Look Who’s Talking

Politicians are renowned world-wide for their tendency to quickly adapt to changing circumstances, but in the Middle-East, this phenomenon is exacerbated by the fact that today’s news is always yesterday’s news. Things change by the second. 
As I write these words, Israel and Hamas are exchanging blows, emergency crews are still dealing with the effects of a bomb going off in Tel-Aviv, and diplomatic negotiations are been held by the belligerent sides. The pace and frequency at which events occur is overwhelming.
How can anyone in this region be held to their word? But this very fact gives me a sliver of hope, as it may imply that vows of hatred and hostility can also be quickly rescinded to give way to more constructive words. 
Following public discourse the past few days can be quite depressing if you don’t know how to sift through the litter.  
Take for example the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. A group known for morning greetings consisting of Jihad calls against the Zionist entity and destruction of unbelievers. Not exactly a moderate factor in the Middle East, they suddenly find themselves on the other side. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I doubt Morsi imagined he would find himself negotiating with Israelis over a truce with Hamas. 
Now, Arab leaders have always had to play a terrible balancing game between pragmatic needs and placating the public. Israeli hawks have traditionally enjoyed quoting these leaders as proof to the lack of a partner, thus consistently feeding the fires of skepticism on the Israeli side. 
So my humble advice is to look who’s talking. Do not take everything you hear literally. Try and think beyond the words, see the broad picture and analyze the circumstances. You may not like the conclusions you arrive at. 

 

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