Why Arab Leaders Are Silent on Gaza
They fear Hamas more than Israel, 'NYT' reports
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2014 1:12 AM CDT
A worker at Shifa Hospital's morgue cleans a metallic stretcher filled with blood from Palestinians killed in various Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

(Newser) – As Palestinian bodies pile up in Gaza, where is the outrage from Arab leaders? Unlike during previous Israeli offensives, countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan have failed to condemn Israel and push for an end to the fighting, and fear of the political Islam that Hamas represents appears to be the reason why, the New York Times reports. "The Arab states' loathing and fear of political Islam is so strong that it outweighs their allergy to" Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, says former Middle East negotiator Aaron David Miller.

"I have never seen a situation like it, where you have so many Arab states acquiescing in the death and destruction in Gaza and the pummeling of Hamas," Miller says. "The silence is deafening." Egypt has continued to blame Hamas for Palestinian deaths, and it and other Arab states now find themselves on Israel's side not just against political Islamic movements, but against Iran, analysts note. Meanwhile, the commissioner-general of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees calls the Israeli shelling of a UN school yesterday a "serious violation of international law," the Guardian reports. "Children killed in their sleep—this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame," he says. "Today the world stands disgraced." At least 15 people, mostly women and children, were killed.

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Jul 31, 2014 3:30 PM CDT
For the curious, you can run an internet search for maps that show which nations are primarily Shia and which are Sunni.
Chris Farley
Jul 31, 2014 1:08 PM CDT
So just a question, I dont know a lot about either of these religions. But I was told at least one of them calls for a huge war, in order for the god to arive? What one?
Jul 31, 2014 11:33 AM CDT
People this has nothing to do with those Arab states all of a sudden liking Israel. It is all about the split in the Arab world. This is the Saudi block (them Jordan and UAE) fighting the Qutari/Turkey block who is basically the Muslim Brotherhood (political Islam) and has Iran thrown in because they support Islamic Jihad and Hamas. They just like seeing their enemy squirm in pain. Maybe this is why Israel is holding back from completely destroying Hamas...keeps that block on their side every time Hamas gets their azzes whipped for getting unruly.