İrem UZUN -TDO- The United Arab Emirates has betrayed the Islamic world and the Palestinians by reaching a deal toward normalizing ties with Israel, Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday. “Of course, the UAE’s betrayal will not last long, but this stigma will always be remembered. They allowed the Zionist regime to have a foothold in the region and forgot Palestine,” Khamenei said in a speech.
The Palestinians have fiercely opposed the normalization as weakening traditional Arab refusal to form ties with Israel before the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. That past Arab support was one of the Palestinians' few advantages in moribund peace talks with Israel. Palestinians have held public protests and burned the UAE flag in anger. Iranian authorities have harshly criticized the United States-brokered deal between the UAE and Tehran's longtime foe Israel, with some officials warning the UAE and Israel fostering closer ties risks conflagration in the Middle East. However, Israel and the UAE expect economic benefits from the deal, the first such accommodation between an Arab country and Israel in more than 20 years.
When asked about Khamenei’s statement on the UAE-Israel deal, “The path to peace and prosperity is not paved with incitement and hate speech,” UAE Foreign Ministry official Jamal Al-Musharakh told reporters in Abu Dhabi. "That kind of rhetoric is counterproductive to peace in the region," he added.