“We now have two historic peace agreements with two Arab countries within one month... It will be a warm peace,” Netanyahu said.
Unlike the relatively positive public response that was seen in the United Arab Emirates, the responses in Bahrain were harsher.
It would be wrong to interpret these statements as merely happenstance or random.
Bahrain on Friday became the second Gulf country to normalize ties with Israel after the United Arab Emirates said they would do so a month ago, moves forged partly through shared fears of Iran.
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Bahrain joined the United Arab Emirates in agreeing to normalize relations with Israel on Friday, a move forged partly through shared fears of Iran.
The larger picture for Saudi Arabia is more complex. It is the leading powerhouse of the Gulf.
In the last few years, Bahrain’s former foreign minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa tweeted his support for Israel’s military operation to expose and destroy Hezbollah’s cross-border tunnels.
Overall the Bahrain normalization deal appears to have been received with less media coverage in the region than the previous UAE deal.
“Movement of people, goods and finance is the central key to realizing the great potential in the relations."