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Israel must face up to new facts

The next Tahrir Square “could be in Ramallah or East Jerusalem,” and Israel could find itself facing an ugly revolt, said Peter Beinart in TheDailyBeast.com.

Peter BeinartTheDailyBeast.com

Is the Egyptian revolution bad for Israel? Israelis and American Jews understandably fear that it is, said Peter Beinart, but in fact, the democracy movement is doing Israel “a favor.” After Hosni Mubarak departs, no democratic Egyptian government will continue to collude with Israel’s brutal blockade of Gaza, which, Israeli officials admit in a recent WikiLeaks dump, is designed to “keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse.”

That shortsighted policy has actually strengthened Hamas’s grip on Gaza: Its corrupt leaders can blame the misery of the Palestinian people on “the American-Zionist bogeyman,” while blocking the peace efforts of more moderate Palestinian leaders. Those leaders, as another WikiLeaks cable revealed, truly are willing to negotiate with Israel to create a Palestinian state.

“The Middle East’s tectonic plates are shifting,” and for its own good, the region’s “most vibrant democracy” has to end its own “profoundly anti-democratic policies.” The next Tahrir Square “could be in Ramallah or East Jerusalem,” and Israel could find itself facing an ugly revolt. “Palestinian kids use Facebook too.”

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