Vol. 18 No. 1 , 2012
Arab Spring

Though many people may not agree on the name "Arab Spring," we decided to call this issue of the Palestine-Israel Journal "The Arab Spring," and put together local and international contributions from prominent academics, public figures and writers to discuss the various aspects of this phenomenon. Is it spring or revolution? Will its events and repercussions continue for a long time to come? Was it a regional event, or was its impact both regional and global? Did it succeed in bringing the needed change which people fought for, or did it just change the personnel while the same regimes remained in power? What will be the future of the Arab countries that were able to go to the polls and carry out free democratic elections? Will the Islamic movement that won the majority in several Arab countries be able to adopt democratic values and share responsibility with the others, or will it see the elections as a one-time exercise that brought it to power and forever?
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Table of Contents
  1. The Arab Spring and Its Implications ( )

    By Ziad AbuZayyad Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  2. Focus
  3. Analyzing the Obvious: Is It the Culture of Civil Unrest or the Culture of Uncivil Rest That Needs to Be Revisited in the Arab World? ( )
    The youth are now demanding substantial changes that would overturn not only a long-running government and series of presidents but also the whole system with its powerful tools of oppression.
    By Munther Dajani Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  4. Farewell to an Age of Tyranny? Egypt as a Model of Arab Revolution ( )
    The next stage will see a new balance of power between the army, which is keen to preserve its security and economic interests, the Islamists and the more liberal-secular youth
    By Elie Podeh Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  5. The Arab Revolt — What Next? ( )
    Arabs want a better life, unattainable under elites more sensitive to U.S.-Israeli interests than to their own people.
    By Johan Galtung Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  6. Revolutions, Reforms and Democratic Transition in the Arab Homeland from the Perspective of the Tunisian Revolution ( )
    The outcomes of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions will have a role in forming a democratic consciousness that will determine the fates of other Arab states.
    By Azmi Bishara Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  7. Is the Arab Spring Israel’s Winter? ( )
    The Israeli public does not see a link between the conflict with the Palestinians —together with the Arab Spring — and the protest for socioeconomic justice.
    By Menachem Klein Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  8. Have the Arab Uprisings Lost Their Spring? ( )
    At this time of profound change, full of both opportunity and menace, if Israel fails to bring its occupation to a swift end, there is no prospect for its being accepted into the region.
    By Tony Klug Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  9. Islamists and Power: End of Ideology ( )
    The Islamists’ slogan “Islam Is the Solution” and monopoly on speaking in the name of religion will be judged by their political, economic and other programs on the ground.
    By Khaled Hroub Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  10. The Turkish Model and the Arab Spring ( )
    Turkey’s success in combining Islam and secularism as well as in taking the military out of political and civilian life should serve as a model for the new and evolving revolutionary regimes
    By Alon Liel Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  11. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Arab Awakening ( )
    The continued protests in Tahrir Square and Rothschild Boulevard over the summer of 2011 suggested that the demonstrators shared something in common, normally obscured by the Arab-Israeli conflict
    By Joel Beinin Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  12. Impact of the Revolutions in the Arab World on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and Future Prospects ( )
    The first lesson from Tahrir Square that the Palestinians should learn is to end internal division and start working together.
    By Samir Awad Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  13. The Arab Spring: Opportunities ( )
    There are opportunities to influence public opinion in both Israel and the Arab states, and conditions that may be conducive — should Israel choose to act — to the resumption of a meaningful peace process
    By Ehud Eiran Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  14. The Regional Implications of the Arab Uprising ( )
    The “Arab Spring” aggravates the security dilemma between Israel and its neighbors, and the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestinian problem cannot remain unaffected by the outcomes of the uprisings.
    By Nikolas (Nicos) Panayiotides Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  15. The Arab Re-Awakening and the Hopes for a Palestinian State ( )
    The “Arab re-Awakening” should push all Arab governments to make collective Arab interests across the region, including the establishment of a Palestinian state, a focus of their policies, strategies and action.
    By Hind Khoury Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  16. New World Order — The People ( )
    The challenge is to translate the technological revolution, which has made us more equal in our access to information and communications tools, into a New World Order where we can become equal on all levels of life.
    By Nachik Navoth Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  17. Reverberations of the Arab Spring ( )
    In struggles for greater justice and well-being, all sides may suffer great losses; one way to avoid this is to affirm inclusive identities that involve common interests and concerns.
    By Louis Kriesberg Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  18. The Arab Revolutions from a Palestinian Perspective ( )
    The Arab revolutions were led by the people themselves, and if they lead to the notion of citizenship, they may lead to a full transition to democracy in the region
    By Walid Salem Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  19. The Arab Spring and the Future of Democracy in the Middle East: Rethinking Middle Eastern Studies ( )
    The success of the Arab Spring depends on new governments being able to meet youth’s economic expectations, and Israel could still contribute to a new regional conversation on economic and social reform.
    By Miriam Elman Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  20. Prospects for Democracy in the Arab World ( )
    It is debatable whether the Arab states can make the successful transition from authoritarian regimes to democratic processes.
    By Jamil Rabah Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  21. From the Arab Peace Initiative to the Arab Spring and Back ( )
    It is still in the interest of both the Arab world and Israel to advance the Arab Peace Initiative, the only plan that can bring about true stability and prosperity to the region.
    By Ron Pundak Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  22. The Arab Spring: Progress Report and Conclusions ( )
    The Arab Spring may not blossom soon, but the political will of the Arab people is liberating itself from the grip of dictatorships, and this will have a strong impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
    By Ziad AbuZayyad Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  23. The Israeli Summer and the Arab Spring ( )
    Without placing the price of the settlements and the occupation and the need to resolve the conflict on the agenda, there is no possibility of achieving social justice in its deepest sense.
    By Hillel Schenker Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  24. Roundtable
  25. The Arab Spring ( )
    Dr. Nimrod Goren, Boaz Rakocz, Walid Salem, Abeer Zayyad, Saman Khoury, Emily Lawrence, Hillel Schenker. Moderator: Ofer Zalzberg
    Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  26. Interview
  27. People are urging us not to give up. So we are not giving up! ( )

    By Yossi Yonah Vol. 18 No. 1 2012
  28. Culture, Literature and the Arts
  29. Olives and other poems ( )

    By Galit Hasan-Rokem Vol. 18 No. 1 2012