Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has mentioned that he’s contemplating breaking off all diplomatic ties with the UAE after the Gulf nation introduced a landmark deal establishing formal relations with Israel.
Erdogan harshly criticized the UAE for its deal with Israel, as most Arab nations have traditionally shunned sustaining formal diplomatic relations with Tel Aviv in protest in opposition to its occupation of the West Bank.
Erdogan was talking to reporters in Istanbul after the Turkish Foreign Ministry mentioned historical past won’t ever forgive the “hypocritical behavior” of the UAE in agreeing such a deal.
“History and the conscience of the region’s peoples will not forget and never forgive this hypocritical behavior of the UAE, betraying the Palestinian cause for the sake of its narrow interests,” Reuters quoted the ministry as saying in an announcement.
“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 commerce ties with Israel, however relations have been strained for years. In 2010 Israeli commandos killed 10 Turkish activists making an attempt to breach a blockade on the Gaza Strip, which is dominated by the Palestinian Islamist motion Hamas.
Israel and the United Arab Emirates on August 13 established full diplomatic relations in a U.S.-brokered deal that required Israel to halt its plan to annex occupied West Bank land sought by the Palestinians.
The historic deal delivered a key international coverage victory to President Donald Trump as he seeks re-election and mirrored a altering Middle East by which shared issues about archenemy Iran have largely overtaken conventional Arab help for the Palestinians.
The UAE turns into the third Arab nation to set up full relations with Israel, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.