Once again, an Arab voice has been raised in support of the Israeli action in Lebanon. While others have been mostly content with criticising Hezbollah and paying lip service to condemnation of Israel, Ahmed Al-Jarallah, editor in chief of the Arab Times in Kuwait, goes a bit further:
Unfortunately we must admit that in such a war the only way to get rid of “these irregular phenomena” is what Israel is doing. The operations of Israel in Gaza and Lebanon are in the interest of people of Arab countries and the international community.
I bet you never thought an Arab world journal would write that!
The impression one gets is that the Arab world is afraid of Hamas, of Iran, and of Hezbollah and of what they represent - anarchy and religious reaction. On the other hand, the Arab world is unwilling to do anything about Hezbollah and Hamas, and most wish to pay lip service to "resistance," without asking what it is that Hezbollah is resisting exactly: UN resolutions? Orderly government? Jarallah is willing to say what most people in the Arab world are not willing to admit. The problem is, that too many in the Arab world are hoping that Israel alone will beat not only Hamas and Hezbollah, but Syria and Iran as well. In their imagination, it is no problem for Israel, with its 6 million people, to conquer the 15 million people of Syria, and the 80 million or so in Iran. They are willing to fight Jihadism and Bashar Assad to the last Israeli soldier.
Of course, it cannot happen. Moreover, the Hezbollah and the Iranians will gain prestige and support in the Arab world as long as their only open enemy is Israel, and as long as they can say they are fighting "Zionism."
No to Syria, Iran agents
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times
PEOPLE of Arab countries, especially the Lebanese and Palestinians, have been held hostage for a long time in the name of “resisting Israel.” Arab governments have been caught between political obligations and public opinion leading to more corruption in politics and economics. Forgetting the interests of their own countries the Hamas Movement and Hezbollah have gone to the extent of representing the interests of Iran and Syrian in their countries. These organizations have become the representatives of Syria and Iran without worrying about the consequences of their action.
Recently Hamas kidnapped an Israeli soldier and bombed Israeli settlements with locally manufactured missiles. Soon Hezbollah followed suit, kidnapping two Israeli soldiers. Both these organizations claimed they had kidnapped Israeli soldiers to exchange them for Arab prisoners who are being held in Israeli jails. The fact that Hamas and Hezbollah gave the same reason for kidnapping Israeli soldiers gives us a glimpse their agenda, which is similar to the one followed by Syria and Iran in their conflict with the United States.
While the people of Palestine and Lebanon are paying the price of this bloody conflict, the main players, who caused this conflict, are living in peace and asking for more oil from Arab countries to support the facade of resisting Israel. With the Palestinian Authority close to collapse and the Lebanese government beginning to give up responsibility for what is happening in its territory, Saudi Arabia has been forced to come out of its diplomatic routine and indirectly hold Hezbollah responsible for what is happening Lebanon.
Without mentioning Hezbollah by name Saudi Arabia blamed certain “elements” inside Lebanon for the violence with Israel and said “it is necessary to make a distinction between legitimate resistance and uncalculated adventures adopted by certain elements within Lebanon without the knowledge of legal Lebanese authorities.” While reiterating its support for Palestinian and Lebanese resistance against Israeli occupation, Saudi Arabia has clearly said it is against irresponsible adventures undertaken by certain elements in the region without consulting the legal authorities putting all Arab nations at risk. The Kingdom has also said “these elements must take responsibility for their irresponsible actions and they alone should end the crisis created by them.”
This angry response from Saudi Arabia has politically isolated Hezbollah and Hamas besides holding them responsible for their actions.
This attitude of Saudi Arabia, which has been doing all it can to protect the Arab world from Israeli aggression, is enough to unmask the adventurers, who have violated the rights of their own countries and tried put their people under the guardianship of foreign countries like Iran and Syria. A battle between supporters and opponents of these adventurers has begun, starting from Palestine to Tehran passing through Syria and Lebanon. This war was inevitable as the Lebanese government couldn’t bring Hezbollah within its authority and make it work for the interests of Lebanon. Similarly leader of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas has been unable to rein in the Hamas Movement.
Unfortunately we must admit that in such a war the only way to get rid of “these irregular phenomena” is what Israel is doing. The operations of Israel in Gaza and Lebanon are in the interest of people of Arab countries and the international community
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