Photo: Flying over Gaza and Israel from the air, you don’t see borders, fences, walls, or military zones. I took this shot out the window as I flew into Jordan for a peace conference in 2020.

A lasting and just resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict requires a strategic and diplomatic approach, and supporting a cease-fire is a crucial step toward achieving peace in the region. The United States, as a global leader, has a vested interest in promoting stability and preventing further humanitarian crises. There are multiple compelling reasons why the U.S. should actively support a cease-fire between Palestine and Israel.

First and most importantly, a cease-fire is essential to saving lives and alleviating the humanitarian crisis in the region. The conflict has resulted in many thousands of casualties, including innocent civilians, and has left many others displaced and without access to necessities such as clean water, food, shelter, medicine, and fuel.

Secondly, by supporting a cease-fire, the U.S. can contribute to the immediate cessation of violence, allowing for humanitarian aid to reach those in need. The recent week-long cease-fire resulted in the release of hostages, humanitarian aid to reach civilians, and a de-escalation of tensions. It did not last. Supporting a cease-fire aligns with the U.S. commitment to regional stability and peace.

Third, a cease-fire provides an opportunity to address the root causes of the conflict. While an immediate halt to hostilities is essential, it should be followed by sustained efforts to address the underlying issues, such as territorial disputes, refugees, and the status of Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank. The U.S., along with the international community, can play a constructive role in supporting initiatives that address these core issues and pave the way for a comprehensive and lasting peace agreement.

Supporting a cease-fire in Palestine and Israel is not only a moral imperative but also aligns with the strategic interests of the United States. By advocating for an end to violence, the U.S. can save lives, create conditions for diplomatic negotiations, promote regional stability, enhance its diplomatic credibility, and contribute to addressing the root causes of the conflict.

-Kevin Kelly

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