(Tribune Content Agency) — Israel could be forgiven for having a siege mentality ā€“ given that at any moment, old frontline enemies Syria and Egypt might spill their violence over common borders.

The Arab Spring has turned Israelā€™s once-predictable adversaries into the chaotic state of a Sudan or Somalia. The old understandings between Jerusalem and the Assad and Mubarak kleptocracies seem in limbo.

Yet these tragic Arab revolutions swirling around Israel are paradoxically aiding it, both strategically and politically ā€“ well beyond the erosion of conventional Arab military strength.

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