As counterpoint to Deborah Amos’ report from Damascus a few days ago, here’s another perspective on “Arab solidarity”:

Hezbollah’s war has not gathered the uncritical praise the Arab world usually offers fellow Arabs when they tangle with Israel.

The most stunning remark along these lines came from Saudi Arabia, which issued an official statement saying:

“The Kingdom would like to clearly announce that a difference should be drawn between legitimate resistance and miscalculated adventures carried out by elements inside the state and those behind them without consultation with the legitimate authority in their state and without consultation or coordination with Arab countries.”

Moreover, the Saudis have not stood alone. Ahmad Al-Jarallah, the editor-in-chief of Kuwait’s Arab Times newspaper began a recent column with the observation that “People of Arab countries, especially Lebanese and Palestinians, have been held hostage for a long time in the name of ‘resisting Israel.’”

After denouncing Hezbollah’s adventurism, he concluded by noting:

“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.”

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