Huffington Post Monitor
14 February '11
Well, that was fun. The Egyptian protests have more or less come to a close, though they are still on the front page of the Huffington Post while I write this. As for much of the Huffington Post blogger stable, though, it's time to get back to what they know best: Bashing Israel. In the two days since the protests ended there have been at least six articles, most of which are negative, some of which are tangentially related to the Egyptian protests. I'm going to break the analysis into a few parts to save space.
I guess we'll start with Daniel Levy, who begins by discussing how Israel should react to the change in government. He starts by criticizing Israel for being too friendly with one of their only allies in the region, and how Israel and Egypt would use each other for short-term political gain. But Mr. Levy says that with the fall of Mubarak things are changing in Egypt and that they won't help Israel defend itself against Hamas anymore (that's my interpretation, by the way). So this is what he thinks they should do:
"Broadly speaking, this option has three components. First, an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 armistice lines almost without preconditions or exceptions (minor, equitable and agreed-upon land swaps and international security guarantees could fall into the latter category ). Second, Israel should undertake an act of genuine acknowledgment of the dispossession and displacement visited on the Palestinian people, including compensating refugees where appropriate, and thus set in motion the possibility of reconciliation. Third, there needs to be a clear Israeli commitment to full equality for all of its citizens, notably including removal of the structural barriers to full civil rights for the Palestinian Arab minority."
And it is with this paragraph we see what this article is all about. And it's actually not unusual for Huffington Post bloggers and talkbackers, we have seen this kind of tactic before.
(Read full "Riots Over? Back To The Grind")
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