Hizbollah forsøker å slå politisk mynt på araberlandenes lunkne støtten til Hamas. Kritikken rammer, for the Arab Street ønsker å se Israel bli satt på plass, men arabiske ledere vet at de leker med ilden hvis de lar gaten bestemme.
The Israeli strikes have revealed, once again, the stark differences between pro-Western Arab leaders like Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and more radical Arab groups like Hizballah in Lebanon. Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah has slammed the Egyptian government for suggesting that Hamas brought the attack upon itself. In an angry televised speech Sunday, Nasrallah said Cairo was cooperating with Israel and was selling out not only Palestinians but all Arabs. «There are some who speak of Arab silence, but this is wrong,» he said. «There is full Arab cooperation, especially by those who have signed so-called peace agreements with Israel.»
In Jordan, another country to have made its peace with the Jewish state, officially at least, angry members of parliament burned the Israeli flag in a rare parliamentary protest. «It has been proven that making peace with Israel is a strategic mistake,» a senior Jordanian official told TIME. «Israel is proving every day that it is not interested in peace. The Israeli actions are spitting in the face of Jordan and Egypt.»
The regimes in Egypt, Jordan and other Arab states have long worried about the rise of fundamentalist groups. When Hamas won Palestinian parliamentary elections just under three years ago, neighboring Arab governments grew even more nervous — and more determined to repress similar groups in their own countries. Never mind that a large reason for Hamas’ rise was the dictatorial and corrupt ways of the old Fatah government, characteristics all too common in many Arab capitals.