it's an old, especially arab /muslim chant, this that solving the israelo-pal. conflict is a panacea to all the region's other problems & woes. very improbable & as the article points out, particularly w/reg. to lebanon & iran. even the main element of the saudi plan & peace initiative, namely the promise of peace & normalized relations w/the wider arab/muslim world following a settlement of the ME conflict, is highly questionable. there's no way decades old policies, incl. incitement on educational level, would just collectively turn on its heel when the ME conflict is resolved. it would definitely not change iran's policy. which all in all should serve to seriously question the wisdom of linking the israel-palestine issue w/anything else at all. maybe isolating & solving it separately is the best approach after all. however, that doesn't diminish the total fallacy of the way the current israeli governemnt deals w/the conflict, which also helps keeping the exclusive focus on it.
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from the article: Israeli-Palestinian peace isn't the Mideast's magic cure