TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A Bahraini Shiite cleric and political activist warned of the Manama regime’s strategy to allow the Zionist regime of Israel to establish a foothold in the Arab country and the Persian Gulf region.
In an interview with Press Shia, Deputy Secretary-General of Bahrain’s Islamic Action Society (Al-Amal) Sheikh Abdullah Saleh slammed the Al Khalifa regime’s attempts to normalize ties with Israel as a way to maintain the throne in the Persian Gulf country.
The Bahraini regime is seeking to normalize ties with Israel and pave the way for Zionists’ presence in the region, just as they helped Britain enter the region decades ago, the cleric deplored.
He also denounced the Al Khalifa government’s move to found a Saudi-sponsored center, known as ‘King Hamad Global Centre for Inter-Faith Dialogue and Peaceful Co-Existence’, as a message for the US and Israel that they could take the next steps for normalization of ties with Zionists.
Some members of the center are individuals who were recently sent by Manama to the Occupied Palestine on an official visit.
Bahrain, a close ally of the US in the Persian Gulf region, has been witnessing almost daily protests against the ruling Al Khalifa dynasty since early 2011, with Manama using heavy-handed measures in an attempt to crush the demonstrations.
Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the ongoing crackdown on the peaceful demonstrations.
Amnesty International and many other international rights organizations have frequently censured the Bahraini regime for the rampant human rights abuses against opposition groups and anti-regime protesters.