Abraham Accords Partner Bahrain Seeks Answers on Bennett’s Palestinian Policy as Gaza Strikes Resume

Following renewed hostilities in Gaza just days into the administration of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Bahrain’s foreign ministry has reached out to Jerusalem in order to find out more information about its commitment to the peace deal they signed in September.

Bahrain’s foreign minister, Abdullatif Al-Zayani,said on Wednesday that he’d reached out to the Israeli government to ask about “the Israeli policy towards the efforts aimed at establishing peace in the region through the settlement of the Palestinian [issue], on the basis of the two-state solution and the international resolutions,” according to Manama’s official BNA news agency.

In September 2020, Bahrain joined the United Arab Emirates in signing a peace deal with israel in which the two Arab states agreed the normalize relations with israel in exchange for Israel delaying its planned extension of sovereignty over a large part of Area C of the West Bank, a territory with fertile farmland along the Jordan River Valley that is under complete Israeli military control. The deal was dubbed the Abraham Accords and later expanded to include Sudan and Morocco before the year was out.

At a summit of the the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) during the 11-day war, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the accord signatories present that “the massacre of Palestinian children today follows the purported normalization,” adding that “this criminal and genocidal regime has…

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