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Israel's new image

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Submitted by myth (Germany), Dec 3, 2013 at 17:29

It seems to me Israel now enjoys a new image in the Middle East as a result of the Iran deal. Israel shines as the benign adversary, most predictable und loyal to its Arab neighbors and a trustworthy ally in pragmatism. What the Western media labels Israel's stubbornness, the Arabs learn to appreciate as loyalty.

Even in the shiite camp I personnally came across some change. A couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with a shiite Arab friend of mine. It was only days after the bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut. I asked my friend straight forward: You don't like Israel but the IDF wouldn't attack you for being a shiite. Who is the bigger threat to you - Israel or the sunni terrorists? His answer: the sunni Al-Qaeda terrorists.

This was the time to take a deep breath from the shisha, blow a thick cloud of smoke in the air and let it settle over all questions big and small concerning the Middle East.

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