1154 GMT January 23, 2021
The August 13 normalization deal with Israel will fail to yield any political dividend for the UAE, said an Iranian MP.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Iran Daily, Abolfazl Amooei, the spokesman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, added having turned a blind eye to Israel’s occupation of Al-Quds, the Emirati government has only incited hatred among regional and Muslim countries toward itself by the move.
On August 13, Israel and the UAE reached a deal that will lead to the full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two sides, in an agreement brokered by US President Donald Trump.
He described the normalization of ties with Israel as a strategic mistake by the UAE’s government, urging the Emiratis to immediately halt the trend and revive their ruined image among Muslims.
The lawmaker said Iran condemns the Emiratis’ move and maintains that any other country seeking to accompany the UAE in this path will only damage its reputation among Muslims.
Amooei added that the UAE has claimed that through the deal, it would be able to stop Israel’s annexation of the West Bank, saying the claim has been refuted.
In fact, the MP added, Israel compensated for its failure in carrying out the annexation plot by selling the deal to the UAE at an exorbitant price, regretting that, at present, the Emiratis are imposing the cost of purchasing the Israeli plot on Palestinians.
By acquiescing to such an agreement, the UAE ruined its reputation, Amooei stressed, saying the presence of the Islamic Republic in the region has, so far, contributed to ensuring regional stability and posed no obstacle to free activities and relations that are not detrimental to the region’s situation.
The deal does not serve the interests of the region’s people, he assured, noting that the historical background of ties between the UAE and Israel dates back to the pre- deal time.
Prior to the agreement, relations existed between the UAE and Israel, Amooei said, adding, at present, however, their ties were officially announced.
The UAE’s agreement with Israel is not pertinent to regional developments, he maintained, saying the UAE seeks to demonstrate its subservience to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump ahead of the upcoming US presidential election and has been more focused on the internal developments of Israel and the US.
Commenting on US bid to reinstate UN sanctions against Iran, the MP said Washington’s claim about activating the snapback mechanism and restoring international sanctions against Iran lacks legal legitimacy.
In May 2018, under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump, the US withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and the P5+1 in July 2015, and reimposed Washington’s unilateral sanctions against Tehran in a bid to cripple the country’s economy. Having faced a humiliating defeat in the implementation of its hostile policies against the Islamic Republic, the US, later on, mounted bids to induce the international community to reimpose UN sanctions, lifted following the implementation of the JCPOA, on Iran – a move that is highly anticipated to be doomed to another abject failure.
Amooei gave the assurance that the international community and European states will oppose the US.
He added the US claim of invoking the snapback mechanism under the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2231 and its attachment, the JCPOA (attached as Annex A to the resolution), is legally impossible to be upheld, a point stressed by different countries.
The lawmaker recalled that 13 countries have, through a statement, explicitly announced that, due to its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the US is not eligible to use the articles of the JCPOA pertaining to the snapback mechanism, adding, thus, Washington’s bid fails to be either legitimate or accepted and will not produce any political result for the White House.
On August 19, Trump announced its intention of invoking the snapback mechanism to reinstate the UN sanctions on Iran. To this end, the US put forward a proposal concerning the claim after its proposed resolution to extend Iran’s arms embargo for an unlimited period was rejected by the 15-member UNSC with two votes in favor and two against. Eleven members abstained from voting.
Amooei described Washington’s attempt as an unprecedented and humiliating defeat.