Iran says UAE, Bahrain will bear ‘consequences’ of Israel deals
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Iran says UAE, Bahrain will bear ‘consequences’ of Israel deals

‘How could you reach out your hands to Israel?’ laments President Rouhani, accusing Gulf nations of planning to let Jerusalem set up military bases

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the inaugural session of the new parliament in Tehran on May 27, 2020. (AFP)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the inaugural session of the new parliament in Tehran on May 27, 2020. (AFP)

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will be responsible for any “consequences” resulting from their normalization of relations with Israel.

The remarks came a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain signed historic agreements at a ceremony at the White House — establishing full diplomatic ties (in the case of the UAE), and declaring an intention to do so (in the case of Bahrain).

Speaking at a cabinet meeting, Rouhani said that Israel is “committing more crimes in Palestine every day.”

“Some of the region’s countries, their people are pious Muslims but their rulers neither understand religion nor (their) debt … to the nation of Palestine, to their brothers speaking their language,” he said in televised remarks.

“How could you reach out your hands to Israel? And then you want to give them bases in the region? All the severe consequences that would arise from this are on you.”

Foreign Affairs Minister of Bahrain Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, and US President Donald Trump participate in the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords on the South Lawn of the White House on September 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that similar Washington-brokered deals were close between Israel and several Arab countries, including Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia.

“After decades of division and conflict we mark the dawn of a new Middle East,” Trump said.

Iran had previously warned Bahrain that its deal made it a partner to Israel’s “crimes” and accused the UAE of betraying the Muslim world.

In 2016, Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Iran and the UAE downgraded relations amid rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic.

Sunni-ruled Bahrain has faced long-running unrest among its large Shiite community that it has consistently blamed on Iran.

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