"Twenty-six years after Bahrain welcomed an Israeli delegation for the first time, the small Gulf archipelago last week became the latest Arab country to agree to normalise its relationship with Israel."
"Even though regional heavyweight and Iran's archenemy Saudi Arabia has so far signalled it is not ready to take the same step itself, analysts say the recent deals would not have happened without its support. Bahrain's political agenda is "pretty much dictated by Saudi Arabia", according to Marwa Fatafta, a policy member with the Palestinian policy network Al-Shabaka."
"On Sunday, Bahrain's top Shia leader Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, who lives abroad, rejected the recent normalisation deals with Israel and urged people in the region to resist. Bahrain is the Gulf monarchy "most at odds with its own people", argued Rabbani, co-editor of Jadaliyya publication."