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Robert Fisk: Israel's resolute silence on the Arab Spring speaks volumes

Robert Fisk

Published 28/01/2012 | 05:00

A section of the controversial Israeli barrier is seen between the Shuafat refugee camp (R), in the West Bank near Jerusalem, and Pisgat Zeev (rear), in an area Israel annexed to Jerusalem after capturing it in the 1967 Middle East war, January 27, 2012. Israel has presented Palestinians with its ideas for the borders and security arrangements of a future Palestinian state, in a bid to keep exploratory talks alive, Palestinian and Israeli sources said on Friday. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS)
A section of the controversial Israeli barrier is seen between the Shuafat refugee camp (R), in the West Bank near Jerusalem, and Pisgat Zeev (rear), in an area Israel annexed to Jerusalem after capturing it in the 1967 Middle East war, January 27, 2012. Israel has presented Palestinians with its ideas for the borders and security arrangements of a future Palestinian state, in a bid to keep exploratory talks alive, Palestinian and Israeli sources said on Friday. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS)

The Palestinians are not only, it seems, an "invented people" -- courtesy of Newt Gingrich -- but the only Arabs on the Mediterranean not to enjoy a Spring or an Awakening or even a Winter.

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And Benjamin Netanyahu has been boasting that he was right about Egypt and Tunisia and Libya. He did not welcome their supposedly democratic revolutions last year -- and who, he has been asking, blames him now for his silence?

And the Israeli prime minister's silence, I notice, continues over Syria. Save for a passing comment in June that "the young people of Syria deserve a better future", that's it. Israel, the beacon of democracy in the Middle East, has nothing more to say.

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