A Middle Eastern analyst said the Arab states, which recently recognized Israel, were facing a dilemma.
While bombs and rockets are raining down on Gaza and Israel, there is a tug-of-war between officials and residents of many Muslim and Arab countries.
The reason is that the four Muslim countries were recently called normalization agreements with Israel. Although the authorities in these countries are reluctant to weaken the newly established relations with Israel, the residents of the same countries have strong sympathy for the Palestinian cause.
– The Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco have recently signed agreements to normalize relations with Israel. These agreements were negotiated with the help of the Trump administration. In addition, Egypt and Jordan already have agreements with Israel. How strong these contracts are will vary slightly. These are the first and most important code agreements because they give Israel the long-awaited recognition from the Arab world – they have a right to exist. These deals are a huge success for Israel, says Gajdil Selvik, a senior NUPI researcher, to Netavision.
– The Palestinians considered (including) these agreements The Abrahamic Covenant Editor’s note) A great betrayal. They believed that these countries were only concerned with their own interests and that they had no unity for Palestinian reasons, Selvik says.
Authorities in these countries are treading cautiously and somewhat reluctant to take sides in the ongoing Israeli-Hamas conflict. Authorities are thus trying to strike a balance between the newly established relationship with Israel and the growing mindset of their own population.
– In Dipto for one’s own population
Selvik says residents of countries that have made agreements with Israel should have the greatest amount of sympathy for the Palestinian cause.
– They feel that Jerusalem, an important Islamic symbol, is under threat. Jerusalem is the third holiest city for Muslims. This means that the authorities in the countries that have made agreements with Israel are slightly on their toes towards their own populations. For example, the most dictatorial countries in the Emirates and Bahrain fear that the mindset over Israeli attacks on Gaza will turn against the authorities who made the deal with Israel, Selvik says.
Last week, a majority of Arab nations condemned Israeli police raids on the al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem, injuring hundreds of Palestinians. Some Arab countries only accuse Israel of mistreating Palestinians by Israeli officials and immigrants in East Jerusalem.
The Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco are among the few to make public criticisms of Israel.
“These officials are on the wrong side of public opinion in the way they are perceived and received by the people of the Arab world,” said Mohanath Hegde Ali, a researcher at the Carnegie Middle East Center. Defender.
– They are trying to pursue an active foreign policy by holding a position they have never held before. They can be considered synonymous with Israeli occupation and Israeli politics in the region. He tells the newspaper that this will have consequences not only for Israel but also for their new Arab allies.
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– An embarrassing embarrassment
The New York Times quoted a Middle Eastern researcher as saying that the situation was “an embarrassment to the Arab states that have recently recognized Israel because it is testing their influence (or lack thereof) on Israel.”
“One of their arguments is that diplomatic recognition should give them influence, that Israel will not disrupt these new relations with the Arab world, and therefore they will stop things like immigration and Gaza,” said Khalid Elkindi in Washington, D.C. Think tank based Middle Eastern company The New York Times.
– I am the opposite – Israel now has more security, he says.
Israel is falling on Saudi Arabia
There have been several reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the true leader of Saudi Arabia. However, there are no signs that Israel is approaching public recognition from Saudi Arabia.
– The biggest gift Israel is still looking forward to is the normalization agreement with Saudi Arabia, a key player and leader of the Sunni Muslim world. Selvik says that no one believed that such a deal would come first because the situation today is right and there is so much bad blood.
Saudi Arabia has been a supporter of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Selvik says the preamble to Saudi Arabia’s proposal for a peace plan is that if the Israelis agree to establish a separate Palestinian state, Israel must recognize its presence in the United Arab Emirates.
– This should be the carrot for Israel to engage in peace talks. Selvik says that when Israel receives this recognition from the four Arab states without giving anything to the Palestinians, it further weakens the Palestinian hand in negotiations.
– Palestine is not my problem
This weekend, the hashtag “Palestine is not my cause” has been circulating on social media in the Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait. However, he writes that the proportion of users using hashtags is only a drop in the ocean compared to Palestine’s overwhelming support on social media in the same countries Defender.
Selvik says there is no conclusive evidence that support for the Palestinian cause in the Arab world has weakened somewhat over the past decade.
– What we do know is that the Arab world is facing major problems in dealing with itself, including the civil wars in Libya, Yemen, Iraq and Syria. This led to the partial concealment of the Palestinian cause. But people react harshly to films that show the suffering in Gaza. So I don’t know if Arabs and Muslims really have the least sympathy for the Palestinian cause, ”Selvik says.
Although official support for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip is relatively small from the Emirates, Sudan, Bahrain and Morocco, Selvik is not sure if the support would have been so high if the countries had not entered into new relationship agreements with Israel.
– It is difficult to say how strong the support of the authorities in these countries would have been for the Palestinians if agreements had not been made with Israel. Condemnation is somewhat stronger in formal statements. But I do not think this is a country that has made a big difference to the Palestinians in Gaza during this war, he says.
– Emirates’ support has never been so strong before. An important factor is that Emirates, which is a key regional player in the Middle East, has a very difficult relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood movement in all that it has to do. Hamas in the Gaza Strip emerges from the same movement. The Emirates has always been sluggish towards Hamas. Although countries like Turkey and Qatar support the Muslim Brotherhood, the Emirates has always stood by those who oppose them. Selvik says this is a regional power struggle.
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