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‘Israel Is Entitled to Defend Itself’: Bahrain Foreign Minister’s
Frontpagemagazine ^ | 5-9-18

Posted on 05/10/2018 5:40:38 PM PDT by SJackson

Dramatic Break With Arab Precedent Follows Iranian Missile Assault

Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa (far right) with fellow Arab foreign ministers in Cairo in July 2017. Photo: Reuters / Khaled Elfiqi.

The foreign minister of Bahrain on Thursday issued an unusually forthright defense of Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself, hours after Iranian forces in Syria aimed a barrage of missiles at the Jewish state, inviting a wave of Israeli air strikes in response.

“As long as Iran has breached the status quo in the region and invaded countries with its forces and missiles, any state in the region, including Israel, is entitled to defend itself by destroying sources of danger,” Sheikh Khalid al-Khalifa, Bahrain’s foreign minister, declared on Twitter.

خالد بن ‏أحمد ✔ @khalidalkhalifa طالما ان ايران اخلّت بالوضع القائم في المنطقة و استباحت الدول بقواتها و صواريخها ، فإنه يحق لأي دولة في المنطقة و منها اسرائيل ان تدافع عن نفسها بتدمير مصادر الخطر .

6:22 AM - May 10, 2018 2,011 3,046 people are talking about this

Several Arab commentators were quick to note the historical significance of al-Khalifa’s comment. “The Bahraini foreign minister’s support for the Israeli strikes marks a rare, if not unprecedented public stance by an Arab government,” Beirut’s Daily Star newspaper observed.

While Israel and Bahrain do not maintain official relations, the two countries interests have increasingly aligned as the Iranian threat to the Arab Gulf states has grown. With its restive Shi’a Muslim majority population, Bahrain — a Sunni Arab monarchy — is regarded as particularly vulnerable to Iranian interference.


TOPICS: Egypt; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; Syria; War on Terror
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1 posted on 05/10/2018 5:40:38 PM PDT by SJackson
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
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2 posted on 05/10/2018 5:43:14 PM PDT by SJackson (The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement)
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To: SJackson

Trump effect...


3 posted on 05/10/2018 5:49:06 PM PDT by rrrod (just an old guy with a gun in his pocket)
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To: SJackson

Huge!!! MAGA!!!!


4 posted on 05/10/2018 5:58:58 PM PDT by Reily (!!)
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To: SJackson

bttt


5 posted on 05/10/2018 6:00:53 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the SEALs of Extortion 17 - and God Bless The United States of America.)
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To: SJackson

Am I right that it isn’t that Israel has a blanket right to self-defense but that privilege is due to Iran’s current aggressions against other Muslims, and that those actions are destabilizing the region and harming the interest of Sunni Muslims?

Essentially, that because Israel’s responses are against Iran — which is destabilizing Sunni Muslim States — they are tolerable for the reason that they indirectly benefit the status quo of the disrupted Muslim States?


6 posted on 05/10/2018 6:02:05 PM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: SJackson

I assume Syria is also entitled to defend itself. List for us the attacks on Israel by Syria, Start with “1” and go numerically. State approximate date, location. casualties, and weapons Syria used. GO!!Tick Tock!!


7 posted on 05/10/2018 6:04:06 PM PDT by raiderboy (" weÂ’ll close down the country because we need border" DJT NOW !!)
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To: SJackson

The Trump effect!


8 posted on 05/10/2018 6:07:34 PM PDT by Lent
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To: raiderboy

Yes, in the same sense that any bully has a “right to defend himself”, after he has attacked his neighbors ...

the bully also has a “right” to get his ass kicked by his victims

e.g., Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, al-Quaeda ...


9 posted on 05/10/2018 6:23:04 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: SJackson
They know the US will not occupy them, as will the Iranians.

Damn Jimmy Carter for giving Iran to these radicals.

10 posted on 05/10/2018 6:31:00 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is EVIL and needs to be eradicated)
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To: SJackson

Good news. Here’s more.

EU: Israel has the right to defend itself
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/245799


11 posted on 05/10/2018 6:38:12 PM PDT by familyop ("Welcome to Costco. I love you." - -Costco greeter in the movie, "Idiocracy")
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To: SJackson

Didn’t Obummer once infer that Israeli jets would not be permitted to fly over Iraq to attack Iran?

Don’t think it would be a problem with Trump.


12 posted on 05/10/2018 6:40:40 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: SJackson
Bahrain is closer to, and more dependent on the Saudis, than any other country.

Unlikely that their Foreign Minister would express this position publicly, if he did not think that it was OK with the Saudis.

In fact, the Bahranis could well have stepped out with this statement FOR the Saudis, as part of their diplomatic contribution to the multi-national anti-Iranian regime effort.

The Saudi Crown Prince (Muhammad bin Salman - MBS) made a point of point of paling around with prominent Jews during his recent visit to the USA. That would have been avoided like the plague by the earlier Saudi ruling cliques.


13 posted on 05/10/2018 6:45:33 PM PDT by BeauBo
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To: Rurudyne

I think these countries fear Iran more than they hate Jews. They know Israel is a peaceful neighbor.


14 posted on 05/10/2018 6:48:24 PM PDT by Moonman62 (Give a man a fish and he'll be a Democrat. Teach a man to fish and he'll be a responsible citizen.)
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also... Iran is a Persian nation of a people perceived as interlopers in the middle east.
Whereas Israeli, are blood cousins via Abraham and hundreds of historically interwoven generations...

Ishmael and Isaac,
Jacob and Esau...
and so on...

not saying they are at peace... but explaining perhaps one aspect of why they are always at odds with each other, and ready to explode together over Iran.


15 posted on 05/10/2018 7:00:15 PM PDT by MIA_eccl1212
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To: SJackson

The Gulf States seem to have come to the realization that Israel isn’t their mortal enemy...that “honor” goes to the mullahs in Tehran.


16 posted on 05/10/2018 7:24:18 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (You Say "White Privilege"...I Say "Protestant Work Ethic")
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To: SJackson

Of the last couple of days, I have mentioned how some Arab states now see Israel as an ally against Iran.

Here’s a guy taking a stand by essentially saying just that.

Iran is fooling itself if it thinks all of the Middle-East will back it’s play against Israel. All those nations know they would be next if Israel fell.


17 posted on 05/10/2018 7:49:26 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (01/26/18 DJIA 30 stocks $26,616.71 48.794% > open 11/07/16 215.71 from 50% increase 1.2183 yrs..)
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To: DoughtyOne
Supposedly last night over Damascus, this pic contains all the air defense activity in this location during several minutes by a long exposure lense.


18 posted on 05/10/2018 7:52:31 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

Very cool.

I wonder if Syria had any SA-400 anti aircraft installations up and running.

Evidently that’s a big yes.

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&as_q=syria+sa+400+anti-aircraft+sites&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&lr=&cr=&as_qdr=all&as_sitesearch=&as_occt=any&safe=images&as_filetype=&as_rights=


19 posted on 05/10/2018 7:57:45 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (01/26/18 DJIA 30 stocks $26,616.71 48.794% > open 11/07/16 215.71 from 50% increase 1.2183 yrs..)
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To: caww

Looks like a KISS concert.


20 posted on 05/10/2018 8:00:52 PM PDT by 2CAVTrooper (Democrats... BETRAYING America since 1828.)
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