Sep 14, 2020 17:34 UTC
  • Israel’s ‘Nile-to-Euphrates’ plot will never materialize: Iran security chief

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani has censured certain ‘treacherous’ Arab leaders for normalization of ties with Israel, saying such measures will fail to help Tel Aviv realize its ‘Nile-to-Euphrates’ plot.

Shamkhani made the remarks in a Monday meeting in Tehran with the former Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, who currently leads Iraq’s State of Law Coalition.

Warning “treacherous and compromising” Arab leaders who have sacrificed the interests of the Muslim world and the Palestinian cause to achieve their ephemeral objectives, Iran’s security chief said, “The Muslim world will never allow the treacherous plot [of Israel] for the control [of Muslim territories] from the Nile to the Euphrates to be realized.”

Shamkhani was alluding to the recent steps taken by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain to normalize political and economic relations with Israel through deals mediated by the administration of US President Donald Trump.

In a tweet on Friday, Trump announced the normalization of bilateral ties between Bahrain and Israel, the second Arab state to join a deal widely censured as a betrayal of the Palestinian cause.

Bahrain has agreed to formalize the deal with Israel at a ceremony on September 15 at the White House, where the UAE would also sign off on its own thaw with the occupying regime.

Israel and the UAE agreed to a US-brokered deal to normalize relations on August 13. Under the agreement, the Tel Aviv regime has purportedly agreed to "temporarily" suspend applying its own rule to further areas in the occupied West Bank and the strategic Jordan Valley that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had pledged to annex.

The Palestinians have unanimously censured the UAE-Israel peace deal, which runs counter to a long-standing Arab consensus that any normalization of ties with Israel has to come in the context of the settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state.

They say the UAE, as an important Arab player in the region, has stabbed fellow Palestinians in the back with an agreement that does not serve the cause.