On Friday, the island-nation of Bahrain announced that it would become the fourth Arab country to sign an agreement with the Jewish state. The move comes after the UAE agreed to normalize in August. Iran’s foreign ministry exploded the diplomatic overture on Saturday.
“The ruler of Bahrain will henceforth be a partner in the crimes of the Zionist regime, a continuing threat to the region and the world of Islam,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Israel time.
The ministry called the deal “shameful” and said it would “undoubtedly result in growing anger and permanent hatred of Palestinians, Muslims and the oppressed people of the world’s free countries.”
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, had previously accused the UAE of “treason”, because after the Gulf countries’ normalization deal, the Abraham Accords with Abraham were dubbed. The United States helped facilitate both deals, and Iran’s outgoing US special envoy, Brian Hook, called the agreement Tehran’s “worst nightmare”.
Turkey also condemned Bahrain for joining the UAE for peaceful relations between the two countries. Turkey’s foreign ministry said the move was harmful to Palestinians, according to Daily saba, Turkish pro-government media outlet.
“We are strongly and strongly condemning Bahrain’s undertaking to establish diplomatic relations with Israel,” it said in a statement. “This will further encourage Israel to continue illegitimate practices towards Palestine and its efforts to make Palestinian occupation permanent.”
The ground agreement between Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was first announced by President Trump. The move represents another foreign policy victory for the president as the US approaches the November presidential election.
“It is a historic breakthrough to advance peace in the Middle East,” the US, Bahrain and Israel said in a joint statement. “The opening of direct dialogue and relations between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security and prosperity in the region.”
After the UAE deal, it was expected that other Arab states such as Bahrain could follow suit. Other countries that may eventually decide to normalize relations include Oman, Morocco, and even Saudi Arabia. Egypt signed a peace deal in 1979 and was followed by Jordan in 1994.