Just when we all thought the US brokered peace agreements taking place recently between Israel and GCC countries are a breakthrough, Israel revealed that it had an undercover embassy fully effective in Bahrain for over 11 years as per an Axios report.
Israel has secretly had an embassy in Bahrain for over a decade, showcasing how the new deal between the two countries is nothing but a continuation of old policy. https://t.co/IxlLU1ADt1 pic.twitter.com/Gk6ohdPQcL— IMEU (@theIMEU) October 22, 2020
According to the Jerusalem Post, " For 11 years, Israel has worked to conduct diplomacy with Bahrain in secret, through the use of a front company. However, this secret diplomatic office's existence was classified and has only recently come to light following a short report by KAN last week."
After having suspended their secret mission in Qatar in 2007, the idea of a secret diplomatic mission was brought up during a series of meetings between Bahraini Foreign Minister Khaled bin Ahmad Al Khalifa and his then-Israeli counterpart, Tzipi Livni.
Moreover, the reports state that the announced Center for International Development established in 2009, or the undercover embassy registered as an international company, hired Israelis with dual nationalities to carryout its mission in Bahrain.
NEW: With foreign passports, fake LinkedIn profiles and disguised as a commercial consulting firm - this is how Israel operated a secret embassy in Bahrain for over a decade. My story on @axios and @WallaNews https://t.co/nwT6UPDb8I— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) October 21, 2020
According to the Axios investigation, the groundwork was already in place long before the Whitehouse celebration and official announcement of the US president; thus making Trump's acclaimed victory merely a public relations act. Is this the case with the other Arab countries normalizing ties this year with Israel as well?
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