Referring to the meeting of Bahrain’s foreign minister with an Israeli minister, Sadallah Zarei said: “The Zionists’ relationship with certain some Arab states is not a new issue and even goes back to before the creation of Israel in 1948, that is about twenty years before the establishment of the Zionist regime.
For example, the British received a letter from King Abdel Aziz, the then Emir of Nejd, saying that he, on behalf of the Islamic World (which was, of course, a fake representation), announced that it was imperative to offer shelter, work, welfare and land (country) to the poor Jews and that we were ready to cooperate with them to form such a government on the Palestinian territories.
He added: “This event relates to about the 1920s when the Balfour Declaration came about. At that time, these debates were raised among the winners in World War I, and Abdel Aziz rendered a great service to the Zionists. After that, Saudi Arabia and Jordan continued their relations with the Zionists.
The West Asian analyst added: They were puppets of the British and, as a result, the puppets of the Zionist regime, and it is interesting that the coming to power of the Hashemite family in Jordan by the British is concurrent with the coming to power of another Hashemi family in Iraq (that is the family, King Faisal) as well as the coming to power of a group of European Zionists led by Ben-Gurion in Palestine, which led to the creation of the Zionist regime. Simultaneously even a state called Saudi Arabia was proclaimed in 1932. Therefore, all of these were intertwined from the beginning; a father, one fate and a common cause, and none had any connection with Muslim or Arab nations.
Zarei added: “However, since Muslims in every part of the world, under any faith, Shia or Sunni, are subject to any tendency, religious or secular have rightly special sensitivity to Palestine and Qods; so far, these relations have been secret and denied by the Arab governments; but there are some steps being taken lately to bring Arab-Israeli relations out of its ambiguous, mysterious and shameful state.
Noting that the aim of the meeting between the Bahraini Foreign Minister and the Zionist regime official is the need of Israel for publicity, he explained: “The Zionists were in a state of weak security and their relations with the Europeans were confused. Anti-Zionist movements had even penetrated inside the European governments. In fact, the Zionist regime had lost its usefulness to Europe and the United States, and could no longer act as the first and strong base of the West in Asia. As a result, in order to prove the advancement of the Zionist regime, they decided to disclose these secret relations.
The regional affairs expert noted: “To this end, some Arab states should have naturally come forward to fulfill the demands of the Zionist regime. Arab states, while somewhat having a strong attachment to the Americans or even to the Zionists, are at the same time extremely worried about the reactions of their own people. Given that popular reactions in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan, and other Arab states are definitive, it is clear that the people would react and there is a possibility that some Arab governments be overthrown for the cause of Palestine. In this respect, the only government that did not have such concerns was the Bahraini government.
He explained that the Bahraini government had no intimate relationship with its people even before these new developments. The tendency and demand of the majority of the Bahraini people are completely different from their governments’ desires and inclinations. The ruling establishment in Bahrain is totally under the occupation of Saudi Arabia free of charge and today it is Riyadh that governs Manama.
Referring to the ongoing protests of the Bahraini people against al-Khalifa’s policies, Zarei stated: “Bahraini Muslims regularly demonstrate and protest against the government of Al-Khalifa, they are regularly taken into jail, are martyred, and deprived of their social rights. Even their elders such as Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassim are sent into exile. Leaders of Shiite parties, such as Sheikh Salman, are imprisoned; Shiite workers are fired at Bahrain’s aluminum factory. They have put pressure on their people with all their strength and have subjected the country to the occupation of Arabia. Such a government does not care about people at all.
Noting that Bahrain is a very small state, with about 144 islands of which only 13 are inhabitable, he said: “Half of these islands are under the occupation of the United States. America’s fifth naval fleet is based in Manama, and the other half is under Saudi occupation. Basically, the kingdom of Bahrain has no identity. It is just a name called the king of Bahrain who speaks on behalf of the Bahraini people and establishes relations with the Zionists!
Zarei emphasized: “Their goal is to solve the problems of the Zionist regime. The regime in Tel Aviv was in a weak position in terms of security in the face of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Iran and peripheral countries such as Syria and Lebanon. Israel needed sticks under its arms to keep it standing. This was realized by exposing its secret ties with the Arab states. The Zionist regime came to the conclusion that it must pretend it is powerful and is devising new schemes. Therefore, they disclosed the secret Arab ties that occurred 80 years ago and gave the first flag to the most faceless Arab state.”
He said that the meeting of the Bahraini Foreign Minister with the Zionist regime official was entirely in line with the ‘Deal of the Century’, adding that various phrases have been laid down alongside the Deal of the Century; issues such as the exchange of Jordanian Palestinian land, the settlement of Palestinians in the camps and the countries where there are such camps; financial support … But the Deal of the Century has a heart too. Its heart is the normalization of relations between the Zionist regime and the Arab states. According to the Zionist regime, if relations are normalized, firstly, the Muslims would lose their last hope and the resistance against the Zionist regime would end. On the other hand, they would be able to quickly enter the financial markets of the region, and if they fail to seize from the Nile to the Euphrates through developing lands they would do that by economic and political means. This is the main objective of the Deal of the Century.
He added: “The question is whether this plan has been successful or not? It must be said that the project has been relatively successful, but the pace of development has been very slow. That is, we are just hearing from Bahrainis about holding such meetings. Only they are in the middle of the scene; they go and come and hold conferences in Manama. The rest of the Arab countries are still silent, albeit steadily we hear that a certain country would soon unveil its relations and would even transfer its embassy to Bait al-Moqaddas.
Zarei added: “There are whispers, but no concrete action has been taken yet. We can say that from this angle the heart of the Deal of the Century is normalizing relations between the Zionist regime and the Arab states, this plan has been relatively successful, but failed to progress as expected.
The West Asian analyst commenting on the future prospects of Arab-Israeli relations said that if the train carrying the king of Bahrain and his foreign minister reaches destination there are other governments to follow suit but how many would join is what matter. This is a major question about which there is disagreement.
He explained: “Some people believe that in the end, only four or five countries would join this plan, and eventually they will not go further than this. Some others argue that if they proceed and the Americans can really bring benefits to the members, this could be the introduction of some other Arab countries to join this plan; up to now whatever that has been said are based on speculation and possibilities and there is no definite matter in this case.