On Friday, Bahrain became the second Arab Gulf state to announce normalization of relations with apartheid Israel.
After the UAE announced this move in August, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum slammed what he called “a stab in the back of the Palestinian cause…serv(ing) only the Israeli occupation and crimes.”
A Palestinian Authority (PA) statement condemned a deal that surrendered to Israeli occupation and planned annexation of 30% of West Bank territory.
Bahrain’s announcement is another blow to Palestinian self-determination that’s never been on the table for real because of strong US/Israeli opposition.
The move follows UAE announced normalization with Israel last month. Bahrain is tiny nation of 1.5 million people, home to the US Fifth Fleet.
The Al Khalifa monarchy is notorious for horrific civil and human rights abuses, imprisoning, torturing, and eliminating anyone challenging its dictatorial rule.
PLO official Saeb Erekat denounced the latest Arab betrayal of the Palestinian cause, saying:
“The Bahraini, Israeli, American agreement to normalize relations is now part of a bigger package in the region.”
“It isn’t about peace. It is not about relations between countries. We are witnessing an alliance, a military alliance being created in the region.”Despotic Bahrain Allies with Apartheid Israel