Israel and the Arab Spring - A Trip Report from Judith Yaphe
INSS Trip Report, November 16, 2011
"Israel and the Arab Spring"
By Judith Yaphe, Center for Strategic Research
In mid-September Professor Nicholas Rostow and I attended the World Summit on Counter-Terrorism organized by the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) in Herzliya, Israel. Speakers came from the right-of-center of Israeli politics, security agencies, and Israeli and non-Israeli academics. They included former directors of Mossad, the Israeli Defense Forces, national security advisors, Defense Ministry officials, former ambassadors to the United States, and international experts on global jihad.
Their focus was on 3 issues currently threatening Israeli and global security: the Palestinian quest for statehood at the United Nations; the implications of the so-called Arab Spring for Israel; and the Obama Doctrine for the Middle East. Not mentioned were the break with Egypt (the Israeli Embassy in Cairo had been under siege the night before the conference opened), the hasty departure of the Israeli Embassy in Amman the following evening, and the near total break in relations with Turkey, Israel’s only Muslim friend in the region.
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