Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, has urged the Israeli government to “mend fences” with its neighbours and reverse a growing isolation in the Middle East. In a speech in Washington, Panetta said Israel’s concern over the Arab Spring revolts that have toppled long-time authoritarian leaders was understandable. But he stressed that these changes in leadership are offering an opportunity for Israel to build regional support through strong diplomacy. But how should Israel respond? And what does it mean for Israel’s neighbours in a region being swept by change?
- Abdallah Schleifer, a professor of journalism at the American University in Cairo
- Gregg Roman, the deputy director of the Global Research in International Affairs and a former Israeli Ministry of Defence official
- Cengiz Aktar, a professor at Bahcesehir University and columnist at theTurkish Daily News.