Arab newspaper: 'Israel has never looked so good'

Tuesday, August 05, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

While Beirut this week gave its backing to continued violent aggression against the Jewish state, a major Lebanese newspaper on Tuesday said Israel had once again proved that it truly is the most humane and decent society in the region.

In its daily editorial, Lebanon's Daily Star took a surprisingly fair-minded view of Israel's weekend rescue of 150 Fatah gunmen from marauding Hamas forces in the Gaza Strip.

Despite the fact that the Fatah gunmen are themselves terrorists who had previously engaged in violence against the Jewish state, Israel did everything in its power to save their lives.

That was notable, considering that Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas himself initially refused to grant his own men asylum in Ramallah. Only after Israel urged Abbas to reconsider in order to save the gunmen from a brutal death at the hands of Hamas did he acquiesce and allow the Fatah men to relocate to Jericho.

The Daily Star noted that this was not the first time Israel had shown kindness to its avowed enemies, and reminded readers that in 1971 Israel granted refuge to hundreds of Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorists who had foolishly aroused the violent anger of their Jordanian hosts by attempting to assassinate King Hussein.

The newspaper stated that with the Jewish state continuously coming to the "rescue of those Palestinians who fear for their lives, Israel has never looked so good."

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