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Will Arab leaders discuss Israeli airstrike in Sudan?

Arab League likely support Sudan's Bashir against war crimes charge, but discourage ties with Iran.

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Arab reaction to media reports that Israeli aircraft attacked convoys in Sudan allegedly ferrying weapons from Iran to the Gaza Strip has been tepid.

The relatively muted reaction highlights Sunni Arab concerns about Iran's increasing interference in the region – a focus of an Arab summit Monday.

Israel carried out three attacks since January on what were believed to be arms shipments to Hamas, including longer range missiles capable of hitting Tel Aviv, ABC News reported on Friday citing US officials. While Israel has adopted its familiar policy of declining comment, Arab countries have refrained from any protest.

"This is the first time Israel has attacked weapons shipments in a third-party country that has supported Iranian policies. It sent a strong message to Tehran, that supporting Hamas now carries a direct price," says Meir Javedanfar, who co-authored a book on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "Compared to other Israel attacks on Arab soil, in this case the silence from the Arab world is deafening."

SUNNI ARAB WORRIES OVER BALANCE OF POWER

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