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Senior Hezbollah official: Bahrain committed ‘historical crime’ by normalizing ties with Israel

The deputy head of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah, Sheikh Naim Qassem, speaks at a ceremony in Beirut on February 16, 2022.

The deputy head of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah says Bahrain has committed “a historical crime” by normalizing ties with the Israeli regime, stressing that the kingdom would soon recognize that the normalization deal only serves the interests of Tel Aviv.

Speaking at a ceremony in Beirut on Wednesday, Sheikh Naim Qassem described Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s recent visit to Manama as an “act of treachery committed by the Bahraini leaders.”

“If they think normalization would protect them from [consequences of shirking] their responsibilities towards their people and towards the rights that are wasted, they are wrong”, he said, adding that “if they think that Israel will offer them something, they are wrong.”

He pointed to the Tel Aviv regime’s occupation of the Palestinian territories and wreaking havoc there, and said Israel seeks to “own all the land” by killing and arresting Palestinians.

“Bahrain has committed a historical crime with normalization,” Qassem said, adding that leaders of the Manama regime and those of all the Persian Gulf states that have normalized or want to normalize ties with Tel Aviv would “soon” find that they have lost everything, including the trust of their peoples as well as their conscience.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Hezbollah official emphasized that the honorable and free nations as well as the resistance would ultimately emerge victorious in the confrontation with the Israeli regime.

Bennett arrived in Manama on Monday in the highest-level visit since the two sides normalized their relations under a 2020 US-brokered deal.

Bahrain, along with the United Arab Emirates, signed a peace pact with the Tel Aviv regime in a ceremony hosted by former US president Donald Trump at the White House in September 2020.

Sudan and Morocco followed suit later in the year and inked similar US-brokered normalization deals with the occupying regime.

Palestinians slammed the deals as a treacherous “stab in the back” and a betrayal of their cause against the decades-long Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

Bennett’s two-day visit to Manama, which coincided with the 11th anniversary of the February 14 uprising against Bahrain’s pro-Israel and pro-West Al Khalifah regime, triggered mass protests in the kingdom.

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