United States foreign policy in the Middle East has, for many decades, given top priority to resolving the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. But with rising tension over Iran and uprisings in other Arab countries, the US focus has shifted from the Middle East peace process to securing oil supplies, particularly from the Gulf, and to ensuring the status quo in strategic parity in the region.

AMERICA’S focus in the Middle East has been for decades the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It has viewed Egypt and the countries of the Levant - Lebanon, Syria and Jordan - as states which surround Israel and which are potentially hostile to it.

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 Bernard Siman
The US relocated most of its forces deployed in Iraq to Kuwait and effectively doubled its naval hardware in the Gulf to two aircraft carrier groups
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