0156 GMT January 23, 2021
In a televised interview on Saturday night, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri decried the UAE’s move to normalize relations with Israel, although the Emiratis had sent Iran messages over the past two years demanding that Tehran not treat them the same as Saudi Arabia, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Things changed when the Persian Gulf Arab state announced the normalization of relations with Israel, which means allowing the establishment of military bases and bases for intelligence and cyber operations, the commander noted.
“If the Zionists establish a foothold in the region and our defense and security are harmed, then we will regard them [the UAE] as the one that has provided the enemy with bases, and will treat them as an enemy,” Major General Baqeri warned.
The commander further derided the Israeli regime’s idea of ruling over regions from the Nile to the Euphrates, saying Israel is struggling to survive and would fall apart if the US halts its economic support for a moment.
The United Arab Emirates and Israel announced in August they have reached a deal that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations.
Following the UAE’s decision to normalize ties with Israel, Bahrain, another Persian Gulf Arab state, also announced its decision to do the same.
On September 15, the UAE and Bahrain signed the controversial normalization agreements with Israel at the White House.
The deals were signed between Emirati and Bahraini Foreign Ministers, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. US President Donald Trump also penned his blessing into the accords.
The US-brokered deals make the UAE and Bahrain the third and fourth Arab states to take such steps to normalize ties since Israel signed treaties with Egypt in 1978 and Jordan in 1994.
The move has drawn strong criticism from many Islamic countries and regional organizations.