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Bahrain opposition rejects Israel normalisation deal

Series of National Interests and Fear of Iran- That's What Pushed Bahrain Into the Arms of Israel                AFP 2020  JOSEPH EID and JACK GUEZ

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, Trump said.

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu goes to Washington this week to sign the Abraham Accord with officials from the United Arab Emirates, he will also sign a normalization agreement with the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain, it was announced on Friday.

Bahrain said in a joint statement it had agreed to formalise the deal with Israel at a ceremony on Tuesday in the White House, where the UAE will also sign off on its own accord with Israel announced in mid-August. The only problem is that Israel, which has now been getting recognition without making any concessions on the Palestinian front, might not want to sit down for talks with the PA, waiting for Iran and other regional factors to do the trick and push other countries into its arms.

In a statement on Saturday, IRGC strongly condemned the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bahrain and the Zionist Regime and noted, "The callous ruler of Bahrain must be waiting for the hard revenge of the soldiers of Quds and the Muslim nation of the country".

What President Trump has done here is unthinkable.

Located north of Qatar and east of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain is a small archipelago made up of 40 natural islands and 51 artificial islands.

"What results from normalisation will not enjoy popular backing, in line with what generations of Bahrainis have been brought up on in terms of adherence to the Palestinian cause", the statement said. Saudi Arabia has quietly acquiesced to the UAE deal, opening its airspace to commercial flights between Israel and the Emirates.

Earlier this year, Morocco said it appreciated the US Peace Deal put forward by Trump Administration and stressed that such a plan needs to be accepted by the parties of the various elements as fundamental. "But it has to be led by a U.S. administration that is committed to a two-state solution, and that's very different from the Trump plan".

On 15 August, The Times of Israel reported, citing anonymous United States officials, that Morocco would be the next Arab country to normalize relations with Tel Aviv, after the UAE.

For more than three decades, the Palestinians have sought an independent state in east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, territories seized by Israel in the 1967 war with Arab states.

Bahrain's foreign minister said Palestinian rights remained a priority for the kingdom.

Chaudhri reiterated that Pakistan always supported a two-state solution for a long-lasting peace. Turkey's foreign ministry said the move is damaging to the Palestinians, according to the Daily Sabah, a pro-Turkish government media outlet.