Iran Prez Rouhani calls UAE-Israel deal a ‘huge mistake’

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani on Saturday said that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made a “huge mistake” by normalizing ties with Israel. In his televised speech, Rouhani warned the UAE against allowing Israel a “foothold in the region.” He also termed this decision as the “betrayal by the gulf state.”

The Iranian hardline, daily Kayhan, whose editor-in-chief is appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said “the UAE has turned itself into a legitimate target for the resistance”, according to its website.

Citing daily Kayhan’s front-page comment, the Reuters reported: “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’ for the resistance.”

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump announced the UAE-Israel deal, in a move forestalling Israel’s controversial plans to annex large swathes of the occupied West Bank. The UAE is the first Gulf state and the third Arab country to have full diplomatic relations with Israel after Egypt and Jordan, the Express Tribune reported. 

Rouhani said Thursday’s deal was linked with the US election in November, as Trump seeks to win a second term in office.

He alleged the UAE of betraying their country, people and the Muslims and the Arab world.

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