Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Capital News
US President Donald Trump discusses the Israel-Bahrain deal in the Oval Office


Iran says US-brokered deal makes Bahrain partner to Israel ‘crimes’

US President Donald Trump discusses the Israel-Bahrain deal in the Oval Office © AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS

Tehran, Iran, Sep 11 – Iran on Saturday angrily accused Bahrain of stirring instability after US President Donald Trump announced Manama and Israel were opening ties in a landmark deal that reinforces America’s push to redraw Middle East conflicts.

Calling it a “truly historic day,” Trump said on Friday that Israel and Bahrain were establishing full diplomatic and commercial relations.

“They will exchange embassies and ambassadors, begin direct flights between their countries and launch cooperation initiatives across a broad range of sectors, including health, business, technology, education, security and agriculture,” he said.

Bahrain said in a joint statement it had agreed to formalise the deal with Israel at a ceremony Tuesday in the White House, where the United Arab Emirates will also sign off on its own thaw with Israel announced in mid-August.

Shiite Iran, the sworn arch enemy of the United States which has especially tense ties with Bahrain, slammed its Gulf neighbour over the deal.

“The rulers of Bahrain will from now on be partners to the crimes of the Zionist regime as a constant threat to the security of the region and the world of Islam,” it said.

Turkey also condemned the deal, saying it undermined the Palestinian cause.

“The step will be a fresh blow to efforts to defend the Palestinian cause and will further embolden Israel to continue its illegal practices toward Palestine and its attempts to make the occupation of Palestinian territories permanent,” it said.

Bahrain, a Sunni-ruled kingdom with a large Shiite population, relies heavily on the United States, which stations its Fifth Fleet in the tiny but strategic Gulf archipelago.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

– ‘More to follow’ –

The joint statement said Bahrain’s King Hamad, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Trump had spoken hours before announcing the new breakthrough.

It said during the phone call, the king “stressed the need to reach a just and comprehensive peace as a strategic option, in accordance with the two-state solution and relevant resolutions of international legitimacy”.

A senior official in Manama said the deal would boost regional “security, stability, prosperity”.

Until now, Israel had been able to strike just two peace accords with Arab countries — Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994 — and Trump is hoping the latest deals will give him badly needed momentum going into the November 3 presidential election.

At the White House, Trump called the development “very, very important for not only the Middle East, but for the world”.

Trump said it was “so interesting” that he was able to make the announcement on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States.

“When I took office, the Middle East was in a state of absolute chaos,” he said.

In Jerusalem, Netanyahu hailed the agreement.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“Citizens of Israel, I am moved to be able to tell you that this evening, we are reaching another peace agreement with another Arab country, Bahrain. This agreement adds to the historic peace with the United Arab Emirates,” the Israeli leader said.

The UAE sent congratulations to Bahrain and Israel.

“Today marks another significant and historic achievement which will contribute enormously to the stability and prosperity of the region,” said Hend al-Otaiba, director of strategic communications at the foreign ministry.

Trump said more Arab nations could also open their doors to Israel.

“I am very hopeful that there will be more to follow,” he said.

– Trump redraws lines –

The Republican businessman has styled himself as the most pro-Israeli US president in history.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa (R) © POOL/AFP/File / Abir SULTAN, Mandel NGAN

He has taken a string of decisions highly beneficial to Israel, from recognising disputed Jerusalem as the country’s capital to tearing up an international accord meant to end Iran’s isolation in return for verified controls to prevent militarisation of its nuclear industry.

At the same time, Trump has pushed to wind down the United States’ own military footprint after decades of bloody entanglements in Iraq and elsewhere.

The UAE’s announcement broke with years of policy on the Middle East conflict, prompting angry pushback from the Palestinians.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The Palestinians, who see Arab support as crucial to their limited power in resisting Israeli occupation, also condemned the Israel-Bahrain deal.

The agreement was “a stab in the back of the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian people,” Ahmad Majdalani, social affairs minister in the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, told AFP.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, said it was an “aggression” that dealt “serious prejudice” to the Palestinian cause.

Trump, who has made crushing sanctions and diplomatic pressure on Iran a priority of his administration, predicted however that there would be a “very positive” development in the standoff with Tehran.

“I can see a lot of good things happening with respect to the Palestinians,” he said, arguing the Palestinians would end their conflict with Israel once enough Arab countries had taken the initiative.

“As more countries normalise relations with Israel, which will happen quite quickly we believe, the region will become more and more stable, secure and prosperous.”


More on Capital News


Khartoum, Sudan, March 3 – Sudan will receive its first coronavirus vaccines on Wednesday and will begin inoculation of frontline medical staff next week, health...


NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 3 – The National Assembly’s Communications Committee has ruled that IEBC Communications Manager Tabitha Mutemi will continue to be a board...


Tripoli, Libya, March 3 – The advance team of a UN observer mission has arrived in Libya, which after a decade of conflict and chaos...


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, March 3 – Six people, including a pregnant woman and a young girl, were killed in northern Burkina Faso when the ambulance...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – Former UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi will hold a major home-coming ceremony in western Kenya on Saturday, as part of...


NAIROBI, Kenya, March 3 – Two UN agencies on Tuesday appealed for 29.23 billion shillings (about 266 million U.S. dollars) to end food ration...


LAGOS, Nigeria, March 3 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday that it will provide psychosocial support to the released schoolgirls...


CAIRO, Egypt March 3 – Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Sudanese counterpart Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi stressed on Tuesday that Ethiopia’s possible second...