The media is awash with reports and commentary about the uprising in Egypt. Rightly so, since there's no bigger story right now. Wrongly so, since no-one (not one single living person on the globe) knows what's going to happen, what Egypt will look like in six months or two years, and consequently what the entire Middle East and beyond will be like. The only thing that's clear is that the international structure which has been in place for decades is wobbling, and may well soon be gone.
Who do you listen to in such moments? The folks who say what you think anyway? That's comforting, but possibly not helpful. The ones with the best expertize? Since when have experts ever been able to forecast paradigm-changing events?
So I'm offering only two well-written articles, neither about Egypt, both about Israel. There's no paradigm-changing event happening in Israel this week that needs to be forecast, only a deep feeling of dread, slightly tempered by hope. Dread, because the events could obviously lead back to the Middle East of the 1950s and 1960s, when Israel was surrounded on all sides by nations committed to its destruction. Dread, because if the heavy price Israel paid for peace with Egypt only bought a few decades of it (in an icy form), how can we ever consider making another painful deal? Hope, because a free, democratic and liberal Arab world would be a much better place for Israel to be living alongside.
Yossie Klein Halevy