King Hamad of Bahrain says relations with Israel are a “sophisticated message” for peace.
The Bahraini monarch said a deal to normalize his kingdom with Israel should lead to greater efforts to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through a two-state solution.
Addressing the video to the 75th UN General Assembly via video on Thursday, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa called for “intensified efforts to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in line with the two-state solution … leading to the creation of of an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, based on resolutions with international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative. ”
King Hamad also said that relations with Israel were a “sophisticated message”
“The declaration of relations with Israel is a sophisticated message, emphasizing that our hands are outstretched for a just and comprehensive peace,” he said.
Hamad’s statement came a day after an Israeli official delegation paid its first visit to Israeli diplomats in Bahrain since both sides signed the normalization agreement.
Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates signed normalization agreements with Israel on September 15 in the White House, part of US diplomatic pressure, while Donald Trump wants re-election.
However, the Palestinian leadership condemned the agreements as a betrayal of the Palestinian cause.
In the last few weeks and following the UAE-Bahrain deal with Israel, several Israeli and US senior officials, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, have confirmed that the plan to annex Israel has only been postponed, not canceled. .
Hamad also praised US efforts to achieve “peace and stability in the region” through mediation between agreements with Israel, saying it was sending “a civilized message … as the best guarantee for the future of all peoples in the region.”
In Bahrain, civil society groups have criticized the normalization of relations with Israel, saying recognition should come only after the Palestinians gain an independent state.