Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of encouraging violence on Twitter, as Tehran continues its campaign against the Israel-United Arab Emirates normalization deal.
Iran has been among the most prominent critics of the historic agreement, which it says represents a betrayal of the Palestinians. Many Arab states have traditionally refused to normalize ties with Israel until the Palestinian question is settled, but the UAE broke the long-standing wall of resistance last month with help from President Donald Trump’s administration.
Israel agreed to stop—or perhaps only delay—its planned annexation of parts of the Palestinian West Bank in exchange for the UAE accord. But Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and the expansion of settlements considered illegal by the United Nations continue regardless.
Pompeo is among those who has argued that the settlements do not necessarily violate international law, but the U.S. and Israel stand largely alone on the issue.