Iran's Khamenei Says UAE-Israel Deal a 'Betrayal' That Will 'Not Last Long'

Iranian supreme leader says UAE 'forgot Palestine' and allowed the 'Zionist regime to enter the region'

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Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, July 31, 2020.
Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, July 31, 2020.Credit: enei.ir,AP
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The United Arab Emirates has betrayed the Islamic world and the Palestinians by reaching a deal toward normalizing ties with Israel, Iran's top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech on Tuesday.

"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.

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"The Emiratis will be disgraced forever for this treachery against the Islamic world, Arab nations and Palestine."

Khamenei's comments came as a delegation of senior Israeli and U.S. officials, including White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, concluded a historic trip to Abu Dhabi to finalize the pact.

"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."

The delegation arrived in Abu Dhabi on an El Al flight on Monday, the first direct commercial passenger flight between the UAE and Israel.

The deal, the first accommodation between an Arab country and Israel in more than 20 years, was forged in part as a result of shared fear of Iran. It has dismayed Palestinian leaders, however, who believe it further erodes their struggle for an independent state.

The Trump administration has tried to coax other Sunni Muslim Arab countries concerned about mainly Shi'ite Iran to engage with Israel.

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