After Bennett’s visit to the UAE, Iran warns against establishing Israel’s presence and describes its role in the region as sabotage
Iran said that establishing Israel’s presence in the region undermines its security, and this warning comes after a visit, the first of its kind, by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to the UAE, during which the two sides agreed to strengthen relations between them.
In a statement on Monday evening, the Iranian Foreign Ministry warned against any measures that end in stabilizing the Israeli presence, which it described as saboteur and sedition in the region.
The statement said that the Israeli presence in the region contradicts the interests of the Arab and Islamic peoples and countries.
He added that the course of normalization with Israel by some countries in the region will not achieve the aspirations of the Palestinian people.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry said that Israel is responsible for the region’s problems, describing it as the first enemy of the Arab and Islamic worlds.
The Iranian statement was issued while the Israeli Prime Minister was completing a visit that lasted about 24 hours, and it was the first public visit of its kind to the Emirates, and Israeli media described it as historic.
During the talks, the two sides agreed to continue developing relations and cooperation between the two countries in all fields, within the framework of the normalization agreement concluded between the two sides more than a year ago, according to what was stated in an official Emirati and Israeli statement.
And the Emirates News Agency said that the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, expressed – during his meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister – his hope that the meeting would contribute to advancing cooperation for the benefit of the two peoples, the UAE and Israel, and the entire region.
The agency added that they discussed strengthening bilateral cooperation in various investment, economic, trade and development aspects, noting that the two sides affirmed, at the conclusion of the meeting, to continue supporting bilateral cooperation and joint work, in a way that enhances their mutual interests and contributes to the consolidation of stability, security and development in the region.
Bin Zayed stressed that his country builds and manages its relations on the basis of the principles of mutual respect, joint life, and spreading the values of peace.
In turn, Israeli media quoted a senior source in the Israeli delegation as saying that Bennett’s talks in Abu Dhabi focus on consolidating cooperation between the two countries in several areas, with a special emphasis on trade relations.
The Israeli ambassador to Abu Dhabi, Amir Hayek, said earlier that the visit would also discuss the Iranian nuclear file.
Bennett’s office said in a statement that Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed accepted an invitation to visit Israel, which was not immediately confirmed by the Emirati side.
The importance of the visit
Roni Shaked, an Israeli researcher at the Truman Institute for Peace at the Hebrew University, said that Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s visit is important to Israel from a political and media standpoint, and has the support of countries in the region.
Shaked added in an interview with Al Jazeera that Abu Dhabi’s relationship with Iran is in Israel’s interest, but the interests of both sides require stopping Iran’s nuclear weapons, and this was the reason for Bennett’s visit to the UAE, he said.
For his part, Amir Mousavi, a researcher in security and strategic affairs, said that Bennett’s visit was a kind of public relations to be exploited to take advantage of the economic situation in the interest of Israel, and at the same time an opportunity to send messages to the Israeli interior that Tel Aviv is close to Iran.
Mousavi considered in an interview with Al-Jazeera that the visit reflects Israel’s turmoil from the current regional and international developments in favor of Tehran.