Do Arab States Support Palestine?

Tomas Pueyo
15 min readOct 23, 2023

If you look at a map of countries that recognize Palestine, you’d think most Arab states want an independent Palestine.

All the yellow and orange countries recognize Palestine. Notably, most Arab countries only recognize Palestine and not Israel. Source.

This is reflected in the beliefs of their citizens: Most Arabs think the Palestinian cause is their own.

And of course, we see that in the manifestations of support for Palestine on the streets of many Arab countries.

Protesters gather for a show of solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, near Israel’s embassy in Amman, Jordan, Oct. 7, 2023. Source.

We’ve seen it again in the recent attacks by Hamas on Israel. Despite the atrocities, many countries have directly supported Hamas, not called it out, or have blamed Israel.

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Given all that, you’d think the rulers of Arab countries would be doing everything they can to prop up a Palestinian state. They’re not.

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