75% of Arabs See US and Israel as Biggest Threats to National Security
July 13, 2018
(MEMO) — A new poll published by the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies has revealed that 75 per cent of Arabs see Israel and the United States as the biggest threats to national security.
The Arab Opinion Index surveyed over 18,000 individuals in 11 Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco and Mauritania. The poll conducted face-to-face interviews with the respondents, asking them questions on a range of topics including economics, immigration and attitudes towards regional politics and democracy.
Results showed that 75 per cent of Arabs see Israel as the biggest threat to their national security. The United States was the second most-cited, followed by Iran. On broader questions relating to Israel, 90 per cent of those surveyed see Israel as a major source of instability in the Middle East and disapprove of the various peace treaties signed between Arab states and Israel, including the Oslo Accords, the Camp David Accords and the Wadi Araba Agreement between Israel and Jordan.
Further, 87 per cent of Arabs disapproved of their country recognising Israel, with only eight per cent accepting formal diplomatic recognition. When asked to justify their reasons for this disapproval, almost 32 per cent stated that Israel “is a settler colonialist state and occupies Palestine”. While Arab states neighbouring Israel, for example Egypt and Jordan, have long recognised the state, more recently the willingness of Gulf states to establish ties with Israel has increased. Leading the call has been Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, who has been dubbed by commentators as “the world’s richest Zionist”.