On Saturday, Iran lashed out at the UAE for agreeing to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel. Dubbed the “Abraham Accords”, the agreement makes the Emirates only the third Arab country to have normal diplomatic relations with Israel along with Egypt, which signed a peace deal in 1979, and Jordan, which signed a treaty in 1994.
Calling the deal “shameful” and “evil action”, the powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guard warned that the deal with Israel will set back American influence in the Middle East, and bring a “dangerous future” for the Emirate government.
The controversial deal was announced by the White House after a three-way phone call between U.S. President and his Israeli and Emirate counterparts.
While the US President called the deal a significant step towards building a more peaceful, secure and prosperous Middle East, the agreement has generated an immediate backlash in the region from the opposite sides of ideological spectrum.
The Iranian president Hassan Rouhani also condemned the UAE for the agreement. In a televised speech yesterday, he warned that Abu Dhabi has made a “huge mistake” in reaching a deal towards normalizing ties with Israel and warned the Gulf state against allowing Israel to have a “foothold in the region”.
Iran’s foreign Minister, Mohammad Javed Zarif, who is on the trip to Lebanon also called the agreement a painful betrayal of Arabs and other countries in the region,
The reapproachment between the UAE and Israel comes at a time when the Arab states increasingly perceive Iran as a greater threat than Israel.
The Arab countries accuse Iran of supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen and Islamic brotherhood and its affiliates in the region.
The Iranian hard-line daily Kayhan, whose editor in chief is appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened the UAE of military repercussions. “The UAE’s great betrayal of the Palestinian people…will turn this small rich country, which is heavily dependent on security, into a legitimate and easy target,” it said in a front-page editorial.
Dozens of people in Tehran gathered in front against of the Emirate embassy on Saturday to protest against the deal. The protesters also chanted slogans “death to Israel” and “death to America” and burned Israeli flags.
Writing by Minaam Shah.