Bahrain also normalizes diplomatic relations with Israel Palestine is in trouble September 12 at 8:30 p.m.
Following the UAE-United Arab Emirates in the Middle East brokered by the Trump administration in the United States, Bahrain also agreed to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel. The further improvement in relations between Israel and the Arab states, which have been at odds over the Palestinian issue for years, puts Palestine in a difficult position.
U.S. President Trump announced today that Israel and Bahrain, which have been at odds for years, have agreed to normalize diplomatic relations through U.S. mediation.
The Trump administration is expected to broker an agreement last month to normalize diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE, and on the 15th of this month, representatives from the three countries will be invited to Washington, the capital, to sign the agreement, with the aim of appealing diplomatic results ahead of November’s presidential election.
Arab countries, on the other hand, have said that resolving the Palestinian issue is a condition of peace with Israel, but the Palestinians have strongly opposed the decision by the UAE and Bahrain to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel in a way that reverses it.
The Palestinian Transitional Authority has recalled its ambassador in Bahrain, violently condemning it as “an extremely dangerous move that will blow away the agreements and international legitimacy of Arab countries.”
However, the United States and Israel are increasingly pushing other Arab countries to normalize diplomatic relations, and The Palestinians are in a difficult position to improve relations between Israel and the Arab countries, which have been at odds for years over the Palestinian issue.
Palestinian Repulsion and Cold View
While some in Palestine condemn Bahrain’s response, others see it coldly as if it had already been expected.
Among them, a 30-year-old Palestinian man in Bethlehem accused the government of “agreeing, not by the people of Bahrain, but an unforgivable betrayal of diplomatic relations with Israel.”
Another Palestinian man said, “Arab countries have been betrayed for years, and this time it’s only clear. We have no choice but to rely on the rest of our friends’ countries for peace.”
Welcome in Israel
There were many welcome voices in Israel.
An Israeli man said, “Peace is the most beautiful thing in the world. Other Arab countries should also have state relations with Israel.”
Another Israeli man also said, “Peace with Israel is an asset to both countries. The other day, Palestine asked Arab countries to make a statement condemning the agreement, but it was rejected. I feel that the future of Israel is bright.”
Expert “Ading the History of the Middle East”
As for the background to the normalization of diplomatic relations with Israel by two countries in the Middle East in a month brokered by the United States, Koichi Nakagawa, a former diplomat and senior researcher at the Mitsubishi Research Institute who is familiar with the Middle East policy of the United States, analyzes the three-party speculation that Israel, a cluster of high-tech industries, is the center of the Middle East economy, the UAE-United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, which wants to advance economic development.
Mr. Nakagawa pointed out that other Gulf countries, such as Oman, could follow the normalization of diplomatic relations, as “the perspective of President Trump’s brokered business has undeeded into the history of the Middle East, which has not moved for a long time.”
Mr. Nakagawa also said, “As the economic measures and racial issues of the Corona Are headwinds for President Trump, a series of moves to normalize diplomatic relations will lead to the protection of Israel from putting Iran on the axis of conflict, resulting in the delight of Christian evangelicals who support Israel. It will be an election measure,” he said, pointing to a solid support for evangelicals, the foundation of President Trump’s support for the U.S. presidential election in November.
On the other hand, he said, “What is important in the U.S. election campaign is not the Middle East peace issue, but how to protect Israel. Rather, we should have a very sense of crisis in the sense that Palestine will be left behind more and more.”, he warned of the move to normalize diplomatic relations without the Palestinian issue.
Iran ‘shameful act’
Iran’s foreign ministry, which is at odds with Israel, issued a statement today, said, “This shameful act will remain in the memory of the oppressed Palestinian people. The leader of Bahrain has become an accomplice to the sinning regime.”
He then criticized the move as a political move toward the U.S. presidential election, as “this fundamental mistake is for elections in the United States.”
The Iranian government has also strongly condemned the UAE,” which agreed last month to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel, as “a betrayal to the Palestinian people.”
For Iran, the UAE and Bahrain are countries on the other side of the Persian Gulf, and the statement also stated that “if Israel causes instability in the Persian Gulf, it will be regarded as the responsibility of Bahrain and countries that follow the same path,” and he was alarmed that Israel’s influence would increase in the surrounding areas for security.
Turkey ‘strongly condemned’
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement today, “I strongly condemn Bahrain’s decision to follow the UAE. This will be a new blow to the palestinian cause movement and will support Israel’s move to fix the Palestinian occupation of land.”
The Turkish government has also made clear its support for Palestine over the Middle East peace plan launched by the US Trump administration, which is said to be close to Israel, and issued a statement of condemnation last month when the UAE agreed to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel.
Interested in developments in Saudi Arabia, a regional power
Following the UAE-United Arab Emirates, Bahrain’s move to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel has attracted interest in developments in Saudi Arabia, a regional powerhouse.
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Faisal, last month stressed the idea of maintaining a peace plan for Arab countries and was cautious about normalizing diplomatic relations with Israel.
King Salman also conveyed his willingness to maintain the conventional peace plan when he held a telephone meeting with U.S. President Trump on The 6th of this month.
But with Saudi Arabia’s strongly influenced Bahrain starting to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel, there is a possibility of any change in Saudi Arabia’s stance, and there is interest in that trend.
UAE accelerates strengthening of relations with Israel
Since the agreement was reached between Israel and the UAE last month on normalization of diplomatic relations prior to Bahrain, moves to strengthen relations between the two countries have accelerated rapidly.
At the end of last month, Israel, along with the United States, sent a delegation of political and business practitioners to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, for the first time to operate a private direct flight between Israel and Abu Dhabi.
In addition, preparations are underway for direct flights between Israel and Dubai in the UAE, and there is a movement to increase the traffic between the two countries.
In economic relations, executives of Israel’s major banks said on September 9 that they would like to cooperate with financial institutions after signing the agreement, and that Israeli hospital giants have agreed to cooperate with UAE investment firms in medical technology, and the move to strengthen relations between the two countries is accelerating rapidly.
What is the trump administration’s bee?
The Trump administration’s strong desire to improve relations between Israel and the Arab countries is likely to be due to three main aimes: appealing to conservatives in the run-up to November’s presidential election, pressure on Palestine to achieve Peace in the Middle East, and building a encirclement network for iran, which is even more hostile.
The Existence of Christian Evangelicals
President Trump’s strong awareness of Israeli policy is the existence of Christian evangelicals.
Evangelicals are said to be America’s largest religious power, with strict bible language as a pillar of teaching, and the Jewish state of Israel emphasizes its support for Israel as “founded by God’s will.”
President Trump has made his position close to Israel clear on the basis of his support for evangelicals, and has made long-standing appeals to evangelicals, such as recognizing Jerusalem, the holy place of attribution between Israel and Palestine, as the capital of Israel.
Israel has often fought war with Arab countries since its founding in 1948, and the elimination of the conflict has helped improve Israel’s security and evangelicals have welcomed it.
A series of agreements between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain at a time when the presidential election is just around the corner is likely to be aimed at emphasizing the achievements of evangelicals as President Trump.
Supporting Peace in the Middle East
It is also believed that the aim is to create an environment in which Palestinian concessions are drawn on the Middle East peace issue over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Trump administration has called Middle East peace the “ultimate deal” and is working on a solution by presenting its own peace plan, but the Palestinian side strongly opposes it because the peace plan strongly reflects its position close to Israel, and the situation has not progressed.
For this reason, the Trump administration sees indirect pressure on the Palestinian side by increasing its efforts to reach out to Arab countries that support Palestine, and President Trump said in a press conference on November 11 that “we are take a different approach” and that he would first call on other Arab countries to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel in order to encourage concessions on the Palestinian side.
Siege of Iran
There is also the united States’ move to build a siege network against Iran, which is hostile to Israel, which it sees as the biggest threat to the Middle East.
There are many Arab countries that have a hostile relationship with Iran due to differences in Islamic sects, and by improving relations between these countries and Israel, the United States seems to be trying to isolate Iran by transforming the composition of Israel vs. Arab countries into the composition of Israel and Arab countries vs. Iran.