By Ben Cohen/JNS.org
Which aspect of Secretary of
State John Kerry’s repetition of the Arab position last week, that the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict lies at the root of Middle Eastern instability, is
more remarkable? The fact that Kerry could actually say such a thing, or the
fact that, with the exception of the Weekly
Standard, such an extraordinary claim could pass almost unnoticed in a
media landscape that is rarely short of opinions about the region?
Caption: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waves as he boards his plane at Andrews Air Force Base for a flight to Amman, Jordan, on July 15, 2013. On that trip to Jordan, Kerry said Arab ministers told him that the core issue of instability in this region and in many other parts of the world is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.” Credit: U.S. Department of State.