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Daybreak: Kotel Rabbi Signs Off on New Proposal

Plus Libyan weapons aren’t staying in Libya

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Women Praying at the Western Wall(Wikipedia)

• Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin get profiled in the Times Magazine about their life together after Weiner’s Twitter controversy and resignation from office. [NYTM]

• Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz has said he “can live with” Natan Sharansky’s plan to create an egalitarian prayer section at the Western Wall. Thanks Shmuel. [JTA]

• Josh Marshall writes movingly on his family tree, World War II, and the shadow of history. [TPM]

• According to a UN Report, weapons given to aid rebels in the Libyan civil war have now ended up in as many as 12 different countries where they are fueling conflicts. [WaPo]

• Thomas Friedman opines on the death of the term “The Arab Spring.” [NYT]

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ginzy1 says:

“Thomas Friedman opines on the death of the term “The Arab Spring.””

I find it all very amusing. From the beginning an overwhelming majority of Israelis were skeptical that the “Arab Spring” would amount to anything positive. Even the far left (as exemplified by its mouthpiece “Haaretz”) was wary and actually complimented Bibi Netanyahu’s stern instructions to government ministers not to comment on developments and just keep their mouths shut (decree was largely observed).

We also got quite a chuckle watching Tom Friedman and assorted other pooh-bahs of punditry run around Tahrir Square interviewing “average Egyptians” and then proceed to pontificate on how Arab democracy and freedom would bring peace to the middle east. When Israel failed to jump on the bandwagon, we were roundly castigated by Friedman, Martin Indyk, and many others. It’s telling that no where does TF ever acknowledge even grudgingly that maybe, just maybe the average Israeli understands the neighborhood here in the middle east better than he does.

BTW, for a while now the term used by many Israeli scholars and observers of the middle east is “Islamist Spring”. It has that bracing quality of intellectual honesty well grounded in reality, a quality TF, MI, and many many of their sycophantic progressobabbelian acolytes severely lack. It’s also a good antidote for the middle eastern useful idiocy syndrome.

J’lem / Efrata


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