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Israel: Old Map, New Realities

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

For Israel, surrounded by bitter enemies and lukewarm friends, perhaps the only thing more alarming than the regional status quo is the transformation currently sweeping the Middle East. Its own society is a patchwork of ethnic and religious divisions that often appears to be coming apart at the seams. The Arab Spring has swept Islamist governments into power, changing the strategic landscape and giving rise to fears of an Arab Winter to come. And the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems to be further from fruition and more urgently necessary than ever. How voters weigh all these competing domestic and security concerns will determine the outcome of next month’s parliamentary elections.

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