No.Â It isn’t Jewish construction in Jerusalem.
The “unrest” Â has absolutely nothing to do with and ofÂ Israel’s activities or even existence.
That doesn’t rule out, of course, the possibility that some ruler may findÂ that instead of solving the problems that are the source of tension in theirÂ country that they divert the wrath of the mob by seeking conflict withÂ Israel.
And that’s the problem with the naÃ¯ve assertion that somehow peace in and ofÂ itself would provide Israel with security if we forfeited defensible bordersand gave the Arabs everything they wanted.
Because there is a world of reasons an Arab leader could choose conflict Â with the Jewish State that have absolutely nothing to do with Israel.
Joy as Tunisian President Flees Offers Lesson to Arab Leaders
But whatever comes next, it won’t be Â “Freedom” or “Democracy”, trust me on that one.
BEIRUT, Lebanon â€” Hours after PresidentÂ Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali fledÂ Tunisia on Friday, a Lebanese broadcaster, in triumphant tones, ended her report on the first instance of an Arab leader to be overthrown in popular protests by quoting a famous Tunisian poet.
“And the people wanted life,” she said, “and the chains were broken.”
Al Jazeera headlined its broadcasts: “Tunisia … the street creates change.”
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The momentum of Tunisia’s street protests overshadowed other instances of dissent in the Arab world. In Egypt, protesters, often lacking in numbers, are occasionally beset by divisions between secular and religious activists. The mass protests in Lebanon that followed the assassination ofÂ Rafik Hariri, a former prime minister, in February 2005 ended up deepening divisions in a country almost evenly split over questions of ideology, sectarian loyalty and foreign patrons.
Tunisians’ grievances were as specific as universal: risingÂ food prices, corruption, unemployment and the repression of a state that viewed almost all dissent as subversion.
Update: All are free to live under Islamic rule
- Hamas, Islamic Jihad applaud popular uprising in Tunisia Islamic Jihad congratulated the Tunisians on gaining their freedom “through blood, sacrifices and the expression of free will.”
Smaller protests, many of them over rising prices, have already taken place in countries like Morocco, Egypt, Algeria and Jordan. Egypt, in particular, seems to bear at least a passing resemblance to Tunisia â€” a heavy-handed security state with diminishing popular support and growing demands from an educated, yet frustrated, population.
In Jordan, hundreds protested the cost of food in several cities, even after the government hastily announced measures to bring the prices down. Libya abolished taxes and customs duties on food products, and Morocco tried to offset a surge in grain prices.
“It’s the creeping realization that more and more people are being marginalized and pauperized and that, increasingly, life is more difficult,” said Rami Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut. “You need little events that capture the spirit of the time. Tunisia best captures that in the Arab world.”
Despite the enthusiasm, the scene Friday night in Cairo might serve as caution.
The protesters who gathered at the Tunisian Embassy in the upscale neighborhood of Zamalek chanted slogans into a megaphone and waved red Tunisian flags. They went through a litany of the region’s strongmen â€” from Col.Â Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya toÂ Hosni Mubarak of Egypt â€” and warned each that his day of reckoning was coming.
“Down, down with Hosni Mubarak!” some chanted.
“Ben Ali, you fraud! Mubarak, you fraud! Qaddafi, you fraud!” others shouted.
They were ringed by police officers in black berets, and outnumbered by them, as well. They had little room to maneuver. And an hour later, the protesters went their way, a Tunisian flag flying from one of the cars, as it ventured down a largely empty street.
But deep down, they really, really want peace. “Hamas, Winner of PA Elections, Teaches: Destroy Israel,” by Hillel Fendel forÂ Israel National News, January 6 (thanks to JW):
Hamas leader Mahmoud al Zahar told a rally in Gaza that the Holocaust was a Zionist lie. Surprised?
Prominent Sunni Islamic sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi, who has millions of foillowers, has written the introduction to a biography of Yahya Ayyash, Hamas’ chief bomb-maker known as “the Englineer,” who was killed by Israel in 1996.
Snapped Shot counted 21 photographers in this photo that is literally staged by Hamas.
From Translating Jihad:
Hamad ‘Abd-al-Samad: I Consider Islam Part of the Problem in the Islamic World.
In another article, possibly based on the same interview which seems to have been done by Deutsche Welle, he says “that the Islamic world will collapse, and is expected to fall during the decades after the oil runs out and the desertification of parts of it occur due to climate change.”