Report: 90% of Arabs on social media against UAE-Israel deal

The nine-page report discovered that 81% of Arab social media users had "negative" comments regarding the 'peace' agreements.

Palestinians in Jerusalem protest against the UAE’s ‘peace’ deal with Israel. (AFP/Getty Images)

The vast bulk of social media posts in the Arab world regarding the recent normalization agreements between the UAE (United Arab Emirates), Bahrain, and Israel were “negative,” a report released by the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs said.

The nine-page report discovered that 81% of Arab social media users had “negative” comments regarding the ‘peace’ agreements, also known as the Abraham Accords, while 8% carried “very negative” opinions. Only 5% viewed them positively.

Palestinians in Gaza protest Bahrain’s ‘peace’ deal with Israel. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)

According to The Times of Israel, the study commissioned by the ministry and conducted between mid-August and mid-September revealed that almost half of the comments – 45% – published in the Arab world considered the Israeli-Emirati agreement as a “betrayal.”

Moroccans hold a banner during a protest against normalizing relations with Israel, in Rabat, Morocco. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy)

Twenty-seven percent showed regret over the UAE dealings with Israel, 10% considered the agreement  “hypocrisy,” while 5% maintained that Abu Dhabi gave in to US interests.

Bahrainis protest against their government’s decision to normalize relations with Israel. (LuaLuaTV)

“The minority in favor of normalization mentioned the deal’s advantages in the areas of security (61%), economic practicality (33%), and the “whitening” of a de facto prevailing situation (6%),” the ministry said in a statement.

The most popular hashtags were “Bahrainis against normalization” and “normalization is treason.”

According to the report, these hashtags managed an outreach of more than 100 million social media users during the period studied.

The chief sources of negative comments were Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority (PA), along with “a series of civil society institutions that boost the delegitimization of Israel.”

Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Orit Farkash-Hacohen. (Flash 90)

The ministry endorsed launching an online campaign “to change perceptions about Israel, with a focus on the Arab world” to “provide more balanced and reliable information, including within the context of legitimization regarding Israel.”

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