BAGHDAD (Dispatches) -- Iraq’s Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr says the occupying regime of Israel will mark its own ending by opening its embassy in Iraq amid some reports about Tel Aviv considering opening its virtual diplomatic mission in the Arab country.
The prominent Shia cleric made the comment during a sermon at Friday prayers, warning the "enemy of God Benjamin Netanyahu,” who has "evil intentions” toward Iraq, about possible "coming” to the Arab country or even "thinking about establishing an embassy” there.
Sadr’s warning was an apparent reaction to some unconfirmed reports that Tel Aviv was seeking to establish its virtual embassy in Baghdad.
Addressing the Zionist premier, Sadr further warned Netanyahu that if he took such a step, he would "mark the end” of the occupying entity, "according to the Holy Qur’an.”
Bahrain and the UAE signed normalization agreements with the occupying regime of Israel at the White House this week, in a move condemned by Muslims as a betrayal of the Palestinians and a stab in their back.
"Addressing the oppressed in the East and the West of the world, I say that normalizing ties with the Zionist regime will only bring humiliation,” said Sadr. "Palestine is alive in our conscience.”
Iraqi Government spokesman Ahmed Mulla Talal had earlier said that any normalization of relations with the Zionist regime was strictly forbidden under Iraq’s constitution.
In Bahrain and the UAE, reports say an intense crackdown is underway against an opposition voices.
Nevertheless, Bahrainis rallied for an eight straight night Friday against the ruling regime’s normalization with the occupying regime.
A dissident Emirati activist said Thursday the United Arab Emirates is cracking down on any opposition to normalization with the Zionist regime.
Explaining why a limited number of Emirati activists had denounced Abu Dhabi’s rapprochement with Israel, Hamad al-Shamesi said "the answer is very obvious, anyone who criticizes the government has to pay a heavy price”.
"He may be condemned to pay up to one million dirhams ($272,260) and 10 years in jail,” he said in an interview with the Arabi 21 online newspaper.
"Unfortunately the government has stepped up its repressive measures against citizens and immigrants with a focus on security policies and controlling beliefs.”
As of Friday, more than two million signatures had been gathered for the "Charter for Palestine,” a petition launched by Emirati activists in rejection of any Arab normalization with Israel.