On a Collision Course With Arab Opinion

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Dr. James J. Zogby, author of Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2010) and the founder and president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), writes his response to recent events as posted on huffingtonpost.com….

 

It took mass demonstrations followed by the takeover of their embassy in Egypt last week for some in Israel to wake up to the fact that the Palestinian issue remains a flash point for Arab public opinion. The U.S. Congress and policy makers in Washington, on the other hand, appear to remain oblivious to this rather obvious reality.

Reflecting this “new” awareness in Israel, an article in the Washington Post (“Israel faces a new consideration: The Egyptian public”), discusses the debate these developments have provoked within Israel. The article cites comments by Elie Podeh,described as “an expert on Egypt and its relations with Israel” at Hebrew University, calling for a “substantive peace initiative” to resolve the conflict with the Palestinians. Podeh is further quoted saying, “if we want to somehow soften the criticism in the Arab World, and specifically in Egypt, we should adopt a different policy. Sometimes we don’t understand the depth of their commitment to the Palestinian issue”….

To continue reading this article see huffingtonpost.com….

 

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