Ukraine is a test to America’s foreign policy

In 2014, our world is a true global village. A viral YouTube video could make you a celebrity, and tweets about a young girl in Pakistan who stood proud against the Taliban can bring her all the way to Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” in New York. These are just two examples.

This Internet-trend-based world has changed the way global politics work. Tweets and Facebook events led the 2011 revolution in Egypt and the Arab Spring. What is happening in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula is another showcase of how getting information online can affect world stability in a few minutes.

As America’s allies around the world closely follow how powerless the Western powers are and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the West’s credibility is hurting. This process is even more profound among America’s closest allies, especially Israel.

In the next few weeks, the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, led by Secretary of State John Kerry, are about to hit a crucial point. The Obama administration is planning to present a framework document for a peace agreement that both the Palestinian and Israeli leadership will have to accept, with some objections. The White House sees that as one of the top interests of America’s foreign affairs.

How does that relate to Ukraine? One of the main American and Palestinian demands is that no Israeli forces will be able to stay on the border between Jordan and the West Bank in any final agreement. Instead, Kerry offered that United States-led NATO forces will prevent weapons and terrorists from Iran, Iraq and Jordan from crossing through the mountains of the West Bank, which overlook Israel’s main population centers. If there was a slim chance that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would budge and accept that offer before what happened in Ukraine, it now seems unrealistic.

The live coverage on Facebook and Twitter, followed by traditional websites and TV channels, regarding how easily Russians acted against past agreements, made waves.

While America and the West responded with statements and press conferences, Putin changed political balance on the ground. This is Israel’s nightmare in any future peace deal, and that is how something in Eastern Europe can undermine America’s interests in the Middle East in our global village.