Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Missing An Opportunity...Again

Abba Eban famously oberved: "The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity"

Israel Is in Good Shape -Barry Rubin

On the surface, the surge of revolutionary Islamism certainly looks bad for Israel, but [i]nternal battles will disrupt Arab armies and economies, reducing their ability to fight against Israel.

As for Iran, it has lost virtually all of its non-Shia Muslim assets, notably Hamas. In general, Arab Sunni Islamists don't like either Iran or Shia Muslims and are certainly not going to follow Tehran's lead. The big Middle East conflict of the future is not the Arab-Israeli but the Sunni-Shia one.

The Palestinians threw away the greatest opportunity they've ever had. The Obama administration was ready to become the most pro-Palestinian government in American history. Instead, the Palestinians refused to cooperate with Obama, rejecting his initiatives and refusing even to negotiate with Israel. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, the PA repeatedly showed the U.S. government that it was the intransigent party.
(Jerusalem Post)

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