In a televised speech on Saturday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the United Arab Emirates towards permitting Israel a “foothold” within the Center East.
“They’ve dedicated an enormous mistake, a treacherous act,” Rouhani stated. “We hope they are going to notice this and abandon this mistaken path.”
“Why then did it occur now? If it weren’t a mistaken deal, why was it then introduced in a 3rd nation, in America? So a gentleman in Washington wins votes, you betray your nation, your folks, Muslims and the Arab world?”
On Thursday, US President Donald Trump introduced that Israel and the Emirates would set up full diplomatic relations in a US-brokered deal, which might see Israel halt its long-standing plans to annex components of the West Financial institution.
The UAE will now be the third Arab nation, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994, to ascertain diplomatic ties with Israel. It caps a number of years of rising behind-the-scenes cooperation between Israel and Sunni monarchies of the Gulf to counterbalance Shia Iran as an bold regional energy dealer.
The European Union, Egypt, Bahrain and Oman, have welcomed the settlement, which was strongly condemned by all Palestinian factions.