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Why does the U.S. seek to establish a demilitarized Palestinian state?

if Hamas and other such factions only seek the establishment of an independent state with recognized sovereignty That's the thing: is that all they seek? Hamas' 1988 charter explicitly called for the ...
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Since the United States is obligated to the survival of the State of Israel, does this mean that it is also obligated to save all nations?

No; why would it? In more general terms, why would any obligation of country A towards country B imply that country A has that obligation to any other country? Treaties between countries (or other ...
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Is the House of Representatives not allowed to initiate any bills dealing with foreign policy (outside of commerce and budget matters)?

The Homeland Security Act of 2002 was also formally initiated by the House. I suspect the author of that unsourced answer was interpreting the advice and consent clause regarding the Senate (but not ...
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Should citizens of a federal republic be frustrated with complicated foreign aid package deals like the recent US Foreign Aid bill?

Logrolling The political tactic you are focused on is called, in neutral terms, "logrolling", and more colloquially, "horse trading" (a closely related concept is "vote ...
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Why does China propose to build a community with a shared future for mankind?

It is a political slogan with no substance. The Chinese Communist Party is trying to build a "Community of Common Destiny for Mankind" no more than Imperial Japan was trying to build a "...
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Why was Saudi Arabia not granted the status of "major non-NATO ally" of the US?

Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA) status for Saudi Arabia has been seriously considered and, in particular, dangled as a carrot for Saudi Arabia to normalize relations with Israel: See e.g. Reuters, 2023-09-...
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Since the United States is obligated to the survival of the State of Israel, does this mean that it is also obligated to save all nations?

If we speak of a moral obligation, then preventing an extermination of any nation is an obligation - even if we speak of Iran, Russia, North Korea or another sworn enemy of the US. In practical term, ...
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Could Senator Bernie Sanders be in a better position than the Administration to be informed regarding Israeli-Palestinian relations?

Generally speaking, no and no. Sanders might be a Jewish descendant, but his stances against Israel are long-lived. In 2016 Sanders supporters lauded his pro-Palestinian stance "You gave a major ...
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Who were Sarkozy's "high-powered advisers with ethnic Russian backgrounds"?

It seems that the article by Le Nouvel Observateur is called « Sarko le Russe » - a reference to the Sarkozy's earlier nickname « Sarko l'americain ». For some reasons I cannot find the original ...
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Is the House of Representatives not allowed to initiate any bills dealing with foreign policy (outside of commerce and budget matters)?

The US constitution gives the House the "power of the purse", i.e. originating bills to do with how money is raised and spent. This is also an angle on foreign policy. Especially with modern ...
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Do critics/experts underestimate the performance of the Trump administration?

no additional wars have been started Depends exactly how you define that. Iran fired ballistic missiles straight from their territory on US troops (in Iraq) under Trump, after he ordered Soleimani ...
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Why does the U.S. seek to establish a demilitarized Palestinian state?

Leaving aside the (generally excellent) existing answer, from a purely military professional point of view, "having air defense system" isn't a solution. It's a part of a part of a solution ...
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Has Israel's polity ever had a debate on "feminist foreign policy"?

Israel is a member of the Feminist Foreign Policy Plus Group which met on September 20, 2023 at the United Nations and issued a policy declaration which affirmed the importance of "the ...
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Could Senator Bernie Sanders be in a better position than the Administration to be informed regarding Israeli-Palestinian relations?

During the 2016 presidential campaign Sanders made a gaffe, which merited the mentioning in Wikipedia, when he claimed that 10,000 Palestinians were killed in 2014 Gaza war: “Anybody help me out here,...
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