As Palestinians and the Arab League on Saturday condemned Australias recognition of West Jerusalem as Israels capital, the move was somewhat surprisingly defended by one Arab nation Bahrain.
The Arab League in a statement said it strongly condemns Australias move which it called irresponsible and biased and contrary to international law. It warned that the decision would only encourage the occupation to continue its aggression, arrogance, settlement and defiance of international resolutions and added that the move could have serious ramifications for Arab-Australian relations.
But Bahrains Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa took issue with the statement, saying in a tweet: These are irresponsible statements. Australias position does not hamper the legitimate demands of the Palestinians and first and foremost East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. It also does not contradict the Arab Peace Initiative.
Israel and Bahrain do not have diplomatic relations, but are said to have solid clandestine ties. Both countries see in Iran a strategic threat.
Earlier this month Al Khalifa tweeted support for Israels operation to expose and destroy Hezbollahs cross-border tunnels and in May said the Jewish state...