In discussing the situation
over breakfast in Jerusalem this morning, I think that Hadassah (Hasja) summed it up ideally. Israel is performing the operation to remove the cancer, now
the question is will the Lebanese government be prepared to continue with the Chemiotherapy?
In an interesting article,
it seems many people are happy with what Israel
is doing (again?). The Arab Times-on-Line from Kuwait
has some interesting views and you can read the whole article on the web site below or a summary which follows. What is particularly
interesting is the last paragraph.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times
In suumary Al-Jarallah says that 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.
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
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.
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 couldnt 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.