Iran Describes Normalization With Israel as Treason and Strategic Folly

Published September 15th, 2020 - 12:33 GMT
A demonstrator walks on pictures laid out on the ground depicting X-marks over the faces of Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (shown before an Israeli flag with the Arabic word "traitor" superimposed), during a protest against the United Arab Emirates' and Bahrain's decisions to normalise relations with Israel, in Gaza City on September 15, 2020. Palestinian leaders had earlier called for demonstrations against the "shameful" deals the Uni
A demonstrator walks on pictures laid out on the ground depicting X-marks over the faces of Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (shown before an Israeli flag with the Arabic word "traitor" superimposed), during a protest against the United Arab Emirates' and Bahrain's decisions to normalise relations with Israel, in Gaza City on September 15, 2020. Palestinian leaders had earlier called for demonstrations against the "shameful" deals the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are set to sign with Israel. Officials from both Gulf states are due to attend a ceremony at the White House on September 15 to formalise ties with Israel, prompting Palestinian factions to unite in appeals for protest. Palestinians had in August accused Abu Dhabi of a "stab in the back", as the UAE became only the third Arab nation after Egypt and Jordan to announce it would have formal relations with Israel. Mohammed ABED / AFP

Treason and a strategic folly; this is how an advisor to Iran’s leader on international affairs, has described Bahrain's normalization of ties with Israel.

On Friday, Bahrain became the second Arab country after the UAE to normalize its relations with Israel. At his Monday's press conference in Tehran, Ali Akbar Velayati censured the Arab states for their move, calling it a stabbing in the back of Palestinians.

The two Arab states' alignment with Israel do not represent a seismic shift in regional power equations, as they are merely publicizing their pre-existing covert ties. However, Velayati made it clear; Iran will not allow any intervention by Israel in regional equations.

Manama and Abu Dhabi's normalization of ties with Tel Aviv was brokered by the US, with a prospect of broader relations between the Arab world and Israel. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.     


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