Arabs Root for Gazans, Fear Repercussions of Attacks

From streets to palaces, Arabs worry about Gaza's impact on the Middle East.

ByABC News
December 30, 2008, 1:39 PM

JERUSALEM, Dec. 30, 2008 — -- The Israeli assault on Gaza, which has so far resulted in the death of at least 350 Palestinians, is a "massacre" that has "the Arab world boiling," according to Arab journalists, who say the eventual cost to Israel could be great.

The reverberations of the assault, seen not only in the Arab streets and media, were today also felt in Arab royal palaces as well.

In a rare display of emotion, Jordan's Queen Rania, who is of Palestinian origin, wrote in the Alrai daily Jordanian newspaper: "There is nothing to be said ... and words cannot help any of us here. This is how I felt in the recent days. We are human beings. Today stones and trees are crying and the silence. How can we all not cry! After the silence comes the anger. Anger against oneself for its defeat, because we all can do more in unleashing our voice and opinions and hands to help the infants, the mothers and the elderly, the nation [the Palestinians] whose will is a source of inspiration for all of us. A nation struggling for its right to live its life."

She continued: "To limit oneself to expressing solidarity with the people of Gaza is a disgrace, because they do not need our sympathy. We have to prove to Gaza and its people that we are their brethren and that we are with them."

The Israeli offensive in Gaza and its disastrous aftermath have provoked harsh reactions in the media throughout the Arab world.

Ghassan Chirbel, a veteran Lebanese journalist wrote in Al Hayat newspaper: "As this year of sad collapses nears its end, Israel has offered the world a massacre in Gaza. An unusual one of the type that opens the doors of hell and portends further spates of violence. A crime that stirs up the feelings of anger, hatred, and revenge stemming from the legitimate right of self-defense. A massacre that pumps unusual tension into the veins of the Arab and Islamic world."

The Jordan Times' main editorial today tackled the effects the Israeli assaults on Gaza could have on the future of the peace talks between the Arabs and Israel.