I take the debate on the method of promoting democracy seriously.
Several experts on the Middle East concur that the Middle East cannot be democratized.
However, democracy cannot be defined as the existence of parliaments and elections alone.
But foremost, I do not subscribe to the view that Islamic culture and democracy cannot be reconciled.
In other words, the bar should be maintained at the level of a pluralistic and participatory democracy.
There exists an unmistakable demand in the Middle East and in the wider Muslim world for democratization.
Everyone should unconditionally accept that Israel is an indispensable element of the Middle Eastern mosaic.
The US and the European Union needs to help in the translation of the demand for democracy into a political will.
A fitting external security environment could also play an important role in promoting social consensus and institutionalization towards democratization.
It is obvious that putting the Arab-Israeli dispute on a resolution track would be an important element of overcoming the confidence problem in the region.