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Dr. Ian Lustick
Professor of Political Science
University of Pennsylvania
· Author of Trapped in the War on Terror
· Consultant on Middle East affairs and national security for every White House administration since President Carter
“One of the fascinating things about the housing protests is the notion of "tentifada," a sign at one of the demonstrations reflecting the sense in which at least in this moment Israel has become much more a part of the Middle East than it is wont to be. Indeed the Arab spring has in a variety of ways sharpened the point that Israel's long-term future will require it to become more a part of the region. That will involve major changes in the Arab world but also in Israel. In that light, the upheavals in Israel are a positive sign.”