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"Neighborhood watch" Continued...

Issue: "Upside down," April 9, 2011

Israelis are in favor of genuine democratic movements in the Middle East, said Litvak, but they fear that what's emerged as mob-led democratization will "lead to the rise of undemocratic and hostile Islamist movements."

The recent upheaval has made the Israelis not only more nervous about the Iranians but more nervous about the Americans. "The Israelis don't know what to make of the Americans slipping and slopping," Fradkin said. "What they can discern, it seems to me, is a very great reluctance on the part of the president and the administration to be an active player in the region." That, he said, is bad news for Israel.

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