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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahraini Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Zayed bin Rashid Al-Zayani at Ben Gurion International Airport, 2020

The Kingdom of Bahrain has formally withdrawn its ambassador from Israel, the kingdom’s parliament confirmed Thursday in a statement, adding that “economic relations” were halted as well.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry denied the decision in its response to the report.


“No notification or decision has been received from the government of Bahrain and the government of Israel to recall the countries’ ambassadors. Relations between Israel and Bahrain are stable,” the ministry said in a brief Hebrew-language statement.

However, on the website of the Bahraini Parliament, a lengthy statement indicated there was a rupture between the two Abraham Accords signatories.

Interestingly, there has been no such announcement — or tweet — in the English language from either side, and no statement from the palace of Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

“The House of Representatives confirms that 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,” the statement read. “Economic relations with Israel have also been halted.

“This comes as confirmation of the firm historical Bahraini position in support of the Palestinian cause and the legitimate rights of the brotherly Palestinian people . . .

“The Council affirms that the continuation of war and military operations, and the continuing Israeli escalation in light of the lack of respect for international humanitarian law, prompts the Council to demand more decisions and measures that preserve the lives of innocent people and civilians in Gaza and all Palestinian areas,” the statement continued.

The Kingdom also reiterated its position supporting the establishment of “an independent Palestinian state with Eastern Jerusalem as its capital in accordance with international resolutions.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.