The last few weeks and months have finally proven the fallacy of the "linkage" theory. Published in The Washington Times, 24 Feb 2011
The last few weeks and months have finally proven the fallacy of one of the most mistaken theories about development and peace in the Middle East. For a number of years, foreign officials, experts and commentators have claimed that if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was solved, then there would be peace in the Middle East. This was coined "linkage."
The WikiLeaks revelations proved that among Arab decision makers and policy-shapers, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was fairly low on the list of urgent priorities in the region. These revelations shook the linkage argument to its very foundations, but recent events in our region have dealt it the mortal blow.
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