Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday decried a deal between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel to normalize their relations as a "huge mistake". "The Emirate rulers think that if they approach America and the Zionist regime (Israel), their security will improve and their economy will grow," Rouhani said during a meeting.
David Makovsky, director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy think tank, told Reuters the deal is "a win for the Emirates, which will undoubtedly be eligible for military sales that it could not obtain due to 'qualitative military edge' restrictions due to fear certain technologies could be used against Israel."
“I never expected this poison dagger to come from an Arab country. You are rewarding aggression. ... You have destroyed, with this move, any possibility of peace between Palestinians and Israelis,” Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian official and veteran negotiator said Friday.