News You Really Need To See: “Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent”

News You Really Need To See: “Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent”

Not What You Might Think

“Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent”

The New York Times, July 31, 2014, p.A1

Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting.  Not this time.  After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — that has effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip.  That, in turn, may have contributed to the failure of the antagonists to reach a negotiated cease-fire even after more than three weeks of bloodshed. … The dynamic has inverted all expectations of the Arab Spring uprisings.  As recently as 18 months ago, most analysts in Israel, Washington and the Palestinian territories expected…

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