There’s no untoward development in the Mideast that cannot be blamed on Israel and there’s almost none that eventually isn’t.

From Tahrir Square in Cairo to the alleys of Sanaa in Yemen, from the Libyan deserts to Syria’s townships, embattled autocrats and/or inflamed mobs point fingers at their preferred ubiquitous culprit. Israel has been cast as the permanent villain of the piece and all the evil of the region – factual or fabricated – is conveniently ascribed the Jewish state.

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