Breaking news from the Middle East! In truth, it may be breaking, but we have definitely seen this before. Raging protestors take to the streets, their frustration with their government finally too much to bear. They attract an immense amount of media attention. They refuse to move out of the public domain, demanding a response from their leadership. For those of you who are instinctively wincing as this news story progresses, you can open your eyes. Recent history in the Middle East tells us this is just about the time the tyrannical leader opens fire on the protestors, just like they did in Egypt, Libya, and Syria. Thankfully, however, this time, it is not the Arab Spring, but the Israeli Summer. Israeli Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu, in response to the raucous rallying taking place all over Israel in protest of soaring housing prices, recently announced that his planned trip to Poland had been postponed. Instead, he chose to remain in the Knesset, working with the other MKs, to find a solution for his disgruntled people. The Israeli Summer demonstrates Israel’s devotion to a Democracy unheard of in this region, and for that matter, most of the world. At the time this article is being written, in addition to the housing protestors (both Israelis and Arabs together just by the way), Israeli doctors and farmers are on strike. The anti-Zionist Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi, a man who has repeatedly extolled the virtues of Palestinian terrorists, has just commenced lecturing the Knesset on, what he sees as, Israel’s transgressions against Democracy. If this had occurred during the Arab Spring he would have received a bullet in the head. Instead, under the hot sun of the Israeli Summer he received a podium and a microphone. The contrast between the two responses to dissention is so painfully clear it is devastating that so many people fail to accept it. I want to believe that it is due to the blinding UV rays of the Israeli summer sun but I fear it is something far more sinister. Perhaps I will ask the next Arab sitting next to me on the bus what he thinks the reason for it is, and I will wonder if he appreciates the fact that he can respond without so much as a tremble or a quick glance over his shoulder. It is time for each and every critic of Israel to make a new, unbiased, and honest reassessment of their opinions on the region. Just as we can no longer afford to live in an economic recession, rife with monetary bankruptcy, so too we can no longer afford to be living in a political and sociological recession, afflicted with intellectual and moral bankruptcy. It is time for us all to sincerely and correctly represent the situation in the Middle East. By contrasting the Arab Spring with this Israeli Summer, it is clear, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that, for an Arab dissenter in Israel, and in Israel ONLY, it is “summer time and the livin’ is easy.” How many dissenters in Arab countries can say the same?