The sides are quickly being drawn as a result of the rapprochement agreements between Bahrain and the UAE with Israel that we addressed several days ago. This piece will quickly summarize the responses.
Reports, as suggested in our las article continue to swirl around about the Saudis reaching a similar agreement soon. It is also reported that 6 other Arab states are in the wings to make similar agreements.
- Angered by the move, the Palestinian Authority recalled its ambassador to the UAE and said that it was going to withdraw from the Arab League, which refused to condemn the agreements. It expressed a feeling of betrayal
- Hamas called the agreement a “treacherous stab in the back of the Palestinian people, There were also 3 missiles fired into Israel and a minimal Israeli responses.
- Iran and Turkey resoundingly condemned the normalization of ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
- Iran called the deal a “dagger in the back” of all Muslims,
- Tehran also said the deal was an act of “strategic stupidity” by the UAE, and “will undoubtedly strengthen the axis of resistance in the region.”
- The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement supporting the Palestinian administration, saying that the “history and the conscience” of the region’s people will not forget and never forgive the “hypocritical behavior” of the United Arab Emirates in agreeing to a deal with Israel.
- Qatar sided with the Palestinian Authority
The lines are becoming much more tightly defined. The GCC states minus Qatar, but plus Jordan, Egypt and others supporting the rapprochements and Turkey, Iran and Qatar opposing the agreements. Turkey continues its quest for leadership in the Arab nations. Iran rightfully perceives that it is being further isolated as does the Palestinian Authority. Qatar is in a box. It wants to support the Palestinians and some radical Arab causes while avoiding a confrontation with Iran. But it is geographically compromised in the region.[i]
As predicted the Palestinian Authority is becoming isolated and the pressure to reach agreement with Israel has increased significantly. What is surprising is how fast the lines became drawn.
Whether these agreements will have an impact on the upcoming presidential election is still unknown
[i] It should be noted that Qatar’s new Patriot air defense system has one battery oriented toward Iran and the second toward Saudi Arabia.