Bahrain’s diplomatic maneuvers add to the anger of Palestinians who feel that their struggle against the Israeli occupation regime has been betrayed. Palestinians have also previously been angry with similar moves made earlier by the UAE.
The following is a brief overview of four Arab countries that have been in Israel’s “arms” after normalizing relations.
Bahrain, like most Arab countries, has previously refused to recognize Israel as a state. However, their animosity is now thawing, with the two countries agreeing to fully normalize the relationship announced Saturday (12/09/2020). (Read: Bahrain Follows in the Footsteps of UAE Normalizing Relations with Israel)
“Israel is part of the legacy of this entire region, historically. So, the Jewish people have a place among us,” Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa was quoted as saying Reuters.
The general threat from Iran has provided a common ground for thawing once tense relations. Nonetheless, Bahrain’s political policies have traditionally supported the creation of an independent Palestinian state.
2. United Arab Emirates