Diplomacy after the Arab Uprisings

(Jerusalem Post) Dore Gold - On Dec. 8, former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar revealed that one of the key leaders of the new Libyan power structure, Abdul Hakim Belhadj, was one of the suspects involved in the Madrid train bombing of 2004 that left 192 people dead and over 2,000 wounded. Other noted Islamists that are part of the new Libyan leadership include Sheikh Ali Salibi, who lived for many years in exile in Qatar where he was a close associate of Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, the spiritual head of the global Muslim Brotherhood. The fall of the old regimes in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt led to their replacement with Islamist parties associated in one way or another with the Muslim Brotherhood, leading a Saudi commentator in al-Sharq al-Awsat to rename the region-wide revolution as the "Muslim Brotherhood Spring." The writer is president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and served as Israel's ambassador to the UN (1997-1999).

2011-12-15 00:00:00

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