Robert Blecher

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A Changing Region: Israel's Islamist Dilemma

By Robert Blecher, Ofer Zalzberg
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The endgame of Israel’s recent campaign in Gaza seemed to confirm many Israelis' worst fears about the Arab uprisings. Since the fighting ended, however, a re-evaluation has set in. The region’s Islamist governments demonstrated that they share Israel’s interest in preserving good relations with the West and maintaining regional stability. Indeed, Operation Pillar of Defense might even have rekindled optimism among some in Israel about the emergence of a pragmatic Islamist trio. more