Choosing Up Sides in the Middle East

(Ha'aretz) Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff - All Arab states pay lip service to the hardship of the Palestinians, but while Syria is embracing Iran and Hizbullah is more obedient than ever to instructions from Tehran, Egypt and Jordan are coordinating security matters with Israel in an impressive way. Israel and Egypt are finding themselves increasingly partners in common and growing interests. The Egyptians have also begun restricting the exit of senior Hamas officials through the Rafah crossing. Little, if any, of the $4 billion promised last year for the rebuilding of Gaza has reached Hamas and the group is finding it hard to show achievements in any area of management. Nonetheless, its rule in Gaza remains tight.

2010-01-29 08:29:41

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