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The Real Middle East

Boston Globe
The peace process was the mechanism that enabled this diplomatic feat, through the Arab belief that only the United States could "deliver Israel." As long as the hope persisted that the United States would be able to attain for them what force could not, they were willing to tolerate its containment policy and support for Israel. When confronting the core issues (recognition, end to conflict, refugees, territory, Jerusalem), reality hit a wall, and the illusion shattered.
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