Israel's Gaza pullout & Arab Spring fallout....
Rachel Abrams asks why so few women seek liberal society in the Arab Spring--do they want oppression & darkness? And Elliott Abrams sees a disjunction between US aid to Egypt & the regime's preventing American human rights activists from returning home. Egypt says it terminated three top DC lobbyists hired to flack for the regime, citing budgetary reasons (and countering the lobbyists' claims that they ended the deal). Conversely, writes WSJ pundit Bret Stephens, Western countries are letting terrorists use human rights laws to further terrorist aims. Palestinians, meanwhile, attacked the UN Secretary-General's convoy on the West Bank; seems some "youths" were upset that Ban Ki-Moon would not see them.
Former Ambassador Yoram Ettinger notes re "settlements" that at the UN last fall Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (now in the 8th year of his 4-year elected term) condemned "63 years of occupation"--to Abbas, "settlements" includes inside Israel proper, which is also what Palestinian textbooks assert.
Meanwhile at Commentary Blog Jonathan Tobin explains why Obama's May 2011 "1967 borders" formulation has hardened Palesintian positions; they want everything up front. A territory they had neither legal right to prior to 1967 nor had they tried even to claim it as theirs they now insist is all theirs, and that Israel must retreat to the indefensible 1949 ceasefilre lines. Obama's outsize obsession with the Palestinians and his utter amateurism has made a sustainable West Bank deal impossible for the foreseeable future. Just this past weekend Palestinian TV aired a celebration of a mass murderer who butchered five members of a Jewish family last March; the mother & aunt of the man Palestinian TV calls "hero" & "legend" also praised the atrocities. With such depravity Israel is supposed to make peace.
Barry Rubin explains why the media always blame Israel; in a nutshell, they see everything through the lens of multiculturla political correctness, in which Westerners are always presumptively wrong, cannot credibly criticize non-Westerners, and can only make things worse by doing so. In another piece Rubin dissects Western media sanitizing of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, even as more evidence of its radical goals emerges daily.
That said, Jonathan Schanzer argues that Israelis see the proverbial silver lining in the dark cloud of the Arab Spring: an "Arab Winter" that paralyzes many Arab states hostile to Israel, as internal unrest & chaos preoccupy Arab governments.
Bottom Line. Israel will have to prepare for several conflicts, of varied scale & scope, and hope for a diplomatically friendlier US administration come 2013.
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