Ten Years On, the Arab Spring's Biggest Winner Is Israel

Democracy is no longer seen as a panacea for the region or even a precondition for peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

It’s early January 2011. A group of middle-aged men sit around a table in a cafe just off Avenue Habib Bourguiba in the center of Tunis. There is still the smell of tear gas in the air, fired by riot police. The noise of the thousands of young people who were protesting on the main thoroughfare of Tunisia’s capital, blocking the path of tanks and celebrating the first experience of democracy in their lifetimes, has somewhat subsided.

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