Abraham Accords: Gaza Crisis Won’t Shatter Ties Between Israel and Gulf States, Retired General Says

The recent Gaza conflict between israel and Islamist militant group Hamas has prompted some mainstream media observers to wonder whether the ongoing violence would upend the Trump-brokered Abraham Accords between Tel Aviv and the Gulf States.

On 16 May, a league of Muslim nations gathered to discuss the unfolding crisis in the Gaza Strip, with Turkey and Iran pointing the finger of blame at the signatories to the Abraham Accords, Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for striking the deal with israel.

“There are a few who have lost their moral compass and voiced support for Israel”, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, addressing the meeting. “If there are half-hearted statements within our own family, how could we criticise others? Who will take our words seriously?”

Israel-Hamas Conflict Has Nothing to Do With Abraham Accords

Iran and Turkey’s stance appears predictable given that they have lambasted the Abraham Accords and Muslim nations joining the US-brokered initiative from the start. At the same time, Ankara and Tehran allegedly provide assistance to the political wing of Hamas which they, in contrast to Israel, do not consider a terrorist organisation.

Still, Ankara and Tehran’s criticism of Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan, and the UAE is totally unsubstantiated, argues retired Brig. General Dr Meir Elran, a senior research fellow and head of the Homeland Security Programme and a co-head of the Society-Military Programme at the Institute…

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