Re: What should the U.S. role be in the Middle East?

Sallai Meridor: Well the U.S. has a role in the Middle East and a global role in the world.  The western society and our system of values is today under a major attack by religious fanatics from, unfortunately, the Middle East.  And the U.S. is leading the world for the children of all of us in trying to confront this terror, and trying to bring about a better situation for the future generations.  So the U.S. is, as we see it is active, and we are trying to be as ______ as possible in the war against terror in different fronts; trying to see to it that terrorist don’t find safe havens in different places; that we have better intelligence and gaining cooperation to make sure that if we can’t find terrorists before they attack, that we will find them before they find us.  We cooperate on different levels in the area of counter terrorism from offense to defense.  At the same time we’re trying with the United States to see if there is an opportunity to work with moderates in the Middle East to try to confront these trends of extremism and religious fanaticism to something that is more reasonable, that is more appreciative of the very universal human values that we all believe in – be it the sanctity of human lives, or basic human rights to every individual, and respect for the other, and peace.  So while we are fighting a very difficult war against terror, at the same time the U.S. with Israel are trying to look for every opportunity to advance peace in the region, and hopefully in the world.

Meridor identifies the U.S. as the leader for guarding the children of the world in the war on terror.

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