Turkey, Iran, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas, among other things, have campaigned for the condemnation of the agreement to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – the first recognition of Israel by an Arab country in more than a quarter of a century – given the approval of other Gulf states and Europe as well as the United Nations.
Turkey was one of the first countries to react to the agreement presented on Thursday, calling it “hypocrisy”. On Friday, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accused the UAE of destabilizing the region and “betraying” the Palestinians in order to pursue their own interests.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has even suggested that the Eurasian nation could “cut off diplomatic relations with the Emirates” or call its ambassador in Abu Dhabi for consultations. “We will not abandon the Palestinian people,” he told the Turkish news agency Anatolia.
For its part, Iran has directly described it as “strategic stupidity that will ultimately strengthen the current resistance front against Israel”. “The Palestinians will never forget this agreement that Abu Dhabi signed with the Israeli criminal regime,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement collected by ISNA.