Of Course It Isn't
A number of voices in the international community have recently identified the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the root cause of many of the Middle East's problems. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and outgoing UN Secretary General Kofi Annan have been among the most prominent of these voices.
In reality, the destabilizing factors in the Middle East run far deeper than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Strikingly, while most Western political leaders mince their words, the courageous Arab authors of the annual Arab Human Development Report have not. They have spoken of three overarching explanatory factors for the region's unsatisfactory condition: the knowledge deficit, the gender deficit and the freedom deficit.
I'm sick and tired of all the credence that is given to flippy dippy muslim damned nonsense! This idea that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the root of problems in the middle east is just ridiculous. It is just more mythology, superstition, and slick political ploy.
Simply because it has been bandied about by the people who wish to destroy Israel, some political leaders regard it as a legitimate claim. They don't look any further than that and, on the weight of a meme, manage to sandwich it into every writing about the middle east and jam it into every 'peace accord'.
Well, folks, the only way it will go away is if people simply refuse to give it any weight. It won't BE 'something that has to be solved' if, every time they try and drag it before the public, we quickly wave our hand in front of their face and call it the non-issue that it is and that we won't be manipulated.
Instead of appeasements, territory, bargains, concessions--and all the other crap the muslim countries try to wring from us in exchange for 'peace' (which we sure as hell haven't ever gotten)--they ought to be told that their will be 'peace in the middle east' when they put down their guns and stop trying to kill people.