Observers saw that the Iranian attack on Manama expresses Tehran’s fear of any Arab-Israeli rapprochement.
And the Iranian Foreign Ministry “warned” that any move to prepare the ground for Israel’s “destructive presence” in the Persian Gulf region might “create tension and more insecurity.”
Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, claimed that what happened was against “the will and vote of the noble people of Bahrain,” accusing the “rulers of Bahrain” of ignoring what is happening between Israel and the people of Palestine.
In response to what was stated by the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, the Israeli researcher in Middle Eastern affairs and international relations, Roni Shalom, said that “the relationship of the Israelis and the Palestinians is in most cases work relations, friendship and cooperation in more than one field, and that Israel’s relationship with the Palestinian Authority is stronger of its relations (the Palestinian Authority) with Iran.”
Speaking to Al-Hurra website, Shalom said that “Iran is terrified of any Arab-Israeli rapprochement” because it “thwarts its attempts to spread strife between cousins, Jews and Arabs.”
He described what was stated by the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman as “an unprecedented interference in the affairs of the state of Bahrain.”
And on Thursday, one year after the US-brokered normalization of relations between Israel and Bahrain, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid inaugurated his country’s embassy in Manama.
“We have officially opened the Israeli embassy in Bahrain,” Lapid wrote on Twitter.
Then he continued, “We agreed that by the end of the year, there will be an opening of the Bahraini embassy in Israel.”
He accompanied the Bahraini Foreign Minister, Lapid, during the opening ceremony.
While the two officials did not publicly address Iran in the press conference that followed the opening, Bahrain’s Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs for Political Affairs, Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, publicly criticized Iran during his visit to Israel in August.
He said, “What we see from a Bahraini perspective and experience with Iran is a continuous interference in the internal affairs of my country,” adding: “If you look at crises throughout the Middle East, you will find one red thread that passes through all these crises. You will find an Iranian finger,” according to What was reported by the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz.
In this regard, Roni Shalom said, “Iran has always tried to impose its hegemony in the region, but all countries reject this, in reference to Bahrain.”
He said: “Trading in the Palestinian cause will not help the Iranian regime…Everyone knows today that it is just a hoax.”
The Bahraini political analyst, Abdullah Al-Junaid, described, for his part, what the Iranian Foreign Ministry described as a “hybrid position.”
In connection with Al-Hurra website, he said that this “is not new to the mullahs’ regime.”
Al-Junaid reminded that the Abrahamic pacts are a reality now and Tehran must deal with it on that basis.
In response to the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s statement that the opening of the Israeli embassy came against the will of the people of Bahrain, Al-Junaid said that “those who stood against the opening of the embassy expressed their position freely and within the framework of the constitution.”
He added, “With regard to some small gatherings directed with a media or other purpose, they expressed their position, including what the constitution guarantees of the right to express freedom of opinion, and we leave the international media to estimate the size of those rejecting blocs.”
Bahrain severed relations with Iran in early 2016, accusing it of supporting the opposition in the kingdom.
In mid-September 2020, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed an agreement to normalize relations with Israel in a ceremony hosted by the White House during the era of former US President Donald Trump.
This move, which later included Morocco and Sudan, was criticized by Iran.