Manama: The editorials of local Bahraini newspapers issued today focused on the Declaration to Support Peace between Bahrain and Israel, stressing that it is a sovereign decision aiming to strengthen the pillars of peace and stability across the region.
They reiterated allegiance to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s leadership, affirming that Bahrain has been, and will remain at the forefront of countries which support the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, and will continue defending their national cause.
In an opinion piece entitled “Bahrain First” in “Al-Watan” newspaper, Sawsan Al-Shaer stressed that Bahrain has every rights to give priority to its own interests, but that does not mean that it is against the interests of the brotherly Palestinians whom it has spared no effort to support for the past 70 years.
She stressed that Bahrain’s decision does not mean changing its stance in support of the Palestinians’ right to have their own state, adding that it is the right of any Arab country to think about its own interests, based on its security and economic situation.
“Akhbar Al-Khaleej” newspaper’s Mahameed Al-Mahameed, in an editorial entitled “Sovereign Decision… Bahrain a Red Line”, asserted that the support of the Bahraini leadership, government and people to the Palestinians and their rights is well-established and only the ungrateful can deny it.
He lauded HM the King’s bold stance and forward-looking vision, noting that HM the King always places top national interests above everything else.
He added that the declaration confirms Bahrain’s deep-rooted approach of openness, tolerance and coexistence among all.
Meanwhile, Al-Watan’s Faisal Al-Shaikh’, in an article themed “With HM the King and With Bahrain”, stressed that it is not possible to outbid or compromise on the kingdom’s sovereign decision, expressing full confidence in HM King Hamad as a wise leader and a great statesman.
Al-Shaikh affirmed that Bahrain supports any agreements aimed at ensuring the establishment of a full-fledged Palestinian state, stressing that Palestine will remain Bahrain’s first cause.
Abdulmonem Ibrahim, from Akhbar Al-Khaleej, said that Bahrain has a sovereign right to establish diplomatic relations with any parties, including Israel, just like Egypt, Jordan and the UAE, noting that the kingdom’s firm stance in support of the Palestinians’ right to establish their state has not changed and that it continues its efforts to seek a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as promote peace and stability across the region as a whole.
He emphasised that although Egypt and Jordan had established diplomatic relations with Israel, their support towards the Palestinians has not weakened, citing the two countries’ efforts to support the Palestinian people, through mediation or receiving refugees.
Salman Nasser, from the Al-Watan newspaper, said that it is time to look at regional issues with a different perspective that would ensure the stability of the region, preserve the gains and contribute to development, and, at the same time, put an end to efforts to trade in regional issues.
Salah Al-Jowdar, from the Al-Ayam newspaper, stressed that the current circumstances the region and the world are going through require consolidating security, stability and co-existence regionally and globally.
He affirmed that Bahrain’s decision is consistent with its national and Arab fundamentals, as well as top national security interests, which, he said, means that the kingdom’s support for the Palestinian issue has not changed, rejecting attempts to outbid on Bahrain’s stances which have always been in favour of the Palestinian people and their interests.
Source: Bahrain News Agency