Iran and Turkey have strongly condemned Donald Trump’s Middle East Peace Agreement, which established full diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
State television says Iran’s Foreign Ministry called the historic deal a stab in the back for all Muslims.
Turkey said the peoples of the region will “never forget and never forgive” this hypocritical behavior of the UAE.
State TV says Iran’s Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned a historic deal establishing full diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pictured above
The UAE, which has never fought against Israel and has been quietly improving ties for years, said the agreement reflected Israel’s plans to unilaterally annex parts of the occupied West Bank, which the Palestinians regard as the heart of their future state. , holds.
But Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said the UAE had no authority to negotiate with Israel on behalf of the Palestinians or to “ make concessions on matters of vital importance to Palestine. ”
Iran called normalizing ties between the two countries Friday in the ministry’s statement a dangerous, ‘shameful’ measure and warned the UAE against Israel that it would interfere with the ‘political comparisons’ of the Persian Gulf region.
“The UAE government and other accompanying governments must take responsibility for all consequences of this action,” the statement said.
In a deal negotiated by the US, the UAE and Israel announced on Thursday that they have agreed to forge full diplomatic ties and that Israel plans to annex occupied land that the Palestinians are seeking for their future state. will stop.
Officials applaud after President Trump announced the deal
Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government will now maintain full relations with the United Arab Emirates, the de facto ruler of which is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi.
The agreement makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state – and the third Arab country, after Egypt and Jordan – to maintain full diplomatic ties with Israel.
They announced it in a joint statement, saying deals between Israel and the UAE were expected in the coming weeks in areas such as tourism, direct flights and embassies.
Iran said in the state television report that establishing diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE exposed the ‘strategic stupidity’ of the two countries and said it will “ undoubtedly strengthen the axis of resistance in the region. ”
The ministry’s statement called the deal a ‘dagger falsely punched in the backs of the Palestinian people and all Muslims by the UAE.’
Turkey has maintained diplomatic relations with Israel for decades, but under President Recep Tayyip, Erdogan has positioned himself as a champion of the Palestinians. Turkey and the UAE support rival camps in the Libyan conflict.
The landmark deal provided a major foreign policy victory for US President Donald Trump as he pursues reelection and reflected a changing Middle East in which shared concerns about nemesis Iran have largely overtaken traditional Arab support for the Palestinians.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is “determined to annex parts of the West Bank” but agreed to “temporarily suspend” those plans to sign the deal with the UAE.
A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the deal amounts to ‘treason’ and should be reversed
Hossein Amirabdollahian, an adviser to the speaker of the Iranian parliament, criticized the deal on his Twitter account on Friday.
“The UAE’s new approach to normalizing ties to bogus, criminal (hashish) Israel does not maintain peace and security but serves the ongoing Zionist crimes,” he said.
Former chief of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, Mohsen Rezaei, said in a tweet that the UAE has made itself ‘Israel’s paradise’ for the past 10 years.
“No zealous Muslim fighters and no Arabs betray Palestine, just nervous stabs from behind,” he said.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas welcomed both the agreement and the decision to suspend annexation and called for congratulations to his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi on ‘this historic step’.
“We support our position that only a negotiated two-state solution can bring lasting peace to the Middle East,” Maas said in a statement.
‘Together with our European partners and the region, we have campaigned intensively in recent months against annexation and for the resumption of direct negotiations. We are also ready to actively support such a process. ‘