BAHRAIN - Historic Defense Pact with Israel

Arno Froese

Defense Minister Benny Gantz met with King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa and signed a historic public Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kingdom of Bahrain, officially establishing security ties between the two Middle Eastern countries. 

The agreement will set a solid security cooperation framework that formalizes defense relations between the two countries, allowing for increased cooperation in various fields such as intelligence sharing, military-to-military training, cooperation between defense industries and more.

Speaking to reporters following the ceremony, Gantz said the decision to go public with the MoU was “a significant decision, a move that matures over time. These are ties that the defense establishment built over the years, and it is a historic moment to make them official and public.”

“The fact that we can land here in an Israel Air Force plane and visit, together with our partners, with the commander of the navy and talk openly about issues of defense for the security of the region is a significant milestone,” Gantz said.

The US Fifth Fleet’s area of operations encompasses some 2.5 million square miles and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea, parts of the Indian Ocean and three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Bab al-Mandab Strait.

US Fifth Fleet Commander V-Adm. Brad Cooper told The Jerusalem Post, “The importance of today is the strengthening of Israeli-Bahrani military ties. Having people and nations come together in a partnered way with a common vision is always a great strength. We will clearly always be better off when we are teaming together.”, 3 February 2022

Arno's Commentary

This small island country in the Gulf of Bahrain commands strategic importance; especially in view of Israel’s declared enemy Iran. Bahrain’s population stands at about 1.5 million, religiously divided between 46% Shiite, 24% Sunni, and 30% other. That’s a good mixture to keep the lid on religious fanaticism. 

The fact that Bahrain has signed a defense pact with Israel is extremely significant and surprising. Israel signed a peace agreement with Egypt in 1979 and with Jordan in 1994. Progress has only again been made in 2020, when Israel signed agreements establishing diplomatic relations with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, and Morocco. That’s definitely great progress for Israel. Several news sources believe that more Arab countries will join the club in the not-too-distant future.

We are reminded here of the coming friendship—not only with Arab nations, but also with the rest of the world: “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you” (Zechariah 8:23).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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