The instinctive reaction to the sight of the enormous demonstrations in Cairo is to barricade ourselves behind a tower-and-stockade mentality, behind a belief that the Arabs can never be trusted. But such a policy comes at a price: budgetary deficits, depressed growth, higher taxes and more military service. Is Israeli society ready to pay such a cost and give up on the dream of a Western economy? And who exactly will be serving in this expanded army
If an Islamic republic takes hold in Egypt, Netanyahu will face a reverse situation and will be forced to decide whether to withdraw from the West Bank and the Golan Heights in an effort to stabilize the eastern front and concentrate a deterrent force on the southern front.