Arab Spring didn’t change a lot for IsraelNovember 16th, 2011 Other countrie and regions | Seminars
On November 16, Hirsh Goodman, Senior research associate at the Institute for National Security at Tel Aviv University, visited the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and voiced his opinion about “How the Arab Spring Changed Israel’s Role in the Middle East.”Karin Enström, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee presided over the seminar.
The audience of about 30 participants listened to Hirsh Goodman when he declared that much has been the same in the months following the Arab spring. Though, he is worried about all weapons that currently are in circulation in countries bordering to Israel – countries with in many respects unstable structures. Still he argued that Israel’s daily cooperation with Egypt works quite well.
“The bloodshed in Syria is likely to be prolonged”, said Hirsh Goodman and explained that in Israel a certain relief can be noted as the Arab The Arab Spring has Not Really Affected Israel states now are looking inwards, towards their own. He also pointed out that the expectations of change, following the Arab spring, were not very high in Israel.
To a question from the audience, about Israel’s relation to Iran, Hirsh Goodman said that he does not worry much about Iran’s development of a nuclear weapons programme. He explained that Iran is well aware of Israel’s anti-missile systems, and that Israel has nuclear weapons, creating a power balance between the two countries.
As for Israel and its Palestinian population Hirsh Goodman noted that Israel must take Palestine seriously. If nothing changes, in ten years more Jews will live in the West Bank than Arabs in Israel (!).
“Urgent actions are required. Israel must do something about the West Bank. And we must be pragmatic.”
Text: Elisabeth Precht