The Real Mid-East Conflict

The real Mid-East conflict is between Arab nationalists and Islamists.

When Arab states met to discuss the Gaza crisis, Saudi Arabia vetoed any action. Even the Palestinian Authority blames Hamas for the fighting.

Activists in Hamas’s Palestinian rival Fatah, which runs the authority, make no secret of their hope that Hamas loses the war.

Welcome to the new Middle East, characterised not just by the Arab-Israeli conflict, but by Arab nationalists versus Islamists.

Recognising this reality, the Palestinian Authority and virtually all the Arab countries other than Iran’s ally Syria, want to see Hamas defeated in the Gaza Strip.