The head of the Israeli foreign intelligence service (Mossad) Yossi Cohen held talks in Bahrain with two senior security and intelligence officials, according to the official Bahrain News Agency, only a few weeks after the two countries agreed to normalize their relations.
The Mossad had an influential role in covert the negotiations that lead to the peace agreements with the UAE and Bahrain. The agency plays an important and active role in countries that do not have official relations with the State of Israel and is responsible for building these relations.
Yossi Cohen, a close confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, openly visited Bahrain where he discussed “issues of common interest” as well as “prospects for cooperation between the two countries” with the head of the intelligence service of Bahrain, Adel bin Khalifa Al-Fadil, and the head of the strategic security apparatus, Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, the Bahrain News Agency said last week.
The agency added that the two sides emphasized the important role normalization of relations will play towards promoting stability and upholding peace values in the region.
A “Declaration of Peace” between Bahrain and Israel, brokered by the United States, was signed on Sept. 15 in Washington, concurrent with a normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
The UAE and Bahrain became the third and fourth Arab country to normalize relations with Israel, following the agreement of the Israeli state with Jordan in 1994 and with Egypt in 1979.
The peace agreement opens the way for Bahrain to purchase advanced Israeli technologies, including military technologies such as the “Iron Dome” missile-blocking system, as well as the possibility of cooperation in the economic, health, tourism and security aspects against the Iranian threat.
Palestinians condemned the agreements with Israel as a “stab in the back” that undermines their aspirations for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.