Thursday, July 31, 2014

Why Are Arab Leaders Silent On The Ongoing Israel - Hamas War

Palestinians gather near the minaret of a mosque that police said was destroyed by an Israeli Air strike in Gaza City July 30, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent -- New York Times

CAIRO — Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting.

Not this time.

After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — that has effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip. That, in turn, may have contributed to the failure of the antagonists to reach a negotiated cease-fire even after more than three weeks of bloodshed.

“The Arab states’ loathing and fear of political Islam is so strong that it outweighs their allergy to Benjamin Netanyahu,” the prime minister of Israel, said Aaron David Miller, a scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington and a former Middle East negotiator under several presidents.

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My Comment: It's true .... their silence is deafening .... and the Arab street .... even more so.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

The citizens of Libya, Syria and Iraq are too busy surviving or fighting to wish Hamas well.

Hezbollah is tied down to some extent in Syria.

The ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, Ukraine, MH17 and the economic malaise are sucking some of the oxygen from the Hamas conflict.

The complicit media is still launching their political offensive, but they do not have sufficient resources for the offensive. If they stripped all units from other fronts, their economic and moral positions would be laid bare.