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Here is the paradox of the situation. The very threats that make some governments wish the conflict would go away are the same threats that stop them from actually doing something about it.

Originally published at Rubin Reports, under the title, “Why the ‘Arab Peace Initiative’ is Both a Good Thing and a Scam.”


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Professor Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. See the GLORIA/MERIA site at