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World

Bahrain halts trade ties with Israel, envoys return: parliament

Published November 2, 2023
This handout picture provided by the Palestinian Authority’s press office (PPO) shows Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (R)posing for a picture with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani during their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 29, 2023. File Photo: AFP
This handout picture provided by the Palestinian Authority’s press office (PPO) shows Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (R)posing for a picture with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani during their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 29, 2023. File Photo: AFP

MANAMA: Bahrain’s lower house of parliament announced Thursday the halting of economic ties with Israel and the return of ambassadors on both sides over the Israel-Hamas war, although there was no government confirmation.

Israel’s foreign ministry said it had not been notified of any decision by Bahrain. If confirmed, it would be the first such move by one of Israel’s Arab Gulf allies.

“The Council of Representatives confirms the Israeli ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain has left Bahrain, and the Kingdom of Bahrain decided to return the Bahraini ambassador from Israel to the country,” a statement said.

Israeli army battles Hamas fighters in drive towards Gaza City

“Economic relations with Israel have also been halted,” said the statement from the lower house, which does not have executive powers.

The move is “in support of the Palestinian cause and the legitimate rights of the brotherly Palestinian people,” it said.

Abdulnabi Salman, parliament’s first deputy speaker, confirmed the decision to AFP, saying the “ongoing conflict in Gaza cannot tolerate silence”.

Bahrain and Israel established diplomatic relations in 2020 as part of the US-brokered Abraham Accords. Under the accords, Israel also established ties with the United Arab Emirates and Morocco.

“We would like to clarify that no announcement or decision has been received from the government of Bahrain and the government of Israel regarding the return of the ambassadors of these countries,” Israel’s foreign ministry said.

“Relations between Israel and Bahrain are stable,” it added.

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Tulukan Mairandi Nov 02, 2023 08:58pm
Bahrain has nothing to offer the world
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Az_Iz Nov 03, 2023 12:14am
Bolivia broke relations with Israel over Gaza war. Chile and Columbia recalled their ambassadors. Speaking out against aggression is the least one can do.
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Az_Iz Nov 03, 2023 12:18am
Bolivia, Chile and Columbia have ended or downgraded their relations with Israel, knowing well that there could be pushback from Israel and its supporters and apologists. That is a courageous decision. It is all the more worth applauding, as these countries don’t have any ethnic or religious ties with the Palestinians.
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Az_Iz Nov 03, 2023 12:22am
Bolivia, Chile and Columbia don’t have any ethnic or religious ties to the Palestinians, yet they chose to serve ties with Israel, even with a risk to themselves, with pushback from Israel and it’s supporters. That is very courageous and ethical. On the other hand, these other countries with ethnic and religious ties, are make reluctant moves.
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