“Arab states remain unwilling to directly challenge Iran over nuclear concerns”

“Arab states remain unwilling to directly challenge Iran over nuclear concerns”
August 20-27, 2009
     Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak recently rejected the idea of joining a US nuclear umbrella [previously covered here], reaffirming Egypt’s support for a nuclear-free Middle East. Fareed Mahdy reports that Mubarak urged US President Barack Obama to gain more legitimacy on the Iranian nuclear issue by pressing Israel to dismantle its nuclear weapons. Mahdy writes that Egypt’s views are widely supported by Arab states, pointing to statements by Arab League head Amre Moussa questioning the existence of an Iranian military nuclear program and stressing Israel’s status as the region’s sole nuclear-armed state (IPS News).
     Peter Kenyon writes that despite having serious concerns over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Arab states hope to avoid confrontation and are unwilling to explicitly align themselves with the US against Iran [previously covered here]. Emile Hokayem believes this is complicating US strategy. Other analysts believe Washington’s attention is shifting toward Afghanistan and Pakistan and that Iran will work to keep the US entangled in Afghanistan (National Public Radio).
IPS News | National Public Radio

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