ML: "General Petraeus has been making this case strongly in Washington for two months." He has actually been pushing this case since at least September 2009 http://armed-services.senate.gov/statemnt/2009/April/Petraeus%2004-01-09.pdf "The conflict has created a deep reservoir of anti-American sentiment, based on the perception of US favoritism for Israel. Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of US partnerships with governments and peoples in the AOR and threatens the continued viability of moderate regimes in the Arab world." But, yes, he in now pushing this case much, much harder. And, of course, he can do that because he has stopped being a lone voice in the Pentagon.
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from the article: U.S. general: Israel-Palestinian conflict foments anti-U.S. sentiment