November 9, 2011 | Quote

‘Quiet’ Arab Coalition Supports Attack on Iran

“In the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq War, Arab countries said across the board that they were against the invasion, then one by one each crumbled and fell in behind the US,” said Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research at the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

“The difference is that it isn’t the US leading the charge here, but the Israelis – that creates a different problem.

None of these states want to be the one that openly allowed the Israelis to have overflight rights.

“At the end of the day the Iraq coalition of Arab states was relatively easy despite the posturing. This time… though most of these states want to see an attack, the danger is being branded a traitor and siding with the Zionist entity” he said. “These states travel in herds, in packs – when one breaks, the others feel more comfortable breaking as well.

“I suspect we’ll see a quiet, almost invisible coalition that provides any assistance Israel needs but in such a way that provides them cover and plausible deniability,” Schanzer said.