Senior Iranian officials continue their condemnations of President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan dubbed “The Deal of the Century”, calling it “despicable” and “highway to hell”.
After initial attacks by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and other officials, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has tweeted, “Enough of these foolish attempts. The Most Despicable Plan of the Century.”
The plan which envisages an eventual two-state solution for Israel and Palestinians has been criticized as offering much less to Palestinians than previous ideas of a peace plan. Criticism has also been voiced for the United States not making a strong attempt to gain Palestinian agreement for the plan.
Iran’s messaging attempts to rally support among Muslims, saying that Muslim lands are being grabbed and Palestinians being subjected to apartheid. However, reactions to Iran’s rhetoric in the Muslim world has been muted.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has also continued his Twitter attacks on the peace proposal, both in Persian and English. In his latest criticism, the Islamic Republic’s foreign minister has appealed to Muslims saying, "Vision for Peace" looks more like "Highway to Hell". We Muslims need to wake up: The U.S. never was—and can never be—anything resembling an honest broker.”
However, reaction by most Arab countries has been muted; not lending support to the plan and not attacking Trump for proposing it. In the past, Arab states were much more eager to voice vocal support for the Palestinians, if a plan was not discussed and agreed with them.