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By Annie Tracy Samuel, A longer version of this post appeared first at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University. The violent confrontation between Bashar Assad’s regime and opposition forces, now fifteen months … Continue reading
By Ehud Eiran Former Associate and Research Fellow, International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs As we mark the one-year anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, Israelis watch with concern the instability around them. In a Jan. 23 … Continue reading
By James K. Sebenius On May 15, thousands of Palestinians rushed Israel’s Syrian and Lebanese borders, as well as the fences of Gaza. Such actions continued in early June on several Israeli fronts. Arabic social media now buzz with expanded … Continue reading
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, Belfer Center International Security Program During his visit to the U.S. in late May, described by some commentators as a tactical success but a strategic failure, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, stated he was … Continue reading
In the last few months we have seen a schizophrenic Middle-East, operating in parallel universes. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict — once the epicenter of regional instability — was calm as Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas settled into a strange modus vivendi, pending a possible declaration of Palestinian independence in the fall. In the other universe, the one comprised of Arab states such as Egypt, Yemen, and Tunisia, an entrenched order of autocratic stability was smashed, when angry youth lashed out at their regimes, toppling leaders with the hope of radical change.
This weekend the two universes met. The energy displayed by Arabs in the region against their leaders, was adopted by a few hundred Palestinian refugees from Lebanon and Syria who tried to cross the border into Israel. They were repelled, but their actions laid the foundation for a possible fusion between the active regional storm of internal instability, and the dormant storm of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.