After the United Arab Emirates, another small Arab country, Bahrain, announced the establishment of normal relations with Israel. Before that it was the position of the Arabs, first the establishment of a Palestinian state, then the establishment of normal relations with Israel will be seen. Breaking that deadlock, US President Donald Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ puzzled political observers. They keep asking themselves, why is the US President spending so much labor and time on a deal that the Palestinians have boycotted, that the Arab countries have rejected and that will never work? David Hearst, a well-known Middle East journalist and editor of the Middle East Eye, has found the answer to this question. Let’s find out the unknown reason.
The emirate’s declaration of normal relations with Israel also failed to provide adequate answers to many questions. President Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner are fighting to get other Arab countries involved. Its results matched the declaration of Bahrain. Two other smaller countries, Kosovo and Serbia, could also step in to establish normal relations with Israel. However, large and populous countries have refused to participate in the process. There was no support from Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Oman, Kuwait or Jordan.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will only shake hands with the leaders of the two smaller Arab countries at a ceremony at the White House. And US President Trump will call the event ‘historic’.
The question is, if the target of this agreement is never the Palestinians, then who? Israel and the UAE have formed an alliance to defend themselves from whom? Israel has repeatedly told Arab diplomats that it never considers Iran a military threat. Yossi Cohen, head of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, also thinks Iran is “controllable.”
Israel has repeatedly tested its theory on Iran. They have bombed Iranian-backed fighters in Syria and Lebanon. But neither Iran nor Hezbollah has responded. This is what Israel understands.
Trump once came close to getting involved in a war with Iran. The situation stemmed from the death of Iranian General Qasim Sulaimani in a US missile strike in Iraq in January. But there was no military conflict. It was understood that the target was not Iran, but someone else. The question is, if the target of the new alliance is not Iran, then who?
The answer to this question was found in the statement of the Arab leaders at the just concluded Arab League meeting. That being said, the real enemy is hidden in the NATO alliance. That country is a member of that alliance. The threat to the Arab world is not Iran, nor Russia, but Turkey.
The allegation was raised directly by UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash at a meeting of the Arab League. He said the way Turkey is interfering in the internal affairs of Arab countries is a blazing example of negative interference in the region.
The ridiculous aspect of the UAE foreign minister’s statement is that he is the foreign minister of a country that has ousted Egypt’s elected president and the internationally recognized government of Libya, whose planes are regularly bombed in Tripoli.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukari meets with UAE Foreign Minister. He said Turkey’s interference in the internal affairs of various Arab countries had become a threat to Arab national security. Egypt will not remain silent in such a situation.
The Palestinian delegation was presiding over the meeting of the Arab League. They came prepared with a strong statement. The statement called the Israeli-Emirate agreement a “betrayal.” Naturally the statement was not adopted at the meeting. Instead it was decided to form a permanent sub-committee. The sub-committee will monitor the Turkish “aggression” and present it at the next meeting of the organization.
These activities of the Arab League meeting did not escape the attention of the Turkish government. In this context, an official source in Turkey said that the United Arab Emirates has shouldered the responsibility of keeping Turkey in ‘one house’. They are investing in this work. It will really benefit Israel and some US politicians close to the pro-Israel lobby. They are with any anti-Turkish coalition formation. They have been encouraging the UAE in this work.
Interestingly, the Arab League sub-committee formed in 2002 at the initiative of Saudi Arabia to normalize relations with Israel is still in place, although it is no longer effective. After all, Israel is no longer the enemy of the Arab League, the enemy is Turkey.
A recent article in Jordan’s official newspaper, the Jordan Times, illustrates the Arab world’s attitude towards Turkey. “Turkish troops and Turkish-backed militias are active in three Arab countries, Libya, Syria and Iraq,” it said. It is a geopolitical reality that the Arab world and the international community must acknowledge and take action. The regional, political and economic aspirations that Turkey has in these countries and beyond are not hidden at all by President Erdogan and his top officials.
“Turkey now has military bases in Qatar, Libya, Somalia, northern Cyprus, Syria and Iraq. Not all of these bases have been established with the permission of the legitimate government of those countries.
Meanwhile, a fancy attempt is underway to declare Turkey a “new bandit in the Eastern Mediterranean”. French President Macron is at the forefront of this effort. To be clear, Turkey is not one of them. He also said he was not against Turkey, but against Erdogan.
Such a strategy had been taken before, but did not work. Libya, Palestine, Iraq, Syria – wherever Erdogan’s government has taken steps, Turkey’s military and major opposition parties have backed the government. Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections, but will continue to support Erdogan as a national hero on foreign policy issues, especially on the East Mediterranean issue.
Arab countries in the Middle East have taken a stand against Turkey. But in the Arab world, Erdogan has established himself as a popular regional leader. Support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest and most organized political force in the region, is no secret.
He is also working to unite the Palestinians. Turkey has contacts with both Fatah and Hamas. Through Qatar, Turkey has stood by the besieged people of Gaza for years. And the reality is that Turkey’s military presence is visible from Somalia to Qatar.
There is strong support inside Turkey for Erdogan’s foreign policy.
Turkish politician, former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is an example.
The man, a staunch opponent of Erdogan, recently said Macron should not cross borders and insult Turkey and its president.
But no matter how humble the French president is, they do not have the power to provoke another conflict in the Middle East. Because, his condition in his own country is not a special advantage. According to opinion polls, Macron is the most unpopular president in France.