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The widening double standard

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My new theme is the cleavage between the American Jewish community and the Israel lobby over political values in Egypt. Howard Berman is the ranking Democrat on House Foreign Affairs. He says, “If a stable democracy is to emerge, there must be wide participation by all secular forces in the country.”

But Israel has a couple/few religious parties. Some are included in the governing coalition; Arab parties are not included in those coalitions. What would Berman’s standard mean for Israel?

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