Analysis || The ‘Hypocritical Attitude’ Of The UAE
Turkey and Iran have strongly criticized their regional rival, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for its decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel in a peace deal announced by the United States, accusing it of betraying the Palestinian cause.
According to a report by the American news agency AP, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that the UAE has no authority to negotiate with Israel on behalf of the Palestinians or to give “concessions on important issues for Palestine”.
Al Jazeera also reported that Turkey said that history and the conscience of the people of the region “will not forget it and will never forget this hypocritical attitude of the United Arab Emirates”.
It should be noted that this agreement has made the UAE the first Arab country in the Arabian Gulf and the third after Egypt and Jordan to have full diplomatic relations with Israel
The Palestinians have called the agreement a “betrayal” and called on Arab and Muslim countries to oppose it.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry called the deal “a stabbing in the back by Palestinians and all Muslims by the United Arab Emirates.”
It may be recalled that a ‘peace agreement’ was signed between the UAE and Israel yesterday under which diplomatic relations between the two countries would be restored.
According to the agreement, Israel will postpone its plan for unilateral annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank.
Announcing the agreement, the US president said that the Israeli and UAE delegations would sign bilateral agreements in the coming weeks on investment, tourism, direct flights, security and the establishment of mutual embassies.
The US President had predicted that other countries in the region would follow in the footsteps of the UAE.
It should be noted that Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 6-day Arab-Israeli War of 1967 and later annexed it, which was never recognized by the international community.
Israel makes the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
It should be noted that Israel, the UAE and other Gulf countries, which see Iran as a threat to the region, have established close ties in recent times.
Although Turkey has had diplomatic relations with Israel for decades, it has a position as champion of the Palestinians under President Tayyip Erdogan.
In addition, both Turkey and the UAE support rival groups in the conflict in Libya, another country in the region.
However, after the Trump administration presented a plan with a “vision of peace” in January, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would never accept the plan and accused the Arab Gulf states of undermining the Palestinian cause.
It should be noted that relations between Turkey and Iran with the Arab countries have been strained due to proxies, wars of influence and other reasons.
Tensions between Turkey and Arab countries, particularly the UAE, have risen since years of escalating tensions over the Mediterranean gas issue, when Turkey crossed the maritime border with a group of Libya’s two rival governments. Agreed to share.
Not only that, but in Libya, the two countries are facing each other in support of rival groups, Turkey and the UAE. The United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, is part of a coalition that is backing Commander Khalifa Haftar, who is fighting the GNA.
In Libya, “unidentified warplanes” recently attacked an airbase in Al-Watia, destroying Turkey’s air defense system, and Turkey has expressed outrage at the attack and vowed to retaliate.
A Turkish official said the planes that hit the airbase were Dassault Mirage, which is owned by the United Arab Emirates.
On the other hand, Iran’s relations with Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE, have been deteriorating for a long time.
Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia, along with their allies, are busy supporting opposition groups in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly accused Iran of aiding the Houthi rebels in the war in Yemen, where the United Arab Emirates and other countries are allies, while Iran has denied the allegations.
Turkey is considering suspending diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over a peace deal with Israel.
Islamic countries have strongly condemned the UAE’s relations with Israel, while Palestine has recalled its ambassador from Abu Dhabi in protest following the UAE-Israel peace deal
Turkey is also considering suspending diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates over an agreement with Israel.
Turkey and Iran have strongly condemned the UAE’s resumption of ties with Israel.
In a joint statement on Thursday, US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed expressed hope that this historic development would help bring peace to the Middle East.
What is agreed in this agreement?
In the coming weeks, delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates will meet to discuss investment, tourism, direct flights, security, communications, technology, energy, health, culture, the environment, the establishment of embassies, and other issues of mutual interest. But will sign bilateral agreements.
The joint statement said: “Establishing direct links between the two most dynamic societies and modern economies in the Middle East will lead to economic growth, innovation in technology and better people-to-people contacts.” Will change the region.
In addition, Israel will stop claiming its sovereignty over the territories set out in President Trump’s proposed peace plan between Israel and Palestine, Vision for Peace.
President Trump has backed Israel’s plan to integrate ghettos in West Jordan and the strategically important Jordan Valley into Israel.
Palestinians have warned that any such move would dampen their hopes for an independent state and violate international law.
The establishment of full diplomatic relations and embassies, and the normalization of trade relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, is an important diplomatic step. But that inevitably raises questions. Will the promises made in this agreement be fulfilled? And will other Gulf countries follow suit?
It is also important to keep in mind what is not included in this agreement. This is far from the comprehensive peace plan for resolving the Palestinian issue that President Trump has repeatedly called for.
However, this agreement has short-term benefits for all parties.
The White House was the first party to announce the agreement. Now that his chances of re-election are looking slim, the deal is a small but successful one for him at a time like this.
It saves Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is facing alleged corruption charges, from the trouble he has created, the promise of integration of parts of occupied West Jordan into Israel. This promise has so far proved unworkable, and includes the US half-hearted stance and strong international opposition.
Netanyahu’s “peace move” with the United Arab Emirates could increase his chances of winning the Israeli general election.
It is difficult to say what immediate benefits the UAE will receive from the agreement, but its relations with Washington will certainly improve, and the agreement with Israel will help it in economic, defense and scientific fields. It will be of great benefit.
Overall, this agreement can provide more and less benefits at first glance than at first glance. And as for the Palestinians, it is difficult for them to draw any conclusions from the news other than uneasiness because they have once again been sidelined.
Is this a victory for Trump’s foreign policy?
On the other hand, US President Donald Trump said, “Now that the ice has melted, I hope more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the UAE.”
Speaking to reporters at the White House Oval Office, he said the signing ceremony would be held at the White House in the next few weeks.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised address that he had “postponed” plans to annex West Jordan to Israel, but that those plans were still “under consideration.”
With the implementation of these plans, the West Bank will formally become part of Israel.
My plans to establish our sovereignty over Judea and Samaria in unison with the United States have not changed,” Netanyahu said. I am committed to this and nothing has changed. Let me remind you that I was the one who raised the issue of autonomy in these areas. These issues are still on the table.
Netanyahu said Israel would cooperate with the UAE in coronavirus vaccine development, energy, water, environmental protection and many other areas.
Analysts say the deal could be a foreign policy victory for US President Donald Trump, who will run for re-election in November.
It will also strengthen the personality of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is facing an investigation into alleged corruption.
Both leaders’ popularity has plummeted due to their response to the corona virus. And right-wingers in Israel who want West Jordan to integrate into Israel have expressed outrage at the announcement.
The UAE’s ambassador to the United States, Youssef al-Atiba, said the agreement with Israel was a “victory for diplomacy and the region as a whole.” “This is a significant development in Arab-Israeli relations that will reduce tensions and create a new energy for positive change,” he added.
Until now, there have been no diplomatic relations between Israel and the Gulf Arab states.
The reaction to this from other leaders have ?
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I had high hopes that West Jordan would not be integrated into Israel, and today the agreement to suspend these plans is a welcome step towards a more peaceful Middle East.”
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi also welcomed the plan, while Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said the agreement would allow stalled peace talks to move forward.
But Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian official, condemned the deal, saying the UAE was “now open about secret agreements with Israel and the resumption of relations.” He said to Prince Muhammad, “I wish your friends would never make a deal with you.”
Tasnim, a news agency affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, called the deal “shameful.” Hamas, a militant group in Gaza, called the deal “a stab in the back.”
Originally published at https://zaviews.blogspot.com.