In contemporary times, the state of American politics is tumultuous and tense. Since the 46th President of America Joe Biden entered the oval office in January 2021, the United States has generally experienced a climate of instability and uncertainty in both domestic and international affairs. Within the union, working class Americans continue to grapple with high levels of inflation; in 2022 levels soared to 40-year highs. This inflation, brought about by reckless federal spending, is only one of many problems gripping the American nation in the present. Since 2021, over 5 million illegal migrants have crossed the country’s southern border with Mexico, and crime levels have soared in cities and suburbs across the country. Internationally, the Biden administration has also delivered lackluster results for the American people. In the summer of 2021, Biden committed a serious foreign policy blunder when he botched the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and 13 marines were killed in the process.
In recent events, the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke over the telephone with both the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. In dialogue on Tuesday, September 5th, Blinken attempted to maintain relations with both nations. When speaking with Netanyahu, Blinken discussed common interests between Israel and the United States, and the possibility of peaceable relations between the Jewish nation and Saudi Arabia. The ongoing nuclear threat presented by Iran was also a topic of conversation. Over the past several months, the country has increased its attempts to smuggle explosives into Israel for the purpose of committing terrorist attacks.
When conversing with Palestine and leader Mahmoud Abbas, Blinken discussed the violence occurring in the West Bank region of Palestine. Palestine is reportedly seeking concessions from Israel and the U.S. in order to attain statehood. Ultimately, the situation in the middle east has been chaotic for decades, and it appears it will remain this way in the near future.