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Does Israel support counterrev​olution in Arab world? A response to Philip Weiss

By Maidhc Ó Cathail | The Passionate Attachment | May 10, 2011

Regarding Philip Weiss’s recent post “Lobbying for Syrian dictatorship, Israel leaves no doubt about its support for counterrevolution in Arab world,” I believe there’s far stronger evidence, contrary to the assertions of Ben Wedeman and Ted Koppel, that Israel is actually supportive of revolution throughout the Arab world.

The clearest example of Israeli support for pro-democracy Arab dissidents is an organization called It was launched in 2008 by the Adelson Institute, then chaired by Natan Sharansky. The Adelson Institute was located at the Netanyahu-linked Shalem Center, financed by Ronald Lauder and on whose board Bill Kristol sits. Directed by Sharansky protégé, David Keyes, was created “to research and focus attention on the online activities of democracy advocates and dissidents in the Middle East, in the hope of empowering them at home and raising awareness of their plight abroad.” Advising Keyes was neocon guru Bernard Lewis, who would have been very much at home at the 2007 Prague conference organized by Sharansky on “Democracy & Security” (whose participants reminded one Middle East analyst of Murder, Inc!). Also in attendance were some of the neocons’ favourite Arab dissidents. All of this is covered in more detail in my article “Arab Dissidents’ Strange Bedfellows.”

Moreover, is only the tip of the iceberg. Check out, for example, the Saban Center’s Project on Middle East Democracy and Development (MEDD), WINEP’s Project Fikra, and the CFR’s Middle East Program to see how keenly pro-Israelis have for some time been promoting “democratic change” throughout the Middle East. Then there’s the prominence of pro-Israelis at “democracy promotion” near-governmental organizations such as the National Endowment for Democracy, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute and Freedom House, as well as “NGOs” like the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (a subject which Jeff Blankfort and I recently discussed on his radio programme). There’s also Joshua Muravchik’s 2009 book, The Next Founders: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East. In fact, the list of pro-Israelis who have enthusiastically backed what Shimon Peres approvingly refers to as the Arab “awakening” goes on and on…

May 10, 2011 - Posted by | Deception, Wars for Israel


  1. Why would Israel support democracy?
    They must know they are despised by the common persons there.

    USA does not support democracy there according to Chomsky. Here:

    Comment by kim | May 12, 2011

  2. Ever since zionists figured out how to steal elections they’ve been running around promoting “Democracy”.

    Comment by Rubiconski | May 14, 2011

    • They mayy steal them in USA but Muslim nations will be much harder.

      Comment by kim | May 14, 2011

  3. none of you seem to remember Lord Rothschilds words about not caring about who wins elections for it is HE who controls their banks for them.

    certainly you’ve heard that one, it’s been around awhile.

    elections are irrelevant. Rothschilds control the puppets on both sides of the aisles in the U.S., and in the E.U., in both houses of Parliament in all of these parliamentary rule countries.

    why do you think elections matter anymore?

    wake up, please. wakey wakey!!!!

    Comment by WAKEY WAKEY!!!! | May 15, 2011

  4. Wakey , Bingo !
    Rothschilds … they selected the religion that makes all the rest Goyam ( inferior ) , stole land for those people and created a country on this stolen land for the sole purpose that only a country ( not a Banker ) can have an Army that has Nuclear Weapons .

    Indeed , a Psychopat needs the Deepest of reassurances that he is … safe .
    Meet Israel .

    Comment by Urod | May 15, 2011

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