Hamas official Basim Naim and Islamic Jihad spokesman Tariq Salmi expressed the condemnation on Sunday hours after Isaac Herzog became the first head of the Israeli regime to ever travel to the kingdom.
Naim called the visit “ignominious,” and denounced Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah’s bid to welcome “the head of an apartheid regime, who leads the [world’s] biggest terrorist structure” as “pathetic,” the Palestinian Shehab news agency reported.
He reminded that the Bahraini monarch was receiving Herzog as the Israeli regime’s forces continue executing Palestinians across the occupied territories, saying as a result of the regime’s deadly atrocities, the Palestinian youths’ blood had started to flow like a “river.”
The visit was also concomitant with Tel Aviv’s ongoing violations against the Muslim world’s sanctities, most importantly the al-Aqsa Mosque’s compound — Islam’s third-holiest site, Naim added.
The Hamas official said by ingratiating itself to Tel Aviv, Manama was trying to impose its will on the Bahraini nation. This is while “rulers derive their legitimacy and [political] longevity from their nations’ will” not from fraternizing the nations’ enemies, he concluded.
The Islamic Jihad official, meanwhile, called Herzog’s trip a measure aimed at deflecting attention from the Israeli regime’s atrocities and acts of terror.
Salmi hailed the Bahraini nation for protesting the trip, calling on all Muslim and Arab nations to raise their voices against whatever instance of normalization with the Israeli regime and confront Tel Aviv’s efforts to make inroads into their respective countries.