Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Israel's Syria Attack Viewed Postively by Some Arabs


Some in Arab World Happy Israel Attacked Syria - Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Despite Egyptian and Iranian condemnation, it is certain that the Syrian people were happy that Assad's warehouses and forces were shelled, regardless of Israel's reasoning. We were happy that Israel attacked Assad's forces and warehouses because the attack will speed up the collapse of the regime. It will also deprive the regime of weapons that would have been used to kill more Syrians. Two years' worth of massacres against tens of thousands of unarmed Syrians has revealed the biggest lie in this nation's history: the lie of resistance.
(Al Arabiya)

Israel Strikes a Blow to Conventional Arab Thinking - Elhanan Miller

The Israeli strikes on Syria have left Arab observers conflicted. While many have been hoping for a decisive military strike against President Assad, few expected or wished for it to come from Israel. One Damascus-based Twitter commentator wrote: Israel "is still my enemy....But when an enemy does a neat job, I admit it."
(Times of Israel)


After the Damascus Attack - Amos Yadlin
  • The Israeli attack enjoyed a relatively high degree of legitimacy, from Western recognition of the move as one of self-defense (President Obama) to the Sunni world's pleasure at the distress of the Syrian and Iranian regimes and Hizbullah. The satisfaction with the attack in the Gulf and Saudi Arabia was hard to hide.
    Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin is director of INSS.
(Institute for National Security Studies-Tel Aviv University)


LHwrites said...

Only Iran is probably genuinely upset though the new Egyptian government is probably weary of this type of display form Israel. If Israel really went after weapons Iran was sending to Hezbollah, perhaps in a deal where Iran gave some stuff to Syria and said the rest goes through---then in the end it may not affect the war much. It can't hurt to have anything related to the Syrian forces or weapons blown to bits though. In the end I don't think it will change the war or help other Arabs to embrace Israel but hopefully it removed some weapons that might have posed a threat.

Bruce said...

The situation is similar to the Sunni Arabs wanting the US or Israel to take out Iran's nukes. No embrace of Israel is needed or expected [except perhaps by Kerry].