The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

The Israelis doth protest too much about Islamist Spring

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By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
May 14, 2012

In a Jerusalem Post op-ed titled “Israel amid an Islamist Middle East,” Stefan Kirshner argues that thanks to the Arab Spring,

all of Israel can finally see that the Arab populations do not which [sic] to live with Israel in the region but rather to defeat it and replace it.

In country after country throughout the region, Kirschner notes the growing hostility toward the Jewish state. For example, he observes some worrying developments in the country where the Arab Spring began:

Tunisia’s population elected the Islamist Enahda party, which has recently concluded that there should not be ties with Israel. The co-founder and intellectual leader of the party, Rashid Ghannoushi, has also praised the mothers of suicide bombers, celebrated Hamas rule in Gaza, appealed for a hundredyear struggle against Israel and happily predicted its disappearance. Jews in Tunisia are now complaining about the anti-Semitic chanting that has occurred several times at Salafi rallies urging the state to adopt sharia and during Palestinian Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh’s visit to Tunisia.

What Kirschner fails to consider, however, is why the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the think tank created by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to “do AIPAC’s work but appear independent,” was prepared to host the supposedly Israel-threatening Ghannouchi soon after the election. As I noted previously, WINEP’s tape recording of the event “ran out and was not replaced” before he was asked by “the Institute’s senior research staff and several select, invited guests” questions about the issue that most concerned those present:

During this part of the seminar, Mr. Ghannouchi stated that an-Nahda opposes the inclusion of a prohibition on normalization with Israel in the Tunisian constitution, which he said was not the proper vehicle for addressing the issue.

Hardly the words of someone who plans “a hundredyear struggle against Israel.”


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

May 14, 2012 at 6:54 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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