NSC's Shapiro: Israel Does Not Endanger U.S. Troops

Solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not solve other problems in the Middle East, an Obama administration official says.

Speaking before the Anti-Defamation League, the Obama Administration's Dan Shapiro walks back a meme that has developed over the past month or so:

"We do not believe that resolving this conflict will bring an end to all conflicts in the Middle East," Dan Shapiro, the National Security Council's senior director for the Middle East, told an Anti-Defamation League conference. "We do not believe it would cause Iran to end its unacceptable pursuit of nuclear weapons."

Shapiro also emphasized, to applause from the audience, that "we do not believe that this conflict endangers the lives of US soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq."