Reactions in gulf to Israel-Lebanon flare-up diverge

07/24/2006
When violence escalates in and around Israel, reactions from the Persian Gulf are of course very important to oil markets.With the Israeli military striking targets in Lebanon in response to kidnappings and rocket attacks, oil supplies from Iran and Syria are at risk. The governments of those countries support the militant groups Hezbollah, which has pestered Israel from southern Lebanon, and Hamas, striking lately out of Gaza.But reactions from other gulf states are important, even if-or perhaps because-none sounds like a menace to oil trade. Most of those reported in English-language newspapers followed convention.“Civilians suffer after Zionist raid,” said a Bahrain Tribune...
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