Appetite for US role in Middle East dwindles

As the violence continues, the US has been criticised for its recent fruitless push for peace.

13th July, 2014
US president Barack Obama greets Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu during a press conference in Jerusalem in 2013 Getty Images.

As the death toll mounts in Gaza, the US government is trying to walk a fine line, with limited success.

Its apparent goal is to leave no daylight between itself and the government of Israel, while also working behind the scenes to stop the current strife from worsening.

In general, the White House issues plenty of professions of support for Israel, despite the tetchy personal relationship between US president Barack Obama and Israeli prime minister...

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