- “The Emiratis will be disgraced forever for this treachery against the Islamic world, Arab nations, and Palestine.”
- Jared Kushner, son-in-law of US President Trump, who arrived in Abu Dhabi yesterday, visited the US base in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday.
- The first historic flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates landed on Monday.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has called the establishment of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates a “betrayal” of the Muslim world and the Palestinians. According to Reuters, Ayatollah Khamenei made the speech as senior U.S. and Israeli officials flew to Abu Dhabi to finalize the pact.
“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 Emiratis will be disgraced forever for this treachery against the Islamic world, Arab nations, and Palestine.”
On the other hand, Jared Kushner, son-in-law of US President Trump, who arrived in Abu Dhabi yesterday, visited the US base in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, where the latest fighter jets, as well as Emirati pilots, were present.
The UAE hopes to buy state-of-the-art F-35 fighter jets from the United States once relations with Israel are established.
Only Israel owns the planes in the region, and the Israeli government has so far opposed selling them to any Arab country in order to maintain its air power. The United States has so far refused to sell the aircraft to any Arab country at Israel’s request.
“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.
Along with Kushner, US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien is in the UAE. He called on Emirati Major General Falah Al-Qahtani. Palestinian officials, on the other hand, are still opposed to such meetings and relations. Palestinians have repeatedly protested against relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, including the burning of the UAE’s national flag.
“The UAE along with Israelis and evil Americans like the Jewish member of Trump’s family are working together against the interests of the Islamic world,” Khamenei said, referring to Kushner. “I hope Emiratis wake up and compensate for what they did.”
Historic Flight from Israel to the UAE
Flight El Al-971 took off from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, named for the founder and first Prime Minister of Israel. The flight from Tel Aviv was carrying Kushner and Mayor Ben Shabbat, Israel’s national security adviser.
In a tweet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the flight as an example of “peace for peace,” reflecting his traditional position that friendship with neighboring Arab countries does not necessarily mean that Israel is occupied.
After Egypt and Jordan, the UAE has become the third Arab country to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. In response to the US-brokered deal, Netanyahu announced that he was postponing his decision to annex the Jordan Valley, located in the West Bank, to Israel.
Palestinian leaders have called the UAE’s decision a betrayal of the Palestinian cause. Iran has sharply criticized the deal, while Turkey has also criticized the deal, despite its ties with Israel. Pakistan reacted cautiously to its economic dependence on the UAE, saying the decision would have “far-reaching effects.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says secret talks are underway to establish diplomatic relations with more Arab countries. Netanyahu said in a statement on Sunday, August 30, that he was about to hold several meetings with leaders of Arab and Muslim countries in this regard.