Today in Tablet Magazine, Judith Miller has a new dispatch from the annual Herzliya Conference in Israel, this year an “exercise in gloom” due to the events to the south (and despite the fact that folks are a whole lot less worried about Iran.

While Egypt was the Arab state of most immediate concern, the gathering saw events in Tahrir Square as but a reflection of what analysts here spoke of as an underlying “virus”—the potentially destabilizing yearning for greater freedom in the Arab world, respect for human rights, and tolerance of dissenting views and ethnicities. Only at a gathering of proudly hard-nosed defense experts would such political goals be likened to a dreaded disease.

Herzliya Diary