Iran Lambastes UAE, Bahrain For Normalization With Israel, Warns Them of 'Severe Consequences'

Published September 16th, 2020 - 10:02 GMT
The decision by the UAE and Bahrain to normalise ties with Israel breaks with decades of consensus within the Arab world that a peace deal with the Palestinians is a prerequisite for establishing relations with the Jewish state. SAID KHATIB / AFP
The decision by the UAE and Bahrain to normalise ties with Israel breaks with decades of consensus within the Arab world that a peace deal with the Palestinians is a prerequisite for establishing relations with the Jewish state. SAID KHATIB / AFP
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Iran blasted the leaders of both Arab states, warning of 'severe consequences'.

Iran has warned the UAE and Bahrain that they will be responsible for 'severe consequences' that will be caused by signing of an historic peace deal with Israel. 

Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian President, blasted leaders of the two Arab states over the deal and accused them of forgetting 'their debt to the Palestinian people'.

'How could you reach out your hands to Israel? And then you want to give them bases in the region? All the severe consequences that would arise from this are on you,' he said in televised remarks.

Rouhani spoke out on Wednesday, hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani met in Washington to sign a peace deal.

The pact normalises diplomatic and economic relations between the three states, and breaks with years of consensus among Arab countries that a deal recognising Palestine is a necessary precursor to any accord with Israel.

Egypt and Jordan are the only other Arab states to have recognised Israel.

Palestinian leaders bitterly oppose the deal, fearing that it will prompt Israel to give up on the peace process, destroying their hopes of statehood.

Iran, a staunch supporter of the Palestinian people, also opposes the deal.

In his Wednesday address to the nation, Rouhani accused Israel of 'committing more crimes in Palestine every day'.

'Some of the region's countries, their people are pious Muslims but their rulers neither understand religion nor (their) debt ... to the nation of Palestine, to their brothers speaking their language,' he added. 

The deal signing - which took place in Washington on Tuesday - has sparked protests across Gaza, the West Bank and Ramallah, home of the Palestinian Authority.

It also saw two rockets fired overnight from Gaza towards Israel, which were timed to coincide with the ceremony.

Two missiles were fired from Gaza, one of which was intercepted by the Iron Dome defence system, and the other of which landed in the southern city of Ashdod.

At least two people received non-life-threatening injuries, emergency services said.  

The Israel Defence Forces said Wednesday that their fighter jets responded with air strikes on military targets belonging to Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the rocket fire from the various Palestinian factions operating in Gaza.

But the IDF levelled blame at Hamas and warned that it would 'bear the consequences for terror activity against Israeli civilians'.

Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters took to the streets in the West Bank cities of Nablus and Hebron, and in Gaza, to protest the signing of the peace accord.

Hundreds also took part in a demonstration in Ramallah, home of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

The deal states that the UAE and Bahrain officially acknowledge the existence of the Jewish state, and will establish diplomatic and economic ties with it.

The deal breaks with decades of consensus among Arab nations that a peace deal between Israel and Palestine is a precursor to further peace deals in the region.

Egypt and Jordan are the only other Arab states to officially recognise Israel. 

Palestinians oppose the deal, fearing that it will prompt Israel to abandon the peace process and with it their hopes of establishing an independent Palestinian state.

Abbas warned that the deals would 'not achieve peace in the region' until the US and Israel acknowledged his people's right to a state.

'Peace, security and stability will not be achieved in the region until the Israeli occupation ends,' he said.

In Gaza, protesters trampled on and set fire to placards bearing images of the leaders of Israel, the UAE and Bahrain.

That latest rocket fire came after a month in which militants in the strip had stepped up incendiary balloon attacks against Israel, which responded with nighttime air strikes against Hamas.

The two sides last month reached a Qatari-mediated deal to end hostilities and revive a fragile 18-month truce.

Hamas has joined the PA in condemning the UAE and Bahraini accords as a 'betrayal' of their cause.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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