Turkey said history and the collective conscience of people in the Middle East will not forgive and never forgive the “hypocritical behavior” of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in agreeing to normalize ties with Israel. The UAE was the first Gulf Arab state and the third Arab nation – after Egypt and Jordan, to announce active ties Israel on Thursday. Israel and the UAE reached an agreement- brokered by the United States , to work towards a full normalisation of relations- a deal the Palestinians called a “treacherous stab in the back”. The Turkish foreign ministry said on Friday the Palestinian people and administration were right to react strongly against the deals. Turkey expressed serious concern over the UEA’s aim to unilaterally abolish the 2002 Arab Peace Plan, which envisioned a normalization of relations between the Arab world and Israel in exchange for a full withdrawal by Israel from the occupied Palestinian territories.
The UAE administration has no authority to negotiate with Israel on behalf of Palestine without consent from its people and administration regarding vital matters – the ministry said. Neither history nor the collective conscience of the region will ever forget and forgive the hypocritical behavior of the UAE, which is trying to depict the deal as a sacrifice for Palestine, when in reality it is a betrayal to the Palestine cause for its own narrow interests. Under the UAE-Israel agreement announced by US President Donald Trump on Thursday, Israel said it agreed to delay the annexation of Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank, but the plan remains on the table. The White House said that, the surprise deal was the product lengthy discussions between Israel, UAE, US that accelerated recently. “More countries will come forward to agree for peace in the Middle East”- Trump said. he also added that ” now that the deal allows much greater access to Muslims from throughout the world to visit the many historic sites in Israel, which Muslims want to see very badly and have wanted to see for many decades, and to peacefully pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque, which is very special place for them”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed “a new era” between Israel and the Arab world following the deal with the UAE.