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    • zionist forever
    • 16.08.11 | 18:35 (IDT)

    With the demonstrators in Bahrain, With Egypt that doesn't even have an elected government yet, With Syria or maybe we should be engaging with Libya. There is nobody to talk with right now. In the past we had very good relations with Mubarak and his being overthrown was possibly the biggest loss to Israel for a long time. Although relations are not as warm as with King Hussain we have dialogue with Abdullah of Jordan. We even have growing cooperation with Gulf states are doing some limited trade with them and that happened on Bibi's watch. The palestinians are become more politically radical and Abbas is not interested in talking about anything unless its Israel agreeing with every single demand he intends to make at the UN, which it cannot do. Israel was one of the first countries to recognize South Sudan and already we are doing business and talking about deporting refugees. Israel has very good relations with the Iraqi Kurds and they have even agreed to allow Israel to place 6 UAVS in Kurdish territory to spy on Iran. Successive Israeli governments on the left and right ( Bibi included ) have reached out to the neghbors when practically possible. Glen Back is a true friend of Israel whilst Robert Fisk is discredited journalist who was recently admitted in court that some information in a new book he has just written was forged ... hardly the actions of a respectable journalist. As for Liberman he is entitled to his opinions, its a well known fact he is hard right but he alsp has alot of supporters. There is no right or wrong position for a politician to take... there is no rule book for politics sometimes they make the right calls sometimes they don't the left are not the geniuses they think they are and the right are just war mongers who don't care about anybody but big business. The more varied the views of politicians the better because it gives more scope for ideas.

    from the article: How (not) to think about the Arab Spring
    First published 15:16 16.08.11 | Last updated 15:16 16.08.11
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