JEDDAH, 23 July 2006 ”” The report about the Bush administration’s decision to rush precision-guided bombs to Israel was met with an outcry in the Muslim world. Political analysts say it will only add to the raging anti-American sentiment in the region and strengthen the hands of the radicals.

The report, published yesterday on the front-page of The New York Times, feverishly circulated on e-mail circuits and was intensely debated on Arab and Muslim websites and blogs.

“When I was young I used to watch people burn US flags in rallies across the world. Now I know exactly why there is such an anti-American feeling in the Muslim world,” wrote one Saif Al-Adham on an Arabic website.

“It is no wonder that most Muslims consider Israel and the US to be synonymous words for terror. Do you think we will see an end to the war on terror? I don’t think so. This type of behavior encourages radicalism among Muslims the world over,” wrote another visitor on the same website.

The NYT report, titled “US Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis”, said that the news threatens to anger Arab governments and others who could perceive Washington as aiding Israel in the manner that Iran has armed Hezbollah.

The satellite and laser-guided bombs are part of a sales package approved last year, said the officials quoted in the report. But some military officers said the request for expedited delivery was unusual and indicated that Israel has many targets it plans to hit in Lebanon.

Reflecting the Muslim and Arab point of view, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on the Bush administration to adopt a policy of disengaging from the dictates of the pro-Israel lobby.

In a statement e-mailed to Arab News, the council called the Bush administration’s decision to rush delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel “unconscionable.”


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