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Bahrain FM: Israel has a right to defend itself

Image of Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa on 17 April 2016 [U.S. Department of State/Flickr]
Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa [U.S. Department of State/Wikipedia]

Israel has the right to defend itself against Iranian threats, Bahraini Foreign Minister, Khalid Bin Ahmed, wrote on Twitter yesterday.

“As long as Iran has violated the status quo in the region and invaded countries with its forces and missiles, any country in the region, including Israel, has the right to defend itself by destroying the sources of danger,” the Bahraini minister wrote.

His words, Israeli Minister of Communication Ayoob Kara said, were “no less than historic support for Israel”.

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“The statement of Bahrain’s Foreign Minister that any country, including Israel, is entitled to defend itself, is historic support for the State of Israel in the face of Iranian aggression. This support reflects the new coalition being created in the Middle East… thanks to the efforts of our prime minister.”

Social media users responded with anger following Bin Ahmed’s tweet, many accused him of bias towards Israel and asked him not to speak on behalf on the Bahraini people.

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