The Temple Mount Crisis: Differing Reactions among Middle Eastern States

(Ha'aretz) Zvi Bar'el - Israel wasn't the only one fearing a Palestinian intifada resulting from the Temple Mount crisis. Many Arab leaders shared the alarm, because - as proven during the Arab Spring - uprisings are a dangerous, contagious disease that could put Arab regimes in a violent confrontation with their own people. Egypt's streets remained silent during the Temple Mount furor and the Egyptian media dealt with other burning issues. President Sisi has been working to stabilize the border with Gaza at the PA's expense, with his overwhelming support for Abbas' bitter rival, Mohammed Dahlan. Sisi also is more interested in the reconciliation process in Libya to safeguard Egypt's western borders from a terror spillover. Turkey's President Erdogan can curse Israel as much as he likes, but his weight and status in influencing the PA or the West Bank's religious leaders is next to nil.

2017-07-31 00:00:00

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