Top General: Iran to Shift Stance on UAE


Bahrain could become the second Gulf nation to establish formal relations with Israel, the Hebrew news reported on Saturday night, in the aftermath of the announcement on Thursday about the historic treaty signed between the Jewish state and the United Arab Emirates.

"In the last few days, the Emirates has sought to send messages to Iran through third parties that their deal with Israel isn't aimed at undermining their relations with Iran", Mosayeb Naeimi, a West Asia expert, told the Tehran Times.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday decried a deal between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel to normalise their relations as a "huge mistake", according to a report by Anadolu Agency.

"We're confident that we think that a couple of other countries are going to get on board soon", he said.

Associated Press journalists in Jerusalem and Dubai were able to call each other from both landline and cellular phones registered to Israel's country code +972 from around 1:15 p.m.

"Many economic opportunities will open now, and these trust-building steps are important towards advancement of interests of [both] states", Handel said. "No more. This concept of "peace through withdrawal and weakness' has passed from the world". "Everybody wants to make peace with a strong country".

Palestinians maintain it puts a just resolution of the Middle East conflict even farther out of reach.

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The UAE downgraded ties with Iran in 2016 amid fierce rivalry between its ally Saudi Arabia and the Islamic republic.

The UAE reminded Iran its duty to protect its embassy in Tehran, where protesters had gathered the day before.

"I expect more countries to join us in the circle of peace", he said, and added that this process would also promote peace with the Palestinians.

The UAE's peace deal with Israel is a "treacherous stab in the back of the Palestinian people", Hamas said in a statement.

The Palestinians bristled at Netanyahu's remarks.

The US-brokered deal was announced by President Donald Trump on Thursday.

President Trump had facilitated the agreement between Israel and the UAE, and Netanyahu was grateful for Trump's assistance in making it happen.