Iran and Turkey have strongly condemned Donald Trump’s Middle East peace deal which has established full diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
State TV says Iran‘s Foreign Ministry called the historic deal a stab in the back to all Muslims.
Turkey said the peoples of the region ‘will never forget and will never forgive this hypocritical behavior’ by 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 Israel and has quietly been improving ties for years, said the agreement put a hold on Israel’s plans to unilaterally annex parts of the occupied West Bank, which the Palestinians view as the heartland of their future state.
But the Turkish Foreign Ministry said the UAE had no authority to negotiate with Israel on behalf of the Palestinians or ‘to make concessions on matters vital to Palestine.’
Iran, in the ministry statement, called the normalizing of ties between the two countries a dangerous, ‘shameful’ measure on Friday and warned the UAE against Israel interfering in the ‘political equations’ of the Persian Gulf region.
‘The UAE government and other accompanying governments must accept responsibility for all the consequences of this action,’ the statement said.
In a deal brokered by the U.S., the UAE and Israel announced Thursday they agreed to establish full diplomatic ties and Israel will halt plans for annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state.
Officials applaud after President Trump announced the deal
Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government is now going to have full relations with the United Arab Emirates, whose de facto ruler is Abu Dhabi’s crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed
The agreement makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state – and the third Arab country, after Egypt and Jordan – to have 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 such areas as tourism, direct flights and embassies.
Iran said in the state TV report the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE revealed the ‘strategic stupidity’ of the two countries and said it ‘will undoubtedly strengthen the axis of resistance in the region.’
The ministry statement called the deal a ‘dagger that was unjustly struck by the UAE in the backs of the Palestinian people and all Muslims.’
Turkey has had diplomatic relations with Israel for decades, but under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has positioned itself as a champion of the Palestinians. Turkey and the UAE support rival camps in the conflict in Libya.
The historic deal delivered a key foreign policy victory for U.S. President Donald Trump as he seeks re-election and reflected a changing Middle East in which shared concerns about archenemy Iran have largely overtaken traditional Arab support for the Palestinians.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is ‘committed to annexing parts of the West Bank’ but agreed to ‘temporarily suspend’ those plans in order 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, advisor to Iran’s Parliament speaker, criticized the deal on his Twitter account on Friday.
‘UAE’s new approach for normalizing ties w/fake, criminal (hash)Israel doesn’t maintain peace & security, but serves ongoing Zionists’ crimes,’ he said.
Iran’s former chief of the powerful Revolutionary Guard, Mohsen Rezaei, said in a tweet the UAE has been making itself ‘the paradise of Israel’ for the last 10 years.
‘No Muslim zealous warriors and no Arabs betray Palestine, only nerveless stabs from behind,’ he said.
Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas welcomed both the agreement and the decision to suspend annexation and called to congratulate his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi on ‘this historic step.’
‘We stand by 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 past months against an annexation and for the resumption of direct negotiations. We are also ready to actively support such a process.’