The Iranian nation and Armed Forces will make a radical change in their approach to the United Arab Emirates after Abu Dhabi’s recent step to normalize relations with Israel. Palestinians gathered over the weekend to protest against the UAE’s decision, which many have described as a betrayal and a ‘stab in the back’.
Major General Mohammad Baqeri said the decision of the ‘UAE regime’ to re-establish ties with Israel “is regrettable beyond description” while speaking in a ceremony in Tehran on Sunday.
“Definitely, the Iranian nation’s approach towards this neighbouring state (UAE) will fundamentally change [following its deal with Israel] and the Islamic Republic’s Armed Forces will also deal with this country on the basis of different calculations.”
He warned that Iran would not tolerate and would hold the UAE accountable for any future incident in the Persian Gulf region which could pose even the slightest threat to the Islamic Republic’s national security.
“Under the circumstances that all free-thinking nations in the world express their hatred toward and avoid establishing friendly relations with the Zionist regime, one of the Islamic Republic’s neighbours is brazen enough to announce the establishment of ties with this child-killing regime, which is a cause for great regret” Baqeri said.
He emphasized that it is not acceptable for the UAE, as a Muslim and Arab country, to establish political and economic relations with such a regime, which has been violating the first Qiblah of Muslims (a place toward which Muslims pray) and has also displaced, killed and imprisoned the Palestinian people.
“We recommend the United Arab Emirate to reconsider this decision before it is too late, and do not continue on a path, which will be detrimental to its own security and the security of the region, because this would be acceptable.”
On the 13th of August Israel and the UAE reached the deal that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two sides, in an agreement apparently brokered by US President Donald Trump.
Under the agreement, Israel has reportedly agreed to ‘temporarily’ suspend applying its own rule to additional areas in the occupied West Bank and the strategic Jordan Valley that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to annex.
In a telephone conversation with Islamic Jihad resistance movement Secretary General Ziad al-Nakhala on Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the ‘treacherous’ deal between the Israeli regime and the UAE does not affect the Palestinian resistance against the Tel Aviv regime. LINK
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have renewed protests to express their anger at the normalization of UAE’s relations with Israel, describing it as a deal of shame for the UAE. Palestinians say the protests will continue as they won’t accept the normalization deal, which they described as a stab in the back.
The Palestinian legislative council has also held a meeting during which Palestinian leaders have unanimously said that no country has the right to make decisions on behalf of Palestinians who are the only decision-makers for what is related to their country and their rights. The Palestinians say they are disappointed and consider the UAE’s decision to normalize relations a great betrayal of the Palestinian cause.
While the UAE has claimed normalization has played a role in delaying Israel’s annexation plans in the occupied West Bank, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has noted that the deal has nothing to do with the annexation plan and it will go ahead as planned. LINK
Meanwhile, over the weekend Israel has tightened its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, entirely closing its offshore fishing zone following a night of Israeli land and aerial attacks on the besieged Palestinian enclave.
Israeli minister of military affairs Benny Gantz in a statement on Sunday ordered the fishing zone off the coast of Gaza closed until further notice, the Palestinian Information Centre reported.
The closure came hours after Israeli military launched aerial and ground attacks against targets across the Gaza overnight, with fighter jets and tanks attacking what the Israelis claimed was a Palestinian military compound and underground infrastructure late Saturday.
Israel had already slashed Gaza’s permitted fishing zone. COGAT, an Israeli military body, earlier this week said the fishing zone would be halved from 15 nautical miles to eight.
Under the Oslo Accords signed in 1993, Israel is obliged to permit fishing up to 20 nautical miles, but this has never been implemented. Over the past few years, Israeli forces have carried out more than a hundred attacks on Palestinian boats, arresting fishermen and confiscating boats.
The Palestinian movement Hamas had vowed to step up its resistance against on the Israeli military after two children were injured during night-time strikes against Gaza on Friday.
The Israeli military has said that the raids were carried out in response to a number of alleged incendiary balloons sent from Gaza to the occupied territories. Tel Aviv said it targeted a ‘naval force compound, underground infrastructure and observation posts’ belonging to Hamas.
Flying fiery kites and balloons has become a new mode of protests by Gazans since March 2018, when the Tel Aviv regime began a crackdown against anti-occupation demonstrations near the fence separating Gaza from the Israeli-occupied land, killing and injuring many people. LINK
The Palestinian territory has been under an Israeli blockade since 2007. Israel cites security threats from Hamas for its land and naval blockade. On Wednesday last week, Israel had further reduced the area where it permits Palestinians to fish from 24km (15 miles) to 13km (eight miles), calling it a response to the balloon launches. LINK
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