According to the 2023 Arab Youth Survey, Arab youth in the United Arab Emirates and Morocco, two signatories to the Abraham Accords, strongly support the normalization of relations with Israel. Young Arabs in Egypt also strongly support normalization with Israel, while a majority of respondents in other Arab countries such as Algeria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, including Bahrain, another signatory to the agreement, oppose closer ties with Israel. relation.
When it came to the general perception of Israel among young Arabs, 86 percent of respondents saw the Jewish state as an enemy of their homeland.
Two-thirds of respondents to the survey, released yesterday by global communications firm ASDA’A BCW, said current “tensions” between “some Western countries” such as Iran, Israel and the US would eventually lead to war. However, the United States continues to dominate the region in the eyes of young Arabs, who rank the United States as one of the countries with “the greatest influence on the Arab world”.
Regarding Russia’s war on Ukraine, most young Arabs believe that diplomatic negotiations will eventually lead to a solution. However, when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, young Arabs, especially in North Africa and the Levant, do not think there will be a solution anytime soon, with only a third of respondents believing the situation is being resolved. “Enough care and attention”. Arab world.
For this year’s Arab Youth Survey, the 15th to date, researchers interviewed 3,600 individuals aged 18 to 24 in 18 countries and 53 cities in the Middle East and North Africa between March 27 and April 12 , to measure the overall attitude of “Arab youth”. The Arab world has the largest population. The survey has a margin of error of 1.6 percent.
On the issue of normalizing relations, 75 percent of young Arabs in the UAE, 73 percent in Egypt and 50 percent in Morocco “strongly support” or “somewhat support” relations with Israel. In Bahrain, that number dropped to 30%, with 53% “strongly opposed” or “somewhat opposed” to normalization with Israel. In the other 14 countries surveyed, a majority of respondents in the 1980s and 1990s were opposed, and 100% of respondents in Iraq and the Palestinian Territories were opposed to warming up relations.
As in previous surveys, the UAE was rated highly by respondents. For the 12th consecutive year, Arab youth have chosen the UAE as the country they most want to live in and the country they most want their own country to emulate. Reasons include the UAE’s growing economy, entrepreneurial opportunities and successful leadership. More than four in 10 young Arabs see the UAE as a “safe and secure environment”.