Σάββατο, 9 Απριλίου 2011

Wikileaks: Bahrain King Boasts of Intelligence Ties with Israel

According to the latest trove of documents revealed by WikiLeaks, Bahraini King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, who’s threatended by popular protests, bragged about intelligence contacts with Israel, and instructed that official statements stop referring to ‘Israel’ as the "Zionist entity." After February 15, 2005 meeting with U.S. ambassador to Bahrain William Monroe, Monroe wrote to Washington that "He [the king] revealed that Bahrain already has contacts with Israel at the intelligence/security level (ie with Mossad) and indicated that Bahrain will be willing to move forward in other areas."

 Monroe also said the meeting was amiable and that the two sat near the fireplace on a cold and unusually wet day. Their conversation lasted about an hour and a half, and at some point moved to the subject of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The king said he was pleased with the developments in the so-called peace process.
Monroe asked the Bahraini king whether he would agree to have trade relations with Israel. According to the telegram, the king thought it was too early and that the matter would have to wait until after a Palestinian state was established.

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