Parsing Petraeus

By Nadia Hijab

The ripples from General David H. Petraeus’ testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee continue to spread. Mingled with excitement (or apprehension) about the administration’s tough words in response to recent Israeli expansionist plans, it may signal an end to America’s unconditional support for Israel.

However, less attention has been paid to the second half of this much-quoted sentence from the Petraeus testimony: “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).

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