Senior military officers usually avoid making statements that could be perceived as political. So many journalists and analysts were surprised when the top commander in Iraq and Afghanistan weighed in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict earlier this month, at the height of tensions between Washington and Jerusalem. We discuss what it means, and how it may affect negotiations in the Middle East.


  • Mark Perry Military, intelligence, and foreign affairs analyst and author of "Talking to Terrorists: Why America Must Engage with its Enemies"
  • Jonathan Broder Senior Editor, Congressional Quarterly

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