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Deals with Israel exposed humiliation of compromisers: Top Bahraini cleric

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani (R) and head of the Israeli diplomatic delegation Meir Ben Shabbat, bump elbows after a signing ceremony attended by US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (back), in Bahrain's capital Manama, on October 18, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

Bahrain’s most prominent Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim has slammed Manama’s “shameful” normalization with Israel, saying the humiliation of the regimes compromising with the occupying regime was exposed shortly after they signed the peace deals.

“It was clear from the beginning that normalization with the Zionist enemy would have dangerous and unfortunate results. The adverse outcomes started to come to light soon after and in quick succession,” Sheikh Qassim said in a statement carried by Arabic-language Bahrain Mirror news website.

The top cleric then roundly denounced the Manama regime’s signing of a normalization deal with Israel as “shameful,” saying the move “was intended to kill the spirit of pride and independence in our nation, and to surrender to the leadership of an entity that is the bitter enemy of the [Bahraini] nation and humanity.”

“The race has now become very frantic between old and new compromisers. It has turned into a scene for demonstration of greater fidelity to slavery,” something which both US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aspire, Sheikh Qassim said.

The spiritual leader of Bahrain’s dissolved opposition bloc, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, said the regimes compromising with the Tel Aviv regime have disowned their own nations and believe that their destiny hinges upon satisfaction of US and Israeli desires.

Under US-brokered deals, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) agreed to normalize relations with Israel after signing controversial agreements on September 15 at the White House.

Sudan has also agreed to establish formal ties with Israel with US mediation.

Sudan’s acting Foreign Minister Omar Gamareldin, has, however, said the accord will depend on approval from its yet-to-be formed legislative council. It is unclear when the assembly will be formed under a power-sharing deal between the country’s military officers and civilians.

The normalization deals have drawn widespread condemnation from Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital. They say the deals ignored their rights and exposed the Arab regimes’ lies about backing the Palestinian cause against Israeli occupation.

In Bahrain, several angry street protests have been held against the normalization deal with Israel, slamming the regime in Manama for turning a deaf ear to the nation’s calls against making peace with the occupiers of Palestine.

Al-Wefaq said in a letter to the United Nations that more than 95% of people are against peace with Israel, calling on the world body to intervene in the Al Khalifah’s unbridled push to deepen its relations with the Israeli regime.

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