Israel is the only Western democracy in the Middle East. It is the only country in the region where women, minorities, children and the majority have the rights. When the ambassador of Israel says that he is guardedly optimistic about the circumstances that are occurring in both North Africa and the Middle East, we have to listen. Israel has lived with its Arab neighbours for a very long time and the Israelis know that the Arab world is a tough Neighbourhood. I have always talked about the importance of supporting Israel; I even said that if we fail to support our most important ally in the Middle East, then we are allowing our leaders to make a transition from democracy to something, which we’re not going to be comfortable with.
I know that many Liberals here on Redroom and beyond are going to raise eyebrows, but before you do it, save your breath. The reality is that if the Arab spring was really about democracy, why aren’t there any demonstrations against the Sharia? Why aren’t there demonstrations against discriminations of minorities, the suppression of women and critiques who do not think they way the majority does? I know some people here are going to call me a bigot, but I don’t mind because it does not mean a thing in this context.
The Israelis have the right to be proud of their democracy. After all, they are the most successful democracy in the Middle East; our problem is that we are very naïve, when we think that the Arab Spring is going to result with the democracy, we’re familiar with in the Western world. We know that countries with courageous oppositions tend to be diffuse. It does not necessarily mean that democracy will prevail.
We’ve witnessed it in Iran in the 1970s when there were demonstrations against the former king of Persia. Later, the fundamentalists took over and until today. In those countries, the only groups that are organized through funding and clear leadership are the Islamists. We have seen those extremists hijacking democratic revolutions in countries like: Lebanon, Turkey, Sudan and Pakistan.
True democracy requires an underpinning of open societies, equal rights for all, women rights, free speech, freedom of information, secularism and respect.
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