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Linkage and Its Discontents: What WikiLeaks Reveals About Israel-Palestine
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Linkage and Its Discontents: What WikiLeaks Reveals About Israel-Palestine

The recent release of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks allows us to see what Arab leaders have said in private regarding the United States and the continued irresolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, writes Matthew Duss.

In March 2010, then-CENTCOM chief Gen. David Petraeus set off a storm of protest among neoconservatives when, in his statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee, he named "insufficient progress toward a comprehensive Middle East peace" as an obstacle to U.S. goals in the region.

"The enduring hostilities between Israel and some of its neighbors present distinct challenges to our ability to advance our interests in the AOR [area of responsibility]," read the statement. "Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnerships with governments and peoples in the AOR and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world." At the same time, Petraeus concluded, "Al-Qaeda and other militant groups exploit that anger to mobilize support. The conflict also gives Iran influence in the Arab world through its clients, Lebanese Hizballah and Hamas."

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Matthew Duss

Policy Analyst