The UAE is the first Arab Gulf state to do so and only the third Arab nation to establish normalized relations with Israel, Iran's regional archenemy. The Iranian Guard described the agreement as a "shameful" pact and a "nefarious action" approved by the United States, according to a statement from that group posted on its Sepah News portal.
The Iranian guard warned that the deal with Israel will hamper US influence in the Middle East and bring a "dangerous future" for the UAE government. In a televised speech, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani warned on Saturday that the United Arab Emirates committed a "serious error” for reaching an agreement for the normalization of ties with Israel.
The guard further noted that this "treacherous act will not only not be an achievement for the triangle of the United States, the Zionist regime and Al-Saud (the Saudi dynasty)", but will destroy "the inalienable rights of the Palestinians."
"Sooner or later, the rulers of the United Arab Emirates will have to wait for the decisive and instructive response of the people of this country to the historical humiliation caused by the stupidity of their leaders in unveiling the normalization agreement with usurper Israel," they added. During a visit to Lebanon on Friday, Iran's Foreign Minister Mhammad Javad Zarif said the deal was a painful betrayal of Arab countries and others in the region.
Violent groups gathered on Saturday afternoon in front of the UAE embassy in the capital, Tehran, to protest against the agreement. They chanted "death to Israel" and "death to America", and burned an Israeli flag.
Meanwhile, many citizens of the Persian Gulf view with deep concern the agreement with a long-standing enemy. Yesterday, residents of countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman again showed their reluctance towards the pact. In fact, on social media, the label "Normalization is treason" was a trend throughout the region.
President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the UAE and Israel had agreed to establish full diplomatic relations as part of an agreement to stop the annexation of occupied territories that the Palestinians want for their future state.
Trump said the US-brokered deal was an important diplomatic achievement and expressed his confidence that more Arab and Islamic countries will do the same as the UAE.
For years, Israel has quietly cultivated ties with the UAE and other Gulf countries that have a common enemy: Iran.
The news came after 49 years of tensions; Trump reached a peace agreement between Israel and UAE.
Through a joint declaration, the US, the United Arab Emirates and Israel reached a historic agreement to normalize relations between the two nations, which in turn will promote peace in the Middle East, starting with the Holy Land.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "agreed to the full normalization of relations" during a phone call on Thursday, August 13.