Iran’s Khamenei: US Middle East peace plan a ‘great betrayal’

Iran’s Khamenei: US Middle East peace plan a ‘great betrayal’

Iran’s Khamenei: US Middle East peace plan a ‘great betrayal’

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday slammed the United States’s Middle East peace plan as a “great betrayal of the Islamic world” and urged Gulf rivals not to back it.

Iran's Khamenei: US Middle East peace plan a 'great betrayal'
Iran’s Khamenei: US Middle East peace plan a ‘great betrayal’

Washington is gearing up to roll out economic aspects of its long-awaited proposal for peace between Israel and Palestine, dubbed the “deal of the century”, at a conference in Bahrain later this month.

“The aim of this conference is to realise America’s traitorous, dastardly plan on Palestine, which they have named the ‘deal of the century’,” Khamenei said in a live television address at prayers for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

“The ‘deal of the century’ will, God willing, never take root … This is a great betrayal of the Islamic world. We hope the leaders of Bahrain and Saudi [Arabia] will realise into what a quagmire they are stepping and how harmful it will be for their future.”

Israeli bias

The peace plan, fronted by US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, has already been rejected by the Palestinians, who say the White House’s policies have been blatantly biased in favour of Israel.

US allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are set to attend the Bahrain conference on June 25-26.

Palestinians have cut off all contacts with the Trump administration since the president broke with decades of bipartisan policy to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017.

Critics say the Bahrain event may be a prelude to a US push to jettison the “two-state” solution – a long-standing, international formula for an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel in the West Bank, occupied East Jerusalem and Gaza.

The twin-state blueprint has been the basis for decades of lending and technical support from global financial institutions, aimed at building the capacity of Palestinian government ministries and the private sector.

Read more at Aljazeera

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