Tehran: Iran has issued a warning to the UAE and Bahrain. The country has said that ‘The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain have risked their security by making an agreement with Israel. If Israel carries out any provocative activity henceforth, both of these nations will be held accountable. In that event, Iran will certainly take action against UAE and Bahrain’. Two days ago, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had threatened Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa over its ties with Israel.
The UAE and Bahrain decision, to normalise relations with Israel taken nearly a month ago, have made Iran nervous. Therefore, the country has begun issuing threats to its neighbouring Arab nations. The National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Parliament has warned UAE and Bahrain specifically of severe consequences. The security of the two US allies was at risk earlier as well. However, the Iranian Parliamentary Committee said that Iran now poses a more significant threat to UAE and Bahrain since it eased ties with Israel. Furthermore, the committee went on to allege that Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa wasa puppet of the US and his friendship with Israel would cause its regime to collapse soon.
The threat Iran issued is the second one so far to Bahrain in the past four days, after the kingdom had decided to establish bilateral ties with Israel. Even on Saturday, the IRGC had instigated the people of Bahrain to initiate a coup against King Khalifa’s administration. Furthermore, the IRGC has threatened that ‘The Palestinian Mujahideen, which is fighting for the independence of Jerusalem, will strongly retaliate to Bahrani regime.’ Protests have now erupted in Bahrain and Palestine against the Bahrani regime.
Previously, in 2011, when the Arab Spring was spreading in the Arab-Islamic nations, Iran had tried to topple Khalifa’s government. Nevertheless, Iran’s plans were foiled due to Saudi’s support to the Khalifa administration. Now, Middle Eastern analysts and European media believe that Iran would try to make a similar attempt. Israeli military analysts have expressed concerns over the IRGC warning. Moreover, Israeli analysts fear Iran would use sea routes to raise terror cells in Bahrain and attack Israeli citizens.
Meanwhile, along with threats to Bahrain, Iran has begun conducting naval drills in the Hormuz Strait. At the same time, the country has even cautioned US warships to keep away from the exercise. As part of the training, Iran will be practising live-firing drills in the Strait of Hormuz, which is the world’s largest oil chokepoint that controls two-thirds of global oil trade, thereby increasing tensions in the region.