General David Petraeus has volunteered for many difficult assignments, but his latest request should earn the man a Congressional Medal of Honor. He has requested adding the West Bank in Israel and Gaza to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. He believes the American military has to be regarded by the Arab world as engaged in the region’s most difficult conflict. Political analyst David Lowe does not believe any such move would shift Arab perceptions since for their leaders the issue is political, not military in nature. “From the Arab side, more political pressure on Israel is needed and that is not going to be achieved via a military change.”
Achieving peaceful solutions in the Palestine-Israel conflict will emerge, not through the barrel of a gun, but through the change in hearts and intentions of humans.