Middele East. These states who would formally never recognize Israel as an abstraction will continue to deal with Israelis on the basis of proven loyalty.


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