The Times editorial also failed to note that France very publicly disputed the proposed deal that Secretary of State Kerry was so anxious to conclude. Nor was there any mention that Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab states are on public record as opposing the Obama/Kerry approach.
The reason for those omissions is clear: As far as the Times is concerned, everything in the Middle East begins and ends with Israel.
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