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Arab deals with Israel predictably rile Iran

The normalization of ties between Israel and two Arab states has left the Islamic Republic uneasy in a region where it is surrounded by more adversaries than allies.
A man holds a phone while reading a story published on Tasnim News Agency's website about the recent news of a US-brokered deal between Israel and the UAE to normalise relations, in Iran's capital Tehran on August 14, 2020. - Iran strongly condemned the agreement, blasting it as an act of "strategic stupidity" that would only strengthen the Tehran-backed "axis of resistance". The Israel-UAE deal marks only the third such accord the Jewish state has struck with an Arab nation, an historic shift making the Gu

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif argued that US-brokered deals to normalize ties between Israel and two Persian Gulf States — Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates — were just “a campaign photo” that President Donald Trump “desperately” needs for reelection in November.

In a tweet, Zarif said that he was not surprised by the agreements as Washington’s Arab allies in the Middle East have been Israel’s de facto allies for years. The Iranian foreign minister also accused Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, of “blackmailing” America’s “regional clients” into the deals.

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