Saudis Blame Israel
(All emphases by Always On Watch)
From this source, on July 19, 2006:
"Amid a campaign for Arabs' hearts and minds over the fighting in Lebanon and Israel, the government of Saudi Arabia has made it clear that it holds Israel responsible for the conflict.At the end of the article appears another reminder of Muslim unity (Remember what Pim's Ghost wrote about the Arab sense of honor?):
"Earlier Saudi criticism of Hizballah's 'adventurism' -- a position viewed by U.S. officials as highly significant -- appears to have given way to the customary Arab stance of blaming Israel and accusing the international community of abandoning the Arabs.
"At a weekly meeting chaired by King Abdullah in Jeddah, the kingdom's cabinet declared that the war was an extension of Israel's 'occupation policies and hegemony in the region.'...
"The apparent shift in the Saudi stance followed criticism of the position taken earlier by the kingdom....
"Many Arabs view Nasrallah as a hero for standing up to Israel, and portraits of the black-turbaned leader of 'the resistance' feature prominently in protests across the Middle East.
"Reports from Bahrain said Sunnis and Shi'ites marched together in support of Hizballah. In protests there, the Palestinian territories and elsewhere, Arabs chanted slogans urging Nasrallah to bomb Tel Aviv...."
"The Egyptian newspaper also noted that on the eve of an Arab League foreign ministers' meeting in Cairo at the weekend, Lebanese Foreign Minister Fawzi Saloukh had stated: 'The Arab world cannot deny the heroics of Hizballah and we expect our Arab brethren to take our side.'"The following also bears remembering:
"Hizballah holds 14 seats in Lebanon's 128-member parliament."