Signed in Ice, Not Carved in Stone

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

The violence that continues to rage in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and elsewhere is not nearing its end, and does not represent the birth pangs of true democratic freedom in the Middle East.

Israel Today spoke to two former Israeli ambassadors and diplomats involved in forging Israel's peace treaties with Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinians, and they said the so-called Arab Spring is just the latest round of intra-Muslim violence that has characterized this region for the past 1,400 years.

As one of the ambassadors put it, arrangement and treaties in the Middle East are signed in ice, not carved in stone, and therefore are vulnerable to sudden upheaval.

The experts told us that this cycle makes it painfully obvious why Israel cannot make the kind of far-reaching concessions being demanded of it for peace deals that could easily collapse the next time the region becomes inflamed.

The full story appears in the March 2013 issue of Israel Today
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