Brain Bush’s Blog

Arab Spring/Israeli Winter

  • By : Brian Bush
  • October 19, 2012
  • 6:31 pm

Hi Everyone,

Terrible news as a car bomb exploded in a Christian neighborhood killing 8 and wounding nearly 100 people.

The Mercedes Benz was on a small street and at this hour no-one has claimed responsibility nor has there been a motive determined in the explosion.

One potential motive is that someone from the Syrian conflict wishes to destabilize the little security and stability in Lebanon.

Things of this nature plunge the country into fear as average Lebanese wish not to see a return of the violence that plagued the country during it's protracted civil war.

Here in Israel, the country will be marking the 17th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin – an event that did not set off an armed civil war but very much an ideological one in Israeli society.

You may recall that former President Bill Clinton, who was working with Mr. Rabin to clinch a deal with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, has said a few times that if the assassination had not taken place we would have had a peace deal here.

I recall how the country was gripped that night, after a large peace rally in Tel Aviv, and in the following days by the murder.

It's been noted that when the sad event is spoken of in Israel, the killing itself is not the focus, nor the incitement which proceeded it.

I remember the strong terms used by those opposed to a peace deal and the invoking of religion into the arguments.

But it is no longer about the person of Yitzak Rabin, who was a soldier, a leader of people and governance.

Instead strangely, its about the results and the consequences that are still being dealt with, spoken of, and experienced nearly every day.

Israel is changing, and people are not sure what to make of it…

Through it's challenging years after rebirth, Israel has been self portrayed as a secular country. A modern State, constantly providing its citizens with reasons to be proud.

People felt it was progressive, one in which achievements are constantly being touted – a country wishing to live in peace with itself and with its neighbors.

But this isn't the case.

One man, Yigal Amir, altered with his small handgun an optimistic democracy.

And with the country returning to the polls mid January to elect it's government, people feel cold winds of fanaticism coming.

In neighboring countries there are seen the effects of the so called Arab Spring, we may be headed here for an Israeli winter.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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