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08 January 2009

Sufferings In Gaza - #3.


An article worth reading :

Hamas and the Arab States

January 7, 2009
By Kamran Bokhari and Reva Bhalla

Israel is now in the 12th day of carrying out Operation Cast Lead against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip, where Hamas has been the de facto ruler ever since it seized control of the territory in a June 2007 coup. The Israeli campaign, whose primary military aim is to neutralize Hamas’ ability to carry out rocket attacks against Israel, has led to the reported deaths of more than 560 Palestinians; the number of wounded is approaching the 3,000 mark.

The reaction from the Arab world has been mixed. On the one hand, a look at the so-called Arab street will reveal an angry scene of chanting protesters, burning flags and embassy attacks in protest of Israel’s actions. The principal Arab regimes, however, have either kept quiet or publicly condemned Hamas for the crisis — while privately often expressing their support for Israel’s bid to weaken the radical Palestinian group.

Despite the much-hyped Arab nationalist solidarity often cited in the name of Palestine, most Arab regimes actually have little love for the Palestinians. While these countries like keeping the Palestinian issue alive for domestic consumption and as a tool to pressure Israel and the West when the need arises, in actuality, they tend to view Palestinian refugees — and more Palestinian radical groups like Hamas — as a threat to the stability of their regimes.


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Source: Stratfor.com

2 comments:

  1. With the extensive tv coverage, most will feel that this is information overdose. The pictures are sickening making us turn away and trying to forget it. Gaza is such a remote place.
    We could only count our blessing.
    regards
    MikeLing

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  2. Dear Mike,

    Thanks for the comment. Yes, we should be grateful to God that we do not have to go through as the Palestinians.

    I don't watch the tv coverage anymore. Not because I don't care but like you said, it is information overdose. Even my children felt uncomfortable.

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