In the runup to the Iraq war, the neo-cons asserted that the "road to jerusalem leads thru Baghdad". That was the most disingenuous bullcrap if there was any. Just about anyone who knows the hitory of the middle east and the Arab-israeli conflict knows that the "road to Baghdad leads thru Jerusalem. Arab and Muslim leaders who are friendly to the US, including those that maintain relationship with Israel have repeatedly emphasized the need to resolve the conflict to improve the US position in the Arab and Muslim world. What General Petraeus aid is nothing new.What's new is that he said it in public to the discomfort of many. Well, tough s--t.
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from the article: U.S. general: Israel-Palestinian conflict foments anti-U.S. sentiment