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    • Ed Stein
    • 06.05.10 | 17:10 (IDT)

    Israell's government is approaching a "crunch" situation. They will eventually have to choose between coddling the Haredim and making some meaningful concessions to their Arab neighbors. These attacks on mosques are bound to create hostility with the million Arabs who live inside Israel as well as most of your Muslim neighbors in Egypt. You can expect increased enmity in Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and, of course, Iran. After years of extolling the Arab leaders to reign in extremists, Israel will be seen as reluctant to exercise the slightest control of the West Bank settlers and, most seriously will put themselves in direct opposition to the stated foreign policy goals of the United States. Hamas and Hesbollah are dancing in the streets. Until Israel tries to determine who is perpetrating these attacks and takes positive steps to mitigate and stop them, their position will become more precarious. Of course, since most Israelis feel that the enmity of the Arabs is the only thing preserving unity amongst Israel Jews they will probably hang tough and rely on AIPAC to keep strong support in the US government - but as an American who has followed the evolution of Israel since before 1948, I am worried that Israeli Jews may finally have to try to survive on their own, surrounded by hostility on all sides.

    from the article: Israeli firefighters: West Bank mosque fire likely arson
    First published 15:17 06.05.10 | Last updated 15:17 06.05.10
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