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Conflicting Reactions in the Middle East towards the Coup Attempt in Turkey: Between Opposing and Welcoming

Reactions in the Arab world to the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey varied between opposing and acclaiming it. Remarkably, some of the most authoritarian Arab regimes were amongst those clearly expressing their jubilation in the early stages of the coup attempt. As for Arab public opinion, particularly Islamists and those loyal to them in the whole region, they decidedly condemned the coup attempt. Furthermore they expressed a sincere satisfaction for the victory of the Turkish people and the strong unity they demonstrated in their combative defiance of the coup.

Conflicting Reactions in the Middle East towards the Coup Attempt
Hundreds of Palestinians from Gaza, carrying Palestinian and Turkish flags poured out in to the streets after the morning prayer to celebrate the failure of the coup attempt in Turkey. AA PHOTO / ALI JADALLAH
 

On 15 July 2016, a military coup was attempted in Turkey against state institutions including, but not limited to, the government and President Erdoğan. Reactions to the event were largely against the coup attempt, both domestically and internationally. This commentary tries to shed light on the different positions taken in the Arab world. I also assert that some of these positions are primarily due to the stance and policy preferences of some Arab regimes towards Turkey’s current President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Additionally, reactions are closely related with the stance of the Arab peoples and their positive perception of Turkey’s current leadership, namely Erdoğan. This positive stance of the Arab populace stems from considering President Erdoğan as the champion of the oppressed segments within the Middle East on the one hand and on the other hand praising the successful experience of good democratic governance in Turkey, a situation Islamists in the Arab world like to eulogize. 

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