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Iran Threatens Gulf Countries Making Peace with Israel

Written by Hany Ghoraba

Iran is escalating threats toward the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain after the United States helped broker peace deals between Israel and the two Gulf states.

Following the peace agreements between both Israel with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and the normalization of the relationships between the latter countries to Israel, sponsored by the United States, the Iranian regime escalated its threats towards both countries in an unprecedented manner.

“Any apparent or clandestine activity by the Israeli intelligence services or their agents in the Islamic Republic or the region, the response will not be directed at the Zionist entity only, and the UAE will be part of the response,” said Iranian deputy House Speaker Hassan Abdel Lahian.

“Alliance with the Zionist regime will put the security of Bahrain and the Emirates at a greater risk than in the past,” a Sept. 13 statement from the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission warned.

“The executioner ruler of Bahrain should await the harsh revenge of the Mujahideen (jihadist fighters) aiming to liberate Quds (Jerusalem) and the proud Muslim nation of this country,” Iran’s terrorist Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said in a statement.

Iran has tried to carry out attacks in Bahrain before. It foiled a terrorist plot in March 2018, arresting a militant cell comprised of 116 IRGC members. “The network was planning to target Bahraini officials, members of the security services… vital oil facilities and industries, with an aim to disturb security and public order and undermine the national economy,” Bahrain’s Interior Ministry alleged. Iran rejected the Bahraini accusations as “baseless, repetitive accusations.”

Bahrain claimed that IRGC affiliates, including Iraqi militia groups such as Asaib Ahl al-Haq and Lebanese Hizballah were involved in the foiled attack.

In August, the IRGC threatened the UAE with a “dangerous future” after the country signed its peace deal with Israel.

“They (the UAE) better be mindful,” said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. “They have committed a huge mistake, a treacherous act. We hope they will realize this and abandon this wrong path.”

Read more at The Investigative Project On Terrorism

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