TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Saturday strongly condemned Bahrain’s plan to normalize relations with Israel, calling it a shameful and ignominious transfer by the Gulf Arab nation.
Bahrain’s announcement Friday adopted the same normalization settlement final month by the United Arab Emirates, a fellow U.S. ally. The 2 Arab nations’ institution of full relations with Israel is a part of a broader push by the Trump administration discover frequent floor with nations that share U.S. wariness of Iran. Tehran’s arch rival Saudi Arabia may be near a deal.
In a press release, Iran’s Overseas Ministry stated Bahrain’s normalization “will stay within the historic reminiscence of the oppressed and downtrodden individuals of Palestine and the world’s free nations without end.”
Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard additionally denounced Bahrain’s transfer utilizing comparable language, calling it a betrayal of the Palestinian individuals and a “menace to safety in West Asia and the Muslim world.”
The agreements by the UAE and now Bahrain are a setback for Palestinian leaders, who’ve urged Arab nations to withhold recognition till they’ve secured an unbiased state. The Palestinians have seen a gentle erosion in once-unified Arab help — one of many few playing cards they nonetheless held as leverage in opposition to Israel — since President Donald Trump started pursuing an unabashedly pro-Israel agenda.
The Overseas Ministry assertion additionally stated Bahrain’s authorities and the opposite supporting governments can be held accountable for any act by Israel that causes insecurity within the Persian Gulf area.
The island of Bahrain lies simply off the coast of Saudi Arabia, and is among the many world’s smallest nations, solely about 760 sq. kilometers (290 sq. miles). Bahrain’s location within the Persian Gulf lengthy has made it a buying and selling cease and a naval defensive place. The island is residence to the U.S. Navy’s fifth Fleet and a just lately constructed British naval base.
Like Iran, Bahrain’s inhabitants is majority Shiite, and the nation has been dominated since 1783 by the Sunni Al Khalifa household.
Since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, Bahrain’s rulers have blamed Iran for arming militants on the island. Iran denies the accusations. Bahrain’s Shiite majority has accused the federal government of treating them like second-class residents. The Shiites joined pro-democracy activists in demanding extra political freedoms in 2011, as Arab Spring protests swept throughout the broader Center East. Saudi and Emirati troops in the end helped violently put down the demonstrations.