Iran strongly condemned the UAE’s decision to normalize diplomatic ties with Israel, describing it as an act of “strategic folly” that would undoubtedly lead to the reinforcement of the resistance front in the region.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran sees Abu Dhabi’s shameful move to normalize its ties with the fake, illegitimate and anti-human Zionist regime as a dangerous measure,” a statement by the Iranian Foreign Ministry said, according to the ministry’s official website.
While warning against any Israeli interference in the Persian Gulf region’s affairs, the statement announced that the government of UAE and other accompanying states must take responsibility for all the consequences of this measure.
Israel and the UAE announced on Thursday that they will normalize diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship.
The UAE, along with most other Arab nations, did not recognize Israel and had no formal diplomatic or economic relations with it until now. It becomes the first Persian Gulf Arab country to reach such a deal with the Israeli regime, Reuters reported.
US President Donald Trump helped broker the accord that officials from the three sides called “historic” and a breakthrough toward the so-called peace.
Palestinian leaders, however, denounced it as a “stab in the back” to their cause.
“The oppressed people of Palestine and all free nations of the world will never forgive normalization of relations with the occupying and criminal regime of Israel and complicity in the crimes of that regime,” Iran’s statement said.
It said history will certainly show how the UAE’s “unjust stab in the back of Palestinians” and even all Muslims will, on the contrary, strengthen the resistance front and promote unity against the Zionists and reactionaries of the region to the highest level.
The statement also advised rulers who “scratch the faces” of Palestinians and other oppressed nations of the region such as Yemen from their “glass castles” to come to their senses and be careful not to fail in telling their friends from their foes.
Serving Zionist Crimes
The so-called “Abraham Agreement” secures an Israeli commitment to halt further annexation of Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank, although Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told reporters that he agreed to “delay” the annexation, but the plans remain “on the table”.
A former Iranian deputy foreign minister said the deal will not secure peace in the region.
Spokesman of Guardians Council Abbasali Kadkhodaei said the UAE is the entrance to the (Persian Gulf) Cooperation Council and is now occupied by Zionists.
“First the UAE, then the West Bank,” he said on Twitter.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a statement, rejecting and denouncing “the UAE, Israeli and US trilateral, surprising announcement”, Aljazeera reported.
It said the deal was a betrayal of Beit-ul-Moqaddas, Al-Aqsa and the Palestinian cause.
Hanan Ashrawi, an outspoken member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s executive committee, also said the announcement was the equivalent of being “sold out” by “friends”.
Anwar Gargash, the UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, has defended the deal, saying that it has allowed more time for peace opportunities through the two-state solution, by banishing the specter of annexing Palestinian lands.
Hamas rejected the US-brokered deal by declaring: “What is required is to support the legitimate struggle of our people against the occupation and not to establish agreements with this occupier.”
Jordan and Egypt were the first countries to sign peace agreements with Israel. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has welcomed the agreement, but Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said it must be followed by Israel ending any unilateral moves to annex territories in the occupied West Bank.
The agreement also received the support of the European powers, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as the United Nations who hoped this would contribute to peace in the region.