Eyal Zisser, writing in Israel Hayom, hopes that the violence in the Middle East this week will shake the U.S. Administration and the West out of its fantasies about the so-called “Arab Spring.”
While Libyan and Yemeni officials were quick to denounce the violence, this full-throated disavowal is nothing but hollow rhetoric. For quite some time these regimes have not been able to assert control over their own people. Over in Egypt, it took a painstakingly long time for President Mohammed Morsi to finally issue a statement. This is troubling in and of itself, in light of the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood, his longtime ally, actually went so far as to condone the violence and praise it.