There were some interesting linkings in the press today here in the Middle East.
The social justice protests continue with some mild gains. The thing that started this all off was, believe it or not, the price of cottage cheese. It dealt with the monopoly on the market.
But this lead to the awareness of the need to take a stand against the continued rise in the cost of living – with the focus on housing – which takes the biggest bite out of everyone's pocketbook.
The largest advance, as seen by many, is that in the shadow of criticism over the protest leaders' demands, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu made it clear: “There are no negotiations here. I will not meet with you.”
Bad move for the head of government to not listen to one's constituency. It's also a bad move amidst the protest for the government to pass a measure for their clothing allowance to be increased by an extra 4,000 Shekels (~$1,200).
For his part, President of Israel Shimon Perez invited the protest leaders to meet with him, saying complimentary words to the protest leaders efforts: “This is the generation that is fashioning our future. This is their right and it is our obligation to help.”
One of the protest leaders has expressed her opinion in a recent interview with the foreign press that, “Our great concern at the moment is that Netanyahu, out of fear over what is happening, will start a war.”
Her comment is interesting in light of a report in the foreign media that purportedly quotes a senior Israeli security official admitting that it's Mossad Agency eliminated the young Iranian scientist last week along with two other recent hits.
Then there is last Friday's blast in Beirut, Lebanon.
According to reports, Israel received information that Hezbollah's Secretary General Sheik Hassan Nasrallah was expected to meet with senior organization officials in building where the explosion occurred on Friday. Some reports say that Nasrallah was likely wounded in the attack.
Apparently, there were was a wave of arrests in the organization afterwards.
Hezbollah leaders say blast was result of technical problem.
But the point of the protest leader's comments was to get people here in Israel to think.
What is happening in the tent protest is not a revolution. It is an invitation to a revolution.
In a democratic country, revolutions take place in the parliament. Two years from now, in the next elections, different people must be elected to represent the public in the Knesset. Officials who are ready to act on behalf of the common citizen and their Israeli home. Perhaps then a revolution will come.
Middle East Correspondent