Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak once described Israel as “a villa in the jungle” – a haven of democracy amid a swathe of dictatorial regimes. But as one revolution after another sweeps through the region, the the neighbourhood is looking very different.

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Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak once famously described Israel as “a villa in the jungle” – a haven of democracy amid a swathe of dictatorial Middle East regimes. But as one revolution after another sweeps through the region, the make-up of the neighbourhood is looking very different.

Yet Jerusalem’s view remains unremittingly grim. Forget democracy, freedom or Facebook – as far as the Israeli establishment goes, this is all about Iran.

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