TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Bahrain’s main Shiite opposition group, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, deplored Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa’s recent remarks in support of Israel as “a disgrace” to the Persian Gulf country and called on him to resign.

Al-Wefaq, in a statement, said the Bahraini foreign minister’s remarks about his support for a recent Israeli attack against Syria are only “his personal comments and not the views of the Bahraini people”, the Arabic-language Al Mayadeen TV reported on Saturday.

The Bahraini nation will never accept to side with the Zionist regime of Israel or have any relations with it, the opposition group added.

“The minister should respect the people of the country and resign from his post because what he has said is a disgrace to the country,” al-Wefaq stated.

In a rare expression of support, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa twitted on Thursday that Tel Aviv had a right to “defend itself” after Israel said it carried out some 50 raids inside Syria.  

Israel claimed that the early Thursday assault was its most extensive strike against Syria in decades. Syria’s military said Thursday that the airstrikes had killed three people and destroyed a radar station and an ammunition warehouse.

In a statement carried by state news agency SANA, Syria’s foreign ministry said that the Israeli strikes on its territory were a “direct confrontation” that marked a “new phase” in the country’s seven-year conflict.