MembersHow do Arab citizens of Israel and the wider Arab world view this war?

Israel Today’s Dr. Edy Cohen gives us an overview of what Arabs across the region are saying about the war in Gaza.

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: palestinians, Israeli Arabs
Arab women enjoy the beach in Tel Aviv on August 4, 2020. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90
Arab women enjoy the beach in Tel Aviv on August 4, 2020. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90

Long-time Israel Today correspondent and commentator Dr. Edy Cohen was raised in Lebanon, immigrating to Israel when his family, along with the rest of the country’s remaining Jews, was forced to flee persecution at the hands of the Muslims.

Dr. Cohen is fluent in Arabic and is a regular guest of Arab media outlets, giving him an opportunity to call out the Arab world’s hypocrisy toward Israel in its own language.

We asked Dr. Cohen to summarize what Arab citizens of Israel and the wider Arab world feel about the Hamas invasion of October 7 and the ensuing Gaza war.

 

Dr. Edy Cohen:

In the Arab world, there was a certain shock immediately after October 7, because Hamas is a religious Islamic organization and the Koran prohibits kidnapping and murdering the elderly. And murdering fellow Arab Muslims is completely unacceptable in their eyes. Paradoxically, alongside this shock, there was also joy that the Muslims had managed to invade Israel by force and seemingly win a victory. People were...

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