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Nasrallah 'most admired' Arab leader
Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/16/2008 | Etgar Lefkovits

Posted on 07/16/2008 4:42:06 PM PDT by mojito

Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah is the most admired leader among the Arab public, a survey released Wednesday showed.

Twenty-six percent of respondents in six countries selected Nasrallah as their most admired leader, compared to 16% who chose Syrian President Bashar Assad and 10% who picked Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to the survey published by the the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

The poll was published the same day Israel completed a lopsided prisoner swap with Hizbullah that is likely to further boost Nasrallah's standing in the Arab world.

The Shi'ite Hizbullah leader was also the top pick in predominantly Sunni countries such as Egypt, Morocco and Jordan.

Ninety-nine percent of Lebanese Shi'ites polled said Israel was weaker than it looked and that it was only a matter of time before it was defeated.

The numbers are up from 59% in an identical survey two years ago.

The 2008 survey found that 39% of all Lebanese shared this view, compared to 32% who said no one could tell if Israel would get stronger or weaker, and 20% who said Israel would use it power to consolidate its position.

Shibley Telhami, the author of the study, attributes the nearly unanimously negative Shi'ite view of Israel to a unification of the Shi'ite position following internal struggles in Lebanon over the last two years, as well as the massive media exposure to Hizbullah and its Iranian backers.

The survey was carried out among nearly 4,000 (non-Palestinian) Arab respondents in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

The results of the survey came as no surprise, according to Prof. Rafi Israeli of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

he said Wednesday.

Israeli said a similar poll broadcast on Al-Jazeera shortly after the 2001 attacks on the United States found that Osama bin Laden was the No. 1 leader in the Arab world.

"In our dealings with the Shi'ite world, including Iran, both the West and Israel have been acting in a state of dhimmitude," he said. "Muslims, and especially Shi'ites, take this as a sign of weakness and submissiveness."


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: arabs; geopolitics; globaljihad; israel; lebanon; shiite; wot
"It turns out that the most murderous and barbaric leaders are also the champions of the Arab world."
1 posted on 07/16/2008 4:42:07 PM PDT by mojito
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Of course. Probably indicates they are all murderous and barbaric with no “moderates” about.


2 posted on 07/16/2008 4:47:50 PM PDT by threeoeight
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The stupid Israelis boosted him even further with their pathetic corpses-for-terrorists swap today.


3 posted on 07/16/2008 4:56:28 PM PDT by montag813
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Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah is the most admired leader among the Arab public

Now would someone tell me about the great moderate majority. No 2 is Assad and No 3 Ahmadinejad. Three of a kind going for a full house. We are most likely to have all of the Middle East ruled by this sort within the next ten years, regardless.

4 posted on 07/16/2008 5:06:55 PM PDT by JimSEA (Kaffur and proud of it.)
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Didn’t he knock Osama Bin Laden out of first place?


5 posted on 07/16/2008 5:09:01 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Made on a Mac)
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Paraphrasing from George Carlin's first (and IMHO his BEST) 1960's album,: "Take-Offs and Put-Ons":

The world press today called on the Hizbullah leader; The Grand-Exaulted-Almighty-Invincible-Omnipotent-Stomper Hassan Nasrallah, to ask his reaction about being voted the MOST admired leader among the Arab public.

Unfortunately, as usual, his wife wouldn't let him out of the house today.

6 posted on 07/16/2008 5:17:08 PM PDT by musicman
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And why shouldn't he be? He just got Israel to become his bitch, giving up live terrorists for dead bodies.

Disgusting, but it's going to take 100,000 dead Israelis before the rest of them do what they need to do in regards to the muzzies surrounding them...

7 posted on 07/16/2008 5:19:32 PM PDT by hunter112 (The 'straight talk express' gets the straight finger express from me.)
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I clicked on the thread, to make a comment, and found that you covered the waterfront perfectly. If Americans chose Hitler, Stalin and Genghis Khan, that would be about the same. These people are simply not civilized.

John / Billybob

8 posted on 07/16/2008 5:44:31 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob ( www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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“He just got Israel to become his bitch, giving up live terrorists for dead bodies.”

Sad, but true.

I wonder if our own treasonous, worthless State Department didn’t have a hand in this.


9 posted on 07/16/2008 6:35:45 PM PDT by Levante
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Interesting speech by Nasrallah from May 26, 2008 here...

http://www.insight-info.com/articles/item.aspx?i=1157


10 posted on 07/17/2008 8:56:53 AM PDT by PGalt
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