Turkey and Iran: Enemies of Peace

At every turn, Arab citizens find Turkey and Iran opposing values and practices that would ensure security, stability and peace. They play a destabilizing role by deploying militias in the heart of some Arab countries, sowing discord and strife between citizens of the same nation. In addition, Turkey, Iran and their proxies, issue antagonistic statements and speeches condemning the hard work of other nations that aim to achieve peace and put an end to conflict in the region. Under false pretenses, Turkey and Iran celebrate joining the so-called “Axis of Resistance”, unaware that their agendas have been exposed and their political hypocrisy is no longer marketable.

Iran, through a number of its political representatives, has launched a series of threats against the UAE for exercising its sovereign rights by signing a peace agreement with Israel. Recently, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Special Aide to the Speaker of the Iranian Parliament on International Affairs and former Deputy Foreign Minister, tweeted that the peace agreement between Bahrain and Israel “paves the way for Israel’s designs.” This was followed by threats to Bahrain, from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, of “harsh vengeance”. Additional threats have come from Iranian militia in the region, including Hezbollah, and other groups that describe themselves as “resistance movements”, such as Hamas. All of this indicates that these parties cannot accept values of coexistence, peace and fraternity between nations.

Turkey was one of the first countries to establish relations and trade links with Israel, signing memorandums of understanding and entering into economic and military cooperation. Despite this, its president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who hires mercenaries to incite war and destruction in Syria and Libya, consistently agitates against moves to bring stability and peace to the region. Erdoğan was the first to comment on the UAE-Israel peace agreement, signaling that his country would take steps to suspend diplomatic relations with the UAE, such as recalling Turkey’s ambassador to the UAE. These threats were made under the pretext of supporting the Palestinian people, to whom the UAE has given a great deal of assistance, safeguarding their rights and interests.

Turkey and Iran’s claims that they support the Palestinian cause have been exposed as empty rhetoric. This is widely seen as a political tactic to further their goals of inciting unrest and violence, sowing discord and division among Arabs, as they have done on many issues in the past. Turkey has tried its best to disrupt the peace of people in Libya and Syria; even Greece has not been spared from Turkey’s aggression. Meanwhile, Iran exercises its influence through proxy militias in Lebanon and Yemen. It hopes to save the prestige it lost forty years ago when Ayatollah Khomeini and the clergy declared the establishment of the ‘Islamic Republic of Iran’. Since then, the Iranian people have been subject to persecution and poverty. Any elements of Iranian civilization and development have been destroyed by sword and gun.

The threats that the enemies of peace, Iran and Turkey, level against countries that seek peace, expose their corrupt manipulation of the Palestinian cause. They use it to gain Arab and Muslim sympathy to serve their expansionist agendas, which can only be realized by stoking dispute, unrest and conflict in Arab countries that suffer from prolonged political and economic crises. These crises can only be overcome by adopting the values and culture of peace, renouncing inflammatory statements and empty escalations that take an illegitimate stand against decisions made by sovereign states. Their actions aim to undermine Palestinian interests and destroy any hope of stability and achieving a just, comprehensive and sustainable peace, a prospect that could lead the Palestinians to their goal of establishing an independent state, based on Palestine’s June 4, 1967 borders, with its capital in East Jerusalem.