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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Arab Neighbors Back Israel In Gaza Conflict

Due to an increasing fear of political Islam in the region, many of Israel’s Arab neighbors are aligning themselves with the Jewish state this time around in its efforts to eradicate Hamas’ presence in Gaza.
US Secretary of State John Kerry (2-R) and Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi (2-L) with their respective delegations meet for talks in Cairo, Egypt, 22 July 2014

The NY Times (http://nyti.ms/1qpLg91) reports that as part of a newly formed coalition with Egypt, leaders from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have not officially come out in supports of Israel, but through their continued backing of proposed Egyptian ceasefires—-which to date have leaned heavily towards meeting only the demands of Israel—-they have sent a de facto message of support.

The unofficial gag-order currently in place among Arab nations with regard to the continued blood-shed of fellow Arabs in Gaza has left Middle East experts in awe.

Former U. S. presidential Middle East negotiator Aaron David Miller said, “The Arab states’ loathing and fear of political Islam is so strong that it outweighs their allergy to Benjamin Netanyahu. I have never seen a situation like it, where you have so many Arab states acquiescing in the death and destruction in Gaza and the pummeling of Hamas. The silence is deafening.”

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