1. GV Dr. Nabeel Shaath being interviewed. (2 SHOTS) 1.36
DR. NABEEL SHAATH: (SEQ 1) "The support that we have been getting so far is very little, very late. I know that this because the Arab world is in a rare condition of strategic weakness after the Iraqi-Iranian war and the Camp David accords and the friction in the Arab world. This has been the lowest point in the Arab sense of solidarity and this has definitely contributed to the aggression used against us. It has been an opportunity for American-Israeli sedition. And therefore the Arab world has not been ready to defend itself and (INDISTINCT) it has given Egypt and Syria before when Israel has attacked them in 1948, 66, 67, and so on. Definitely in normal conditions Arabs would have fought beside us or they would have interrupted in sanctions against America and all the support and all the aggression would be known. This has not yet happened. I think what has happened has aroused the Arab world's greatest wrath since 1948 and 67. What is happening will definitely create a new Arab world that is much stronger and much more capable of defending itself against America and Israel. But it will take some time fortress until that Arab spirit has reappeared."
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Background: CAIRO, EGYPT
Dr. Nabeel Shaath, an Egypt-based spokesman for the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has said that the Arab world is at a low point of solidarity following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Speaking to Visnews' Jennifer Anderson in his Cairo offices on July 3, Dr. Shaath said that the Arab world was in a rare state of weakness after the Iraq-Iran war, the Camp David accords and the resultant friction between states. The Arabs, he said, had not been able to offer Lebanon and the PLO the type of support given to Egypt and Syria in previous conflicts with the Jewish state. But he warned that the Israeli action and United States backing for it has aroused the greatest wrath in the Arab world since the creation of Israel in 1948 and the war of 1967, when Israel captured the previously Syrian Golan Heights. Dr. Shaath said that a new Arab world was emerging stronger and more critical of Israel and the United States.
Source: REUTERS - MOHAMAD FAHMY