JAFFA, Israel – Masses of Arab social media users attacked Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan for Monday’s reconciliation pact with Israel, which some dubbed “a shameful concession.”
Erdogan, whose hostile approach to Israel had been lauded in the Arab world, was criticized across the board, even on the normally sympathetic Al Jazeera network.
“Is normalization with Israel treason?” Khaled asked, and answered: “Yes! Doesn’t it apply to Turkey as well, or is the Caliph [Erdogan] immune to criticism?”
— ✨خالد الجنيدي (@khalid8890) June 27, 2016
Naif wrote: “I now want to see the faces of the Zionist Muslim Brotherhood!”
ودنا نشوف وجوه صهاينة الاخوان
بعد هذا الخبر. .@AJABreaking
— مجموعة نايف بن خالد (@naif4002) June 27, 2016
Ali blamed the Arabs for shunning Turkey, pushing it toward Israel. “It’s all because of the Saudis and the Arabs who boycotted Turkey and undermined its position,” he wrote. “The only allies it had left were Israel and Iran.”
— علي الشريف (@AliiTeacher) June 26, 2016
“This is Erdogan!!!” Abdualaziz wrote. “Where are all those who say that he is the servant of Islam and the Muslims?!”
هذا اوردغان !! ،، وين اللي يقولون عنه انه خادم الاسلام والمسلمين ،،!! @AJABreaking
— عبدالعزيز العصيمي (@mr_abdualaziz1) June 26, 2016
“Now they’ll say that Erdogan is allowed to do what others aren’t,” Nasser tweeted.
يجوز لاردوغان مايجوز لغيره هكذا لسان حال القطيع
— ناصر البهيجي 🇸 (@drnasserotaibi) June 26, 2016
“LOL the Muslim caliph normalizes ties with Israel,” Khalid wrote.
— خـالد الجنيدي (@Khalid8890) June 26, 2016
“What’s wrong with overt normalization?” a commenter retorted. “It’s better than normalization under the table.”
“He’s not the Muslim caliph,” another replied. “He is the caliph of the Jews.”
خليفة المسلمين لا والله خليفة اليهود
— موجز المملكة (@jrvjidd) June 27, 2016
“Israel and Turkey normalized relations,” Alfarouq wrote. “Israel will now mediate between Turkey and Russia to end hostilities. Israel played its cards right. The Muslim Brotherhood cannot be trusted.”
“Turkey has been playing with the Syrian issue and the Syrian people since the crisis began!” Ibnqasuoon wrote. “It turns out that Erdogan’s red lines are fantasy and gobbledygook. All they care about is that the war will be kept outside their borders.”
تركيا تلعب بالملف السوري والسوريين منذ بداية الأزمة! إتضح أن كل خطوط أردوغان الحمراء خزعبلية!هم يهمهم فقط أن تبقى الحرب خارج حدودهم!
— ابن قاسيون (@ibnqasuoon) June 26, 2016
Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers, who see Erdogan as a world leader representing their views, were also critical.
Yasser Zaatreh, a pro-Hamas and pro-Muslim Brotherhood Jordanian columnist wrote: “I’m against the Turkish-Israeli deal, regardless of Israel’s apology, and despite the achievements it stipulates for Gaza. Any type of normalization is to be condemned, even if the strong relations with the enemy are inherited, as in Turkey’s case.”
ضد الاتفاق التركي الإسرائيلي رغم اعتذار إسرائيل، وبعض المكتسبات البسيطة لغزة. أية خطوة تطبيع مدانة، حتى من حكومة ورثت علاقات متينة مع العدو.
— ياسر الزعاترة (@YZaatreh) June 26, 2016
One commenter gloated at Zaatreh’s disappointment: “I respect you in the same way Erdogan, the sloganeering buffoon, treated you.”
احترمك بقدر مصيبتك في اردوغان الهريج بياع الكلام
— مواطن (@mwaten12345) June 26, 2016
Syrialander also replied: “I told you a long time ago nothing good would come out of the Muslim Brotherhood. I wrote this to you in [former Egyptian president Mohammed] Morsi’s time, and you were angry at me.”