TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has lashed out at the idea of Muslim nations compromising with the occupying regime of Israel, calling it a "humiliation”.
"Muslim nations will never accept the humiliation of compromising with the Zionist regime,” Ayatollah Khamenei tweeted late Tuesday.
In recent months, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain became the first Arab nations to establish relations with the Zionist regime since Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. Israeli and American officials have expressed hope that other Persian Gulf Arab countries would soon follow suit.
"The status of any regime that negotiates with the usurping Zionist regime will be shaken before its nation,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Leader also denounced U.S. foreign policy attempts to forge relations between Muslim nations and the occupying regime of Israel without addressing Palestinian rights.
"If the U.S. thinks they can solve the region’s problem in this way, they are wrong,” the tweet said.
In September Ayatollah Khamenei criticized the United Arab Emirates for betraying the Muslim world with its agreement to normalize relations with the Zionist regime, saying the "treason” was a "stain” on the country.
"The UAE betrayed the world of Islam, the Arab nations, the region’s countries, and Palestine,” the Leader said. "The treason will not last for long.”
"The Emiratis will be disgraced forever,” he said in his first reaction to the agreement between the UAE and Israel. "I hope they wake up and compensate for what they did.”
Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, with East Jerusalem Al-Quds as its capital view the U.S.-brokered deals as a "stab in the back” of Palestine.
On Tuesday, an Israeli pipeline company announced a preliminary deal to transport oil from the United Arab Emirates to Europe via a pipeline that, if finalized, will be one of the most significant partnerships to emerge so far since the two regimes normalized relations.
The Europe Asia Pipeline Company (EAPC) said it had signed a binding memorandum of understanding with MED-RED Land Bridge, a company with Zionit and Emirati owners, in Abu Dhabi on Monday during a ceremony with visiting U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
The UAE oil will be transported through a pipeline that already connects the Red Sea city of Eilat and the Mediterranean port of Ashkelon, which was secretly built by the occupying regime of Israel and the former Shah of Iran in the 1960s.
Along with UAE oil, the partners said they also hoped to use their "land bridge”, which saves time, fuel and costs, compared to having to cross the Suez Canal to transport oil back and forth between other countries.
But the deal is certainly bad news for Egypt, as President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi just spent $8 billion to widen the canal, which could be undercut by a cheaper means of getting oil from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean.
"There is no doubt that this agreement is of high importance to the Israeli market, both economically and strategically, with joint investments extending a decade into the future,” EAPC Chairman Erez Halfon told Reuters.
The firm did not disclose financial details but said the arrangement "is likely to increase the transferred quantities by tens of millions of tons per year.”
The UAE exports the vast majority of its crude oil to Asia. A source familiar with the deal told Reuters that, if finalized, it could be worth $700-$800 million over several years and that supplies could start at the beginning of 2021.
The occupying regime of Israel and the UAE were about to ink a deal on Tuesday to allow 28 weekly commercial flights between Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Israel’s transportation ministry said.