With Netanyahu poised to become PM again, Bahrain says will ‘continue building our partnership’

A Gulf Air A320 plane coming from the Bahraini capital Manama arrives at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on September 30, 2021. (EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)
A Gulf Air A320 plane coming from the Bahraini capital Manama arrives at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on September 30, 2021. (EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

Bahrain says it will continue to advance growing ties with Israel, as former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to form a new government.

Following this past week’s election, Israel looks set to usher in its most right-wing government ever, including extreme-right elements.

A normalization agreement between Israel and Bahrain was signed under Netanyahu’s previous government in 2020.

According to the Reuters news agency, the diplomatic adviser to Bahrain’s king says Netanyahu’s win is “normal and always expected.”

“We have an agreement with Israel, part of the Abraham Accords, and we will stick to our agreement and we expect it to continue in the same line and continue building our partnership together,” says Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.

“We will want to make an example and succeed together and face all the threats,” he adds.

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