The sharia has recently been adopted in Libya after the death of Gaddafi, and the Muslim Brotherhood have won in Egypt. What will be the fate of the Arab world if recent revolutions take the same path as Iran and Saudi Arabia?
No Arab country is ready for rapid and comprehensive democratic reforms without an orderly and purposeful transitional period that would be accompanied (if not preceded) by economic development programs.
In periods of change and uncertainty, the most important thing is to keep an open mind and to question old certainties and paradigms. Sure enough, Israel's current political leadership has done nothing of the sort.
Many fear democracy in the Middle East risks anti-American groups coming to power. But according to Gallup research, the U.S. would do well to embrace a democratic Arab world as consistent with our interests and values. Here's why.