"It is 2012, a year which seems to be going by very fast and is already one-fourth finished. People are walking around with smart phones and all sorts of electronic devices that were undreamed-of not long ago. There has been what is called an “Arab Spring” with fantasies about instant democracy.
Times have changed.
Yet the hysterical hatred for Israel in the Arabic-speaking world and among Muslims in general has only increased; the philosophy of rejectionism is – almost? – as strong as ever. Indeed, it is no longer safe, and certainly isn’t comfortable, for Jews in much of Europe and even, for those who support Israel, on American college campuses.
In previously moderate Tunisia, now under Muslim Brotherhood rule, thousands of Salafists paraded, chanting to kill the Jews in order to enter paradise. The new Tunisian constitution contains a provision that the country can never recognize Israel.
Almost a half-century ago, Tunisia’s leader was the first Arab politician to call for recognizing Israel. We’re still waiting.
In Morocco, perhaps the overall most moderate country in the Arabic-speaking world, a meeting of the Mediterranean Parliamentary Union was held. Israel, which has a parliamentary system and is on the Mediterranean (I can almost see it from my window), is a member of this group. Consequently one Israeli attended the meeting. The result was a riot in which thousands. . . "