And the Biggest Winner in the Arab Spring Is…Israel
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  • עכברון

    This change in the strategic environment, may also undermine the argument of Netanyahu’s right-wing government, regarding the strategic importance of the West Bank.
    by that creating leeway for Secretary Kerry to Pressure Netanyahu on his strategic demands, or by contrast, expose that Netanyahu’s position is fundamentally ideological at first

  • Pait

    Well, if Israelis feel less threatened by their neighbors, they be more willing to give Palestinians the benefit of the doubt. And if Palestinians extremists have less support from outside, the government may be more willing to reach a compromise.

    Which would not be a bad consequence of the Arab spring. Except for those who only want Kerry to fail at whatever he is trying.

    • azt24

      The problem is that the Palestinian extremists = both Fatah and Hamas, and they have all the support in foreign aid they need to keep going indefinitely, without making any compromises.

  • ljgude

    I, for one, don’t hope Kerry fails – it wouldn’t occur to me, because I know he can’t succeed because the Palestinians have no intention of accepting a two state solution on any terms – only a one state solution ending with the elimination of Israel. My position has nothing to do with ideology – I can see the arguments that Israel has no right to exist and every right to exist. It just that for the foreseeable future there is no possibility of a two state solution. One side is interested in peace; the other isn’t. The destruction of Israel is certainly a possibility, and it is clear from what they say and do that the Palestinians believe they can eventually succeed. What is happening right now is that the Arabs are destroying themselves. It is painful to watch a once great civilization lash out in all directions and descend into civil war and starvation. Clinton came as close as anyone to making peace. Bush tried again and didn’t get anywhere. Kerry’s efforts will go nowhere. I like the picture – Kerry looking like he has just scored a touchdown, Netanyahu like he is cheerfully going through the motions.

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