Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, spoke at the weekend about the peace agreements signed by a number of Arab states with Israel last year. Khamenei claimed that “these countries have sinned and should cancel such moves.”
The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco agreed to normalize relations with Israel in 2020, under then-US President Donald Trump, who pushed Arab-Israeli rapprochement over foreign policy priorities. “This is an act against Islamic unity, they must return from this path and make up for this great mistake,” Khamenei added in a speech marking the birthday of the “Prophet” Muhammad.
Khamenei added that “if the unity of the Muslims is achieved, the Palestinian question will certainly be resolved in the best possible way.” Last May, Khamenei called Israel a “terrorist base” and a “non-state.” Shortly after the speech of Khamenei, Iranian National Security Council spokesman Ali Shimkhani, pledged to inflict billions of dollars in damages in a harsh response if Israel harmed Tehran’s nuclear program.
The remarks of the secretary of the Iranian National Security Council came in response to reports in the (Israeli) media that NIS 5 billion had been approved to prepare the army for a possible violation of Iran’s nuclear program.
Iran has positioned itself in the four decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution as a strong defender of the Palestinian issue. Until last year, Egypt and Jordan were the only two Arab states to sign peace agreements with Israel. And the four countries that did so last year have angered Iran.