On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain the "consequences" of signing a normalization agreement with Israel under the auspices of the United States, warning of its impact on security in the region. </p><div> <p>The Islamic Republic had previously sharply criticized the normalization of relations with its most prominent enemy in the region, and described the move as "strategic foolishness" that amounts to "treason."
Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting, Rouhani said that Israel “is committing more crimes in Palestine every day.”
Without naming the two countries concerned, the Iranian president asked, “How can you extend your hand to Israel, and then want to give it bases in the region?
These statements came the day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed two historic agreements with the UAE and Bahrain under the auspices of US President Donald Trump at the White House.
“After decades of divisions and conflicts, we are witnessing the dawn of a new Middle East,” Trump said at the signing ceremony on Tuesday.
The UAE and Bahrain are the first to sign such an agreement with Israel since the peace agreements between Egypt and Jordan in 1979 and 1994. The UAE and Bahrain share hostility with Israel towards Iran, which is also Washington’s archenemy in the Middle East.
Iran has previously sharply criticized what the two Gulf states have done.
And the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on September 1 that the UAE had “betrayed the Islamic world,” after nearly two weeks after the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs considered the agreement a “strategic folly” that would only lead to “strengthening the axis of resistance” supported by Tehran.
After the announcement of the Manama and Tel Aviv agreement to normalize their relationship as well, the Iranian Foreign Ministry considered that “the rulers of Bahrain will from now on become partners in the crimes of the Zionist regime as it is the permanent threat to the security of the region and the entire Islamic world.”
The State Department considered that the agreement “is a shameful act by Bahrain sacrificing the Palestinian cause and decades of struggle and suffering for the Palestinian people on the altar of the US presidential elections,” scheduled for November 3, as Trump seeks to win a second term in the face of his rival, the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden.
The normalization of relations between Israel and the United States’ allies in the Middle East, including the Gulf states, is a major goal within Trump’s regional strategy to contain Tehran.
Relations between Washington and Tehran have been strained since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, and they were completely cut off a year later.
Tensions increased with Trump’s decision to unilaterally withdraw in May 2018 from the agreement signed between Tehran and the major powers on Iran’s nuclear program in 2015.