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‘Extraordinary times’: Israel and SIX Gulf States working together

Eye-opening revelations with ‘behind-the-scene’ Foundation for Ethnic Understanding president, who has been opening doors between Gulf State leaders and Israel for over a decade: “When in modern Jewish history have you had the forces of the United States, specifically the Trump Administration, the State of Israel, and the six Gulf states all coming together?”

By Eliran Aharon

 

Foundation for Ethnic Understanding President Rabbi Marc Schneier spoke to Arutz Sheva about his groundbreaking work bringing understanding and normalization between Israel and the Arab Gulf states: “We’re living in extraordinary times,” Rabbi Schneier said. “There’s a warming of relations between the Arab Gulf states and Israel. Continue Reading »

Watch Bahrani FM admit Iran is bigger threat to Gulf states than Israel

 

view videoBefore Bahrain listed the Shi’ite militia group Hezbollah a “terrorist organization,” they broke off formal relations with Iran at the beginning of 2016.

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Iran presents a greater danger to Gulf States and the stability of the Middle East than Israel, a high ranking official in the Bahrain government told Arab Media in recent comments.

During an interview with Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabiya TV last Tuesday, Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said that Iran is currently the coastal kingdom’s “biggest problem” and added that his country will not “hesitate to defend” itself if necessary, according to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). Continue Reading »

First time since 1948: King of Bahrain invites Rabbi to light Hanukkah candles in Manama synagogue

 

view videoWATCH: King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa invites French Rabbi and French Imam to royal palace for interfaith meeting before lighting Hanukkah candles for the first time since the founding of the Jewish State.

 

Hannukah candles were lit Monday night in the Jewish synagogue in Bahrain’s capital for the first time since the founding of the state of Israel in 1948, Israel’sArutz 7 reported.

Rabbi Levin and Imam Hassan Chalghoumi light Hanukkah candles at the Manama synagogue in Bahrain – Screenshot

French Rabbi Moshe Levin of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) along with French Imam Hassan Chalghoumi traveled to Bahrain under invitation from King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to join a special interfaith conference hosted at the the palace in Manama. Continue Reading »

Bahrain’s FM: Hezbollah leader, ‘a criminal stained by the blood of innocents’

Foreign Minister Khalid al-Khalifa slams Hezbollah leader for past remarks on Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom’s treatment of Shiites.

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Bahrain’s foreign minister slammed Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday for criticizing the Sunni-led Gulf kingdom’s treatment of its opposition Shi’ite population, AFP reported.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in rare public speech, August 3, 2013.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in rare public speech, August 3, 2013. – Photo: REUTERS/Sharif Karim

“The people of Bahrain are above being addressed by a criminal whose hands are stained by the blood of innocents in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq,” Khalid al-Khalifa wrote on his Twitter account.

Al-Khalifa’s comments came in response to Nasrallah’s warning on Monday that the government of Bahrain “should not assume it can continue to oppress its people and pressure the outside world to remain silent.”

AFP also quoted the Hezbollah leader as criticizing the Gulf state’s government as “dwarves whose oppression will get them only disappointment”. Continue Reading »

Bahrain 1st Arab country to blacklist Hezbollah as Terror Organization

Bahraini MP tells Al Arabiya, Hezbollah’s alleged support and training of radical Shiite groups against Bahrain is basis for the decision.

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Bahrain on Tuesday became the first Arab state to blacklist Hezollah as a terrorist group, Al Arabiya reported.

Lebanon's Hezbollah supporters gesture as they march in Beirut, November 2011

Lebanon’s Hezbollah supporters gesture as they march in Beirut, November 2011 – Photo: Reuters/Khalil Hassan

According to the report the decision was based mainly on the Lebanese Shiite organization’s alleged support and training of radical shiite groups against Bahrain.

“The measure is to protect Bahrain’s security and stability from Hezbollah’s threats,” Bahraini MP Adil al-Asoumi told Al Arabiya.

He stated that Hezbollah is not only a threat to Bahrain, but to the rest of the Gulf region, and called on “our Gulf brethren to confront the terrorist organization to secure Gulf security.”

He reportedly added that there is evidence that Hezbollah is instigating violence against the Bahraini government.

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Report: France backs adding Hezbollah militiamen on terrorists’ blacklist

Earlier this week, Bahrain declared the Lebanese group a terrorist organization and called on other Persian Gulf nations to follow suit.

By JTA

 

PARIS– The French government supports adding the armed wing of Hezbollah to the European Union’s list of terrorist organizations, an Arabic daily reported.

Hezbollah terrorists - Photo by EPA

Hezbollah supporters – Photo by EPA

 

The London-based Al Hayat daily reported on Friday that French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius informed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry of Paris’ decision at a meeting on Wednesday.

According to the report, the French government endorsed the designation following the finding by Bulgarian authorities that Hezbollah was responsible for the terrorist attack last summer on a busload of Israeli tourists in the Black Sea resort town of Burgas, Bulgaria, and because of the support Hezbollah is providing to the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Continue Reading »

After Bahrain arrested bombing suspects, accused Hezbollah for attacks

Persian Gulf state says arrested 4 suspects after 2 killed in Manama bombing; claims Shiite militia’s fingerprints evident

By Reuters

Bahrain said it had arrested four suspects on Tuesday in the bombings that killed two people in the capital Manama and accused the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of being behind the attacks.

Bahrain’s capital Manama – Photo: Reuters

Public Security Chief Major-General Tariq Al Hassan said in a statement published by the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) the suspects were detained after prosecutors issued arrest warrants and police were hunting for other killers.

The five home-made bombs on Monday bore the hallmarks of Hezbollah, the Shiite group allied with Iran, authorities said. Continue Reading »

Bahrain Initiates Dialogue with the European Jewish Parliament

A delegation from the European Jewish Parliament (EJP), representing 47 countries, made its historic visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

By Elad Benari

 

For the first, time a delegation from the European Jewish Parliament (EJP) made a landmark visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain, one of the most dynamic economies in the Middle East, earlier this week.

European Jewish Parliament

European Jewish Parliament – Screenshot

A statement by the EJP noted that the delegation was led by Vadim Rabinovych and Joël Rubinfeld, Co-Chairmen of the European Jewish Parliament (EJP), together with MEJP’s from Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Turkey and Ukraine.

The visit was at the invitation of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the framework of an intercultural and interreligious dialogue that started earlier this year in Brussels during the European Jewish Parliament (EJP) General Assembly. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Ambassador Michael Oren’s Iran article in WSJ gets ‘thumbs-up’ from Bahraini FM

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister’s Tweet shows Iran’s nuclear program not solely an Israeli concern, explains Israel’s ambassador to U.S.

By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, JPOST CORRESPONDENT

 

WASHINGTON – When Bahrain’s foreign minister tweeted an article about Iran by Israeli’s US envoy, it underscored the shared nature of the Iranian threat, according to the envoy.

Michael Oren - Photo: JP

Michael Oren – Photo: JP

“It shows that the Iranian nuclear program is not solely an Israel concern but one of the entire Middle East,” Ambassador Michael Oren told The Jerusalem Post Thursday.

Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa tweeted a link to a piece Oren posted in The Wall Street Journal, which appeared on the website on Monday, titled “Time is short for Iran diplomacy.”

In the piece, Oren warned that Iran’s progress in its nuclear program demonstrated that diplomacy and sanctions have failed to end Tehran’s nuclear threat.

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