August 13, 2022

The Arab view is changing regarding Gaza and the Middle East - opinion

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by Hadeel Oueis, Senior Research Fellow

There is a growing renunciation among Arab youth of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad’s actions in Gaza against Israel.

It’s not unfamiliar to see many Arabs blaming Israel for the recent escalation between the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and the IDF, but what’s unprecedented and worth noting is the growing renunciation among the Arab youth for the Islamic Jihad and Hamas behavior in Gaza and against Israel.

After the Abraham Accords agreements and other steps taken by the Arab countries, like the recent formal opening of Saudi skies to Israel, more young Arabs are condemning the Islamic Jihad and Hamas usage of Gaza to start a new war with Israel.

Despite the traditional Arab government’s statements that condemned the Israeli strikes on Gaza, a significant Arab popular discontent with PIJ was seen, especially with the IDF reports that the PIJ misfired rockets may have killed over a dozen in Gaza’s latest battle.

Even before the recent reports about PIJ missed rockets, the Arab public was generally aware that the civilians of Gaza are victims of Hamas and PIJ behavior that puts the Islamist ideology and political interests above the civilians. Moreover, these behaviors deepen…