Former Israeli ambassador to Manama: The relationship with Bahrain is part of the security strategy against Iran
move site Axios (Axios) The former Israeli ambassador to Bahrain, Itai Tagner, said that Manama views the relationship with Tel Aviv as part of its security strategy against Iranian threats.
Tagner explained that since the normalization agreements (with the UAE and Bahrain), the printing countries focused mainly on economic cooperation, but the Bahrainis made it clear that they “will not be shy about coordinating” on Iran, stressing that relations with Israel are part of Bahrain’s security strategy in confronting the threat from Tehran. .
He added that the Bahrainis know what we are talking about. Iran is about 90 miles away, and “there are Iranian drones flying over their heads on their way to attack Saudi Arabia,” noting that Israel’s thriving partnerships in the region will keep the Iranians always vigilant.
Tagner – who turned Israel’s secret relationship with Bahrain into a public one – said that the Iranians opened a front against us in Syria and Lebanon, but when they now look across the Gulf, they see us there with our allies very close to them.
Axios website referred to the visit of the Bahraini Foreign Ministry Undersecretary, Sheikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa to Israel last August, and at the time published a photo of a meeting with the Israeli general responsible for operations against Iran.
The website quoted Tagner as saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, and that Sheikh Abdullah agreed to the press release accompanying the picture, and confirmed that the two countries agreed to enhance security cooperation.
The Israeli diplomat emphasized that Bahrain had developed a comprehensive strategy for what he called a “warm peace” with Israel in all aspects of the relationship.
In mid-September 2020, the UAE and Bahrain signed agreements to normalize relations with Israel in an official ceremony hosted by the White House lawn.
In September 2021, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid inaugurated an embassy for Tel Aviv in Manama, during a visit during which he met the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and other prominent officials.