Arabs Voice Growing Concern over Iran's Malicious Intentions

(Gatestone Institute) Khaled Abu Toameh - Syrian-born TV host Faisal Al-Kasim recently asked his 5.9 million followers on Twitter: "Which is better, Israel's reputation or Iran's reputation in the region?" 75% viewed Israel as having a better reputation as opposed to 25% in favor of Iran. The next day, Al-Kasim, who hosts a popular debate show on Al-Jazeera, asked his followers: "Do you support the Israeli bombing of Iran and its militias in Syria?" 78% said they supported the Israeli military strikes, while only 22% voiced opposition. His findings did not come as a surprise to many Arabs, especially those living in the Gulf states, who express deep concern over Iran's ongoing meddling in their internal affairs. Many Arabs are worried about the Europeans' and Biden administration's perceived appeasement of the mullahs in Tehran. On Dec. 23, the Saudi newspaper Al-Yaum questioned "the seriousness of American efforts to save the world from Iranian threats." On Jan. 6, Saudi political analyst Abdel Aziz Khamis noted that Iran has boasted that it occupies four Arab capitals: Baghdad, Beirut, Sana'a and Damascus - and that he does not understand the silence and indifference of the international community. Former Jordanian Minister of Information Saleh Al-Qallab warned on Jan. 6: "What Iran is doing is tantamount to an open war against the Arabs." Former Kuwaiti Minister of Information and Culture Saad Bin Tefla Al-Ajami said on Dec. 31 that "Iran is interfering in the region with the aim of dominating it" and expressed disappointment over the failure of the international community to "deter the Iranian intrusion."

2022-01-13 00:00:00

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