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By Barry Rubin

Here’s the sentence:

The changes in the region are producing more extremism, not more moderation.

That applies to attitudes toward America and Israel as well as on internal social issues.

Rachi Ghanouchi, head of Tunisia’s Islamist movement–a man long portrayed as a moderate in the West–just publicly came out and called for Israel’s destruction. And what does Voice of America tell us and the Arabs? That Ghanouchi is a moderate who doesn’t want an Islamist state! Your tax dollars at work. What does CBS News tell us? That the Islamist party denounced the killing of a priest. Obviously very tolerant people.

Of course, the Tunisian Islamists are far weaker than those in Egypt. Still, the West is deluding itself in thinking they are moderate.

Yet let’s listen–thanks to MEMRI–at what the VOA and CBS producers counterpart in the Arab world is saying. In an article written for a Qatari and a Jordanian newspaper, entitled “Israel Is Surely Temporary,” Samir al-Hijjawi says

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