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Friday 14 August 2020

Turkey Says History Will Not Forgive UAE for Israel Deal

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) — Turkey said on Friday that history will not forget and never forgive the “hypocritical behaviour” of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in agreeing a deal with Israel to normalise relations.

The UAE becomes the third Arab country to establish full relations with Israel, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. Reacting to this, the Turkish Foreign Ministry declared that the Palestinian people and administration were justified in protesting strongly against this agreement, which reshuffles the order of Middle East politics from the Palestinian question to the anti-Iranian battle. The ministry said in a statement:

History and the conscience of the region’s peoples will not forget and never forgive this hypocritical behaviour of the UAE, betraying the Palestinian cause for the sake of its narrow interests.


It is extremely worrying that the UAE should, with a unilateral action, try and do away with the [2002] Arab Peace Plan developed by the Arab League. It is not in the slightest credible that this three-way declaration should be presented as supporting the Palestinian cause.

Turkey has diplomatic and trade ties with Israel, but relations have been strained for years. In 2010 Israeli commandos killed 10 Turkish activists trying to breach a blockade on the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

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