Monday, March 11, 2013

"Hassan Nasrallah remained a popular figure in Egypt, even if less so than before"

 [Wilson Center/ USIP project]
"...Overall, Iran’s support for Hezbollah and Hamas, which has been opposed by some Arab  governments, particularly Saudi Arabia, has been popular among the Arab public,  especially in Egypt, and more so in times of armed conflict involving Israel. Despite strong Arab public support for the Syrian rebels, for example, and frustrations with Hezbollah’s support for the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, Hassan Nasrallah remained a popular figure in Egypt, even if less so than before. The November 2012 war between Israel and Hamas increased Arab public sympathy for Hezbollah and Iran as the Arab conclusion was that Israel’s inclination to end the fighting early was mostly linked to Hamas’s longer-range rockets that were supplied by Hezbollah and Iran ..."

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