Tuesday, 15 February 2011

"Whenever we try to influence what is happening with our neighbors .. the results were exactly the opposite of what we wanted.."

Via Friday-Lunch-Club

"The shouts for a democratic Egypt have been met with a nervous silence from the government of Israel, which has yet to praise -- much less embrace -- the protests that toppled its autocratic friend Hosni Mubarak, reports CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds. Here's why:
"Whenever we try to influence what is happening with some of our neighbors, usually the results were exactly the opposite of what we wanted," said Giora Eiland. (Do you get the impression that your neighbors, maybe, hate you?)
From the outset of the demonstrations against Mubarak, officials from Israel urged the United States to side with him. So much so that eventually Washington reportedly told them to "chill out." Almost to the last minute Israeli commentators felt Mubarak would withstand the protests. Led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israelis had many reasons to want him to. ....... his stable rule allowed the Israelis to concentrate their military in the north against Hezbollah in Lebanon... And the Syrians next door.....
Add to that protests against the government in neighboring Jordan, which also has a peace treaty with Israel. Plus new --- and unpredictable -- Palestinian elections called for the West Bank. And you can see why many Israelis believe the less said, the better. "Shut up," said Yossi Alpher. "It's the best thing we could do." On Feb. 14 another rocket from Gaza landed in Israel. And though it didn't hurt anybody, it reminded Israelis that whatever may be dawning in Egypt. Some things in this region never seem to change." (again, we ask: Things in the region never seem to change; like people in the region consider you an aberration? )
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