Iran and Turkey have severely criticized the UAE for its deal this week with Israel, calling it an act of treason against Palestinians and Muslims.
The historic United Arab Emirates-Israel, negotiated by the United States and seen as a major foreign policy triumph for President Trump, would make the United Arab Emirates the third Arab country, behind Egypt and Jordan, to be established full diplomatic relations with Israel.
The UAE would also be the first state in the Gulf region to have such an agreement with Israel.
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The deal, announced by Trump on Thursday, follows years of peace and improved relations between the UAE and Israel. He calls for wider cooperation between the two countries in the fields of trade, travel, tourism and other areas.
But in statements following the announcement, Iranian and Turkish officials ridiculed the deal as a step backwards for the Middle East.
Iran’s foreign ministry called the deal “a dagger that has been unfairly struck by the United Arab Emirates on the backs of the Palestinian people and all Muslims,” according to the Associated Press.
Turkish officials said people in the region “will never forget and never forgive this hypocritical behavior” by the UAE.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry claimed that the UAE did not have the right to negotiate the deal on behalf of the Palestinians.
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Trump described the deal as a “huge breakthrough” in a Twitter message Thursday morning – and later predicted the deal could spur more similar deals among other Middle Eastern countries.
“We are already discussing this with other nations,” Trump said. “So you will probably see more. ”
The deal also drew praise from former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate who is set to face Trump in November in a battle for the White House.
Biden hailed the move as “a historic step to bridge deep divisions in the Middle East,” calling on the UAE’s offer to “publicly recognize the State of Israel as a welcome statesman act, courageous and absolutely necessary.
“It is a critical recognition that Israel is an integral and dynamic part of the Middle East that is here to stay,” Biden added. “Israel can and will be a valuable strategic and economic partner to all who welcome it. ”
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the deal as the “greatest progress towards peace” in the region in two decades.
Israel, the United Arab Emirates and other countries in the Middle East have come closer in recent years, in part because of Iran’s shared vision as a potential regional threat, the PA reported.
Turkey previously had cordial relations with Israel but changed its position under President Tayyip Erdogan, who positioned his nation as a supporter of the Palestinians, the PA reported.
Brooke Singman and Barnini Chakraborty of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this story.