As Israel and Gaza draw near to an end to the war, a new battle for narrative is taking place between Arab states. For the first time in a series of clashes between the state of Israel and the occupied territories, regional unity over who to blame, who and what should be done to stop the fight have broken up.
Some Muslim-majority states, such as Turkey and Iran, have accused Israel of inciting al-Aqsa mosque and mistreating the Gaza Strip. But other countries following the case during the previous blaze gained more control.
The relative silence was led by a state that made peace with Israel in last year of the Trump administration and is now a standard bearer of what is known as Abraham Accord.
The UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan, which recently normalized relations with Israel, now find itself balancing new ties with angrily vocal citizens. Against the violence of Israel
Long-time Israeli and Palestinian observers said different reactions to this round of fighting put some of the regional powers in a difficult position with their own populations.
“It is special as a rejection of the Emirates, especially that they do not comment heavily on what is happening in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories,” said Chris Doyle. Said director of the Arab-British Council of Understanding (Kabu).
“It is a signal from Emirates leaders that we will not be left out of this expanding alliance with Israel that they think is valuable to future plans. This includes the resistance to Iran, Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood.
“There is a lot of space to support the rights of Palestinians without recognizing Hamas. And they haven’t done that yet. “
In what appears to be a state-sponsored response, the hashtag “Palestine is not my cause” spread in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait over the weekend. It made support for Twitter accounts across the region from Gaza and East Jerusalem, revealing the scenes of Israeli violence and leadership.
“[These governments] It is inaccurate public opinion about how they are seen and received by the population of the Arab region, ”said Mohanad Hage Ali, a researcher at the Carnegie Middle East Center. That they have never had before It may be viewed as synonymous with the Israeli occupation and Israeli policies in the region. This will affect not only the But only Israel But also the new Arab allies And this will tarnish their reputation. “
“The regime is very concerned about the opinion of the Arab people,” Doyle said. “These scenes of the Gaza bombing will make the leaders look very nervous and they hope they will end sooner than later. ”
News coverage of the conflict is virtually non-existent in UAE newspapers and has been muted in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, which have yet to sign a peace agreement with Israel. But gave a hint that it might be possible Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to the heir of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Neum on the Red Sea coast earlier this year. The relationship between the two states is deeper than ever – although there has been no concrete movement toward a peace agreement.
Riyadh’s position has placed the two-state solution at the center of any solution – a stance adopted by the Arab League. It did not choose the language of the confrontation more than the smaller players of the region. “What we’ve seen in the past is that the kings and the Crown Prince don’t necessarily see conflicts in the same way, and kings are more likely to be critical.”