Tue 09 Jan 2024 4:27 pm - Jerusalem Time

Hebrew Report: Despite protests, Arab countries have not severed their relations with Israel

More than 3 years after the signing of the Abraham Accords, within the framework of which relations between Israel, the UAE, Bahrain, and Morocco were normalized. Despite the ongoing war in Gaza, these agreements have survived, as have the peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan. While Saudi Arabia, whose turn was supposed to come on the path to normalization, froze this process in the wake of the war on the Gaza Strip.

During the war, countries that signed agreements with Israel issued several statements of condemnation. The UAE condemned the ground operations in the Gaza Strip, and the King of Morocco rejected the Israeli policy in the Strip and “the Israeli attempt to impose a new reality.” He also said that the recent escalation is the result of the lack of a political horizon for the Palestinian issue. During the war, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued several condemnations against Israel.

Countries that have signed peace and normalization agreements with Israel are suffering under great pressure from other Arab countries, and are also being attacked by the Iranian axis, which considers them traitors and collaborators with the Israelis and Americans. Bahrain has gone far by recently joining the international coalition against the Houthis in the Red Sea. There were reports in early November that Bahrain had reduced its economic relations with Israel, but it later turned out that these reports were incorrect.

Since the beginning of the war in Gaza, Morocco has witnessed large demonstrations in support of the Palestinians in the Strip, and sources in the country spoke at the beginning of the protests that the intention was to “reduce tension,” and that the king and the authorities were allowing the population to do this, nothing more, and that there was no danger to normalization with Israel.

It can be said that the war in Gaza, or Israel’s victory against “Hamas” and the situation in the region, may hinder or curb relations with countries that have normalized relations with Israel during this period, but in the long run, the war in Gaza must not hinder the development of relations with these countries. .

There are those who claim that in the long term, specifically when there is no Hamas presence in the region, these countries will be able to strengthen their relations with Israel in various fields, without anyone disturbing them. According to estimates, relations with Israel are important to these countries, for economic and security reasons, and these interests are likely to outweigh calls to sever relations. These countries' condemnations against Israel also play a role in alleviating the criticism directed at it.


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Hebrew Report: Despite protests, Arab countries have not severed their relations with Israel