'Israel in the Eye of the Hurricane'
Ofir Haivry, writing for Mosaic magazine:
The Weekly Standard http://assets.weeklystandard.com.s3.amazonaws.com/tws15/images/logo-large.pngThe Weekly Standard 2014 Washington, DC Politics 2014-01-07 http://www.weeklystandard.com/israel-in-the-eye-of-the-hurricane/article/773947 2014-01-07T11:01 2014-01-07T10:05 'Israel in the Eye of the Hurricane' Ofir Haivry, writing for Mosaic magazine: As upheaval sweeps into country after country of the Middle East, endemic instability has become the order of the day—with no end in sight. Egypt and Tunisia seem permanently on the verge of civil war, Syria in the midst of it; Libya and Yemen are disintegrating, with Lebanon and Iraq seemingly not far behind; unrest is seeping into Algeria, Morocco, Sudan, and Jordan; not even oil-rich Saudi Arabia or the smaller Gulf states seem immune. Long-established certitudes about the regional order are no more, having been supplanted by an Arab “spring” that produced neither a summer of democracy and prosperity nor a return to the winter of past authoritarian immobility but, rather, a prolonged autumn of volatility and baffling uncertainty. And this is not to speak of the impact of events on nominally peripheral powers like Turkey, Ethiopia, and Iran—the last-named of which presents a regional challenge of major proportions—or on such formerly inhibited but now emergent actors as the Kurds, the Christians, the Druze, even the Alawites. Daniel Halper, Israel, Middle East http://cdn.weeklystandard.biz/cache/280x280-.jpg