Quote of the day

“The alternatives Israel will face, with regard to most of the countries in the region in the years ahead, range from those in which radical Islam of the relatively moderate variety rules – such as in Turkey, Tunisia and possibly Egypt – and those where anarchy or even more radical Islam hold sway, such as in Yemen, Libya and of course Syria, Lebanon and Iran.”

Ha’aretz analyst Avi Issacharoff writing in his weekend column about the developments in the region and the growing influence of Islamists. Issacharoff is a serious and very knowledgeable journalist and it is probably unintentional that his wording here actually ridicules the Western media mantra of “moderate Islamists” – but that’s where we are, talking about “radical Islam of the relatively moderate variety.”

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