Uncle Sam’s helping hand not needed

In the last few weeks some tentative moves toward resolving, or at least reducing, ongoing conflicts in the Middle East have taken place. The remarkable and remarkably important fact about all of them is that the United States has played virtually no role in any of them.

Israel and the Islamist group Hamas that controls the Gaza strip, have agreed on a truce, which would end the rockets rained on the southern Israeli city of Sderot and the Israeli military strikes in Gaza. So far (less than a week