Wednesday, February 17, 2010

No One Ticks Off Arab Countries Like The Palestinians

There is a lot of noise about Arab anger about the alleged Mossad involvement in the assassination of Hamas arms dealer Mahmoud al-Mabhouh:
Still, many of the countries whose passports were allegedly used do not like Hamas; and the government of Dubai, despite its impressive investigation, does not really want to get to the bottom of this. Dubai would like to continue giving off the impression that it is a safe country, all of whose visitors are there for only business or tourism.

There are other Arab countries who do not consider Hamas a friend and who are in a secret war - no less bitter than Israel's - against the Islamist organization. Jordan is one of them, as is Egypt.

As part of the investigation two Palestinians were arrested in Dubai, suspected of aiding the assassination team, and it is not impossible that the whole story is another example of the sort of psychological warfare against Hamas that would have the organization become even more suspicious of flawed security within its ranks.

Looking at the incident in perspective, a senior Hamas figure responsible for the deaths of two Israel Defense Forces soldiers and a key contact in the group's arms smuggling is dead.
Read the whole thing.

Whatever might be said about the failure of Operation Cast Lead to achieve the overthrow of Hamas, it apparently has not increased Arab sympathy and support either. Hamas is a liability to the Arab world, especially considering its connections with Iran.

Whatever may be said about Israeli relations with the surrounding Arab nations, it continues to appear that no one consistently ticks off Arab countries like Palestinian Arabs.

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