Without an announcement from the Al-Khalifa regime: Israel deploys in Bahrain
Israeli media revealed the deployment of Israeli military equipment in Bahrain without any announcement regarding this from the Al-Khalifa regime.
Channel 12 reported that Israel had deployed a radar system in several countries in the Middle East, including the UAE and Bahrain.
According to the channel, the administration of US President Joe Biden is seeking to conclude a security agreement for joint defence between Israel and several Arab countries in the region, most notably Bahrain, in the face of “Iranian threats.”
It stated that the United States is seeking to conclude a “defence security” cooperation agreement that includes Israel and six Arab countries in the Gulf, in addition to Egypt, Jordan and Iraq, to confront “Iranian threats” in a joint initiative of the Democratic and Republican parties.
What is new about the American cross-party initiative is the strengthening of security and military coordination and partnership between Israel and several Arab countries with which it does not have official political relations, including Iraq, according to Channel 12 military correspondent Nir Dvory.
Officials in Washington believe this step may pave the way for more normalization agreements between Israel and many Arab countries in the region.
This is in light of recent reports that indicated US efforts to play the role of mediator to advance on a gradual path leading to the normalization of official relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The US initiative includes the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) adopting a broad and common security strategy to confront “a series of Iranian threats”, according to the draft agreement, which has not been finalized.
According to the report, the Pentagon must submit a complete defence plan against air strikes, missiles and other potential security threats by Iran within 180 days.
The report stated that expectations indicate that the defence agreement will include 10 countries besides the United States, namely: the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar), as well as Jordan, Egypt and Iraq, along with Israel.
The draft initiative states that “a series of new defence systems will help provide better protection and security for the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, along with Egypt, Iraq, Israel and Jordan.”
The draft indicated that “potential Iranian threats” include attacks with “cruise and ballistic missiles, manned and unmanned aircraft, and advanced missile systems.”
According to the report, preparations for launching the American initiative and coordination in this context between Washington and the concerned countries began about a year ago, noting that Israel has already deployed “radar systems in several countries in the region, including the UAE and Bahrain.”
In addition to the diplomatic and economic partnerships that such an agreement may pave for it between Israel and Arab countries with regional and Arab weight, the report indicated that the security benefit that may accrue to Israel is excellent, represented by receiving early warnings of possible Iranian attacks, foremost of which are missile and drone attacks. ?
The report claimed that the first success recorded by the potential “defensive alliance” was “the ability to thwart an attack by drones that launched from Iran about a month ago, and targeted Israel, and were intercepted in Iraqi airspace.”
Under the defence alliance, all countries affiliated with it will be obligated to inform the signatories of the agreement about any Iranian attack that passes through their airspace and targets one of the countries participating in the security alliance led by Washington.
The report stressed that Saudi Arabia is witnessing an escalation of missile and drone attacks by the Houthis in Yemen, with the support of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Despite the UN truce on the right, the report said that “Saudi Arabia will have to strengthen its defence systems to counter future attacks,” hinting that a potential defence alliance with Israel may play a role in this context.