Mhm. Just a few moments ago, together with two friends, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, I made a very special appeal for them to agree on a historic peace agreement. The most interesting question is why the United Arab Emirates has chosen to change its long-standing position to become the third Arab country to establish formal relations with Israel, after Egypt and Jordan. The United Arab Emirates had previously complied with the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, which established the normalization of a two-state peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, which accepted pre-1967 borders and guaranteed the right of return of Palestinian refugees. The head of the Israeli settler group Yesha Council, David Elhayani,[he], accused Mr. Netanyahu of “betraying” some of his most loyal supporters and of “deceiving half a million people in the region and hundreds of thousands of voters.” Oded Revivi [he], the mayor of Efrat, a settlement of more than 9,000 people south of Jerusalem, supported Netanyahu, arguing that “the Israeli agreement to defer the application of Israeli law in the Jewish settlements of Judea and Samaria was a fair price to pay,” adding that it could change the way settlements are viewed. [40] Beit El Settlement Mayor Shai Alon and Shomron Regional Council President Yossi Dagan also criticized the agreement. [37] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes in the strategy first described in the 1920s as an “iron wall” between the Jewish state and the Arabs. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has warned the United Arab Emirates that it will have dangerous consequences for the agreement. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the agreement a “huge mistake” and warned the United Arab Emirates that Israel was not safe in the Gulf. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke of a betrayal of Arab and non-Arab countries in the Middle East. A group of protesters with less than 100 residents gathered in front of the VaE Embassy in Tehran on 15 August, chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”.