If you have not been paying attention to international news recently you will have missed quite a lot. There are massive protests against the Arab governments in several countries bordering Israel. One government has already been partially replaced. Two others have been mostly kicked out. And, here in Israel we’re waiting to see what the end result is going to be.
How did it begin?
It started in Tunisia when a college graduate who could not get a job committed suicide by lighting himself on fire in front of a government building. His suicide led to the revolt of the people against the national government and resulted in the president fleeing the country and a new government being put in place.
Trying to oust President Mubarak
Egyptians saw the successful grassroots rebellion take place in Tunisia and this gave them the courage to come out as a united body of citizens revolting against President Hosni Mubarak. The video below is an account of the first five days of the revolt in Egypt. This began the day after I left Egypt.
If Mubarak is ousted, who will take his place? Here is an article on a few possible successors to Mubarak.
Jordan and Syria
This revolution against the national governments of the Islamic nations is continuing to spread. A few days ago King Abdullah II of Jordan sacked his country’s cabinet in what appears to be an attempt to keep demonstrations in his country from reaching the levels attained in Egypt. Protests continue to take place in Egypt and Jordan. There were also protests scheduled to take place in Damascus, Syria, but those failed to materialize. And of course, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Ayatollah Khamenei had to give his two cents.
Whatever the results of these protests within these neighbors to Israel, this region is going to change. We will have to wait and find out just what sort of change it will be.