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Petraeus Says Reports About His Stance on Israel Were “Flat Wrong”

By on 3.25.10 | 12:49AM

Earlier today, I had the chance to ask Gen. David Petraeus to respond to the recent debate over his position on how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict affects the broader U.S. objectives in the region. A number of blog and media reports have suggested that Petraeus is increasingly concerned that failure to resolve the conflict, and the perception in the Arab world that the U.S. is too reflexively pro-Israel, is significantly jeopardizing U.S. objectives in the region -- and even putting American troops in greater danger. I plan to write more on this, but first I wanted to post the video of my full exchange with Petraeus, which occurred during a press conference prior to his Wednesday appearance at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. If you aren’t familiar with the story, here’s the post on Foreign Policy’s website that started the controversy, which Petraeus told me was wrong in all the key respects. And here’s the Max Boot post from Commentary that Petraeus told me accurately reflects his position.

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