Khamenei Urges Reversal of Arab-Israeli Normalizations


Arab nations that normalized ties with Israel last year have "sinned" and should reverse such moves, Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei said on Sunday. 

The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco all said in 2020 they would normalize ties with Israel, as Washington under the administration of then U.S. president Donald Trump made Arab-Israeli rapprochement a foreign policy priority.

"Some governments have unfortunately made errors -- have made big errors and have sinned in normalizing (their relations) with the usurping and oppressive Zionist regime," Khamenei said, referring to Israel. 

"It is an act against Islamic unity, they must return from this path and make up for this big mistake," Khamenei added, in a speech marking a public holiday honoring the birth of the Prophet Mohammed. 

Iran has in the four decades since the 1979 Islamic revolution positioned itself as a strong defender of the Palestinian cause. 

Egypt and Jordan were until last year the only two Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel. 

"If the unity of Muslims is achieved, the Palestinian question would definitely be resolved in the best fashion," Khamenei said. 

In May, Khamenei characterized Israel as a "terrorist base" and "not a country."

Comments 7
Missing HellAndWaite 24 October 2021, 15:51

There is not a vertical man who can rightly judge the living except according to man made laws. Man made laws do not judge sin; ...

Thumb thepatriot 24 October 2021, 16:09

And this old backward fanatic beholds the truth?
The truth is that he and his regime from the middle ages are more and more isolated. That other countries move forward, and that they stay behind...

Missing phillipo 24 October 2021, 17:27

The only thing missing in his remarks is that he doesn't dare mention Egypt and Jordan who have had relations with Israel for over 20 years.
Also if he wishes to talk about Islamic unity, why isn't he condemning Turkey which has had relations with Israel for well over 50 years

Missing 1948 25 October 2021, 11:49

fake peace with leaders not people approved, Israeli civilians hide their identity when they visits these countries

Missing phillipo 26 October 2021, 06:12

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis visit Turkey every year and the merchants in the markets there even speak to them in Hebrew, so what you are saying is, as usual, a load of rubbish.

Thumb gebran_sons 24 October 2021, 19:16

Let us remember that Criminal Khamenei, uniformly despised by Iranian communities throughout the world that see him as the Great Satan and Evil Inquisitor, has had his basij kill thousands of educated Iranian during the Green Revolution. His regime can only survive by creating an external threat so his basij can brutally suppress any domestic opposition by claiming they are foreign agents... not dissimilar from criminal HizbIran actions in Lebanon. The world is changing and free people are becoming immune to oppression. These criminal days are counted!

Missing cedars 25 October 2021, 00:38

God bless every nation looking for peace with its neighbor.

May god return Iran to its real shah former owners.