The foreign minister of Bahrain argued on Saturday that if it were not for Iran’s financial support of terror organizations in the Gaza Strip, Israel and the Palestinians would be closer to achieving peace.
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“We don’t want to let this issue [of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict] continue to be used by countries or terror groups that seek dominance in the region. And that will bring us to the issue of Iran,” Khalifa said.
“If it wasn’t for Iran being present — Iranian soldiers, Iranian money, Iranian support for Hamas and jihadis that take control of Gaza — we would have been much closer to achieving a better peace between the Palestinians and Israelis and we would have a better chance.”
Iran is an admitted supporter of Hamas’ military branch, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, along with the al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s military wing.
The comments were delivered just days after Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz met with Khalifa in Washington. The two later posed for a photograph together, which was uploaded to Katz’s Twitter account.
A statement by Katz’s office later said that “The two discussed Iran and regional threats and cooperation between the nations, and agreed to maintain contact.”
It also noted that the foreign ministry, with the support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are committed to normalization between the two countries “and a push for peace agreements between Israel and the Gulf’s Arab nations in the coming years.”
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