The Hebrew newspaper, Haaretz, reported that the talks that took place during the visit of Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to Bahrain yesterday included joint steps that can be taken to confront the threat of Iranian drones. The newspaper quoted informed sources as confirming that Israel and Bahrain “look forward to cooperating in response to the Iranian drone attacks, which are an increasing danger in the region,” noting that Tel Aviv and Manama sent “clear signals” to Tehran.
During his unprecedented trip to Manama on Thursday, Lapid visited the US warship “Pearl Harbor”, accompanied by his Bahraini counterpart Abdullatif Al-Zayani, the prominent US naval official Brad Cooper and Chargé d’Affairs of the US Embassy in Manama Maggie Nardi.
An Israeli official described this visit to the newspaper as an “important strategic incident,” saying: “Iran is developing unmanned military equipment, including drones, but not only this, and that worries everyone,” and added: “Everyone knows very well what capabilities we are offering.”
The newspaper pointed out that the talk is especially about ensuring the safe passage of Bahraini ships through the Gulf and on other sea lanes in the region. In Manama yesterday, Lapid discussed with Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, during a meeting, the first of its kind, security issues, including the Iran and economic file.